$25 million expansion to create up to 100 jobs at Brotherhood Mutual

An expansion of Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Co.’s Fort Wayne headquarters will create up to 100 new jobs by the end of 2022.

The company, which insures Christian ministries, filed plans with the Allen County Department of Planing Services to add about 88,000 square feet to its headquarters at 6400 Brotherhood Way — a project expected to cost about $25.5 million. The addition will include meeting and office space, making room for as many as 300 additional future employees. Thew auditorium space will be used for weekly chapel services and employee training sessions. Construction is slated to begin next month and expected to be complete by September 2020.

The company said it is growing due to its recent expansion of services and increased national customer need. Brotherhood Mutual currently employs more than 485 associates in Fort Wayne and will soon begin hiring for multiple departments, including underwriting, claims, legal, finance, building and grounds, as well as in its payroll company, MinistryWorks®. Interested applicants can learn more and apply online.

“We’re blessed to continue our growth here in Fort Wayne,” Mark Robison, chairman and president of Brotherhood Mutual, said in a statement. “As we look to the future, we will continue our goal of helping ministries thrive. Our customers trust us to provide innovative insurance coverage and risk management resources, specifically designed to help them operate safely and effectively every day. This project will allow us to serve more ministries while providing the excellent customer service they deserve.”

Upon its founding in Allen County in 1917, Brotherhood Mutual served eight churches in Indiana, Ohio and Illinois. Today, the company serves more than 60,000 ministries in 47 states and the District of Columbia. The company also insures mission travel, extending services around the globe. Additionally, MinistryWorks® by Brotherhood Mutual is America’s largest payroll processing and payroll tax filing service for Christian ministries.

“I’m encouraged that Fort Wayne continues to experience growth and success,” stated Mayor Tom Henry. “Brotherhood Mutual’s plans to expand and add jobs at their local headquarters demonstrates their ongoing commitment to making our city a better place to live, work and play. We appreciate their believe in our community. Together, we’re moving forward in a positive direction.”

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered Brotherhood Mutual up to $925,000 in conditional tax credits based on the company’s job creation plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. Northeast Indiana Works will provide hiring and training assistance. Fort Wayne City Council will consider additional incentives.