-Written by Erik Sargent
With nearly seven million moves under our belt, more than 380 franchise locations coast to coast and internationally, and hundreds of thousands of lives forever changed just last year along, it’s safe to say at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, we’re making an impact in the world of moving.
What started as a local moving operation to make a little extra cash in Lansing, Mich., for brothers Brig Sorber and Jon Sorber, has expanded into a full-fledged moving system which has found a way to move people forward – quite literally to a new home or business – with its vast career opportunities, and even local community service. Founder Mary Ellen Sheets set the tone for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK early on when she donated her first $1,000 profit to 10 different local charities, establishing a precedent that we would be a “people-first” company.
Little did she know that over 30 years later, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK would turn into the top franchised moving company in the country, offering unique and successful franchising opportunities for a wide variety of people, from movers, veterans, doctors, and business people, just to name a few.
Just this month, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK was recognized by both Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 list, and named a Top 200 franchise opportunity by Franchise Business Review.
Earning these nationally-recognized accolades, we thought it would be fun to take a trip down memory lane, and see just how the “Movers Who Care®” brand came to be over the last 30 years.
-First move performed by brothers Brig Sorber and Jon Sorber (1981)
-Mary Ellen Sheets awards $100 to 10 different local charities (1982)
-The TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Franchise System is developed (1989)
-Melanie Bergeron opens a franchise location in Atlanta, GA (1989)
-Jon Sorber opens a franchise location in Grand Rapids, MI (1989)
-Fran and Brig Sorber open a franchise location in Marquette, MI (1989)
-Number of system-wide moves at the end of 1989 = 2,811
-First Home Office location opened in Lansing, MI (1991)
-First reply cards, boxes sales, and Annual Meeting developed (1991)
-TWO MEN AND A TRUCK named a Top 500 Franchise (1993)
-Melanie Bergeron becomes first TWO MEN AND A TRUCK President (1994)
-Home Office relocates to new location in Lansing, MI (1998)
-Mary Ellen Sheets featured in the National Enquirer and on the Oprah Winfrey Show (1999)
-Number of trucks at the end of 1999 = 429
-Number of franchise locations at the end of 1999 = 76
-Total system-wide revenue at the end of 1999 = $181 million
-Total number of system-wide moves completed at the end of 1999 = 548,030
-Mary Ellen Sheets elected to the International Franchise Association Board of Directors (2000)
-100th franchise location signed in Mesa, AZ (2000)
-TWO MEN AND A TRUCK mascot “Truckie” is born (2002)
-Home Office relocates to new and current location in Lansing, MI (2002)
-Mary Ellen Sheets becomes the first woman to win the International Franchise Association Entrepreneur of the Year Award (2004)
-First franchise location in Canada opened (2005)
-200th franchise location agreement signed in Indianapolis, IN (2006)
-First franchise location in Ireland opened (2007)
-Brig Sorber becomes CEO/President, Jon Sorber becomes Executive Vice President, and Melanie Bergeron becomes Chairwoman of the Board (2007)
-Number of franchise locations at the end of 2009 = 211
-Number of trucks in the system at the end of 2009 = 1,198
-Total cumulative system-wide revenue at the end of 2009 = $1.8 billion
-Total number of system-wide moves completed at the end of 2009 = 3.3 million
-300th franchise location agreement signed in Fort Collins, CO (2011)
-Melanie Bergeron elected to Executive Committee of the International Franchise Association (2011)
-“Movers Who Care 2” move booking system launched (2012)
-Randy Shacka becomes TWO MEN AND A TRUCK President (2012)
-Home Office location undergoes major expansion in Lansing, MI (2014)
-Melanie Bergeron becomes chair of the International Franchise Association (2015)
-6 millionth system-wide move completed in Torrance, CA (2015)
-TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s Home Office location exceeds 200 employees (2016)
-Customer Relationship Center campus officially opens in Lansing, MI (2016)
-The system’s charity donations exceeds $3 million (2016)
-“Value Flex®” long-distance moving service launches (2017)
-Jon Nobis named TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Co-CEO (2017)
What a journey it has been for the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK brand! It’s clear we have no signs of slowing down as we continue to build the brand, and the system has never stood stronger than it does heading into 2018!
“We’re in a very strong position. We have achieved eight years of continuous growth, but remain humble and hungry to continue building a world-class brand people think of when moving needs arise,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK President Randy Shacka. “Strong customer service, new service offerings, and passionate people really sets us up for continuous growth as we head into the future.”
If you’re interested in becoming a part of this TWO MEN AND A TRUCK history and want to start your own chapter as part of the “Movers Who Care”, we have franchise locations available! Click here to learn more about available opportunities.
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