DALTON -- Wheeler & Taylor Insurance and Real Estate recently opened its fifth Berkshire County branch at 397 Main St.

The new office extends the reach of the Berkshire's oldest insurance and real estate firm, which was founded in 1871.

The office is managed by Dalton native Laurie Michaels, who has moved from the firm's Pittsfield office.

"Laurie is the perfect person to lead the Dalton team and her knowledge of the community will only strengthen it," said Wheeler & Taylor President George A. Ryan Jr.

Wheeler & Taylor's other offices are located in Great Barrington, Stockbridge, Sheffield and Pittsfield.