LAPORTE | Edward Jones plans to open a fifth office in LaPorte.

The St. Louis-based Fortune 500 financial services firm has a large presence in Northwest Indiana, with more than 30 offices. The latest will be located at 601 State St., Suite A. Valparaiso native Jennie Girton will serve as financial advisor.

"The other Edward Jones financial advisors have set an outstanding example for me to follow," Girton said. "Their dedication to the people who trust Edward Jones has been instrumental in the growth of our firm, and I look forward to carrying on that tradition."

Her office will work will individual investors to help them meet their longtime financial goals. 

"We opened our first Edward Jones office here in 1982, and every year, more and more people have come to rely on Edward Jones for their investment needs," said Jim Weddle, the firm's managing partner.

"By opening an additional office, Girton can continue our tradition of unparalleled personal service to the people of this community."

Edward Jones, which Fortune Magazine just ranked the sixth best company to work for, has more than 7 million clients and 14,000 financial advisors in the United States and Canada.

For information about the newest LaPorte office, call (219) 326-0034.

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.