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Many downtown W-B employees continue working remotely

June 19, 2020

Working from home is still strongly encouraged under Gov. Tom Wolf’s reopening plan and that’s what many office workers in downtown Wilkes-Barre will continue to do after Luzerne County enters the green phase Friday. Berkshire Hathaway GUARD insurance Companies’ employees also continue to work remotely, except for a few essential staff, said spokeswoman Elizabeth Hartman. […]

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These homegrown companies are helping fuel economic growth in NEPA

August 26, 2019

“Led locally by the exceptional executive team of Sy Foguel, Carl Witkowski, and Eitan Ajchenbaum, Berkshire Hathaway GUARD’s decision to purchase the Wilkes-Barre Center Building on Public Square two years ago signaled the beginning of one of the most significant economic development expansions in the history of the city.”

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GUARD move almost complete; 700-plus working at downtown company

August 7, 2019

The move of Berkshire Hathaway GUARD operations to Public Square is nearing completion. A spokesperson for the company said the remodeling of eight of the 10 floors at GUARD Tower at 39 Public Square has been completed.

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Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Companies Buys New Wilkes-Barre Building

November 2, 2017

Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Co. has purchased the Wilkes-Barre Center building on Public Square as it expands its national headquarters in the city’s downtown. During a press conference in the courtyard of Rodano’s, which is part of the Wilkes-Barre Center property, state Sen. John Yudichak called the project “the biggest economic development victory for the City of Wilkes-Barre in decades.” Calling GUARD a “stellar corporate citizen,” state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski said keeping the company headquarters here “speaks volumes about the private sector’s faith in Wilkes-Barre City and Northeastern Pennsylvania.”

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Governor Wolf Announces Creation of 285 New Jobs Through Expansion of Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Headquarters in Wilkes-Barre

November 1, 2017

Governor Tom Wolf announced Berkshire Hathaway GUARD (GUARD), a commercial property and casualty insurance company, will expand its national headquarters in Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, and create 285 new Pennsylvania jobs. “This project is a big win for Wilkes-Barre, both now and in the future,” said Governor Wolf. “Major employers like GUARD recognizing the advantages and growth potential of Wilkes-Barre means that not only will its current Pennsylvania workers remain employed here for years to come, but that hundreds more will now have family-sustaining jobs that will help the local economy and community.”

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Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Closes Deal to Buy Wilkes-Barre Building; New Jobs on the Way

November 1, 2017

Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance didn’t have to look beyond the city for its new corporate headquarters…. The company ended months of speculation Wednesday, announcing it closed a deal to buy the Wilkes-Barre Center at 39 Public Square. CEO Sy Foguel said the search began more than a year ago to accommodate the company that was growing financially and in number of employees. GUARD, a subsidiary of billionaire investor Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc., had increased six-fold to more than $1.2 billion in annual sales and doubled its workforce to more than 675 over the past five years.

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Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Names Important Staff Appointments and Promotions

August 21, 2015

As a result of expansion, a number of important staff appointments and promotions have been made. Read our press releases to learn more.

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GUARD Lot an Example of What Pride Can Accomplish

August 7, 2007

“‘They paved paradise and put up a parking lot,’ Joni Mitchell famously noted in 1969’s ‘Big Yellow Taxi.’ That’s usually the way it works…. This makes what GUARD has done with its parking lot on Market Street in Wilkes-Barre all the more remarkable…. Take a stroll…and you’ll see what pride of ownership, a sense of civic responsibility and love of perfectly maintained plants has achieved.”

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GUARD Receives Chamber’s Healthy Workplace Award

November 9, 2006

GUARD’s health care initiative, WellGUARD, was recently recognized by the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce. The award recognized the numerous health-conscious programs GUARD has put into place since launching WellGUARD in January of 2006. More than 91 percent of the organization’s employees participate and enjoy better health due to weight loss, smoking cessation, increased physical activity, enhanced education, and better nutrition.

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GUARD is Ranked #2 Best Place to Work in PA

December 18, 2001

“We believe employees will do their best work in an environment that is conducive to their creativity,” said Robert Thomas, Communications Director for GUARD. “Challenging jobs are the most interesting. We’ve learned to take a chance on people, asking them to assume projects that extend their reach. GUARD is still small enough that individual efforts have a large impact on our success.”

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