Merchants' Story is a Family Legacy
With a stable business philosophy, a family work environment and a focus on making a difference in the community, Merchants Bonding Company has nine decades of experience, tradition, leadership and innovation.
E.H. Warner and Merle Milligan founded Merchants Mutual Bonding Company in 1933, and grew it with a consistent and conservative approach to surety that remains the cornerstone of Merchants’ success. W.W. Warner became President in 1962, and led Merchants through the ups and downs of the economy and industry for nearly 30 years. He was succeeded by his son, William Warner, Sr. who continued the family legacy.
Chairman of the Board and President Larry Taylor and Sr. Vice President of Operations and Corporate Secretary Bill Warner, Jr. are members of the Warner family’s fourth generation, now leading Merchants Bonding Company with the same care and commitment to clients, employees and the community that has marked the growing success of this company.
The legacy continues to grow. After eight decades, Merchants now handles business in all 50 states. The company is headquartered in West Des Moines, Iowa, with branch offices located throughout the United States to better serve our partners. Merchants employs more than 150 associates working to provide excellent underwriting and underwriting services.