Fortis Title acquires Kountze and Lumberton-based title company




Fortis Title Company that operates Security & Guaranty Abstract Co., in Lufkin, announces the acquisition of Hooks Title & Abstract Co. with locations in Kountze and Lumberton.


The acquisition brings together a family of title insurance companies steeped in the state’s history and over 100 years of exceptional title and closing services in East Texas, said Hall Henderson and Jeff Chance, owners of Fortis Title Company.


Henderson, president of Fortis Title Company, said he is honored to continue offering the highest quality services with timeliness, accuracy and friendliness in the same way the McKim family of Hardin County has provided them for three generations.


“Similar to Security & Guaranty, Hooks Title has a long history dating back to the early 1900s,” Henderson said. “We are proud the McKim’s have trusted us with the future of this company.”


“With Fortis Title Company locations in Lufkin, Liberty, Cleveland, Crockett and now Lumberton and Kountze, we can further enhance services provided throughout East Texas as well as the entire state” said Chance.


Established in 1902, Hooks Title is the oldest continuously operating business in Hardin County and is among the oldest abstract and title companies in Texas.  Beginning with J.A. McKim, Sr. in 1906, the company has been managed (later owned) by the McKim family who have endeavored through three consecutive generations to maintain high standards and extraordinary service.


Jimmy McKim said he is pleased the company is staying in the hands of East Texas owners. “I see their commitment to maintaining the heritage and traditions of Hooks as well as the quality of title work and closings we have provided through the years,” he said.


“We will continue the reliable and professional work that Hooks Title has provided for more than 100 years,” Henderson said.


With the acquisition of Hooks Title, Fortis Title Company employs more than 50 individuals at 6 locations: Security & Guaranty Abstract Co. in Lufkin; Tarver Abstract Co. in Liberty and Cleveland; Aldrich Abstract Co. in Crockett and Hooks Title & Abstract Co. in Lumberton and Kountze.


For more information about Fortis Title Company, contact Henderson at 936-633-7426 or visit the website at