Business Profile

Founded in 1885 and headquartered in Hastings, Michigan, Hastings Mutual Insurance Company has had an outstanding reputation based on good customer service and innovative insurance products, backed by sound company finances.


Property & Casualty insurance carrier.


Hastings, MI

Business Solution

  • Scalable solution enabling future growth
  • Flexible industry standard PDF document workflow
  • Combine legacy and modern output streams
  • Ensure flexible output options

Solimar Products

  • Chemistry™ Enterprise Platform
    • Solimar® Print Director™ Enterprise
      • PDF::PostScript
      • PostScript::PDF
      • PostScript Interpreter
      • XCHANGE::PDF
      • TCP/IP Input/Output
      • Queue Manager
    • Rubika®
    • SOLfusion™
    • SOLindexer™


  • Reduced development resource costs by 30% per year
  • Increased productivity of projects by 3 to 10 times
  • Operational efficiency increase of 20% using quick access of searchable document data
Hastings Mutual Insurance Company

Solimar Helps Hastings Mutual Streamline Document Workflows

Hastings Mutual Insurance Company is a Midwest regional Property Casualty insurance company located in Hastings, Michigan. They offer commercial, farm, and personal insurance products through a network of independent agents in Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio.

Hastings Mutual seeks to maintain a balanced corporate strategy centered on superior financial strength, continued advancements in technology, product innovation, and outstanding customer service. They are a company focused on active participation in their local community and in the communities they and their independent agency partners serve.

“Using our current Solimar solution, we have cut our development costs by over $30,000 per year.”

Michael Schaper,
Hastings Mutual Insurance Company

Solimar Systems interviewed Michael Schaper, Director of Application Development at Hastings Mutual Insurance Company to discuss how implementing a customized Solimar solution has helped his organization streamline document workflows allowing them to become more productive while lowering operational costs.

Hastings Mutual is required to develop and distribute several different types of documents, including contracts/policies, correspondence/letters, internal reports, bills/invoices, statements and more. Each type has its own requirements and production challenges.

Hastings Mutual identified four objectives they sought to implement to improve the workflow of their document communications workflows:

  • A system that is easy to configure and maintain
  • Scalability to enable future growth and expansion
  • Ability to combine all print streams, including legacy and new, to achieve maximum postal efficiencies and discounts
  • Integrate with USPS presort applications to enable householding, size segmentation, and inserter barcodes

“In selecting the Solimar system, Hastings Mutual sought a solution that was more flexible, easier, and less costly to maintain,” said Schaper. Hastings Mutual researched industry solution options to help drive and manage their document production workflows. After completing their analysis and seeking recommendation from industry consultants, they selected the Solimar Chemistry™ Platform as the most complete offering for their needs. The solution components include Solimar® Print Director™ Enterprise (SPDE), Rubika®, SOLindexer™ and SOLfusion™.

“Hastings Mutual is now well on its way to achieving success in its business transformation program,” said Schaper. “Through the use of the Solimar SPDE product, we are able to receive print streams from both the mainframe and network-based systems and convert them to PDFs. The SOLfusion, SOLindexer, and Rubika products allow us to perform householding, segmentation by document size, import/export/sorting capabilities with USPS presort applications, and the application of USPS and inserter barcodes.”

“The Solimar system we configured was the best software solution for our environment,” stated Schaper. “What really sold us was that we felt the overall solution cost was very fair compared to others and the ability to plug in other modules as we grow and have the need to scale.”

SPDE coupled with Rubika and SOLfusion gives Hastings Mutual a robust solution that provides several ways to streamline workflows through automation. Rubika is an award-winning post-composition document re-engineering solution specially designed to automate manual processes, maximize postal savings, and enhance print data. Unlike other solutions, which rely on custom programming, Rubika requires minimal coding at the application level and provides an intuitive user interface to rapidly implement production changes.

“Depending on the project at hand we are now 3 to 10 times more productive due to our Solimar solution.”

Michael Schaper,
Hastings Mutual Insurance Company

Since implementing the integrated Solimar system, the output process has become automated and efficient. “Using our new Solimar solution, our new workflow is streamlined and automated,” said Schaper.

Schaper adds, “The output designated for postal processing is indexed, concatenated, householded, segmented by document size, exported to a third party postal presort application, imported back into the Solimar solution to sort the documents and apply the USPS IMB and inserter barcodes. The data stream is then converted to PostScript where the operator uses the SPDE Queue Manager to select the optimum printer for the job.”

Hastings Mutual has discovered that Rubika may be used to solve a variety of challenges and can be configured in many different ways to increase efficiencies, reduce costs and boost profitability. A measureable system benefit that Hastings Mutual has discovered include a reduction in development costs. “Using our current Solimar solution, we have cut our development costs by over $30,000 per year,” said Schaper.

Hasting Mutual’s overall customer experience with Solimar has been positive and timely. During the sales process multiple conversations were held with Solimar technical engineers to verify and test both production and disaster recovery scenarios. “Our Solimar sales representative made sure that any question we had was answered. The Solimar tech support has been excellent from both a pre-sales and post-sales perspective,” stated Schaper. “They always answer the phone quickly and are able to connect you to the appropriate tech support person immediately. They not only provide timely resolutions, but offer other suggestions as well.”

“They always make sure that you’re satisfied with the support. We can’t say enough good things about the support we have received from Solimar,” said Schaper.