Keystone Insurers Group, a privately held insurance company, said that it will expand into Tennessee in the first quarter of 2011.

Tennessee will be Keystone’s seventh state under its expansion program with others being Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Virginia, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky.

The company said that every partner within its umbrella is an independent agency, individually owned and operated while benefitting from an enhanced array of services and support that comes with being part of the group.

Keystone executive vice president Colin Buzzard said that the company expects launching Tennessee in the first quarter of 2011 with around 15 ‘pioneer’ partners.

“That select group will set the direction for Keystone in Tennessee and will dictate future partner opportunities. We place great confidence in that initial group. They are ultimately the ones who bring the best together,” Buzzard said.