Allstate Insurance Co. is launching a recruiting campaign to expand in Maine. The company plans to appoint more than 21 new insurance agents and personal financial representatives in the Pine Tree State over the next year.

Allstate is seeking agency owners who are mid-career, mid-level managers who want to own and operate their own business.

Of those more than 21 positions, four appointments will be agency owners and 25 will be exclusive financial professionals spread across New England. The addition of the new agencies will have a compounding effect on the Maine job market, since each new agent normally opens with a minimum of two employees to help ensure customers are well served with courtesy and efficiency. The balance of 17 positions will fill these roles, the company said.

To help with the deployment efforts, Allstate is offering a $5,000 award to the person who refers a qualified agency owner or exclusive financial professional candidate to Allstate. The referral award is payable upon of the appointment of the candidate as an Allstate agency owner.

Candidates interested in becoming an Allstate agency owner need a minimum of $50,000 of liquid capital to invest in their agency. This money does not go to Allstate; it helps ensure the agency can successfully fund the normal day-to-day costs associated with opening and running a business. Licensed sales producers need no liquid capital to apply.

For more information, log onto allstate.com or call 877-470-8150, option 1.