The Republic Group, a provider of personal and commercial property and casualty insurance products, has announced the entry of its insurance companies into the personal lines market in the US state of Arkansas.

Republic has entered the state with its commercial lines products in December, 2007. The companies will distribute homeowners, dwelling fire, commercial lines and farm & ranch products through independent agents and an affiliated general agency, Southern States General Agency.

Parker Rush, president and CEO of the Republic companies, said: With our strong local contacts, we understand the markets in Arkansas and the needs of agents and consumers in the state. We have tailored our products for the state and are ready to compete.

We are excited about becoming a premier partner for independent agents in Arkansas. We have built Republic by earning the trust of our agents, policyholders and regulators. We will now work to become a trusted name in Arkansas.