Quick Fact Sheet

3400 Belle Chase Way
Lansing, MI 48911
Last updated: September 2014

Key personnel:

Mary Ellen Sheets Founder
Brig Sorber Chief Executive Officer
Melanie Bergeron Chair
Jon Sorber Executive Vice President
Randy Shacka President

Local moving franchise offering consistent, high quality service to a market traditionally served by independent movers.

Market position:  

The first and largest franchised local moving company with a nationally recognized name and logo and a respected market position.

Franchise facts:  

There are more than 300 locations operating worldwide. Locations are in 38 states, Canada, England, and Ireland.

In 2013, the system completed 430,932 moves. Currently, there are more than 2,000 trucks on the road. The system reached its 5 millionth move June 2014.

Franchise territories are based on population, generally around 420,000 people per marketing area. The initial franchise fee is $50,000 or $85,000 if the franchisee has previously operated in the area. Total startup costs (including facility, trucks, equipment and other expenses) range from $160,000 to $460,910. Franchisees pay a royalty of 6 percent of gross revenue, plus 1 percent for the national advertising fund.

Historical data:  

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® was officially founded in 1985 in Lansing, Mich., by Mary Ellen Sheets. Operations began prior to that year when Sheets' sons, Jon Sorber and Brig Sorber, did local moving as a way to earn money while in high school. When they left for college, calls for service continued. Sheets formally organized the company, hired movers and developed a reproducible system. Franchising began in 1989. In 1994, Sheets' daughter, Melanie Bergeron, assumed the position of president. Now, Melanie is the chair of the board. Brig Sorber is CEO. Jon Sorber serves as executive vice president.

Training and

Training is extensive and ongoing. It begins with an initial training course, including comprehensive classroom training at STICK MEN UNIVERSITY® (a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to moving located at the company headquarters) and thorough assistance during the franchise set-up and opening. There are also ongoing monthly training sessions at STICK MEN UNIVERSITY® for franchisees and employees. Additionally, many other tools are available to franchisees including detailed monthly reports, newsletters, extranet, a system-wide Annual Meeting, a toll-free support line, a tradeshow booth, a complete line of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® branded clothing and professional marketing materials and a system-wide purchasing system.



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