News Archive

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)

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 Insuretech (12/19/2017)
Grinnell Mutual has been instrumental in the Global Insurance Accelerator, which helps startups navigate the insurance industy

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.

Grinnell Mutual President and Ceo Retires; Acting President Named (12/18/2017)
Grinnell Mutual President and Ceo Retires Acting President Named

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.

Black Friday shopping safety (09/25/2017)
A recent study showed that 31 percent of shoppers have been involved in or witnessed fights while shopping on Black Friday.

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

Sly-Terpstra Wins Women in Insurance Leadership Award (09/15/2017)
Sly-Terpstra Wins Women in Insurance Leadership Award

Grinnell Mutual Named Iowa Games Presenting Sponsor (09/12/2017)
Century old insurance company teams up with the Games to make an impact

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

Grinnell Mutual wins ValChoice awards (08/31/2017)
Grinnell Select Insurance, a subsidiary of Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company, has won the prestigious ValChoice® award for #1 Best Value for car insurance in 2016 in Missouri and North Dakota.

Grinnell Mutual is 109th largest (08/31/2017)
A.M. Best recently published their list of the top 200 property and casualty companies in the United States. Grinnell Mutual moved up five spots from 114th-largest in 2015 to 109th in 2016.

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’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 recognized as top 50 property and casualty insurance company (07/19/2017)
Grinnell Mutual has been recognized by Ward Group as one of its 2017 Top 50 Property and Casualty Performers.

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.

Grinnell Mutual introduces National Reinsurance program (04/17/2017)
In order to expand its market reach, Grinnell Re, a division of Grinnell Mutual, has launched a new team, National Reinsurance.

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 Acclerator class

Grinnell Mutual recognizes 2017 President’s Club (03/20/2017)
Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company is pleased to announce its President’s Club members for 2017.

Grinnell Mutual reveals new brand identity (03/14/2017)
Grinnell Mutual, which has provided property and casualty insurance and reinsurance to customers for more than 100 years, today is unveiling a new brand identity that more closely aligns with its continued growth and transformation.

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.

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.

Grinnell Mutual nominated as Corporate Innovator of the Year (03/01/2017)
Vote for Grinnell Mutual as Corporate Innovator of the Year in the fifth annual Silicon Prairie Awards presented by Silicon Prairie News.

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.

Kane County Mutual joins Grinnell Mutual (12/28/2016)
Kane County Mutual Insurance Company in Geneva, Ill. will ring in the new year by joining over 250 other affiliated insurance companies as a member of Grinnell Mutual.

Grinnell Mutual grows beards, gets wet for Community Care Clinic (12/09/2016)
A group of Grinnell Mutual employees put away their razors and heels to support a great cause — Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s Community Care Clinic.

Larkin takes center stage in Pennsylvania (12/06/2016)
Harry Larkin lives for an adrenaline rush. From pumping iron to cranking up his beloved Black Sabbath, he feels most at home when he’s immersing himself in things that challenge him.

Grinnell Mutual announces 2016 winners for Working Together Making It Better grants (11/16/2016)
From 10 to three! Ten community projects were finalists in Grinnell Mutual’s Working Together Making It Better grant initiative, but three made the final cut.

Grinnell Mutual affiliates receive NAMIC recognition in 2016 (11/10/2016)
The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) recognized several farm mutual staff and directors during its 2016 Annual Convention in September.

Grinnell Mutual staff earned industry recognition at NAMIC in 2016 (11/10/2016)
Several employees from Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company were honored during the 2016 Annual Convention of the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) in September.

Grinnell Mutual gives big to United Way campaign (11/09/2016)
Grinnell Mutual employees and matching funds from the Grinnell Mutual Group Foundation raised nearly $80,000 in pledges and contributions during the company’s 2016 United Way fundraising campaign in October.

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).

How to make your small business sparkle (10/21/2016)
It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there, and when you have a fledgling business, you can feel like you’re an appetizer waiting to be gobbled up.

Electrical issues top the list of fire causes (10/19/2016)
In 2015, electrical issues claimed the top spot in the annual list of fire origins based on statistical data gathered by Grinnell Mutual’s Special Investigations.

Nott named Assistant Vice President of Personal Lines – Direct Claims (10/12/2016)
Grinnell Mutual has named Ron Nott as Assistant Vice President of Personal Lines – Direct Claims.

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.

Peru Waltham Mutual recognized by statewide association (10/04/2016)
Peru Waltham Mutual Insurance Company of Peru, Ill., was named winner of the prestigious Company Achievement Award presented by the Illinois Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (IAMIC) on Monday, August 22, 2016.

McClenathan is a farmer at heart (09/21/2016)
In recent decades millions of people in the United States moved from farms to towns, including Jacque McClenathan’s parents.

Nine Grinnell Mutual independent agencies recognized for best practices (09/19/2016)
Among the Big “I” Best Practices Council’s selection of 2016 Best Practices Agencies, nine independent agencies writing with Grinnell Mutual were recognized for their excellence in business operations.

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.

Ken Grothe promoted to Reinsurance Vice President at Grinnell Mutual (08/17/2016)
Grinnell Mutual has named Ken Grothe of Rochester, Minn., Assistant Vice President of the Reinsurance Adjusting Program.

Grinnell Mutual offers area schools a leg up on school supplies (08/16/2016)
After a summer filled with swimming pools, barbecues, and s’mores, it’s hard to picture kids back in the classroom, but the impending school year is just a few weeks away.

Grinnell Mutual earns WELCOA’s Top 50 Active Company designation (07/08/2016)
The Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) has presented Grinnell Mutual with one of its Top 50 Active Company designations as part of WELCOA’s On the Move initiative, a competition focused on fostering national corporate health concerns, including physical inactivity.

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.

Grinnell Mutual receives 2016 Global Award for Excellence in Case Management (06/30/2016)
The Workflow Management Coalition (WfMC) awarded Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company the 2016 Global Award for Excellence in Case Management for adapting business and work processes to the dynamic and unpredictable nature of knowledge-driven work.

Vasa-Spring Garden Mutual celebrates Midsommar with tractor parade (06/23/2016)
The Minnesota towns of Vasa and Spring Garden will co-host the annual Garden Tractor Parade and Vasa-Spring Garden Midsommer Festival on June 26.

Three county fairgrounds receive Fairground Facelift grants (06/20/2016)
Three county fairgrounds will receive a total of $3,500 in grants through the Fairground Facelift. Based on votes from Facebook users, Grinnell Mutual will distribute grant funding for the following fairground improvement projects: Jasper County Fairgrounds in Newton, Ill., first place; Bond County Fairgrounds in Greenville, Ill., second place; and Cedar County Fairgrounds in Hartington, Neb., third place.

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?

Grinnell Mutual announces 2016 finalists for Fairground Facelift grants (06/02/2016)
Twelve fairground improvement projects are finalists for Grinnell Mutual’s Fairground Facelift initiative to support local fairgrounds in six states.

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.

Fairground Facelift grants help local fairgrounds (04/26/2016)
Your local fairground is more than funnel cakes and carnival rides — it’s a year-round gathering place for your community. You head to the fairground for 4-H events, craft shows, tractor pulls, flea markets, and cat shows (and yes, fried foods).

Grinnell Mutual welcomes Tractor Ride back to Grinnell (04/22/2016)
Grinnell Mutual is proud to help welcome the 20th Annual WHO Radio Tractor Ride back to Grinnell, Iowa June 27–29. Grinnell hosted the inaugural ride in 1996.

Lauren and American Diabetes Association (04/11/2016)
In celebration of National Volunteer Week, we’re sharing the stories of Grinnell Mutual employees who give their time and talent to help make the world a better place.

Jess and Big Hearts 4 Tiny Hands (04/11/2016)
In celebration of National Volunteer Week, we’re sharing the stories of Grinnell Mutual employees who give their time and talent to make the world a better place.

Cari and the Ronald McDonald House (04/11/2016)

Kari and Relay For Life (04/11/2016)

Julie and Poweshiek Animal League Shelter (04/11/2016)

Celebrating National Volunteer Week (04/11/2016)

Your local fairground could win a Grinnell Mutual Fairground Facelift grant (04/01/2016)
Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company is looking for submissions for projects across the Midwest that will improve local fairgrounds.

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.

Employee Spotlight: Schmidt sweeps the ice (02/04/2016)
If you’re in Madison, Wis., on a Wednesday evening, you’ll find Tom Schmidt sweeping and throwing stones on a 150-foot-long sheet of ice.

Grinnell Mutual is developing future leaders (02/01/2016)
Grinnell Mutual graduated its second class from its Emerging Leaders Program, a rigorous 15-month leadership development program.

Want to build your contracting business? (01/27/2016)
Grinnell Mutual has an exciting opportunity for specialty/single-trade contractor policyholders to build your business.

Grinnell Mutual donates $40,000 to Jolly Holiday Lights (12/22/2015)
After unusual amounts of winter rain, which led to power outages and flooding parking areas, Jolly Holiday Lights, the Make-A-Wish® of Iowa’s biggest annual fundraiser, went unexpectedly dark on Dec. 13.

Grinnell Mutual has another big year of giving for United Way campaign (12/01/2015)
Grinnell Mutual employees raised more than $80,000 in pledges and contributions during the company’s United Way fundraising campaign this fall.

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 employees save lives through blood drives (01/05/2015)
John Strohmeyer remembers the day when blood donation became more than just a good thing for him to do.

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.