John B. Collins Associates Inc. is setting up an office in Tampa, Fla.[@@]

Collins, Minneapolis, a reinsurance brokerage firm, says it is setting up the new office, at 2202 N. West Shore Blvd., Tampa, to get close to Gulf Coast customers.

The office will sell life reinsurance as well as property-casualty and health reinsurance, the firm says.

Jeff LeGare, a senior vice president at Collins, will be the office manager.