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Willis North America Adds Bur as Producer, VP in Kansas

Willis North America, a unit of Willis Group Holdings, the global risk advisor, insurance and reinsurance broker, has appointed Kevin Bur as producer and vice president at Willis of Greater Kansas Inc. Bur will be responsible for business development within …

Texas-Based CAA Welcomes New Agency Member in Kansas

Combined Agents of America LLC (CAA), based in Austin, Texas, added Strong’s Insurance Inc. in Nashville, Kan., as its 52nd member. Specializing in agriculture and oil, the agency was established in 1921 by Earl W. Strong. CAA is a privately-held …

Earthquakes Increase in Kansas Task Force Can’t Pinpoint Why

There’s not enough data to make any determinations about why there has been an increase in the number of earthquakes in Kansas, a three-member task force appointed by Gov. Sam Brownback has concluded. The state has experienced 49 earthquakes this …

AIG’s Expanded Operations Will Create 300 Jobs in Kansas

American International Group Inc. held a grand opening Tuesday to celebrate its expansion in Olathe, Kan., which will bring 300 new jobs to the state by the end of 2015. Gov. Sam Brownback and AIG President and CEI Peter Hancock …

NORCAL Mutual Expands Medical PL Coverage in Kansas, Missouri

San Francisco-based NORCAL Mutual Insurance Co. is expanding its coverage area to include Kansas and Missouri, offering a new enhanced medical professional liability insurance policy for healthcare professionals. The company’s subsidiary, Medicus Insurance Co., has been offering coverage in these …

Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Names Lewis Director of Regional Sales

Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Companies promoted Jim Lewis to director of regional sales for the central region of the country. Lewis will oversee sales operations in Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas and Wisconsin. Prior to his …

Lack of Skilled Workers a Challenge for Kansas City Area Manufacturers

Manufacturing companies in Kansas and Missouri say there are plenty of high-paying jobs available for people qualified to run sophisticated factory equipment, but there doesn’t seem to be enough local talent to fill them. Industry leaders in both states say …

Report: Midwest Economy Still Strong, Growth to Continue

The economy remained strong in nine Midwest and Plains states in August, and a monthly survey of business leaders released Sept. 2 suggests growth will continue in the months ahead. The region’s overall economic index inched up to 57.2 last …

California-Based Palomar Specialty Insurance Expands Into More States

La Jolla, Calif.-based Palomar Specialty Insurance Co., established in February 2014 as a specialty catastrophe insurer, announced it is now licensed to write residential and commercial insurance in 14 states. Palomar Specialty initially focused on writing residential earthquake insurance, commercial …

Wheat Harvest Down, Kansas Farmers See Income Decline in 2014

One of the worst wheat harvests in decades followed by an abundant corn and soybean crop that’s driving down prices have Kansas farmers preparing for a sharp income decline after several good years. The agricultural sector contributed nearly one-third of …