The nation’s largest moving company adds a new state to its territories and awards scholarship to an aspiring franchisee
The nation’s leading moving company, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, has seen unprecedented momentum so far this year, with no signs of slowing down. The company has accomplished 11 percent year-over-year growth at the completion of Q3. With 94 consecutive months of growth, and 78 of those months hitting record growth, the franchise company has continued to set itself apart from competitors with its focus on Moving People Forward® within and outside of the system.
This September, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK awarded its third annual Mary Ellen’s Moving People Forward Scholarship® in Greenville, S.C. Robert Barnes was working as an operations manager for Bryan and Rebecca Feldman when he was surprised with a $50,000 check to open a location of his own and partner with the Feldmans. The check was presented by company President Randy Shacka during a surprise visit to Greenville, as the team celebrated Robert’s accomplishments and this milestone of a lifetime.
“We invest a lot of time and energy into our internal programs for career advancement at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK,” said Shacka. “From a mover and driver out on the trucks to a general manager in the office, we want everyone to know they have a future at this company. I personally started here as an intern, and I’m extremely passionate about helping everyone employed at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK to grow their careers here and to show them they can one day become a franchisee if that’s their dream.”
As the company continues to expand its reach with partners like Barnes, others that see the potential of the lucrative franchise opportunity are also joining the system. In Q3, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK signed franchise partners for Wyoming, an untapped state that will be the 43rd state for the brand to serve. This new location will add on to the 357 current U.S. locations and 32 international locations. Between the company’s 6,997 employees and 2,978 trucks, the brand is responsible for completing 2.5 moves per minute while exceeding a 96% referral rating – and those numbers are only expected to increase as the company continues its record growth. The franchise system is currently eyeing additional development across the Mid-Atlantic with a major focus in Maryland and New Jersey, while also looking to grow its presence on the west coast from California through Washington State.
As the company continues its expansion, there will be additional franchise locations able to accomplish great things in the communities they serve. In true Movers Who Care® fashion, much of the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise system came together to initiate collections and drive relief items to Texas and Florida in support of those affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The brand had more than 20 collection sites across the U.S., spanning from Tucson to New Jersey, and TWO MEN AND A TRUCK co-CEOs Brig Sorber and Jon Nobis also traveled to Texas as part of the relief efforts.
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s focus on giving back and helping those in need stems back to Sheets’ founding of the company. When she made her first $1,000, she donated it to 10 different local charities. That notion is stronger than ever, with franchisees taking it upon themselves to run major collection and donation efforts for those in need in both their communities and on a larger scale.
“One of the amazing things about our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK family is that everyone wants to help those in need without asking for anything in return,” said Sorber. “It is truly a wonderful feeling to be part of such a community-driven and charitable-focused organization. I’m so blessed to get to see my mother’s vision carried out each day by more than 380 locations, 32 years after she launched the company.”
With others in mind – children in particular – TWO MEN AND A TRUCK also launched a mobile app in the third quarter. Mini Mover Mania began as a Capstone Project at Michigan State University with the goal to create a game to get children excited about moving and keep them occupied during the move. Through the partnership, the senior undergraduate students at MSU worked with the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK corporate team to develop and finalize the game. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK even hired one of the students from the project, Travis Nichols, to join the corporate team’s IT department where he finalized the game’s capabilities ahead of its launch.
“We understand the need to continually evolve and find ways to differentiate ourselves while standing out in the moving industry and as a company in general,” said Nobis. “Identifying opportunities to create solutions and launch innovative offerings keeps our internal staff engaged while offering them a path for career advancement. This focus on optimizing our teams both at Home Office and in each franchise location allows us to provide our customers with truly specialized and top-notch customer service, which enables us to stand out. We know people have a choice when looking to hire a moving company, but not all moving companies are Moving People Forward.”