Wheaton Van Lines, Inc. Acquires Bekins Van Lines

In a move creating the fourth largest household goods carrier in the United States, Wheaton Van Lines, Inc. is completing the acquisition of Hillside, Ill-based Bekins Van Lines. The asset purchase agreement is in process and the transition of ownership is expected to be complete by mid March 2012.

When the acquisition is final, both brands – Wheaton World Wide Moving and Bekins Van Lines – will continue to be operated as separate brands with combined operational efficiencies. The new Bekins will be headquartered in Indianapolis, also the corporate headquarters of Wheaton. Together, the brands will increase the van line’s agency base from 240 agents across the country to approximately 370 nationwide.

The acquisition is designed to bolster both brands and bring increased operational capabilities to bear for the combined company’s entire client base – including private individuals and corporate clients. Approximately 38 employees will be added to Wheaton’s corporate staff in Indianapolis bringing the total number of corporate employees to about 175. Bekins offices in Hillside, Ill. will be shut down.

“It’s rare to have an opportunity to acquire a brand like Bekins, a company that truly helped to create the moving and storage industry, an innovator in that space and brand that’s so well recognized. Consolidation in the relocation industry is inevitable as the market shrinks with the economy. But acquiring the Bekins brand and becoming partner to 130 Bekins agents will allow the van line to grow its market share overall and put us in an even better position to compete moving forward.”
— Mark Kirschner, CEO of Wheaton Van Lines, Inc.

2 Comments to “Wheaton Van Lines, Inc. Acquires Bekins Van Lines”
  1. Kathleen Fantauzzi

    Bekins/Wheaton moved me from Las vegas, NV TO st cloud fl in may of 2017. i was so impressed with your company. everything went to smoothly and your men were so polite and courteous, treating my belongings as if they were their own. The packers did an excellent job and otis green, my driver did an excellent job as well. he saw to it that all my furniture and belongings were packed, wrapped and loaded on the truck. everything arrived in perfect condition. i am renting a house and will be buying a one level townhouse in april of 2018. i will probably use your company again. i will be moving the exact same stuff weighing 7300 lbs just one block away. what would be the estimate to move me just one block? I will do the packing myself this time.

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    • Wheaton Van Lines

      Hi Kathleen! We’re so glad to hear about your positive experience with Wheaton | Bekins. All in-state moves are handled at the agent level, and it looks like your previous destination agent was Security Van & Storage, a Bekins agent out of Orlando. Their phone number is (407) 855-9072 if you’d like to contact them directly. I’ve also emailed the agency to inform them of your interest, so they may get in touch with you using the contact information we have on file. Thanks for your kind words!

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