History of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Franchise History
When Ray and Dottie Coll began looking for franchising opportunities, they came across TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® and were instantly impressed with the home office and other franchise owners across the country. As a result, they pursued the opportunity and opened their first TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise in Pennsylvania in 2005. Today, they own two franchises in western Pennsylvania - Pittsburgh North and Pittsburgh South.
In 2008, we received the Pittsburgh Airport Chamber of Commerce's Small Business Excellence Award in recognition of the ability to overcome obstacles resulting in operational efficiency, customer loyalty, revenue growth, and job creation. The following year, we were awarded the Most Promising New Business Award by the Brentwood Baldwin Whitehall Chamber of Commerce. At the same time, our general manager, Drew Bullard, was awarded the Pittsburgh Pirates Community Champion Award in recognition of his commitment and dedication to the greater Pittsburgh community.
Under Ray and Dottie’s leadership, the Pittsburgh franchise was ranked number 10 by the company’s 2009 Achievement in Excellence program, which rates the customer service of each TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise. Your Pittsburgh area movers have also been awarded the President’s Award and Newsmaker of the Year for the Northeast area.
In March fo 2010, Dottie was selected as one of the Top 25 Women Business Leaders by the Pittsburgh Business Times.
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® started in the early 1980s as a way for two brothers to make extra money while in high school. Nearly 20 years later, the company has grown to more than 200 locations worldwide.
Brothers Jon and Brig Sorber started moving people using an old pickup truck while their mom, Mary Ellen Sheets, developed a logo to advertise in a weekly newspaper. This same stick-men logo is used today on every truck, sign and advertisement.
When the brothers left for college, Sheets continued to field calls for moving services while working another full-time job. She finally made things official in 1985 by purchasing a 14-foot truck for $350 and hiring a couple of movers. That $350 is the only capital Sheets has ever invested in the company.
Eventually, Sheets decided to franchise the company, and in 1989, she awarded the first location outside of Michigan to her daughter, Melanie Bergeron, in Atlanta, Ga.
Brig and Jon Sorber returned to team up with their mom and older sister in the mid-1990s. Brig Sorber now serves as the chief executive officer, and Jon Sorber is executive vice president.
In August 2012, former Chief Operating Officer Randy Shacka was promoted to president of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. Randy joined the team in 2001 as an intern and has since held several roles, including Franchise Development Specialist, Director of Operations, Chief Development Officer (CDO) and Chief Operating Officer (COO). This marks the first time in the history of the company the title of President has been held by a person outside of the Sorber family.
Today, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the nation's largest franchised local moving company, and it boasts a fleet of more than 1,400 trucks. The company has come a long way – and logged a lot of miles – since Sheets sketched the first "stick-men." The TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system continues to pave the way for future growth and innovation in home and business moving, while maintaining a commitment to exceeding customers' expectations.
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