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About Us

WGV Insurance Agency has been located in Orwell, Ashtabula County, Ohio since 1937. We are a full service, independent agency offering auto, home, life, health, and business protection as well as a variety of other insurance and retirement products.

Originally named the L. O. Benton Insurance Agency, it was founded in 1937 by Larry O. Benton. Upon his passing in 1958, his son and local resident, Larry F. Benton continued operation of the agency until he was joined by Jim Dodd in 1970. Larry and Jim renamed the agency in 1979 to what it is today. Upon the retirement of Larry in 1994, Shawn Holmes joined the agency and became a partner in 1996 and owner in 2002.


The agency operates today primarily across Ohio and Pennsylvania with the same philosophies and concepts as our founders. We continue to value long-standing relationships with our clients as well as the ultimate benefit of being an independent agency with the choice of quality companies such as Westfield Insurance, Auto-Owners, Progressive, ASI, Buckeye Insurance, Foremost, SORSA and Safeco.

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