WOODLAND HILLS, CA-Farmers Insurance, which has been based inSouthern California since its founding in 1928, will relocate 1,200workers to 6303 Owensmouth Ave. from its offices in Simi Valley ina lease of approximately 180,000 square feet at the Owensmouthaddress. The insurance company says that the move from 3041 CochranSt. in Simi Valley will relocate the employees "to a newer, moremodern facility" at the Woodland Hills location.

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The insurance company, which expects to begin moving the workersin early 2011, says that the 1,200 employees representapproximately 20% of its Greater Los Angeles work force. SomeFarmers employees are already based at 6303 Owensmouth Ave., whichis branded with the name of 21st Century Insurance Co., but thename on the building will be changed to Farmers Insurance. Farmersacquired 21st Century in July 2009.

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Terms of the lease, in which Farmers was represented by NathanPiehl of Equis, were undisclosed. The building ownership wasrepresented by Jim Lindvall and Ryan House of Jones LangLaSalle.

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According to David Travers, executive vice president ofoperations for Farmers, the company

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has more than 6,000 employees and agents in the Greater LosAngeles area, making it one of the largest employers in SouthernCalifornia. Its facilities in the region include the originalFarmers Insurance Home Office campus at 4680 Wilshire Blvd. in LosAngeles; and three large facilities located along the 101 FreewayCorridor in Woodland Hills, Agoura Hills and Westlake Village. Inaddition to its corporate office presence in the Greater LosAngeles area, local Farmers Insurance agents maintain their ownoffices throughout California and across the US.

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Farmers Insurance has occupied the Simi Valley facility since1982 and the relocation of employees to the newer, more modernWoodland Hills facility will improve working conditions foremployees, Travers said, and it also will provide the space foradditional future growth for Farmers Insurance in the Greater LosAngeles area.

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Travers said that Farmers is "extremely sensitive to how ourdecision will impact Simi Valley." The insurance company "will beworking with the building owner, the local business community andcity officials to find suitable tenants to fill the office space weare vacating," he said.

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