A casual observer might never have noticed that the Property Loss Research Bureau has just gone through a dramatic change. In January 2004, the PLRB was spun off by the Alliance of American Insurers, which merged with the National Association of Independent Insurers to form a new insurance trade association, the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America.

“With the stroke of a pen, the old PLRB that had been assisting member-company claim departments since 1947 was gone and a new PLRB instantly took its place,” said Bill Purmort, president of the Central Companies in Van Wert, Ohio, and chairman of PLRB’s Board of Directors. “Then, in keeping with long-standing PLRB practice, the level of excellent service to the members was improved.”

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