Exeter insurance company turns 100

Take a stroll through NSE Insurance Agencies, Inc. and you’ll see the merging of both past and present. Modern technology is accompanied by relics from the company’s past and familiar faces carry on the same spirit as those spearheaded the business 100 years ago.

On March 8 NSE Insurance Agencies, Inc. kicked off its Centennial Year, which will culminate with an Open House on Oct. 10 at its Exeter offices, located at 160 S. D St. A part of the Exeter landscape since 1912, NSE Insurance has a lot to celebrate.

“We consider our employees to be part of the NSE family and see very little turnover,” said President Ken Stevens in March. “We most importantly attribute our longevity to the fact that we really value our customers. The community has been very good to us and we get involved as a way to give back.”

The 2008 Exeter Business of the Year is known for having long tenured employees who are committed to community involvement. City council members, service club leaders, community event pioneers and thousands of fundraising dollars have come from those at NSE Insurance, Inc. The business was originally established by E.S. Balaam as Balaam Insurance and Real Estate in 1912. Balaam was then joined by Clarence Nielsen insurance, followed by Dale Eddy. After Balaam retired, it became Nielsen and Eddy Insurance. Across town, Ross D. Sellars and Sons opened in 1920. The sons were Giroux Sellars and Ross D. Sellars, Jr. Many Exeterites maintained insurance policies with both agencies for years. In 1974, Nielsen and G. Sellars retired and the two insurance companies merged, becoming NSE Insurance Agencies. Later offices in Tulare and Bakersfield opened.

NSE Insurance offers personal and commercial insurance as well as health, life and employee benefit insurance through its three officers.

NSE Insurance Agencies, Inc. are located at 160 South D Street, Exeter; 1687 E. Prosperity Avenue, Suite A, Tulare and 5330 Office Center Ct., Suite #69, Bakersfield. For more information, call NSE in Exeter at 592-9411.

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