Beth Caple and Amanda Sharp, who presently work for Midwest Insurance Corporation in Maxwell, will have a little longer commute to work in the near future.

Midwest Insurance Corporation (MIC), headquartered in Nevada, is closing the Maxwell office at the end of this month and bringing the two Maxwell employees to Nevada.

Melissa Johnson, president of MIC, said the move is going to allow for more team building among all of the company’s employees, because they can work together easier in a centralized location. “We will still go out to our customers in the Maxwell area. We just won’t have an office in the town,” she said.

When they move to Nevada, both Caple and Sharp will continue as account managers for MIC, and the move will also give Caple a new role. “Beth will become an ‘ag team lead’ for the central office,” Johnson said. “She’s been working in ag for 22 years and has the perspective of owning her own family farm to bring to the table as well.”

Johnson said that when MIC built its new office in Nevada’s east business district, the facility was laid out with the idea of centralized processing for its four offices —Nevada, Maxwell, Madrid and Boone. She said there are plans to bring even more employees into the Nevada facility soon.

Even if employees aren’t physically in an office in another community, that doesn’t mean MIC won’t continue to serve those communities. “We’re looking for the best way to serve clients,” she said, and bringing employees together for more teamwork “is a great way to meet those goals.”

With the arrival of Caple and Sharp in the Nevada office, the number of employees will go to 13. It would have been 14, but longtime employee Ros Dunblazier is retiring at the end of the month.

Dunblazier, who has been with MIC for 24 years as an insurance agent, will work her last day on March 29. An open house for Dunblazier will be held Thursday, March 21, from 4-6 p.m., and clients and members of the community are invited to stop in for refreshments at the Nevada MIC office, 1601 South B Ave.

Dunblazier has worked a total of 42 years in the insurance business. She started out with McDaniel Insurance, where Ray McDaniel, a longtime Nevada businessman, trained her in the field.

After working for 10 years at McDaniel Insurance, she worked for another Nevada agency, Ahlquist-Mordini Insurance, for eight years. Then, she came to MIC.

Dunblazier said the best thing about working in insurance has been the people. “I like helping the people and watching their families grow and their insurance needs change as their lives changed.”

She also appreciated the flexibility her career offered for her to be very active in the community. Some of her main activities have included Rotary, Nevada Chamber of Commerce, Extension and, more recently, Nevada Nice. She plans to continue to be very active in Nevada in her retirement years.

Along with those activities, retirement will give her more time to be with family. She has two children, Brian (and wife Michelle) of Maxwell and Megan Keigley (and husband Kyle) of Boone; and her five grandchildren.

“I just decided it was time to do it (retire), while I was still young enough to enjoy the time with my grandchildren.” She said she will, however, miss the office camaraderie she’s enjoyed at MIC.