On March 10, 1937, Joseph Lewis and Jack Green started Progressive Mutual Insurance Company with the goal of providing vehicle owners with security and protection.
In 1956, Progressive Casualty Insurance Company was founded to be the first specialty underwriters of nonstandard insurance and in 1965 the name was changed again as The Progressive Corporation is founded with Peter B. Lewis in the role of CEO.
Progressive went public in 1971 and they also started offering motor home and commercial lines policies. In 1990, Progressive set a new industry standard for claims service by offering immediate response capability to auto customers, and by 1994, Progressive was the seventh-largest insurer in the United States.
Progressive went online in 1995 when they become the first auto insurance group to launch a website, auto-insurance.com. Two years later, the site became progressive.com.
By 1997, customers could buy a policy, not just get a quote online.
In 2008 Flo and the Superstore debuted and in 2011 Progressive introduced Snapshot®, rewarding customers with lower rates for safe driving behaviors. In 2014 Progressive secured a controlling interest investment in American Strategic Insurance (ASI).