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Walsh Duffield insurance agencies to move to armory

The recent consolidation of several Rochester-area insurance agencies under the banner of the Walsh Duffield Cos Inc. goes the next step as all Rochester operations plan a move to the Culver Road Armory.

 The Buffalo-based insurance agency has grown its Rochester market starting with the transition of the Stuart G.  Smith Agency to the Walsh Quinn Agency in 2014 and more recently with the acquisition of the Barry York Agency and Don Allen Agency in 2016.
 
The new location, at 155 Culver Road, will include 10,000 square feet that will house 25 employees, with room for growth, official said. In addition to sharing an office, all operations will begin functioning under the Walsh Duffield name.
 
“Within the insurance industry, it is common for business to be driven by acquisitions,” said Edward Walsh Jr., president and CEO of Walsh Duffield. “We are committed to our presence in Rochester and want to eliminate confusion for our customers by moving towards one Walsh Duffield.
 
“We feel that our new space at the armory is a great start, allowing our entire Rochester team to come together to work collaboratively under one name in a new, state of the art office.”
 
Within the new office, Walsh Duffield indicated it plans to continue its emphasis on health in the workplace by providing standing workstations, a walking meeting room equipped with treadmill desk and a healthy vending machine set up by registered dieticians. 
“Wellness is one of our core values, and we want to make sure our Rochester team has the tools necessary to embrace this key part of our culture,” Walsh said.
 
Walsh Duffield has more than 100 employees and maintains offices in Rochester; Buffalo; Avon, Livingston County; and Medina, Orleans County.
 
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