I am still away, but I have some interesting posts scheduled until I return, so please keep visiting!
This is the headquarters of The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company, a 146 year old company headquartered in Hartford. When I posted an earlier picture of the building, I got some quizzical comments. Despite its old fashioned name, HSB is a highly profitable, financially strong, technically oriented, modern company. It used to be owned by AIG but now is owned by Munich Re.
HSB's competitive advantage is a corps of 1200 engineers, inspectors and other technical people around the globe. If you had an industrial facility or a large commercial facility, you would want access to specialists who can help you mitigate the risks inherent in your boilers and other heavy machinery. You would also want to have your sophisticated equipment insured by people who understand the equipment, how it has been inspected and maintained, and who will be there financially if you have a problem.