Los Angeles Farmers Insurance, which has called Southern California home since its founding in 1928, has announced it will move employees from its Simi Valley office to a more modern facility in nearby Woodland Hills in California’s San Fernando Valley.
The company announced that it will move approximately 1,200 people, or 20 percent of its Greater Los Angeles workforce, from building space it leases at 3041 Cochran Street in Simi Valley to another leased facility at 6303 Owensmouth in Woodland Hills. The Woodland Hills facility is already home to some Farmers employees and the building currently is branded 21st Century Insurance Co., but the name on the building will be changed to Farmers Insurance. (21st Century Insurance Co. was acquired by Farmers Insurance in July 2009).
The move of the 1,200 employees will take place beginning in early 2011. Farmers Insurance has more than 6,000 employees and agents in the Greater Los Angeles area.
“This move of employees from Simi Valley to our existing Woodland Hills office helps us connect the dots for the benefit of our employees, our agents and, most importantly, our customers,” said David Travers, the company’s executive vice president of operations. “It makes geographic sense, it makes business sense and, most importantly, it makes sense from an employee working condition perspective and from a customer service perspective.”
Farmers Insurance has occupied the Simi Valley facility since 1982 and the relocation of employees to the newer, more modern Woodland Hills facility will improve working conditions for employees, he explained.
The Simi Valley and Woodland Hills facilities are about 15 miles apart and the company is planning to coordinate and assist with car pools, van pools and public transportation opportunities for those employees who will have a longer commuting distance.
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