Allstate was founded in 1925 as a division of Sears. Allstate was originally a tire brand but became an insurance brand in 1931. They originally sold auto insurance via direct mail.
In 1950, David Ellis created the slogan, “You’re in good hands with Allstate”. The company added fire, homeowners and life insurance in the 1950’s.
In 1967, the company headquarters was moved from Skokie to Northbrook, where it still resides today.
In 1985, Allstate agents began to move out of Sears stores and into neighborhood offices.
In 1995, Sears spun off Allstate as a separate company.
In 1999, the company acquired the personal lines of CNA Financial and renamed them under the Encompass Insurance brand.
In 2003, Dennis Haysbert was hired as the Allstate spokesperson.
In 2010, Dean Winters was hired as part of Allstate’s “Mayhem” advertising campaign.
In 2018, the company announced it would hire 2,500 more people in Arizona and that they were considering opening a campus headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona.