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Wheaton celebrates 75th anniversary

October 1, 2020 | Wheaton News & Events

Seventy-five years ago, Earnest S. Wheaton founded Wheaton World Wide Moving, then known as Clipper Van Lines, in Indianapolis, Ind. The van line headquarters remains in the Circle City, having grown with several acquisitions to 450 agents, 5 brands and more than 125 local employees. Throughout that long history, the van line now known as The Wheaton Group has been committed to quality and focused on customer service, all the way through the van line’s 75th anniversary.

“Our primary concern as a van line is to continue Mr. Wheaton’s reputation for excellence in moving services,” said Mark Kirschner, CEO of The Wheaton Group. “His main focus was always on the families and the individuals we serve, and we as an organization strive to keep his focus in our sights.”

Earnest S. Wheaton leadership award

In this vintage photo, founder Earnest S. Wheaton (middle) celebrates 25 years of leadership.

Recent Awards Won by The Wheaton Group

In 2019, Wheaton won first prize in Loyalty360’s Employee Engagement category and ranked Best in Class for continued commitment to promote customer loyalty through an employee focus.

In 2020, Wheaton was honored by National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) with the organization’s Margit Novak Award for Excellence in Move Management.

“We are humbled and grateful to receive the Margit Novak Award,” said A.J. Schneider, Executive Vice President of The Wheaton Group. “Our relationship with NASMM has been incredibly rewarding for the past decade – we’ve learned a tremendous amount from this group. I’m proud that we’ve been able to contribute to NASMM’s ongoing success in some small way.”

The Wheaton Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility

Wheaton was the first van line to fight hunger through the innovative partnership with Move For Hunger and continues that support more than a decade later, now supporting the nonprofit with each of its brands.

In addition, Wheaton is dedicated to supporting children with critical illnesses and their families through its national partnership with Give Kids The World Village (GKTW). This holiday season, with GKTW closed to high-risk families due to the pandemic, the Village will open to the public for Night of a Million Lights, a walk-through light show fundraiser for the nonprofit. The Wheaton Group will decorate Keaton’s Korral, the horse ride attraction that the van line sponsors at the Village, to show its support.

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