Our History

Serving customers and communities in the Western United States since 1894

From modest beginnings, Grange Insurance Association has grown into a regional mutual insurance company serving the needs of farming families, “Main Street” communities, and urban and suburban markets. We now have agents serving California, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. Our agents live in and know the communities they serve, so you can be sure that you’ll receive personalized attention. Our service is backed by more than a century of knowledge and experience, delivered by people who care.

  • 1893

    Humble Beginnings

    The Washington State Grange meets in the hayloft of a new barn in White Salmon, Washington and resolves to start a fire insurance cooperative.

  • 1931

    Women in the Workforce

    Helen Cronhagen is hired as the first permanent employee. She retires in 1977 after 46 years of service.

  • 1933

    Shared Workspace

    The Association and the Washington State Grange build a joint headquarters on Western Avenue in Seattle.

  • 1944

    New Name Reflects Change

    The company celebrates its 50th anniversary and writes its first auto policy on a 1938 DeSoto (the $12 annual premium provides basic liability coverage). To reflect its broader focus, the company changes its name to its present name, Grange Insurance Association (GIA).

  • 1958

    Making New Neighbors

    Grange Insurance Association relocates to 2717 3rd Avenue in Seattle.

  • 1962

    Raging Storm Hits the NW

    The Columbus Day Storm results of Typhoon Freda hit the Northwest, resulting in a record $700,000 of losses for the Association. In 1962 dollars, the path of the storm caused an estimated $230-280 million in damage. View Video Clip

  • 1980

    9 Hours of Destruction Rocks the US

    Mt. St. Helens erupts and the company pays 386 volcano-related claims. Over 40,000 insurance claims were filed state-wide. View Video Clip

  • 1982

    Modern Conveniences

    Grange Insurance Association moves into its new headquarters, a four-story building on Cedar Street in Seattle where it remains today.

  • 1994

    A Time of Celebration

    The company celebrates 100 years of service, unveiling new logos for the occasion.

  • 2006

    Technology Changes Business

    The company launches its web-based real-time quoting system called GO Quote!

  • 2009

    "Excellent" Financial Rating

    Grange Insurance Association earns A.M. Best's rating of A- (Excellent).

  • 2010

    The Secret is Out!

    Seattle Business names Grange Insurance Association one of Washington’s 100 best companies to work for.

  • 2014

    Embracing Our Brand

    Grange Insurance Association unveils a new brand image that reflects the company’s history and embraces its future.

  • 2016

    Granwest Property & Casualty™

    Rocky Mountain Fire and Casualty, a stock company wholly owned by Grange Insurance Association (GIA), was rebranded to Granwest™ Property & Casualty.

  • 2016

    ValChoice Award

    Grange Insurance Association was awarded the ValChoice Award for #1 Best Value for Home Insurance throughout the Pacific Northwest.

  • 2017

    IIABKC Award

    Grange Insurance Association was awarded the IIABKC Carrier of the Year award.


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ValChoice #1
Best Value in Home Insurance
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A.M. Best "Excellent"
Financial Strength Rating
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