American-First Abstract Acquired by Old Republic

March 4, 2008

American-First Abstract Co. of Norman has been acquired by Old Republic National Title Insurance Company of Minneapolis, MN, the companies announced this past weekend. The sale was effective Feb. 29 and was announced by Mark Bilbrey, Sr. Vice President -- Chief Operating Officer of the company's Central Title Group.

American-First has been owned and operated by the Harold Cox family since 1969. American-First serves Cleveland County. The company is a full service abstract and title company providing abstract, title insurance, real estate and mortgage loan settlement services to the Norman area.

"The combination of American-First with our existing offices of American Guaranty Title Company will strengthen our position in central Oklahoma and allow us to provide expanded services to our customers in this area," Bilbrey said. "I have known Harold Cox and his family for many years and am very proud to have American-First and their employees join the Old Republic family of companies."

Carla Hawkins, who will remain President of American-First said, "We are excited about our new alliance with such a reputable title insuran