US-based insurance brokerage and risk management services firm Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. (AJG) has acquired Illinois-based The Forker Company, for an undisclosed amount.

Founded in 2000, Forker is a retail insurance agency, which provides contract surety solutions to clients in the Midwest.

The company is specialized in providing surety coverage for the construction industry.

Under the leadership of Gallagher’s Midwest region retail property/casualty brokerage operation head Michael Pesch, Peter Forker and his associates will continue to run operations.

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. chairman, president and CEO J. Patrick Gallagher, Jr., said: "Forker’s team is well known for their industry experience and solid market relationships.

"Their surety expertise and outstanding client service will be a wonderful complement to our Midwest Region. We look forward to working with Peter, and we welcome them to our growing Gallagher family of professionals."

AJG has operations in 30 countries and provides client service capabilities in around 140 countries across the globe.