State Farm said May 9 that it plans to close 10 field offices in Illinois and 14 more in Indiana and Michigan, the insurer's latest cost-cutting move and one expected to save $8 million over five years.
The consolidation could displace hundreds of employees, but none based in the Twin Cities. The Illinois Operations Center in Bloomington will remain open and State Farm's corporate headquarters is not affected.
There are 1,300 employees in the 24 offices, which mainly handle auto and home claims, and State Farm's goal is to retain everyone, said spokeswoman Missy Lundberg. She said some claim representatives will stay put and work from home, but others, particularly in more administrative roles, will be given the option of relocating to one of six remaining Great Lakes Zone offices -- two each in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan.
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