Local benefits firm acquired by global insurer

An Illinois-based global insurance broker has acquired an employee benefits firm with two Lehigh Valley offices.

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. said it has acquired JP Warner Associations Inc., which does business as Warner Benefits. Warner is headquartered in Wayne, but has offices in Center Valley and Whitehall.

Warner offers group benefit plan and human resource consulting services, as well as individual coverages, primarily to clients across the Philadelphia suburbs and the Lehigh Valley.

Jonathan P. Warner and his team will continue to operate from their current locations under the direction of Tom Belmont Jr., head of Gallagher’s Atlantic region employee benefit consulting and brokerage operations.

“Jon and his team are highly respected and will add to Gallagher’s deep consulting capabilities in the greater Philadelphia metropolitan area, as well as expand our services into the Lehigh Valley,” said J. Patrick Gallagher, Jr., chairman president and CEO of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. “We are delighted to welcome them to our growing company.”

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., a global insurance brokerage, risk management and consulting services firm, is headquartered in Rolling Meadows, Illinois.

The company said it has operations in 49 countries and offers client-service capabilities in more than 150 countries around the world through a network of correspondent brokers and consultants.