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Bekins Van Lines, Inc. celebrates 125th Anniversary

INDIANAPOLIS – This winter marks the 125th anniversary of Bekins Van Lines, Inc., one of the oldest moving companies in the United States. To commemorate the anniversary, Bekins has released a special 125th anniversary logo.

“It gives me great pride in joining Bekins’ employees, agents, owner-operators and customers in celebrating this extraordinary milestone,” said Mark Kirschner, CEO of Bekins Van Lines. “We will reflect on past successes and look forward to many more years of serving our customers.”

Bekins was founded by brothers John and Martin Bekins in 1891 in Sioux City, Iowa with only three horse-drawn vans and 12 employees. Over the years, Bekins has been involved in many important milestones within the moving industry, such as:

  • Using the first motor moving trucks in 1903
  • Occupying the first concrete steel warehouse in 1906
  • Operating the first transcontinental motor van move in 1928
  • Becoming the first van line to earn Certified Professional Movers status in 1996

Bekins has survived from generation to generation by offering unrivalled expertise and a commitment to customer service in the moving and storage industry. Bekins is now the fourth largest household goods carrier in the U.S. with more than 150 corporate employees based in Indianapolis and 150 locally-owned and operated agents throughout the U.S.

About Bekins Van Lines

Bekins Van Lines, Inc. is one of the world’s most highly regarded providers of transportation services. Bekins is owned by Wheaton Van Lines Inc., which now owns three household goods relocation brands, Wheaton World Wide Moving, Bekins Van Lines and Clark & Reid. The van line is now the fourth largest household goods carrier. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., the Wheaton, Bekins and Clark & Reid brands offer private and corporate domestic and international household goods relocation services as well as special commodities and logistic services. The United States Military also is one of the company’s largest customers. Wheaton Van Lines, Inc. is partner to approximately 370 Wheaton, Bekins and Clark & Reid agents nationwide. To learn more, visit