McCune & Reed: Insuring Ottumwans Since 1960

Monday, March 05, 2018

It can be frustrating to spend money on intangible items such as insurance. But good coverage offers important protection for your most valuable assets. Knowing you’re prepared in the event of an accident or unforeseen event can help bring peace of mind.

Residents of Ottumwa are fortunate to have access to the services of McCune and Reed, a dedicated local insurance company. McCune and Reed specializes in home, auto and business insurance. It offers a comprehensive array of coverage, including life, business and even health insurance.

The company incorporated in 1960 and has been serving customers in the same location at 119 N Washington Street in Ottumwa since 1973. It started with three original owners and was a completely family run business until 2005. Although one of the current partners is no longer related, the business maintains a friendly and customer-service oriented atmosphere.

“We are locally owned and operated. We’re here, you don’t have to call a 1-800 number; you can just come in and talk with us. It’s like we’re family and we try to make customers feel that way,” says President Barb Allison, who has worked for the firm for 29 years.

McCune and Reed has a long history of support for the Ottumwa Economic Development Corporation (OEDC). Over the years, it has been an active contributing member. In addition, some of the company’s leaders have served on the OEDC board of directors.

The company and its nine employees are heavily invested in making Ottumwa a better place. Allison says McCune and Reed makes a point of donating to many different causes. Staff share their time as volunteers and serve on nonprofit boards. They are involved in supporting local events and activities.

Programs such as the Ottumwa Leadership Academy and civic organizations like the Rotary and Kiwanis have benefited from the company’s community-minded activities. Local sports teams, schools, the food bank, the YMCA and American Home Finding are also among its beneficiaries.

Giving back is integrated into McCune and Reed’s culture. This local company accepts a shared responsibility in the future development of Ottumwa.

“We make a living thanks to the people in our community and so we like to give back to try to make the community better,” says Allison. “When we contribute to our community, we strengthen it and help it grow — and when communities grow, businesses grow too. It's a win for everyone."


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Ottumwa Economic Development Corporation 217 East Main Street Ottumwa, IA  52501
Phone 641-682-3465 Fax 641-682-3466 |