Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Allstate to Expand Hands on Southside

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Allstate to Expand Hands on Southside

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Byline: Karen Brune Mathis, Times-Union senior business writer

Allstate Insurance Co. intends to consolidate claim offices from Tallahassee and Pensacola in Jacksonville and create a larger Southside facility that will employ at least 130 people.

Communication manager Kathy Thomas said yesterday that Allstate's Jacksonville Market Claim Office employs 62 claims adjusters and operates in 16,000 square feet of office space at 8614 Baymeadows Way.

Those functions will be expanded to accommodate another 48 employees from the Tallahassee and Pensacola Market Claim Offices and will move into 24,000 square feet of space at the Gran Park at Jacksonville business center.

Thomas said the Market Claim Office operation handles casualty and auto claims, "everything but property."

"Allstate is committed to running an efficient and effective organization. After completing a thorough business assessment, evaluating all options, Jacksonville was chosen as the location for the consolidated Market Claim Office," she said.

That move represents renovation costs of at least $500,000.

Thomas said that the 23 workers in Pensacola and the 45 in Tallahassee will be offered jobs in Jacksonville.

"We are trying to get every one of these employees to this office," she said. "Our goal is to get everybody moved. I'm pretty confident we will be able to do pretty well."

She said that Allstate would work with those who don't relocate "to find corresponding jobs."

The larger Jacksonville Market Claim Office should become operational May 6, she said.

It is separate from the Allstate Financial Workplace Division, which is the former American Heritage Life Insurance Co. that operates at Butler Boulevard and San Pablo Road near the Beaches. Allstate Corp. bought American Heritage in 1999 and that operation sells workplace insurance products such as life, health and dental. …

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