“When considering the Seattle location we added in late 2011, we are developing a well-established presence in the Pacific Northwest which will enhance our footprint and increase service capabilities for our customers,” said Barry S. Vaughn, chief executive officer of The Suddath Companies. “It also gives us the opportunity to introduce our expansive office moving, logistics and specialty services to Oregon. This is the fourth acquisition for our van line over the past four years, which further demonstrates our commitment to strategic expansion in an effort to serve our ever-growing customer base.”
Suddath and Swartz will begin immediate transition efforts. Effective as of the official close date, the former Swartz Moving and Storage will begin operating as Suddath Relocation Systems of Oregon LLC.
David Cox, president of Suddath Relocation Systems, will provide leadership and operational oversight. Tim Evans will be named vice president and general manager and Scott O’Neill will be named vice president, sales pacific northwest.
“Our presence in Oregon will allow Suddath to offer broader and more sophisticated asset and non-asset based solutions to our existing global network,” said Cox. “By operating in Oregon, we have increased our national infrastructure to 23 locations, allowing us to serve more customers looking for both traditional and value-added services.”
“Suddath and Swartz have both enjoyed great success as family-owned businesses for decades. We are proud to become part of The Suddath Companies, where delivering excellence in quality and customer service holds the same importance that it has for Swartz,” said Tim Evans. “We are pleased to continue our long history of quality and service as part of this great company.”
Both The Suddath Companies and Swartz Moving and Storage share modest beginnings as family-owned businesses in Jacksonville, Florida, and Portland, Oregon, respectively. Since 1954, the Allen family owned and operated Swartz Moving and Storage, which has become renowned for the highest quality and exceptional value. Similarly, Carl Suddath began his moving business 94 years ago with two mules and one moving van which has grown into a global transportation and relocation enterprise.