New metro Atlanta presence creates 55 jobs

(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) August 6, 2013 – Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development joined with Berkley Southeast Insurance Group, a Berkley Company, to announce the location of its corporate headquarters and Georgia Branch underwriting office. Located at 1745 N. Brown Rd., Suite 400 in Gwinnett County, the company anticipates creating 55 new jobs for the region by 2014.

“Gwinnett provides an ideal, strategic location for our headquarter operations, allowing us to focus on doing business across the Southeast, in addition to supporting other branch offices in the region,” stated Dennis L. Barger, President of Berkley Southeast Insurance Group. “We are excited to have found a permanent home in metro Atlanta and one that will enable us to serve our local communities efficiently and effectively.”

Berkley Southeast Insurance Group was launched in January 2013 to provide standard commercial lines insurance services and expertise to a wide range of businesses in six Southeastern states: Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina. The company primarily serves businesses in the construction, light manufacturing, hospitality, real estate, mercantile, wholesale, and business services industries.

“Berkley Southeast Insurance Group’s location in Gwinnett County is a great example of Georgia’s momentum in job recruitment, which is setting the pace in the Southeast,” said Chris Cummiskey, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “This new location will create 55 high-quality jobs in the state, while also allowing the company to better offer its services to clients and customers in this region.”

“On behalf of Gwinnett County, I am pleased to welcome Berkley Southeast Insurance Group and the more than 50 high quality jobs it will bring to our community,” stated Gwinnett County Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash. “It is a testament to Gwinnett’s community and workforce when internationally recognized brands, such as those belonging to W. R. Berkley Corporation, choose to locate here.”

“Berkley Southeast Insurance Group’s decision to locate in Gwinnett County and metro Atlanta speaks to the strong business climate, ease of connectivity, and skilled workforce available in our community. The Partnership Gwinnett Economic Development team works to attract and support headquarter expansions, like Berkley Southeast Insurance Group, and bring further investment to the County,” said Kellie Brownlow, Director of Economic Development for Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett.

W. R. Berkley establishes new companies when opportunities and the right expertise are found. In 2013, three new operating units were formed, including Berkley Southeast Insurance Group, bringing the current total to 49 operating companies. Six additional operating units have offices located in the greater metro Atlanta area.

For more information about Berkley Southeast Insurance Group, please click here. To learn more about W. R. Berkley Corporation, visit www.wrberkley.com.

For more information, or to learn how to get involved in local economic development efforts, please visit www.gwinnetteconomicdevelopment.com.