Evergreen Insurance Marks 35th Anniversary

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April 3, 2009 by   - () Leave a Comment

Evergreen USA, the longest continuously operating insurance program for campground and RV park owners in the nation, has much to celebrate in 2009, including its 35th anniversary.
According to a news release, the company began in 1974 when Lewiston, Maine, insurance agent Richard Hartford began a program that provided liability insurance to campgrounds and RV parks. For the next 15 years Hartford worked as an independent agent representing various insurance companies. Throughout the 1980s many companies would insure campgrounds for only a few years and then leave the market and turn to insuring other types of businesses.
By 1989, Harford tired of the constant turn-over of insurance companies and the sky-rocketing premiums. With investments from privately owned campgrounds and RV parks, Hartford formed Evergreen USA RRG to guarantee insurance would be available to campground and RV park owners regardless of market conditions. Evergreen’s mission was to “provide long-term, stable insurance solutions to the campground and RV park industry while maintaining fair and stable rates," according to a news release.
Today, Evergreen is still owned by campgrounds, RV parks and resorts. Only individuals and companies affiliated with the outdoor recreation industry may hold shares in Evergreen USA, all of whom profit from the company's success. Even the board of directors is comprised of people from the camping industry. Evergreen insures properties from primitive wilderness camps to luxurious RV resorts. And, since Evergreen is focused on a single industry, it offers more specialized coverage and services than traditional insurance companies.
According to Lucas Hartford, president, “We know that Evergreen is a long-term solution for the insurance needs of the industry. After all, we are owned by campground and RV Park operators, so our focus is on them. We work hard each day to provide exceptional customer service and we are looking forward to the next 35 years.
"The Evergreen insurance program is proud to be celebrating 35 years of providing insurance to the camping industry and is thankful to its many loyal clients who have been part of this program for many years. Evergreen is also proud of its staff – some of whom have been on board since 1974 – who continue Evergreen’s mission of providing long-term stable insurance solutions to the camping industry while maintaining fair and stable rates."
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