Schillinger & Schillinger Insurance Agency, a family owned company, has over 60 years of insurance experience in the Thumb. As a Trusted Choice® Independent Agent, Schillinger and Schillinger Insurance is an agency with access to multiple insurance companies with a commitment to quality service which enables us to offer our clients competitive pricing, a broad choice of insurance products and unparalleled advocacy.
The Schillinger Insurance tradition first began in 1947 when Hubert J. Schillinger started his own Life Insurance Agency out of his home on Main Street in Port Sanilac, Michigan. In 1964, The Hubert J. Schillinger Insurance Agency finally relocated to a newly constructed office building at 30 N. Ridge Street in downtown Port Sanilac. At that time both Hubert and his wife of 15 years, Gloria, were the only licensed agents.
In 1971, Hubert sent his son, Louis M. Schillinger, newly finished from a tour in the U.S. Air Force and graduating from Michigan State University, to open the families second location in Port Austin, Michigan to run and manage their new branch office. During the ensuing two years, Hubert's remaining son’s, Marc and Don, became licensed to assist in the expanding Thumb personal lines business. And it wasn't too long before his daughters, Denise and Monique would also become licensed as their individual college careers were completed—thus bringing the entire family into the insurance business.
Following in his father’s footsteps and led by Hubert’s entrepreneurial spirit, Lou began to grow their agency by combining with other small agencies in the Thumb. It first began with in 1975 with the former Helen Peckham Agency and then in 1977 with the former Dewey Wahl Agency; both located in Bad Axe, Michigan. At that time, his brother Marc joined the firm and the agency’s name was expanded to Schillinger & Schillinger, Inc., with Mr. Lou Schillinger as its President. With this expansion, Lou moved his operations to Bad Axe.
By 1980, Schillinger & Schillinger, Inc. expanded into Tuscola County, with offices in Caro, Cass City and Millington. The Schillinger Family accomplished their goal of operating in all three counties in the Thumb of Michigan. They now had insurance offices in 6 communities and employed over 40 people.
While the local and personal lines were growing in the Thumb, Lou and Schillinger & Schillinger, Inc. formed one of the first Captive Insurance Company’s in Bermuda as it began an additional expansion into Program Business specializing in the new industry of Short line Railroads in 1985. It formed a subsidiary corporation, United Shortline, Inc. For the ensuing 5 years, it insured 90% of the new short line formations in the U.S.—helping the industry group and providing insurance competition, where none existed previously. The captive was purchased in 1990 by a larger insurance company and continued to grow through the next two decades. This Program Agency has grown to the only Managing General Agent for Short line Railroads in the U.S. through the purchase of its only competitor in 2011---and now insures over 40% of the nations short lines based out of its it’s Port Austin, Michigan office.
Today, along with the USI, Schillinger & Schillinger Insurance is back down to one office in the Thumb located at 8265 N. Van Dyke in Port Austin, Michigan. As an Independent Insurance Agenct with over 60 years of experience behind them, Schillinger and Schillinger Insurance continues to serve the Thumb with quality service and a variety of insurance products ranging from home and auto, commercial lines, legal shield as well as health and life insurance. The Schillinger Family tradition is still alive with the addition of Lou's son, Andre' in 2010, excited to serve the Thumb and the State of Michigan for years to come.