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2014 Progressive Insurance Minneapolis Boat Show reports strong results

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Despite heavy snow on opening day and subzero temperatures, attendance at the 2014 Progressive Insurance Minneapolis Boat Show was strong with 36,719 visitors over the four days from Thursday, January 30 to Sunday, February 2.

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In addition, exhibitors are reporting significant business gains this year.

“At our previous most successful boat show, we sold 51 kayaks and day sailboats. This year, we sold 115 units! Saturday and Sunday we were writing deals non-stop,” Brad Nelson, Hi Tempo.

“This has been a record year! On Saturday from 12:00 – 2:30, we couldn’t write orders fast enough. Folks were very interested in buying Berkshire, Premier Pontoons and Alumacraft, and even our StingRay line made a comeback,” Dan Chesky, Dan’s Southside Marine.

“We sold several Bryant, YarCraft, G3 and Larson boats. It’s been a great show!” Jeff Hannay, Hannay’s Marine.

Also worth noting, the boat show’s Build-A-Boat Cove, Smallship, raised $848 for the Minnesota Children’s Hospital.

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About the Progressive Insurance Minneapolis Boat Show: The Progressive Insurance Minneapolis Boat Show is produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), the world’s largest producer of boat shows and the leading association representing the recreational boating industry. NMMA member companies produce more than 80 percent of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters and anglers throughout the U.S. and Canada. The association is dedicated to industry growth through programs in public policy advocacy, market statistics and research, product quality assurance and promotion of the boating lifestyle. For more information, visit www.nmma.org.

About Progressive: The Progressive Group of Insurance Companies makes it easy to understand, buy and use auto insurance. Progressive offers choices so consumers can reach it whenever, wherever and however it’s most convenient—online at progressive.com, by phone at 1-800-PROGRESSIVE, on a mobile device or in-person with a local agent.

Progressive also offers insurance for personal and commercial autos and trucks, motorcycles, boats, recreational vehicles, as well as home insurance through select carriers. It’s the fourth largest auto insurer in the country, the largest seller of motorcycle insurance and a leader in commercial auto insurance. Progressive also offers car insurance online in Australia at http://www.progressiveonline.com.au.

Founded in 1937, Progressive continues its long history of offering shopping tools and services that save customers time and money, like Name Your Price®, Snapshot® and Service Centers.

The Common Shares of The Progressive Corporation, the Mayfield Village, Ohio-based holding company, trade publicly at NYSE:PGR.

To learn more about Progressive Boat Insurance, which insures more than one million watercraft, contact Erin Vrobel at Erin_L_Vrobel@Progressive.com, (440) 395-0179.

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