The Hitchings Insurance team has been serving the needs of Ohio consumers since 1968, and they will be celebrating their 50 years in business with a customer appreciation reception and dinner next month.
50 years of history
Jim and Sally Hitchings started Hitchings Insurance Agency in 1968 with Jim selling Life and Annuities for the Franklin Life Insurance Co and property/liability insurance with Lighting Rod Mutual. They started out with an office in the Ohio Bank Building in downtown Findlay. In 1976, they purchased the Pack Insurance Agency located at 515 N. Main St.
Over the years the agency grew and purchased the business of several small mutual agents. Two significant purchases were made with the purchase of the Knaggs Insurance Agency in Bloomdale in 1985 and the Glaser Insurance Agency in McComb in 1986. The owners bought the historic Dr. Don and Laura Hughes home at 717 N. Main St. in 1989 and have subsequently merged the Bloomdale and McComb agencies into the Findlay office.
Jim and Sally’s son, Lee Hitchings, joined the agency in 1992 after working for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Ohio for five years. He built up the group health side of the business. The agency continues to grow and prosper with Lee as one of the current owners as well as Ryan Pessell, Jim and Sally’s grandson.
Celebration and contributing to the community
The customer appreciation reception and dinner will be held Thursday July 19, 2018 from 3-7pm at the Arcadia Community Park. There will be giveaways, and the Romick Railway will provide train rides for the young at heart. The Chamber of Commerce Red Coats, of whom Lee is a member, will be doing a ribbon cutting as well.
As a family owned business, they feel that it is very important to contribute to various community groups such as: United Way, Safe Ride Home, Hancock County Ag Society, Camp Fire, Cancer Patient Services, Hancock County Junior Fair, Findlay Area Youth for Christ, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Community Youth Sports programs for boys and girls, Shop with a Cop, Lions International, Flag Rotary Club, Kiwanis Club, Fostoria Athletic Boosters, County Schools, DECA, Shriners, Trinity Lutheran Church, United Methodist Church, Findlay Area Swim Team, Arlington Red Devils and others.
Hitchings Insurance Agency is a full service agency providing auto, home, commercial business, liability, bonds, farm, group health for companies, insurance programs for nonprofits, individual health and dental, vision as well as life, annuities and long term care.