State Farm Likely To Move Some Bloomington Jobs
State Farm Insurance Co. says it will probably move its claims services employees out of Bloomington.
State Farm spokeswoman Holly Anderson said Friday that the company told employees this week that the potential move is being studied.
The Bloomington-based company wouldn't say how many workers the move would involve, where the jobs could be moved to or when.
The Pantagraph newspaper in Bloomington reported that as of 2011, 1,600 people worked at the center where the claims workers are based.
State Farm has raised concerns in Bloomington this year by planning new operational hubs in Phoenix, Dallas and Atlanta.
Anderson said Friday that the company expects to maintain what she calls "a very large presence'' in the city.
State Farm is Bloomington's largest employer with about 15,000 jobs.
State Farm Insurance says it will close two-dozen field offices over the next year in three states, including one in Champaign on West Park Court that employs 20 people.
It is part of an effort to save the company $8 million over the next five years. State Farm did a year-long study leading up to the consolidation plan, and found it could save money by centralizing technology while remaining efficient.
State Farm spokeswoman Missy Lundberg said administrative staff will consolidate to Indianapolis, but she said most employees will not be affected.
"A lot of those 13 hundred employees are what we call mobile claim workers, and they will be staying in those communities," she said. "What that means is that they will maybe work out of their home, maybe work out of a car, maybe work out of an agent's office."
The Bloomington-based company says it hopes to retain all the affected employees.
In addition to the State Farm office in Champaign closing, Illinois branches affected by the consolidation are in Marion, Collinsville, Springfield, Peoria, Moline, Rockford, Elmhurst, Tinley Park, and Arlington Heights.
Offices in Michigan and Indiana will also close.