Goodville Mutual Casualty Company (New Holland, Pennsylvania, USA)
Goodville Mutual Casualty Company, which began as a mutual automobile insurance agency, was incorporated 4 January 1926, with head office at Goodville, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. It was in effect a Mennonite organization, all its officers and 12 of its 15 directors being Mennonites and 85 per cent of the 18,000 policyholders in the mid-20th century being Mennonites. It also served related groups, in addition to cases assigned to it by the State of Pennsylvania. It's original area of service was Pennsylvania and Virginia. It was closely related to Mennonite Mutual Aid, Inc., of Goshen, Indiana. It paid approximately $200,000 of losses in 1954.
The company's motto in 1954 was "Insurance at Cost." It returned the unused portion of premiums to the policyholder at the end of the policy year. This was determined by taking the losses, expenses, and reserves off the premiums collected. The percentage of dividend was then determined. The average dividend in 1954 was 35 per cent.
Over time Goodville Mutual enjoyed growth and stability and beginning in 1952 expanded to include coverage for homes, small businesses, farms and churches in nine states. Goodville Mutual in 2007 had annual revenues exceeding $60 million with assets exceeding $91 million. A new office building in New Holland, Pennsylvania was constructed in 1973. In the late 1980s and 1990s Goodville merged with four other mutual companies to provide expanded coverage.
Goodville Mutual Casualty Company. "History of the Company." Accessed 6 April 2008. <http://www.goodville.com/aboutus/history.cfm>
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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 542. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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