Allstate NI plays a strategic role in developing, transforming and maintaining the various technology platforms used within America's largest publically held personal lines, property and casualty insurer: The Allstate Corporation.
After more than 15 years in business, Allstate NI is Northern Ireland's largest IT Company with 2,300 plus employees across three different sites in Belfast, Londonderry and Strabane.
Allstate Northern Ireland opened its Strabane location in 2004 after piloting a very successful business process outsourcing and call centre operation out of its Belfast office. It was decided that to grow that part of the organization, a new office location would need to be found with access to a larger workforce, rather than competing with the market in Belfast. Strabane was an ideal choice as it is close to the high population bases of Derry, Letterkenny, Omagh and Donegal, and Strabane itself had a good base of unemployed, but very capable, people.
Ten years later the Strabane office has gone from strength to strength, employing over 500 people from the local area and becoming one of the largest employers in the North West. To celebrate this significant milestone, employees at the Orchard Road sites enjoyed a week-long event to celebrate the 10 year anniversary.
The event was opened by Jerry Correa, Senior Leader, Operations, visiting for the week from Roanoke, Virginia and Peter Barber, Area Leader, Operations. The official cutting of the anniversary cake took place amidst a gallery of photos taken throughout the 10 years, which were on display in the Front Foyer of the Main Building. Strabane Radio were also on-site interviewing staff, broadcasting requests and memories over the years and getting staff in party mood.
The event drew to a close with a Townhall Address by Carla Zuniga, Senior Vice President of Operations to Strabane staff from Home Office in Chicago, with congratulations from Allstate Senior Leadership, which included an Awards Ceremony to 33 employees receiving their 10 year service medals.
Bro McFerran, Vice President and Managing Director of Allstate Northern Ireland said,
"It is a fantastic achievement to be celebrating 10 years of Allstate Northern Ireland in Strabane. Not only have we benefited as a company, but we have brought about much sought after employment to the Strabane economy and have continually encouraged other businesses to do the same. Our Strabane employees are a credit to Allstate NI with their outstanding work ethic and first class customer service, and I thank them for their continued commitment to the company."
The Strabane operations continually go above and beyond in their efforts to make a difference in the local community and have recently been named '2014 Employer of the Year' by Strabane District Council and Chamber of Commerce.