Defeating global challenges

Defeating global economic challenges The Suddath Companies acquires City Moving Systems

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Dec. 16, 2011 --
The Suddath Companies, headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., remains a strong and growing company despite the global economic slump. Suddath is proud to announce its second acquisition in 2011 - City Moving Systems, Inc., based in Kent, Wash.  These two industry leaders combine to create a $350 million corporation with diversified transportation and relocation service offerings. With more than 1,700 employees and 19 nationwide locations, The Suddath Companies will continue to offer globally-recognized quality service and innovation to corporations, individuals and institutions around the world.

With City, Suddath has strategically expanded to include an office in greater Seattle and now has presence in all quadrants coast-to-coast. 

"We have added a well-established presence in the upper Northwest, which will expand our footprint and increase service capabilities for our customers," said Barry Vaughn, chief executive officer of The Suddath Companies.  "I am most enthusiastic about bringing these two storied and highly reputable cultures together."

Both Suddath and City share similarly modest beginnings with a strong commitment to their communities.  Suddath began in 1919, with two mules, a truck and a typewriter.  City Moving Systems began in 1906, with two men on bicycles delivering telegrams, legal papers and messages across town, and quickly transitioned to horse and buggy.  In 1947, City became a founding agent for United Van Lines, while today, Suddath is their largest agent. Both companies have accomplished a record level of achievement in every aspect of their business. 

"We are proud to become part of The Suddath Companies, where delivering the best in customer service holds the same importance that it has for City," said Donna Hyatt, president of City Moving Systems, Inc. "We know that we will continue a 105-year legacy of quality and innovation as part of this great new company."

After acquiring Midwest-based Barrett Moving and Storage back in January 2011, and with the acquisition of City, Suddath now has more than 300 combined years of experience. The expanded Suddath Companies will continue to offer innovative transportation, relocation and logistics solutions to an ever-growing global customer base.

About The Suddath Companies
Established in 1919 and headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., The Suddath Companies is a diversified group of domestic and international service companies. Its affiliates specialize in worldwide household goods relocations, global mobility, commercial moving, warehousing and logistics management, trade shows and exhibit displays, and special services.  The Suddath Companies has more than 1,700 employees nationwide and operates in 19 locations throughout the United States and more than 150 countries around the world.  Suddath is also the largest agent of UniGroup, Inc. (United Van Lines and Mayflower Transit).  For more information, please visit www.suddath.com.

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