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North American Van Lines

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– Established in 1933 by a group of 12 agents
– By 1938, the network expanded to 120 agents
– In 1947, NAVL moved from Cleveland, Ohio to Fort Wayne, Indiana
– In 1952, NAVL became an international company
– In 1959, NAVL bought Creston Transfer, later renamed Commercial Transport

– Acquired by Spedco Inc. in 1968
– NAVPAC merged into NAVL in 1970
– Started Air Freight Division in 1975
– Became top of the list among six largest van lines in 1979
– Put up for sale by PepsiCo in 1984

Norfolk Southern:
– Approved for sale to Norfolk Southern Corporation in 1984
– Merged with Moving Credit Inc. in 1984
– Hired Norfolk Southern’s advertising firm in 1986
– Started Worldtrac in 1991
– Norfolk Southern exited the trucking business in 1998

Allied Worldwide:
– Bought by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in 1998
– Merged with Allied Van Lines in 1999
– Valued at approximately US$450 million in the merger
– Began operations in Europe and South America in the 2000s

– North American Van Lines agents bought out HVPD in 2004
– Buyers renamed the new company Specialized Transportation Inc. (STI)

– Trucks painted in white and blue with red and blue circles
– Name spelled as northAmerican on trucks
– Specific design elements on the company’s trucks’ liveries

North American Van Lines, or NAVL, is a large American trucking company originally formed in Cleveland, Ohio, and later based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, which specializes in home and office relocations.

North American Van Lines
Company typePrivate agent-owned
IndustryMoving and storage
Key people
Thomas Oberdorf (CEO)
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