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THE BEKINS HISTORY
Bekins was founded in 1891 in Sioux City, Iowa, where they used three horse-drawn moving vans. At that time, they only had twelve employees. From these humble beginnings, Bekins grew to become one of the nation’s largest and most trusted moving companies in America, with over 300 locations throughout the U.S. today. Bekins also proudly serves The United States of America’s military with their moving needs.
The history of moving and storage began in the horse and buggy days and has continued to this day. When the company was founded, a strong back was the main requirement but with information technology and 24/7 visibility to shipments defining today’s moving and storage industry, Bekins has adjusted and changed with the times leading both national and international industries with much needed advancements.
Bekins has led the way in moving and storage through innovation:
- Bekins was the first to specialize in moving household goods
- When covered moving vans were introduced, they carried the Bekins name
- Bekins led the moving and storage business away from horse-drawn wagons with the first motor trucks-1903
- The first concrete and steel warehouse was built by Bekins-1906
- The first transcontinental motor van move was completed by Bekins-1928
- In 1960, The Bekins Company established Bekins Wide World, later known as Bekins International
- Bekins becomes a leader in residential delivery services, later named HomeDirectUSA-1994
- Bekins led an industry consortium to develop the CPM (Certified Professional Mover) program, a CD-ROM based training module-1995
- Bekins is the first van line to earn CPM status-1996
- Bekins is the first van line to install a nationwide warehouse and storage management system to assist in order management and tracking-1997
- Bekins is purchased by Wheaton World Wide Moving in March 2012
At Bekins, providing our customers with the best value and service is our main goal.
Our history combined with our continued focus on meeting new challenges while meeting customer expectations have allowed Bekins the privilege of moving families across the globe for over 120 years.
We also serve the Visalia area with Jack and Jeff Transfer-Bekins.