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Historic Timeline

1854

Gilbert’s Insurance Agency traces its origin to W.L. Murdock, at a time when Sharon’s population was between 600 and 700. Although the city was small in number, the foundation of the valley's future industrial might was being laid. The first blast furnaces had been erected and coal mining was flourishing.

1912

Gilbert’s paid its first automobile insurance claim, remarkably several years before Ford's invention of the world's first auto assembly line.

1913

Gilbert’s is passed into the hands of Edward Buchholz.

Gilbert's Risk Solutions1920

After the start of World War I, during President Woodrow Wilson’s term, John F. Gilbert entered the insurance field and the agency became Buchholz and Gilbert.

1934

Samuel P. Gilbert joined his brother after the death of Mr. Buchholz, and the agency name was changed to Gilbert’s.

1948

After the end of WWII, Gilbert’s became incorporated on April 21st and began to flourish by helping to protect a greater number of local families and businesses. The owners of the agency were Herm Hanson, Mary Gilbert Hanson, and Isabelle Gilbert Forker.

1969

With Neil Armstrong walking on the moon, Nixon taking office, and the economy steadily growing, Thomas Kachulis merged his agency with Gilbert’s and became a stockholder along with David Winland. Tom joined Dave Winland and Herm Hanson as the owners.

1971

Ken Johnston joins the staff at Gilbert’s.

1982

Herm Hanson retired from Gilbert’s.

1983

Dave Winland retires from his ownership position at Gilbert’s.  Matt Lazaroff and Ken Johnston joined Tom Kachulis as owners.

Gilbert's Risk Solutions1990

Current President, Lew G. Kachulis, CPCU, CIC, CWCA, joined Gilbert’s to focus on growing the agency into a regional full service agency.

2000

Gilbert’s began offering loss control services that reduced employee injuries by over 50 % in the first year.

2001

Gilbert’s Consulting Services, Inc. begun offering workers compensation claims management services for self-funded businesses.

2003

Matt Lazaroff retires, but Jim Schneider and Jim Culligan became owners to help perpetuate the tradition of Gilbert's.

2004

Gilbert’s Insurance celebrates a century and a half of insurance services for generations of Shenango Valley/Mercer County families and businesses.

2009

Bradley W. Mantzell, CPCU, CIC, moves back to his hometown area to join Gilbert’s as Vice President/Risk Architect also having extensive Property & Casualty experience.