When you think State Farm, you think insurance, right?
Well, that may have been true in your grandaddy's day. But no more.
Not, at least, at the State Farm office in the Sawmill Crossing shopping center.
At this year-old operation, customers also can open a checking and/or savings bank account on-premises through State Farm Bank; mortgage their homes; invest in nine different mutual funds; plan for their retirement; set up or roll over their IRAs; join a health alliance; get a Visa CheckCard or ATM card; grab some mixed and market rate CDs; obtain business insurance, get individual medical coverage that's linked with a medical savings account ...
"... And, of course, you can also get all different kinds of life insurance," explains State Farm agent Deborah Barber.
In modern State Farm offices across the country, Barber said, similar myriads of services are offered under a single roof because the company's stated mission and goal is to be the customer's first and best choice for their insurance and financial needs.
"We feel like if we can offer our customers products that they would traditionally have to go elsewhere to get then we can provide them with better service," Barber said.
Barber is relatively new to the Sawmill business, having taken it over in June. But hardly a day passes, she said, when one customer or another doesn't respond with, "Oh! I had no idea!," when they walk in and realize the diversity of services offered by State Farm.
Barber is one of more than 400 State Farm agents nationwide who are participating in the early stages of the parent company's rollout of State Farm Financial Services, the official name of its unitary thrift. The thrift is using Barber and other agents as the on-site marketers and salespeople to push loans, leases, and deposit products.
The program made its debut in Missouri and Illinois over its first two years, and now, in its third year, it has reached Arizona. A national rollout is expected to follow.
But no matter how popular State Farm's financial services become, Barber said, insurance of all types and forms will always be the company's No. 1 product.
State Farm is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.
The company is at 201 W. Main Street, Suite C, in Sawmill Crossing right behind the new Chili's Grill and Bar.
For more information, call State Farm at (928) 468-6530.