Catherine Steen

Director – Marketing & Communications

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Interstate Acquires American Red Ball World Wide Movers

Key Acquisition Advances Interstate’s Growth

Interstate Group Holdings, Inc., parent company of Interstate Van Lines, Inc., one of the country’s largest independent moving companies, acquired American Red Ball World Wide Movers in 2017, one of the oldest household goods carriers in the United States. The joining of these two successful and enduring companies enhance Interstate’s growth plans, as well as its capabilities to serve corporate, government and private customers.

Established in 1919 and based in Indianapolis, Indiana, American Red Ball, like Interstate, focuses on delivering a personalized customer experience. Few companies in the United States have been in business as long as Interstate and American Red Ball; together the two venerable brands have an impressive 170+ years of experience moving people and businesses around the world.  “We’re excited about the synergies between the two organizations and the opportunity to leverage best practices, technology, and talent,” says John (J.D.) Morrissette, president, Interstate Van Lines. “This union positions American Red Ball for continued growth through the extensive support network provided by Interstate. It preserves our 98-year history with a company that reflects our culture and ethics,” adds Katrina Blackwell, president, American

Red Ball.

As the two companies come together, operations will continue in both Springfield, Virginia, and Indianapolis, Indiana, capitalizing on the strength of the teams in both locations while increasing Interstate’s footprint and revenue sources. Specifically, Interstate will acquire American Red Ball’s national operations and agency network. American Red Ball’s international forwarding and local moving and storage business will be operated independently.

About Interstate

Founded in 1943, The Interstate Family of Companies encompasses a worldwide group of transportation, warehousing, relocation management, logistics and real estate solutions serving government, corporate, and individual clients. The company maintains its headquarters in Springfield, Virginia, working with a global alliance of 1,500 service partners and 17,500 professional associates in 112 countries across six continents. On an annual basis, it is entrusted with the care and oversight of more than $1 billion in customer-valued goods and property. The organization distinguishes itself with key industry certifications, including ISO 9001:2008. Interstate is an 11-time recipient of the NDTA Award for Quality Service and was named Independent Mover of the Year twice by the American Moving & Storage Association. Interstate has been identified six times in the last eight years as one of America’s fastest-growing private U.S. companies, based on revenue growth.

About American Red Ball

Established in 1919 in Indianapolis by the Hiner family, American Red Ball World Wide Movers performed the first long-distance interstate move in the United States.  Providing “Red Carpet Moving Service” for 98 years, the company is known amongst its agents and drivers as ethical, accessible and personal in its relationships.  Its mission is to provide superior moving solutions worldwide that exceed customer expectations. An innovative leader, promoting safety, dependability and exceptional customer service, American Red Ball is the recipient of numerous safety awards over the last 15 years and is a Certified AMSA ProMover.

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