State Senator Paul Farrow presents a citation from
Gov. Scott Walker to West Bend Mutual Insurance
Company CFO Dale Kent during a ceremony before the
groundbreaking for the company’s Argent division
headquarters in the City of Pewaukee Monday
Charles Auer/Freeman Staff
PEWAUKEE - Argent, a division of West Bend Mutual
Insurance Company, had a groundbreaking ceremony Monday
to celebrate kicking off their soon-to-be new office
building in the City of Pewaukee. to house their growing
is a monoline worker’s compensation provider. It
specializes in working with much larger than normal
businesses, such as hospitals, large retail chains and
large contractors. To get an idea of how much these
policies cover, the average premium is $200,000.
company started with just 10 core employees with an
entrepreneurial mindset, according to Paul Hingtgen,
Argent vice president.
the big move?
we’re out of space,” said Hingtgen. “We have now added
another 45 people onto that, and in the space that we’re
in right now, we’re pretty cramped.”
From left, Argent assistant vice president for
claims, Dave Nettum; Argent assistant vice president
for operations; Jim Keal, Argent assistant vice
president for loss control, Mike DeLaney; West Bend
CEO Kevin Steiner; State Rep. Adam Neylon, State
Senator Paul Farrow; West Bend CFO Dale Kent; Argent
vice president Paul Hingtgen; and Bill Schwartz,
director of development for Interstate Partners,
LLC, the company constructing the new building,
break ground for the more than 25,000 square foot
building Monday afternoon in the City of Pewaukee.
Charles Auer/Freeman Staff
employees, 12 of them live in their jurisdictions, which
include cities in Nebraska, Iowa, and Wisconsin. Their
job is to help prevent or contain the cost of a
workplace injury - which requires them to work closely
with their clients.
Whether meeting with them once a month or every other
month, Hingtgen said, they have to have people
geographically situated because it would be unproductive
with some of their employees strategically dropped
across three states, space was scarce in their old
had to go off site and rent a room to have meetings,”
new building will have expandable meeting areas so that
conferences with the entire staff are plausible. One of
their larger meeting areas is designed to open up and
accommodate 90 to 100 people.
with larger conference rooms, the new location will have
an exercise facility for staff, large windows, ambient
lighting, and a walking trail outside - with as many
preserved trees as possible.
The future home of Argent, a division of West Bend
Mutual Insurance, will be located at N25-W23645
Watertown Road in the City of Pewaukee. The
25,700-square-foot, two-story office building is
being built by Interstate Partners. It will be on 23
with a natural walking path circling the property.
once had farmhouse, barns
According to Hingtgen, the lot at N25-W23645 Watertown
Road was once the home of a farmhouse and two old barns
- all of which they will be incorporating into their new
barn wood and timber found on the lot will be saved and
Whether it be using the timber for chairs or picture
frames, Hingtgen said the company is very interested in
keeping the legacy of the property. Unsure of what
exactly that legacy is, Argent is in contact with the
county historical society as they try to figure out who
was there before them.
used to be a living, working farm with a ton of
history,” said Hingtgen. “We respect that - it’s a very
nice place. We’re really happy with it.”
said in the coming years, Argent can expect to operate
in three additional states by the end of 2016, and six
states will be the core states.
means 12 or 13 jobs in the next year and a half, not
counting when they move to the three additional states.
But it’s not an easy hiring process.
Hingtgen said there are still job positions open because
some of them can be difficult to fill.
like an NFL draft pick,” he said. “We’ll wait and wait
until the right pick comes along - sometimes there just
isn’t the right match.”
finding the right match for the company is important -
especially to its founders.
building is an exclamation mark for the original 10
people that wanted to come with their entrepreneurial
spirit and their desire to build something, along with
the other 45 staff members - this it the exclamation
mark to say you did it,” said Hingtgen.
expects to be in the new building in the beginning of