According to Scott Crawford, executive vice president, J. Smith Lanier & Co., "We are truly excited to be selected as a new business partner to SCI. SCI represents a best-in-class HR solution for businesses of all sizes. They have invested heavily in intellectual capital and innovative technology solutions that are unmatched in the industry. We look forward to representing them in the market, as well as giving our clients access to this solution as a part of their overall risk management program."

"J. Smith Lanier & Co.'s experience in the insurance industry is an asset to SCI and its clients. Their market knowledge and access further enhances our existing insurance program," said Henry Hardin, CEO and president, SCI. "The J. Smith Lanier & Co. team understands our PEO business model and is committed to supporting SCI's loss prevention initiatives."

SCI has reduced the frequency of workers' compensation claims by 10% for the third consecutive year and maintains an impressive average of 95% claim closure rate over the past five years. The success of SCI's workers' compensation program is a result of working closely with clients and the insurance provider to resolve workers' compensation claim issues and increase workplace safety awareness. SCI has helped thousands of clients implement risk management practices over the past twenty years.

The bottom line to controlling work-related injury claims is management's commitment to a safety culture. Training helps to reinforce safe procedures critical to preventing workplace injuries. Together with J. Smith Lanier & Co., SCI will be offering regional training events to educate clients on how to manage risk in the workplace. Additionally, J. Smith Lanier & Co. has a wealth of industry-specific safety resources that it will share with SCI to help clients reduce the rate and costs of workplace injuries and, as a result, improve their bottom line.

Professional employer organizations (PEOs) enable clients to cost-effectively outsource the management of human resources, employee benefits, payroll and workers' compensation. PEO clients focus on their core competencies to maintain and grow their bottom line. For free quotes on HR outsourcing, email SCI at info at

SCI Companies is a "Best in Class" provider of HR outsourcing, specializing in payroll, human resources, benefits and workers compensation administration. Founded in 1985, SCI is one of the largest privately held Professional Employment Organizations (PEOs) serving more than 1000 clients nationwide. For more information, visit .

J. Smith Lanier & Co., headquartered in West Point, Georgia, is an employee-owned company that was founded in 1868 and has become one of the largest privately owned insurance brokers in the United States. Since 1868, the company has grown from a three-employee local agency to a major regional firm employing over 460 employees in eight divisions and 18 branch offices. J. Smith Lanier & Co. offers commercial and personal lines insurance, employee benefits, third party plan administration (TPA), surety, and risk control. For more information, visit .

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