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Shelter Insurance Companies began in 1946 in Missouri, where the company still operates its headquarters. Shelter Insurance was founded by seven farmers who, in 1946, formed one of Missouri's first Farm Clubs. The initial goal of the organization was to pool farm resources in order to obtain discounts when buying goods and supplies. In 1949, the original group of seven farmers joined with other local groups to form the Missouri Farmers Association.
Shelter Insurance Company was an outgrowth of the original MFA. The initial focus of the company was to provide farmers with affordable and reliable access to insurance coverage. By the early 1950s, the company had grown to be the largest mutual casualty insurance company in Missouri.
In 1981, Shelter Insurance reorganized. Shelter Insurance divorced itself from the Missouri Farmers Association and re-branded itself as a national, comprehensive insurance company. Since that time, Shelter has grown significantly. Shelter Insurance now offers a wide selection of personal and business insurance products including: auto, renters, home, life, boat, farm, business, and risk management policies.
In 2002, Shelter car insurance covered over one million drivers. Shelter Insurance currently offers car insurance polices in thirteen states across the mid-south and mid-west regions. Shelter car insurance policies offer a variety of coverage and pricing options that allow drivers to customize a policy to meet their specific needs and budgets.
Shelter Insurance states its mission statement as follows: "Shelter Insurance will be a dynamic group of companies focused on providing financially secure insurance protection and services to individuals and businesses, a quality working environment, emphasis on easy-to-use services, a commitment to continuous improvement, and a passion for pleasing our customers."
Shelter car insurance offers a variety of collision and comprehensive auto insurance policies to cover bodily injury, property damage, medical payments, and uninsured/underinsured motorists. In addition to standard car insurance policy options, Shelter car insurance policies offer a variety of additional coverage options. Drivers can choose from a selection of additional coverage options that include: rental reimbursement, emergency road services, accidental death coverage, disability income, gap insurance, and loss of use coverage.
Since 2008, The Ward Group has recognized Shelter Insurance group of property and casualty companies among the top 50 performers out of over 3,000 insurers analyzed for their annual rankings. Shelter Insurance is also certified by the Insurance Marketing Standards Association (IMSA) and is consistently recognized by A.M Best as a top insurance provider. Shelter insurance currently employees approximately 1,800 employees and supports an additional 1,400 licensed agents and services approximately 1.97 million policies.