Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company on June 7 announced plans to expand its Fort Wayne headquarters, creating up to 100 jobs over the next four years. The $25.5 million investment includes additional office and meeting space, according to a statement from Greater Fort Wayne.
Brotherhood Mutual specializes in property and casualty insurance for churches, Christian schools, and related ministries. Upon its founding in Allen County in 1917, the company served eight churches in Indiana, Ohio, and Illinois. Today, Brotherhood Mutual serves more than 60,000 ministries in 47 states and the District of Columbia. The company also insures mission travel, extending services around the globe. Additionally, MinistryWorks by Brotherhood Mutual is America’s largest payroll processing and payroll tax filing service for Christian ministries.
The company plans to add 88,000 square feet of space to its existing facility at 6400 Brotherhood Way, off East Ludwig Road near Coldwater Road on Fort Wayne’s north side. The additional office space will allow Brotherhood Mutual to eventually add as many as 300 new employees. The new meeting/auditorium space will be used for weekly chapel services and employee training sessions. Work on the project is slated to begin in July; the expansion is expected to be completed by September 2020.
“We’re blessed to continue our growth here in Fort Wayne,” Mark Robison, chairman and president of Brotherhood Mutual, said in the statement. “As we look to the future, we will continue our goal of helping ministries thrive. Our customers trust us to provide innovative insurance coverage and risk management resources, specifically designed to help them operate safely and effectively every day. This project will allow us to serve more ministries, while providing the excellent customer service they deserve.”
The company plans to hire in virtually every department, including underwriting, claims, legal, finance, building and grounds, and more, as well as in its payroll company, MinistryWorks. Jobseekers can learn apply at brotherhoodmutual.com/careers.
“Brotherhood Mutual has been providing Hoosiers with great job opportunities for more than 100 years,” Elaine Bedel, president of the Indiana Economic Development Corp., said in the statement. “With this growth, it is clear that the company is committed to remaining a staple in northeast Indiana for generations to come, serving customers across the country while contributing to the Fort Wayne community here at home.”
The IEDC offered Brotherhood Mutual up to $925,000 in conditional tax credits. These incentives are performance-based, meaning that until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. Northeast Indiana Works will provide the company with additional hiring and training assistance. Fort Wayne City Council also will consider tax phase-ins for Brotherhood Mutual’s eligible real and personal (equipment) property investments.
“I’m encouraged that Fort Wayne continues to experience growth and success,” Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry said in the statement. “Brotherhood Mutual’s plans to expand and add jobs at their local headquarters demonstrates their ongoing commitment to making our city a better place to live, work, and play. We appreciate their belief in our community. Together, we’re moving forward in a positive direction.”