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The Merriam Agency Acquires Latham-based Corporate Benefit Planning

Schenectady-based Merriam Insurance, which announced the deal on Tuesday, did not disclose financial terms. The acquisition closed the previous Monday. Corporate Benefit Planning is located in Latham, NY.

Carol Bowman, prior Manager of CBP, said, “We strongly believe that The Merriam Agency will continue the personalized and excellent service we have provided to our valued clients and we are pleased that The Merriam Insurance Agency is available to provide … an expanded service and product line.”

Brian H. Merriam, President of Merriam Insurance, stated, “The Merriam Agency has been meeting the needs of our clients for 119 years. As their needs change, so too must our offerings to them. CBP offers a complement to our clients’ health insurance needs made more necessary because of the ACA (‘Obamacare’). CBP has a similar commitment to excellence that attracted us to them. The acquisition fits well with the current direction of the agency, which has been serving the personal and commercial needs of both local and national clients since founded in 1895.”

Protecting those who serve

Merriam Agency staff April 2013

Employees stand in their current office in Schenectady, NY. The agency is the oldest family business in the city.

After the national tragedy in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001, the nation’s oldest rescue mission lost its insurance coverage because of its high-risk location. If it couldn’t secure new coverage, hundreds of needy New Yorkers would be deprived of basic needs. Merriam Insurance filled that void and…  [read more…]