State farm is trimming hundreds of jobs across the Midwest. The Bloomington, Illinois based insurance giant is consolidating about two dozen field offices in Indiana, Illinois and Michigan. The move is expected to save $8 million over the next five years. The field offices employ about 1300 workers. Insurance agents are not affected and State Farm says Indianapolis will benefit. The plan is to consolidate about 200 positions into one of two offices in the Indianapolis area said spokesperson Angie Rinock.
“We looked at a lot of different things when we were doing the study and some of those things were where we have a lot of customers already and what are our claims force needs and we just found that Indianapolis was a really good fit for us,” Rinock said.
In other affected cities, some workers will work from home while others may have the option of transferring. The company says the consolidation is the result of technology.
“This is just simply a restructuring of how we operate on our claims side of things. Just to make sure we‘re using technology the best we can and operating as efficiently as possible,” Rinock said.
Indiana offices affected by the consolidation are in Evansville, Muncie, Fort Wayne and Valparaiso.