Kape Insurance Agency will be celebrating 55 years in South Plainfield next January. The family-owned and operated business has served the residents of South Plainfield and surrounding areas since 1961, providing a variety of services you’d find at a larger insurance agency with a “personal touch” that was so important to founder Bernard Kape when he first started the business.

Located in the same building at 510 Hamilton Blvd. since its inception, Kape Insurance has expanded from a one-person operation more than 50 years ago, to a full staff today. In 1992, the building underwent a complete renovation, adding space for expanding computer and staffing needs.

Bernie, as those who knew him best called him, began the agency after a long career as a real estate broker, Equitable Life Insurance agent, notary public and life member of the National Association of Life Underwriters. A longtime resident of South Plainfield, Bernie and wife Anita raised three children here. “

Anyone who knew Bernie Kape would tell you he loved to talk with and help everyone. He left that legacy in great hands with his family and staff,” said his son, Alan Kape, who joined the agency in 1983 and took over the helm after his father retired. “My father helped a lot of families buy their first homes when South Plainfield was in its infancy and new houses were being built. He helped them get mortgages, some with little or no down payment.”

A man of strong principals and integrity, Bernie’s desire to personally assist clients with their insurance needs remains the mission of Kape Insurance Agency today.

In addition to Alan, who earned a bachelor’s degree (insurance major) from The University of Rhode Island, the staff includes Alan’s wife, Judy, who also earned a bachelor’s degree from The University of Rhode Island, and functions as the office manager and leads the personal insurance department.

Rebecca Lanzano joined the agency in 1992 and specializes in personal insurance and is a notary public.

Barbara Chin, who joined the agency in 1998, is bilingual in Cantonese.

Margie Deangelo, who received a master’s degree in applied mathematics from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and joined the agency in 1998, specializes in property/casualty, life and health insurance.

Scott Pfluger specializes in business and commercial insurance and joined the agency in 2007 after running his own business for 12 years.

Kim Albanese, who has worked in the insurance industry for the past 28 years, handles both personal and commercial insurance.

Kape Insurance, a Trusted Choice independent insurance agency, offers insurance products through multiple providers including Progressive Insurance, Traveler’s Insurance, The Hartford, Plymouth Rock, Mercury Insurance Group, Philadelphia Insurance Company, Franklin Mutual Insurance, AmTrust Insurance Service, Utica National and others. Specializing in personal and business insurance, the agents at Kape can provide you with a quote on homeowners’ insurance (condo, renters, secondary residence); small business and personal insurance

Including auto, motorcycle, boat and classic car insurance, bonds, commercial building and general liability coverage, Worker’s Comp (pay-as you- go), cyber and data breach insurance, and more.

“We strive to provide our clients with cost-effective risk management solutions to minimize exposure to financial loss,” said Alan. “We achieve this by delivering dependable service and continually advising through the insurance process. The result is loyal and satisfied clients!”

Alan added, “Nowadays, insurance companies use so many factors when providing rates to individuals and businesses. No one company will provide the lowest rates and the best coverage’s in all cases. Each individual needs a local agent to help him or her shop for the best options. Please call or visit us to see how we can help you with any of your personal or business insurance needs.”

Kape Insurance Agency can be reached by calling (908) 757-6666 or email to info@kapeinsurance.com.

For more information, visit our website at www.kapeinsurance.com.