Michigan News

Michigan-Based Insurer, Hagerty, Hires Hutchinson as President

Classic vehicle insurer, Traverse City, Mich.-based Hagerty, hired Richard Hutchinson as the company’s president, effective Jan. 5, 2015. Hutchinson joins Hagerty from the Progressive Corp., where he has held many leadership positions during his 29-year tenure there. His insurance acumen …

New Workers’ Comp Reimbursement Rules Take Effect In Michigan

Changes in how doctors are paid for treating some injured employees covered by workers’ compensation are expected to address the long-term use of pain relievers and help cut medical costs for Michigan job providers, according to state officials. The new …

Accident Fund Picks Walsh to Lead Alternative Markets Unit

Accident Fund Holdings Inc., based in Lansing, Mich., has named Patrick Walsh the company’s new alternative markets leader. Walsh will be responsible for continuing non-traditional and innovative business solutions and generating new and creative opportunities in response to agent and customer …

Grand Rapids, Michigan, to Redesign Grand River Floodwalls

Grand Rapids, Mich., is redesigning its flood protection system along the Grand River after years of resistance to calls by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to boost floodwalls. The Grand Rapids Press reports the city is studying 16 sites along …

Reincke Promoted to Brokerage Manager at J.M. Wilson

Portage, Mich.-based wholesale insurance specialist, J.M. Wilson, has promoted James Reincke to brokerage manager for the newly formed brokerage department . Reincke is responsible for developing and strengthening new and existing agency and company relationships, as well as growing the …

IICF Midwest Awards $545K in Grants to Local Non-Profits

The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation’s (IICF) Midwest Division announced it is awarding $545,000 in community grants to local non-profit organizations in Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin for 2015. Grants range in contribution from $10,000 to $50,000 and support 29 …

Accident Fund Holdings Picks Dibean to Direct Business Liaison Office

Lansing, Mich.-based insurer Accident Fund Holdings Inc. has appointed Jaime Dibean as director of the business liaison office. Dibean is responsible for managing the business liaison office team, including coordinating new project initiatives and helping formulate business plans and estimates …

Ann Arbor, Michigan, Wins Appeal in Flood Responsibility Lawsuit

The Michigan appeals court has ruled in favor of Ann Arbor and dismissed a lawsuit that tested the responsibility of local governments during severe flooding. The court overturned a decision by a Washtenaw County judge, saying it could have created …

Michigan Legislature to Vote on New Child Safety Seat Rules

Legislation up for a vote in the Michigan Senate would update rules for how children should be buckled up. Michigan requires drivers to secure children under age 4 in back safety seats. Children are buckled in booster seats until they …

Michigan Town OKs Liability Insurance, Reinstates Police Department

Newly sworn-in trustees in Oakley, Mich., are reinstating the village’s police department after its shutdown in September. The Saginaw News reports the village council voted 3-2 to re-establish the police force. It also approved liability insurance to cover the department. …