Manry Rawls expands its crop insurance presence

Published 10:53 am Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Effective Jan. 1, Carolina East Associates Inc. of Williamston, North Carolina, merged with Manry Rawls LLC of Franklin. This merger creates one of the largest, regional crop insurance agencies in the mid-Atlantic and will ensure a stable, experienced source for this type of insurance in southeastern Virginia and eastern North Carolina.

Carolina East and Manry Rawls have both been recognized leaders in crop insurance for many years and will continue to operate under their individual names.

Customers will continue to enjoy the same quality service with current staff from both agencies remaining to help meet the insurance needs of their respective customers.

“This merger will allow two agencies with similar values to remain strong and independent going forward,” said V.S. “Vee” Pittman, president of Manry Rawls. “With well over 300 years of crop insurance experience between the agencies and a large support staff to service farmers’ needs, this combined entity is well-positioned to handle the ever-changing crop insurance needs of farmers today and well into the future. Today more than ever, farmers depend on guidance and advice from knowledgeable professionals that understand the complexities and changes in crop insurance. The combined entity of Carolina East and Manry Rawls will give farmers in our region an experienced partner to assist them in managing their risks each crop year.”

Founded in 1872, Manry Rawls is one of the largest, independent agribusiness insurance agencies in the Virginia-Carolina region. In addition to crop insurance, Manry Rawls is a leader in all types of agribusiness insurance including farm operations, cotton gins and warehousing and the sweet potato industry.

In addition to crop and farm insurance, Manry Rawls offers a full line of insurance products including homeowners, auto, commercial, and life/health through locations in Smithfield, Windsor, Franklin, Courtland and Emporia. Manry Rawls has an affiliate relationship with Farmers Bank, a community bank that operates seven branches and service centers throughout the Tidewater region.