"We saw an opportunity to take a more active role in the area," said Carter Trudel, vice president and chief financial officer of GMINA."We see Phoenixville as a growing place."

GMINA, Inc., is a specialized transportation insurance company that deals with commercial clients, insuring trucks, vans, cars, leased vehicles and offers fleet insurance for rental companies in the United States and Canada. Carter and his three siblings operate GMINA. Mark Trudel serves as company president, Michael Trudel as vice president and legal counsel and Karen Trudel as chief operating officer.

The 25-employee company intends to expand, needing a larger office. GMINA, Inc., has been in the Phoenixville area since 1984.

GMINA began what has been an entirely family-run business in 1980. Norman Trudel, father of the four siblings, founded the insurance company.

Formerly owned by Geewax-Terker Inc., the Whitestone mansion was built in 1858 and remodeled into offices in 1987. A 12,000-square-foot building, it was purchased for $850,000, according to the Philadelphia Business Journal.

The Whitestone mansion, located at 99 Starr Street, has traditional home aspects such as a bath, kitchen and showers along with a gym, employee lounge, library and conference rooms. Lieberman Earley & Co. real estate handled the sale, which was settled Dec. 23, 2003.

"They are the perfect fit for that building," said Joanne Cuddahy of Lieberman Earley & Co. GMINA's logo, which was modeled after a church's stained glass window, matches the style, arch and look of the Whitestone windows. GMINA plans to move in at the end of February.

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