Westfield Insurance, an Ohio-based insurance carrier, has expanded its commercial operations into the state of Wisconsin, with commercial accounts to be serviced out of a new service office in Milwaukee.

The insurer said that the company’s surety accounts in Wisconsin will continue to be serviced out of the St Charles, service office.

In order to assist the agency partners in submitting new business, Laura Gibson, mid-market field manager, Sharon Zraik, mid-market underwriting assistant, Dean Crowley, senior claims leader and Mike Danisewicz, senior risk control representative, will be available, said Westfield.

Recently, Westfield appointed nine independent agencies to facilitate in the expansion.

Westfield commercial lines leader Paul Schnebele said expanding into Wisconsin provides the insurer with a significant opportunity to diversify and grow in businesses, markets and products.

"Adding Wisconsin to Westfield’s operations brings further variety to our book of business, spreading risk across a larger geographical footprint," Schnebele said.

Westfield Insurance provides commercial and personal insurance in 19 states and surety services to customers in 31 states, through a network of over 1,200 independent insurance agencies.