News Archive

News Archive

Grinnell Mutual internship program recognized (07/31/2019)
Grinnell Mutual has been named one of Vault’s 2019 Best 50 Internship Programs. Vault, a career research company based in New York, surveyed over 400 companies nationwide. More than 13,000 interns ranked their experience on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being best). Grinnell Mutual placed 44th with a score of 9.024.

Super regional designation (07/26/2019)
Grinnell Mutual has been ranked 59th in Insurance Journal’s annual Super Regional Property/Casualty Insurers™ list

Grinnell Mutual named Ward's 50 company (07/16/2019)
Grinnell Mutual has been recognized by Ward Group as one of its 2019 Top 50 Property and Casualty Performers for the fourth year in a row.

Fairground Facelift submission period (07/11/2019)
Grinnell Mutual is accepting submissions for its 2019 Fairground Facelift promotion, a project that helps local fairgrounds in its writing territories improve their facilities.

Grinnell Mutual hosts 111th Annual Meeting, elections (07/10/2019)
Grinnell Mutual members elected Dan DeArment and Amy Goughnour to its board of directors. Members re-elected Paul Stueven and Susan Taggart.

Team up for tomorrow (06/27/2019)
Grinnell Mutual employees are teaming up for a company-wide volunteer challenge called "Team Up For Tomorrow." Grinnell Mutual and the Grinnell Mutual Group Foundation will donate funds to the organizations of the winning teams’ choice, based on the total number of hours volunteered by all employees.

Marshalltown tornado (06/26/2019)
July 2018 tornadoes damaged a car in Marshalltown. When Grinnell Mutual policyholders Greg and Mindy Van Dyke submitted their auto claim, they got excellent claims customer service

Grinnell Mutual a Forbes Best Employer (06/05/2019)
Grinnell Mutual has been ranked the fifth best Iowa employer in Forbes’ inaugural “America’s Best Employers by State 2019” list. The list was released June 5 on forbes.com.

New vice presidents (05/17/2019)
Grinnell Mutual announces addition of Vice President of Strategic Experience and Vice President of Product Transformation and Delivery.

Road to Success Scholarship 2019 (05/17/2019)
Grinnell Mutual, in partnership with its independent agency force, is pleased to announce the recipients of the Road to Success scholarships.

Brian sullivan insurance trends (05/14/2019)
The future is in collaboration. An insurer’s competitive edge is in the use of third-party data, tools, and services. Sullivan recommends talking to vendors and suppliers to find out what you can do to be a better user of your service. And consider talking to your policyholders and agents to find out how you can better serve them.

Launching personal lines in Pennsylvania (04/03/2019)
Grinnell Mutual’s new Guidewire platform in Pennsylvania supports quoting, rating, underwriting, policy generation, claims processing, and billing, offering end-to-end policy management and issuance

Grinnell Mutual launches SUCCESSion planning tool for agents (03/25/2019)
Grinnell Mutual partners with FindBob to create web-based platform for business succession planning

Blockchain 101 (03/15/2019)
What is a blockchain and how will it impact insurance?

Presidents Club 2019 (03/12/2019)
Grinnell Mutual President’s Club members are independent agents and mutual insurance companies who have achieved superior results.

2019 Mutual Summit (02/28/2019)
Brian Sullivan will kick off the 2019 Grinnell Re Mutual Summit by discussing key trends facing insurers writing property insurance

AM Best 2019 'A' rating (02/06/2019)
A M Best issued Grinnell Mutual a Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A (excellent) with a stable outlook.

Grinnell Mutual elects new board member (12/19/2018)
Amy Goughnour, mutual manager for Steele Traill County Mutual Insurance Co. in Finley, N.D., has been elected to serve on Grinnell Mutual’s board of directors.

Autonomous vehicles (12/10/2018)
Futuristic driving is being pioneered today, but how close is it, and how will driverless cars effect insurance companies?

Co-op and internship program (12/10/2018)
The Grinnell Mutual co-op and internship program keeps the insurance career talent pipeline full. Grinnell Mutual invests in the next generation of insurance talent.

Succession planning (12/10/2018)
Grinnell Mutual invested in FindBob, which provides agency succession planning resources to agency owners.

Grinnell Mutual gives record donation to United Way campaign (11/19/2018)
Grinnell Mutual employees and matching funds from the Grinnell Mutual Group Foundation raised a record amount — nearly $125,000 — in pledges and contributions during the company’s 2018 United Way fundraising campaign in October.

Grinnell Mutual board chair receives national award (10/17/2018)
Paul Stueven, Grinnell Mutual board chair, wins PFMM award

Fairground Facelift 2018 grant winners (10/04/2018)
Five county fairgrounds will receive a total of $7,000 in grants through Grinnell Mutual’s Fairground Facelift contest.

Grinnell Mutual invests in ag startup (09/18/2018)
Iowa-based Grinnell Mutual, the largest primary reinsurer of farm mutual companies in North America, is the lead investor in FarrPro, which focuses on innovative, energy-efficient solutions to improve the health, welfare, and quality of life of farm animals.

2018 Road to Success Agency Incentive program (09/18/2018)
Grinnell Mutual is proud to introduce its new Road to Success Agency Incentive program. Thirty of its affiliated agencies have been selected to present a $500 grant, donated by Grinnell Mutual, to a nonprofit organization in each of their communities.

Grinnell Mutual Top Workplace for the eighth consecutive year (09/17/2018)
Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company was named to the Des Moines Register’s Top Workplaces for 2017, the eighth straight year the company has earned a spot on the list.

Grinnell Mutual UAS program takes off (09/13/2018)
A drone is an unmanned aerial system, or UAS. Grinnell Mutual uses drones UAS to adjust insurance claims. Drones are more accurate, save time and money, and are safer.

Dimond Bros. earns first Grinnell Mutual Hall of Fame award (09/13/2018)
Grinnell Mutual has recently added a special recognition for its agency partners: the Grinnell Mutual Hall of Fame. The first one was awarded this year, to Dimond Bros., which is based in Illinois and has 37 branches around the state.

2018 Fairground Facelift finalists (09/12/2018)
Grinnell Mutual will give a total $7,000 in Fairground Facelift grants to five county fairground improvement projects. In all, 15 projects in 13 states have been named finalists.

2018 Workplace Health Achievement Index (09/04/2018)
Scientific, evidenced-based instrument rates and recognizes workplace health programs and workforce heart health

Grinnell Mutual hosts 110th Annual Meeting, elections (08/31/2018)
Grinnell Mutual's 110th Annual Meeting for it's affiliated members convened in Grinnell, Iowa, on June 27

Wards Top 50 2018 (07/23/2018)
Grinnell Mutual has been recognized by Ward Group as one of its 2018 Top 50 Property and Casualty Performers.

Going green for the environment (07/13/2018)
Grinnell Mutual installs solar panels, replaces lights, and ditches foam cups to be a better steward of the environment.

Jeff Menary returns to Grinnell Mutual (06/22/2018)
Grinnell Mutual announced the return of Jeff Menary to the company and his formal appointment as president and CEO by the Grinnell Mutual board. Menary was diagnosed with West Nile virus last September and spent nearly seven months in rehabilitation.

Third-party bill payment service charging fees (05/31/2018)
Third-party bill-pay services like doxo charge Grinnell Mutual customers fees

2018 Road to Success Scholarship recipients (05/23/2018)
Grinnell Mutual, in partnership with its independent agency force, is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 Road to Success scholarships.

Special investigations 2017 causes of loss (05/17/2018)
Grinnell Mutual’s special investigators identified electrical issues as the top cause of loss in 2017.

2018 insurtech landscape (05/14/2018)
A boom of insurtech has opened the door to new solutions, new products, and entirely new ways of serving the customer. Grinnell Mutual has chosen to walk through that door — to engage with the future and ensure we’re part of it.

Larry Jansen insurance hall of fame (03/30/2018)
Larry Jansen will be one of five Iowa insurance giants inducted into the Iowa Hall of Fame on April 26th

Presidents Club 2018 (02/15/2018)
The Grinnell Mutual President’s Club recognizes independent agents and mutual insurance companies for outstanding achievement in the insurance profession.

A M Best A rating 2018 (02/07/2018)
A M Best issued Grinnell Mutual a Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A (excellent) with a stable outlook.

Global Insurance Accelerator welcomes 2018 cohort (01/18/2018)
The 2018 cohort of the Global Insurance Accelerator (GIA), is the largest class to-date, representing four distinct countries and technologies.

Investing in Insurtech (12/19/2017)
Grinnell Mutual has been instrumental in the Global Insurance Accelerator, which helps startups navigate the insurance industry.

InsureTech Connect (12/18/2017)
Assessing the strategic advantage provided by insurtech opportunities, companies like Grinnell Mutual make choices about the best fit for their business models.

Wellness center gets a new name (12/18/2017)
At a retirement gala for Jansen during the 109th Annual Meeting, Bartelt announced that the facility would be named the Larry Jansen Wellness Center.

Jansen wins PRIME award (11/20/2017)
Larry Jansen wins mutual insurance industry award

Five County Fairgrounds Receive Grinnell Mutual Fairground Facelift Grants (09/25/2017)
Five county fairgrounds will receive a total of $7,000 in grants through the Fairground Facelift.

Grinnell Mutual named Top Workplace for seventh consecutive year (09/18/2017)
Grinnell Mutual named Top Workplace for seventh consecutive year

Fairground Facelift grant finalists (09/08/2017)
Fifteen fairground improvement projects are finalists for Grinnell Mutual’s Fairground Facelift initiative to support local fairgrounds.

110 U.S. fire departments win Life Safety Achievement Award (08/31/2017)
The National Association of State Fire Marshals Fire Research and Education Foundation (NASFM Foundation) and Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company are pleased to announce that 110 fire departments from 31 states earned the Life Safety Achievement Award

Grinnell Mutual Group (GMG) Foundation presents $10,000 toward ambulance (08/14/2017)
Grinnell Mutual Group (GMG) Foundation recently presented the New Sharon Fire & Rescue Association $10,000 toward the purchase of a new ambulance.

Grinnell Mutual’s Fairground Facelift now accepting submissions! (07/28/2017)
Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company is accepting submissions for its 2017 Fairground Facelift promotion, a project that helps local fairgrounds in its writing territories improve their facilities.

Grinnell Mutual hosts 109th Annual Meeting, elections (06/30/2017)
Grinnell Mutual’s 109th Annual Meeting for its affiliated members convened in Grinnell, Iowa, on June 28

Grinnell Mutual 2017 Road to Success scholarship recipients announced (05/19/2017)
Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company, in partnership with its independent agency force, is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Road to Success scholarships (see complete listing below).

Grinnell Mutual opens West Des Moines office (04/25/2017)
Grinnell Mutual has expanded its physical facilities to include an office in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Faith and Fortitude: The First United Methodist Church of Sedalia (04/05/2017)
When the community of Sedalia, Mo., lost it's church in a fire, it took a village to restore peace of mind and find sanctuary amidst tragedy.

Iowa AgriTech Accelerator (04/03/2017)
Applications open for Iowa AgriTech Accelerator class

Menary tapped to be next president of Grinnell Mutual (03/08/2017)
The Grinnell Mutual Board of Directors has selected a successor for Larry Jansen, who will retire in December 2017

More companies sign on to invest in Iowa Agritech Accelerator to drive innovation (03/06/2017)
The Greater Des Moines Partnership and the Cultivation Corridor today announced the name of an accelerator focused on agtech startup companies: the Iowa AgriTech Accelerator.

For the Sims, trusted relationships at home and work (02/13/2017)
Work-life balance eludes many young professionals as they juggle the demands of their jobs and their families.

Serious Social Media secures additional funding from Global Insurance Accelerator insurer investors (11/01/2016)
Serious Social Media, developer of the automated social media marketing solution InsuranceSocial.Media, and a 2016 graduate of the Global Insurance Accelerator (GIA) program, is pleased to announce the company has secured second-round funding led by Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company (Grinnell Mutual).

Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company Receives the Greater Poweshiek County Community Foundation’s 2016 Business Partner of the Year Award (10/11/2016)
Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company was awarded the Greater Poweshiek County Community Foundation’s (GPCF) 2016 Business Partner of the Year award at the Seventh Annual Spirit of Giving banquet held Oct. 8 at the Grinnell College Golf Course.

160 U.S. fire departments honored as Life Safety Achievement Award recipients by NASFM Foundation and Grinnell Mutual (08/23/2016)
The National Association of State Fire Marshals Fire Research and Education Foundation (NASFM Foundation) and Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company are pleased to announce that 160 fire departments from 38 states earned the Life Safety Achievement Award for their fire prevention accomplishments in 2015.

University of Iowa Children’s Hospital and Grinnell Mutual: partners in ATV Safety (07/08/2016)
University of Iowa (UI) Children’s Hospital ATV Safety program staff attended the Grinnell Mutual Annual Meeting Expo June 28–29 and wrapped up its participation with an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) safety presentation to Grinnell Mutual staff members.

Grinnell Mutual and Leadership Iowa University making futures bright (07/05/2016)
Networking and finding direction early can help encourage future business relationships.

Four directors re-elected to Grinnell Mutual board (07/01/2016)
Grinnell Mutual’s 108th Annual Meeting for its affiliated members convened in Grinnell, Iowa, on June 29.

Featured Business Partner: Fairmont Farmers Mutual Insurance Company (06/16/2016)
“Culture eats strategy for lunch,” the saying goes. But what if culture is your strategy?

Life Safety Achievement Award applications now open to recognize fire departments (05/13/2016)
Does your local fire department promote fire prevention? If so, it may be eligible for the Life Safety Achievement Award, sponsored by National Association of State Fire Marshals Fire Research & Education Foundation and Grinnell Mutual.

Grinnell Mutual supports Special Olympics Iowa Summer Games (05/06/2016)
The Special Olympics Iowa Summer Games received a boost this week with a $7,861.64 donation from Grinnell Mutual.

Drive Spotter, a Global Insurance Accelerator (GIA) Alumnus, Secures $750K Financing Round to Scale Driver Behavior Analytics Platform (03/11/2016)
The Global Insurance Accelerator (GIA), the world’s first accelerator exclusively focused on insurance startups, and Drive Spotter, an alumnus company from GIA’s 2015 program, has closed a $750,000 round of financing led by Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance, an investor in the GIA. Drive Spotter’s video analytics platform analyzes and improves commercial fleet vehicle and driver performance.

Partners in Education has long history of community involvement (09/14/2015)
Over three decades ago, Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company and Grinnell Middle School formed a partnership that continues to thrive today. Partners in Education (PIE) assists the middle school in a variety of ways, and also benefits Grinnell Mutual employees by giving them an opportunity to give back to the community.

Grinnell Mutual joins the Global Insurance Accelerator (07/02/2014)
Grinnell Mutual is pleased to announce its participation in the Global Insurance Accelerator initiative for insurance-based startup companies. Grinnell Mutual joins Principal Financial Group, Delta Dental of Iowa, American Equity Investment Life, Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance, and The IMT Group in supporting the new initiative through the Greater Des Moines Partnership.

Grinnell Mutual celebrates fitness center grand opening (10/02/2013)
Grinnell Mutual unveiled its new fitness center on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, in a grand opening ceremony. The facility is open free of charge to Grinnell Mutual employees and their spouses from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Grinnell Mutual pledges $260,000 in Grinnell Regional Medical Center Campaign (05/08/2013)
Grinnell Mutual, together with its employees and foundation, has pledged more than $260,000 toward Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s comprehensive Moving at the Speed of Life Campaign.

Grinnell Mutual holds ribbon-cutting ceremony for onsite clinic (03/04/2013)
In a special ribbon-cutting event on March 4, Grinnell Mutual unveiled its new onsite Health Matters Clinic for employees.