A century ago, Carl Suddath had little more than a dream when he bought a failed moving company to start up his own business. Armed with a couple of small trucks, two mules and a cart, Suddath saw opportunity in a 7,000-square-foot warehouse.
Today, The Suddath Companies celebrates its 100th anniversary as a transformed company that is driving change and innovation across the moving, mobility and logistics industries.
The $600-million company moves more than 70,000 households annually, including managing the moves of about 30,000 US service men and women. It also provides mobility, relocation, and logistics services in more than 150 countries across the globe and is North America’s largest commercial mover, providing services for some of the most recognised companies in the world.
The Suddath Companies has earned a name for its innovative use of technology to streamline and improve its various industry sectors such as logistics, mobility and corporate moves, including specialty environments like medical, high-tech or food-grade facilities. In the last year alone, Suddath’s innovation earned two prestigious industry awards. The CIO 100 Award honoured Suddath’s ‘Tracker’ programme, which it developed in-house to keep precise track of even the smallest items, allowing clients to know exactly where their inventory is and alerting them when their items have been delivered and set up. The company also received a Digital Edge 50 International Technology Award for another of its innovations, the patented ‘Estimator’ platform, which significantly improves the customer experience by shortening the turnaround time for quotations and contracts, while improving the quality and accuracy of estimates.
“Suddath is always innovating to drive positive change and deliver a better experience for our customers,” said Mike Brannigan, President and CEO for The Suddath Companies. “We’ve made it to 100 years old by staying true to our core values while also evolving to meet the demands of a changing marketplace. For generations, we’ve committed to innovation, to investing in our people and to meeting customer needs with quality service – from acquiring successful smaller operations around the world to developing award-winning technologies that improve everything from warehouse management to corporate office moves or personal relocations.”
From its humble beginnings, the Suddath Companies has become an international success story – an established global leader moving people, products and businesses through its 30 locations and more than 2,200 employees worldwide. That lone 7,000-square-foot facility in 1919 has grown to 3 million square feet of warehouse space throughout the US and Europe.
“My grandfather’s drive and determination gave rise to a company that is now connecting people and businesses across the world through the use of superior technology and innovative processes,” said Steve Suddath, Chairman of the Suddath Board of Directors. “Our company’s success is built on our customers’ trust in our capabilities. I’m proud of our great work over the last 100 years and excited to see the impressive innovations we achieve in the future.”
The company recently announced the launch of a new brand, Sterling Lexicon, built on its acquisitions of two of the mobility industry’s most trusted leaders in the US and UK: Sterling Mobility and Lexicon Relocation. The new brand provides end-to-end mobility services adapted to conform to the cultures of different companies and personalised to meet the needs of individual employees.