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Buffalo-based firm acquires Pittsford insurance agency

Rochester Business Journal
January 12, 2016

Buffalo insurance agency Walsh Duffield Cos. Inc. has acquired Pittsford agency Barry York Inc.

The local agency will continue to be led by President Barry York, whose current operation traces its Rochester roots back to 1912, officials said. Now doing business as the Barry York Agency, the insurance firm employs six people in its Pittsford office.

York started his own agency in 2000 with the acquisition of Pitcher-Matthews-Consler-York, followed closely by the acquisition of W.D. Hewes Agency, LePage & Associates and Kircher-Brindisi Agency, the company said.

“Walsh Duffield is a first-class agency with an outstanding management team.” York said in a statement. “Joining Walsh Duffield will give us the ability to provide more competitive coverage options and prices, as well as new services to our clients.”

It is the second acquisition for Walsh Duffield in the Rochester area, following the transition of Brighton’s Stuart G. Smith Agency to the Walsh Quinn Agency LLC in June 2014, officials said. Walsh Duffield plans to continue looking for opportunities to expand its foothold in Rochester and Upstate New York.

Walsh Duffield dates back to 1860. With offices in Buffalo, Rochester and Medina, Orleans County, the firm offers group benefits, personal and commercial insurance.

(c) 2016 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email

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