Shayne Poehnelt of Reynolds Transfer and Storage Wins United Van Lines Van Operator of the Year

ST. LOUIS – (March 25, 2022) – Shayne Poehnelt, of Reynolds Transfer and Storage out of Madison, Wisconsin, was awarded United Van Lines’ Household Goods Van Operator of the Year Award for the east region. The award recognizes Poehnelt’s outstanding performance in the areas of customer service and safety. United Van Lines President and CEO Jason Mills along with Chairman of the Board of Directors Charles W. McDaniel presented the award at the Company’s recent Learning Conference held  in St. Louis.

In his 25 years in the industry, Poehnelt has driven more than 1.5 million miles. Poehnelt grew up in the industry riding in the cab with his mother and father. He believes he didn’t choose this career; it chose him. He mentions you can have fun on the job while getting things done, and that puts the customer at ease.

“We are moving their memories, past life, for them to carry on with a future life in a new place,”  Poehnelt said. “It is a big deal to do the job correctly.”

Poehnelt resides in Spring Green, Wisconsin. For a video shadowing Poehnelt, please visit United Van Lines’ YouTube site here.

There are more than 3,500 drivers in the United Van Lines system, and Poehnelt was one of three winners this year. The van operator of the year award began in the late 1970s to recognize the men and women who sacrifice so much for a life on the road and who help other families through one of the most stressful times in their lives.

About Reynolds Transfer and Storage

Anna Gault Reynolds founded a livery stable and hauling firm with four rigs and 10 horses in 1888 and operated it out of a barn next to her house on the 600 block of East Mifflin Street. The company eventually grew into a specialty hauling firm. Henry and William Reynolds, Anna’s grandsons, took over management of the firm in 1929 and built Reynolds Transfer & Storage into one of the largest hauling companies in Wisconsin. In 1960, Edward Reynolds and his brother David took over the daily operations of the company and continued to expand the business.
Today, Reynolds is a leader in hauling specialty items, from heavy machinery moving, office, and residential relocation, to record and household goods storage and warehousing. We are proud that our fifth and sixth generations are carrying on the strong tradition of family ownership and management.

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