On the day of their founder's birthday, Erie Insurance made a commitment to neighborhoods in the City of Erie. They decided to give back to the community that helped make them.
"We had a vision that we talked about earlier in the year and it was to give back to the community in the form of a home," said Louis Colaizzo, Senior VP of Sales & Agency at Erie Insurance.
The house they're building will be a fortified home, which means it will be more resilient to wind and hail that damage houses.
"With all of the emerging storm events across our country, it's very important for us to start improving our building codes to make out homes resilient to these in order to make our home owners more efficient," said Doug Smith, Senior VP of Personal Lines at Erie Insurance.
The lot they're building at on East 4th Street is empty now, but by the end of summer, a new house and a new family will be here. And it's all part of the company's plan to build a community.
"We insure nearly two million homes, so I can't think of a better way of building the community than by building one ourselves," said Smith.
"We didn't want to just stop here, we wanted to have a long-term vision of, 'hey, is it possible for us to build a community within walking distance to our home office and a community is built one home at a time," said Colaizzo.
Nancy Milkowski, of Habitat for Humanity, said she was more than thrilled to hear their plans to build a community.
"I think that's wonderful they're so committed not only to Habitat, but they're committed to this community and to helping the families."
And Erie Insurance is hoping by building a community, they can build a future for not only their company, but for the entire community.
"If we make this investment now, the next generation of Erie Insurance employees will be able to keep on the tradition of our forbearers," said Smith.
Over 200 employees will help build the house. Construction is set to start on July 22, and will be finished just 21 days after that.