M.C. Thomas acquires Ohio Valley Insurance Group Inc.

BRIDGEPORT Matthew C. Thomas, president of M.C. Thomas Insurance Agency Inc. in Bridgeport, and John Marko of Ohio Valley Insurance Group Inc. of St. Clairsville, are happy to announce the sale of the Ohio Valley Agency to M.C. Thomas effective today.

This consolidation takes place to provide Marko with time to devote to his specialty hot dog stand, Johnny O’s in Morristown, and allow Thomas to expand in the insurance business. The two businesses have similar structures in that they are Independent Insurance Agencies.

This combination is seamless to clients as Thomas and Marko represent the same insurance companies. The premiums paid by clients for their coverage and the companies they are insured through will not be affected by this change.

As a result of this agreement, the offices and records of Ohio Valley Insurance Group were moved to the M.C. Thomas Agency which is located at 892 National Road in Brookside just west of Bridgeport on U.S. 40. Ample free parking is available at the Brookside location and the combined agency will be operated under the name M.C. Thomas Insurance Agency Inc.

Both Marko and Thomas said they are excited about this agreement since there will be no disruption to customers. Customers can reach the Agency by calling 740-635-0873 or by email at insure@mcthomasinsurance.com. The agency’s fax number is 740-635-0873.

The M.C.Thomas Insurance Agency Inc. began serving clients in 1954 when Manuel Thomas opened the Manuel C. Thomas Insurance Agency in Bridgeport. Thomas, a 1943 graduate of Bridgeport High School, operated the business in the downtown area of Bridgeport until 1980, when a move was made to the Brookside location. His son and current president, Matthew C. Thomas, joined the family business in 1977 after college. The business was then incorporated and name was changed to M.C. Thomas Insurance Agency Inc.

Manuel Thomas, who passed away in 2005 was still an active member of the Agency having spent 51 years of providing customer service. Through those years the Thomas Insurance Agency has purchased eight other insurance agencies and now serves the Tri-State Area including West Virginia and Pennsylvania. The M.C. Thomas Insurance Agency Inc. has a licensed staff of five with more than150 years of combined customer service experience.