After about 10 years of talking about it, owners of two Hagerstown insurance companies have merged their businesses to form what they believe is the highest-volume insurance company in the Tri-State area, company officials said.
Once all of the papers were signed last week, Wright Gardner Insurance Inc. and Tischer Associates became Wright, Gardner and Tischer Insurance, said John H. J. Frantz, one of the new company's five owners.
"This will make us probably the largest in the Tri-State," said Frantz, who wouldn't say how much money changed hands in the deal.
Joining the two companies made sense because it would increase the consumer base, he said.
"We have like philosophies, so it was a good match," Frantz said.
While it was structured like a merger, the deal was technically a mutual buyout, said Joseph C. Tischer, who started Tischer Associates about 20 years ago.