180,000 Moves Later: Ernie’s Van & Storage Marks 80 Years of Service in Northern California

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September celebration to commemorate moving company milestone

Ernie's, an Atlas Agent, has been moving families and businesses for 80 years.

Ernie's, an Atlas Agent, has been moving families and businesses for 80 years.

Our customers have entrusted us with close to 180,000 moves.

Ernie’s Van & Storage, a moving company started during the Great Depression, announces an event to celebrate its 80 years of service to Northern California residents and businesses.

“We estimate that our customers have entrusted us with close to 180,000 moves during our 80 years in business,” says General Manager Matthew Sowell. “We think that calls for a celebration.”

Founder Ernie Sowell traded sharecropping for the dream of a better life when he came west looking for opportunity. He was a hard worker, and he saved enough to buy a truck and start Ernie’s Express in 1935. The company prospered, eventually occupying half a city block in Berkeley, CA. In 1976, two of Ernie’s sons and the current owners; Douglas and Stuart Sowell expanded the business to Grass Valley, CA. It expanded again last year opening a facility in Rocklin, CA.

Today, Ernie’s Van & Storage provides full-service moving and storage solutions for local, long-distance, interstate and international moves of all kinds—residential, office, commercial, and industrial. It operates a modern, well-maintained fleet and employs 40 people during the peak moving season.

In 1998, Ernie’s became an agent for Atlas Van Lines, a national mover known for helping people go new places with excellent service. Ernie’s is proud to be an Atlas World Class Commitment Award Winner (2013) and an eight-time recipient of the Atlas Superior Packing Award for claims prevention.

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Matthew says the 80-year event will take place during the week of September 21 to 25, a time Atlas Van Lines sets aside as “BRAVO Week” to honor its Professional Van Operators for their hard work and dedication.

“We feel this will be an ideal time for us to celebrate our good fortune and to show we appreciate our employees, customers, and business partners,” says Matthew. “We’re still ironing out the details, so stay tuned.”

For more information about Ernie's Van & Storage, visit http://evsmoving.com.

About Ernie’s Van & Storage Ernie’s Van & Storage has earned a reputation as one of Northern California’s most trusted movers since 1935. An agent of Atlas Van Lines, Ernie’s serves customers from locations in Grass Valley and Rocklin with total solutions for local, long distance, interstate and international moves—for residential, commercial, and industrial customers. An eight-time winner of the Atlas Superior Packing Award, Ernie’s is proud to be a member of the California Moving & Storage Association, the American Moving & Storage Association, and an Accredited Business of the BBB®.

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