(NEENAH, Wis.) – Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company and Jewelers of America have announced a strategic alliance to enhance the services each provides to the retail jewelry industry.
The organizations will build upon their long history of mutual support, by working closely together to develop better products and services to meet the needs of retail jewelers. Going forward, the organizations will share information on respective areas of expertise – like business management, insurance issues and retail strategy.
“While we have long supported the well-known and respected Jewelers of America, this new partnership is a strategic commitment that infuses both organizations with an exhilarating synergy that will benefit the jewelry industry as a whole,” states Darwin Copeman, president and CEO of Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company.
Through this partnership, Jewelers of America exclusively endorses Jewelers Mutual’s commercial and personal jewelry insurance products. Jewelers Mutual pledges its support of Jewelers of America through continued sponsorship and funding for its projects, initiatives and industry events. JA members will benefit from free access to the security training courses offered by Jewelers Mutual, as well as free supplies.
“Jewelers of America is proud to be partnering with an organization that shares similar commitments – such as protecting, and promoting, the invaluable services of the independent jeweler,” says Matthew A. Runci, Jewelers of America President & CEO. “We look forward to expanding our members’ access and awareness of Jewelers Mutual’s excellent security training and safety education, in addition to working on future projects together.”
The first of such projects is the Jewelers of America Bench Certification Scholarship program. The scholarship program will give jewelers greater access to the nationally recognized certification credentials, which distinguish bench jewelers and their employers by assessing their bench skills and proficiency at four skill levels.
“In these challenging economic times, partnerships afford the opportunity to stand together, reaping rewards for everyone in the jewelry industry,” summarizes Copeman.