The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: HIG) on Monday celebrated its 200th anniversary of helping its customers achieve what’s ahead. To commemorate the company’s May 10, 1810, incorporation date, CEO Liam E. McGee and CFO Christopher J. Swift rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).
The company’s Richard Childress Racing’s No. 33 Chevrolet Impala with The Hartford’s commemorative logo was also on display at the NYSE event. And, in honor of The Hartford’s role as the founding partner of the U.S. Paralympics, there were curling, wheelchair basketball, and sit volleyball demonstrations at the NYSE.
“For 200 years, this iconic American company has helped its customers achieve what’s ahead, earning a reputation for trust, integrity and customer service excellence,” said McGee. “The company has played a critical role in America’s history, protecting and investing in the country’s trials and triumphs. We have assisted customers through almost every major historic event in the U.S. since 1810.”
The Hartford has been involved with numerous milestones in the nation’s history including:
? Providing the contract bonds for construction of the Hoover Dam in 1931 and the Golden Gate Bridge in 1937;
? Issuing a personal liability policy for President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s 190-acre working farm and insuring Abraham Lincoln’s home in Springfield, Ill., in 1861;
? Paying out almost $2 million in claims after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 destroyed nearly 17,500 buildings and claimed 250 lives; and