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Buffalo company acquires Don Allen Agency

Rochester Business Journal
May 12, 2016

Buffalo insurance agency Walsh Duffield Cos. Inc. has acquired Don Allen Agency Inc. in Pittsford.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The move comes on the heels of Walsh Duffield’s acquisition of Barry York Inc., also an insurance agency in Pittsford, in January.

A total of 21 employees are joining Walsh Duffield from the Don Allen Agency, which brings its workforce in Rochester to 28 employees.
Don Allen Agency was founded in 1968 and grew to become one of Rochester’s largest independent insurance agencies through numerous acquisitions over the years, Walsh Duffield officials said. With the addition of Don Allen Agency, the Rochester market now represents roughly one-third the Buffalo-based firm’s book of business.

Don Allen Agency will continue to operate at its Linden Avenue location, officials said.

“This is a significant step for us as we activate our growth strategy beyond Buffalo,” said Barney Walsh, executive vice president of Walsh Duffield. “Partnering with the team at the Don Allen Agency gives us the strength and experience to be a real player in the Rochester market.”

Officials at Don Allen Agency described the combination of the two firms as a great fit.

“Walsh Duffield has a strong leadership team and a drive for growth,” said Arthur Fitelson, vice chairman, who co-founded the firm with Donald Allen.

Walsh Duffield has been offering insurance to individuals and businesses since 1860. It has 110 employees and also has offices Avon, Livingston County, and Medina, Orleans County.

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