The Nicholas Insurance Agency has a long history of serving our neighbors in the Copper Country.
In 1979 our founder George Nicholas left a very successful career managing the local Prudential Insurance office and opened his own agency out of his home in Hancock. He partnered with the Twin City Service Agency of Menominee, giving him access to many diverse insurance companies so that he could offer his customers the best value available.
In 1981 George purchased the Roy Insurance Agency and moved his office into the old Finlandia Restaurant in downtown Hancock. We remained there until 1991 when we moved to 323 Quincy Street in Hancock. In March of 2012, we moved to the other side of the bridge to our current location in the former Lode Theater in Houghton.
In 1994 Darrell Nicholas joined his father George and became a licensed insurance agent. His brother Steve Nicholas came aboard in 1996, allowing George a well-earned semi-retirement. In 1997 the agency split from the Twin City Service Agency and became Superior State Agency of Hancock.
George passed away in the summer of 1999, leaving Darrell and Steve as owners and operators of the agency. In 2006 our name was changed to Nicholas Insurance Agency, taking advantage of the excellent reputation that George had built over the years.
Today the agency remains in the hands of brothers Darrell and Steve, along with and customer service people Holly Strauch and Tina Posega. They offer our customers a wealth of customer service experience. We remain a “Ma and Pa” agency on purpose, as we believe it allows us to serve our clients with more personal attention and a higher degree of expertise.
Gov. Whitmer's Executive Order from 3/23/2020 essentially closes most business' in the State BUT allows some to remain open under very strict circumstances. Insurance agencies are given an exception to remain open.
We have already taken many steps to keep our customers and staff safe, such as only doing business over the phone and locking our doors to customers, as well as keeping a safe distance apart at all times. We are also disinfecting all surfaces frequently. We are giving our hourly staff the option to come to work in the above environment or to stay at home. Because we are following the President's orders on social distancing and sanitizing we are comfortable with the our safety. We therefore will designate both owners, Steve and Darrell Nicholas as essential employees. We also designate our hourly staff as essential as well, so that company downloads can continue to occur daily.