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National Interstate Announces New Insurance Program for Waste Operations

RICHFIELD, Ohio, Jan. 3, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- National Interstate Insurance Company, a leading provider of transportation insurance, announced that it is launching a new insurance program targeted for waste operations. The company is now accepting applications for accounts with effective dates of February 1, 2013 and beyond, marketing the program through retail agents.

The waste operations program focuses on best-in-class operations including residential, commercial and industrial collection, recyclers, construction and demolition debris removal, transfer stations, landfills supported by a collection operation, material recovery facilities, and accounts with limited liquid waste (including septic service) if supported by a solid waste collection operation. Coverages include auto liability (CA9948 and MCS90 are available where applicable), auto physical damage, and general liability.

"We are excited to expand our product portfolio to include an insurance solution designed specifically for waste operations," said Dave Michelson, President and Chief Executive Officer of National Interstate. "This niche market fits very well given our extensive experience in transportation insurance. We are pleased to serve this highly specialized industry with customized products, superior claims management, highly-rated service, and proactive risk management programs designed to meet the needs of targeted buyers."

"To fuel the success of this specialty program, we have recently welcomed two industry experts to the National Interstate team," added George Skuggen, Assistant Vice President of Truck Products. "John Rich brings over 30 years of commercial insurance experience, the last 18 of which were focused on environmental insurance, to his role as Product Manager. Marilyn Wilds, who has also been in insurance for over 30 years, has spent over 20 years developing insurance programs for waste operations, and will act as Regional Underwriting Director. The waste operations program provides an excellent opportunity for brokers and agents to grow their business with National Interstate, and John and Marilyn look forward to working with both existing and new producers to serve this market."

For more information about National Interstate's waste operations insurance program, email waste@natl.com, or contact John Rich, product manager, at 800-929-1500 x1356, or Marilyn Wilds, underwriting director, at 916-797-0851.

About National Interstate

National Interstate Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of National Interstate Corporation, is a specialty property and casualty insurance company with a niche orientation and focus on the transportation industry. We differentiate ourselves by offering insurance products and services designed to meet the unique needs of targeted insurance buyers. Products include insurance for passenger, moving and storage, and truck transportation companies, alternative risk transfer, or captive insurance programs for commercial risks, specialty personal lines consisting of insurance products focused primarily on recreational vehicle owners and small commercial vehicle accounts, and transportation and general commercial insurance in Hawaii and Alaska. National Interstate and its insurance subsidiaries, which include Vanliner Insurance Company and Triumphe Casualty Company, are rated "A" (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company. Founded in 1989, we are headquartered in Richfield, Ohio with operations in Honolulu, Hawaii, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, and Fenton, Missouri.

CONTACT: Tanya Inama National Interstate Corporation 877-837-0339 InvestorRelations@NATL.comSource:National Interstate Insurance Company