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Assurant Specialty Property Announces Plans to Increase Staff at Florence, S.C. Service Center.

FLORENCE, S.C., Dec. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Assurant Specialty Property said today its Florence hazard insurance service center plans to hire as many as 100 additional employees over the next four to five months to accommodate the growth of its creditor-placed homeowners and insurance tracking business.

Employment at Florence center, which moved to its 100,000 square foot facility at 1323 Celebration Blvd. in 2003, now stands at slightly over 700. It currently has about 40 open jobs in a variety of areas, including clerical, customer care, processing, and entry- and mid-level management.

Assurant Specialty Property is part of Assurant . It provides hazard and flood insurance tracking, escrow disbursement, loss draft tracking and other hazard insurance-related customer services to mortgage lenders and their customers. The company also operates similar hazard insurance service centers in Duluth, Ga., Springfield, Ohio, and Santa Ana and Tustin, Calif.

Deborah Davis, vice president and service center manager, said Assurant Specialty Property is forecasting continued growth for business serviced by the Florence center. "When we built the center in 2003, it was designed for about 750 employees. It is now configured to accommodate about 980, which means we are well positioned for growth."

Davis said the Florence community and state of South Carolina have been very supportive of the company over the years. "This support, plus the quality of the labor pool and competitive labor costs all contributed to our decision to build this center in the first place and to continue to expand the facility," she said.

Job descriptions, and experience and education requirements for open positions at the Florence center can be found in the Careers section of http://www.assurantspecialtyproperty.com/ or at http://www.assurant.jobs/.

About Assurant Specialty Property

Assurant Specialty Property businesses are leading providers of creditor-placed homeowners insurance, direct-marketed products, collateral protection programs and related outsourcing services. They develop, underwrite, market and administer specialty property and personal lines of insurance through collaborative relationships with leading home mortgage companies, financial institutions, manufactured home builders and dealers, auto finance companies, property management companies and managing general agents. Assurant Specialty Property serves clients and their customers in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. http://www.assurantspecialtyproperty.com/

Assurant Specialty Property is part of Assurant, a premier provider of specialized insurance products and related services in North America and selected international markets. Assurant, a Fortune 500 company and part of the S&P 500, is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AIZ. Assurant has over $25 billion in assets and $8 billion in annual revenue. http://www.assurant.com/

Media Contact: James A. Sykes, 770.763.1015, james.sykes@assurant.com

CONTACT: James A. Sykes of Assurant Specialty Property, +1-770-763-1015, james.sykes@assurant.com

Web site: http://www.assurant.com/ http://www.assurantspecialtyproperty.com/ http://www.assurant.jobs/
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