Company history

1928 "Return Loads Service, Inc." formed in Cleveland, Ohio to arrange return shipments for independent moving companies moving goods from one city to another. When similar companies began appearing around the country, the Cleveland firm adopted the distinctive title, "United Van Service."

1933   After the Depression, United was unable to keep up service with depleted revenues. So in June 1933, United Van Service was dissolved and its assets were transferred to a new entity incorporated as "United Van Lines."

1941   The prosperous new firm moved its headquarters to St. Louis, Missouri.

1947   Ownership of United passed from the few original stockholders to a larger group of United agents, establishing the structure that has remained intact for more than five decades.

1954   Electronic order registration and dispatch introduced to the industry by United.

1959   Safe-Guard® service inaugurated by United.

1975   Control of shipments and trucks goes "online" and is directly linked to a central United computer.

1988   UniGroup, Inc., United's holding company, is formed due to changes within the moving industry in the 80s.

1992   United becomes #1 in market share and has maintained its #1 position ever since).

1995   United had its first billion-dollar revenue year and has continued to grow and increase market share ever since.

Today   United is #1 in market share and the only major van line that has retained its original ownership structure throughout its existence.

Never content to be a "follower," United has consistently taken a leadership role in the moving industry.
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