Palm Sunday, 1965, was a tragic day. A five-day storm killed 19 people in Michigan and destroyed more than 600 buildings. It was the greatest catastrophe in Hastings Mutual’s history; $4 million in claims were paid within 60 days. No one knows how many lives were saved by the company’s warning announcements. The safety program was officially recognized by the Michigan legislature in 1979 with an award stating that Hastings is "one of those civic-minded companies that contributes its services to the welfare of the entire community..."
By 1967, the company had broadened its coverages to include farmowners, inland and ocean marine, general liability, and burglary and theft, with workers compensation being added that year and automobile insurance added in 1970.
As the company grew, it was impossible to maintain the intimate "family" atmosphere that had always been appreciated by the employees. The "new" building meant to house 65 employees was, by 1972, bursting at the seams with 105. The president at the time, Mr. Robert Stanley, instituted employee awards, publications, picnics and other social events, in an effort to reverse the effects of bigness.