Harleysville Named to Ward’s 50

August 28, 2002

Harleysville Insurance of Harleysville, Pa. announced it has been named to the Ward’s 50 list of top-performing insurers in the nation for the fourth consecutive year.

“To be recognized by Ward’s four consecutive years is a significant achievement, and, once again, we are honored to be in the company of the best in the property and casualty industry,” said Walter Bateman, chairman and CEO of Harleysville. “We credit this accomplishment to our ongoing emphasis on underwriting discipline, our company’s financial strength, and our long-term consistency and conservatism. We also are pleased that core values like integrity and trust — hallmarks of our organization since its founding 85 years ago-are being rewarded in today’s turbulent business environment.”

Ward Group, a Cincinnati-based management consulting firm specializing in the insurance industry, completes an in-depth analysis of the property/casualty insurance industry each year. The objectives of the analysis are to recognize the 50 companies that have excelled at balancing safety, consistency and performance over the past five years (1997-2001), and then to benchmark their performance with the industry overall.

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