NU Online News Service, April 5, 2005, 5:43 p.m. EDT

A New England insurer has opened a 3-story individual life operations center in Maple Grove, Minn.[@@]

The insurer, Hartford Financial Services Group Inc., says the new facility, which replaces a Plymouth, Minn., operations center, employs about 600 people.

The new facility handles individual life underwriting, policy administration and processing, human resources, legal, information technology, and sales and marketing for Hartford’s Middle America unit.

Hartford will continue to keep some information technology and project management employees in the old Plymouth facility, Hartford says.