The Hanover Insurance, a property and casualty insurance provider across the US, has opened operations in the Western US to build on the company's growth with leading independent agents.

The firm has been working in West since 2009 and has established relationship with leading agents and brokers in local markets, which assisted the firm to manage a balanced book of commercial business touching $400m.

The newly created Pacific Region will be managed by David Kuhn, who has joined The Hanover as regional president and the new territory comprises branch offices in Northern California, Southern California, Oregon and Washington.

The Hanover field operations and marketing senior vice president Dick Lavey said the firm is excited with the outstanding progress it has made in the West over the last two years.

"Today, we have a critical mass that presents a special, timely opportunity for us to take our business there to the next level," Lavey said.

With support from local decision makers in the West, The Hanover expects to identify an increasing number of growth opportunities in these markets.

The Hanover’s products available in the Pacific and West regions include commercial package and business owners’ policies, as well as coverage for commercial auto, umbrella, inland marine, bond, workers’ compensation, management liability, employment-related practices liability, professional liability, and other specialty solutions.