Eastern Insurance Holdings, Inc. Opens Gulf South Regional Office

Mar 06, 2013, 17:02 ET from Eastern Insurance Holdings, Inc.

LANCASTER, Pa., March 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Eastern Insurance Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: EIHI) announced today the official opening of its Gulf South regional office in support of subsidiary Eastern Alliance Insurance Group ("EAIG"), a domestic casualty insurance group specializing in workers' compensation insurance. EAIG's Gulf South regional office will provide workers' compensation insurance products and services to policyholders in Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, and Louisiana.

"I'm pleased to officially announce the opening of our new Gulf South regional office in Madison, Mississippi," said Michael Boguski, President and Chief Executive Officer of EIHI. "The office enables us to offer the region's employers superior, locally-based service, in addition to our exclusive ParallelPay® and ecovery® programs, a full complement of workers' compensation products and services, and furthers EIHI's strategic geographic expansion initiatives."

The Madison, Mississippi office is fully staffed with underwriting, marketing, claims and risk management professionals. In July 2012, EIHI announced the appointment of Steven Weeks as Regional Business Executive for the Gulf South territory.

Founded in 1997, EAIG is a specialty underwriter of workers' compensation products and services for businesses and organizations in the Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Midwest and Gulf South regions of the United States. EAIG is a member of the publicly-held Eastern Insurance Holdings, Inc. family of companies, with offices in Lancaster and Wexford, Pennsylvania, Charlotte, North Carolina, Carmel, Indiana, Franklin, Tennessee, Richmond, Virginia, and Madison, Mississippi. EAIG's Web address is www.eains.com.

EIHI operates through its subsidiaries a domestic casualty insurance group specializing in workers' compensation products and services and a segregated portfolio cell reinsurance business.

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SOURCE Eastern Insurance Holdings, Inc.