Historical Highlights

1891

Brothers John & Martin Bekins start their moving company in Sioux City, Iowa

 

1903

Bekins leads the moving and storage business away from horse-drawn wagons to the first motor truck

 

1928

First transcontinental motor van move completed by Bekins

 

1945

Earnest S. Wheaton forms Clipper Van Lines

 

1951

Clipper Van Lines renamed Wheaton Van Lines, Inc.

 

1987

Wheaton Van Lines's logo is changed as company officially begins doing business as Wheaton World Wide Moving

 

2008

Mark Kirschner, a long-term Wheaton manager, named Chief Executive Officer

 

2012

Bekins Van Lines purchased by Wheaton World Wide Moving

 

2013

Company Chairman Stephen Burns appointed Chairman of the American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA) for two-year term

A.J. Schneider named Executive Vice President

 

2015

Highly anticipated new traffic management system released to agency network

2016

Wheaton | Bekins becomes 100% employee-owned (ESOP)

2019

Stevens Worldwide Van Lines purchased by Wheaton World Wide Moving

2020

Arpin Van Lines purchased by Wheaton World Wide Moving, expanding the agency family to nearly 400 agents

2021

The van line begins brand consolidation from four brands to two – Wheaton and Bekins

2022

At ATA Conference, Wheaton | Bekins presented with Fleet Safety Award for household carriers with more than 10 million miles logged