Brotherhood Mutual plans expansion of Fort Wayne headquarters

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company today announced plans to expand its Fort Wayne headquarters, creating up to 100 new jobs over the next four years. The $25.5-million investment includes additional office and meeting space.

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, MinstryWorks® 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. 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 2019; the expansion is expected to be completed by September 2020.

“We’re blessed to continue our growth here in Fort Wayne,” said Mark Robison, chairman and president of Brotherhood Mutual. “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. Interested applicants may learn more about Brotherhood Mutual’s employment opportunities at brotherhoodmutual.com/careers/.

“Brotherhood Mutual has been providing Hoosiers with great job opportunities for more than 100 years,” said Elaine Bedel, president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC). “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,” said Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry. “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.”

About Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company

Celebrating more than 100 years in business, Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company® is one of the nation’s leading insurers of Christian ministries. The company serves more than 60,000 churches, schools, colleges, camps, and related ministries and has more than $700 million in admitted assets. Headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Brotherhood Mutual employs more than 485 people and is a member of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s Best Places to Work in Indiana Hall of Fame. For more information, visit brotherhoodmutual.com.

About Greater Fort Wayne Inc.

Greater Fort Wayne (GFW) Inc. serves Fort Wayne and Allen County, Indiana, as its metro chamber alliance and primary point of contact for economic growth. GFW Inc. focuses on prosperity and community vibrancy through economic development, advocacy, programs and resources that support business success, leadership development, graduate retention and community engagement. GFW Inc. worked with state and local partners to assist Brotherhood Mutual with its expansion plans. In 2018, GFW Inc. assisted 33 businesses in expansions or relocations in Allen County, resulting in a total of 2,445 projected new jobs, $115 million in new annual payroll, and more than $336 million in new investment.