History Timeline

Line of trucks

The Moving Company that never made it

First move

1981
Moving Truck

Performed by brothers Brig Sorber and Jon Sorber

Giving Back

1982

Mary Ellen Sheets awards $100 to 10 different local charities

Franchising

1989
Fleet of trucks

The TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Franchise System first developed

2,811

1989

Number of moves completed at the end of 1989

First Home Office

1991
Old TMT building

Opened in Lansing, MI

National Recognition

1993

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK named a Top 500 Franchise

Growth in the 90s

1999
Mary Ellen with truck in background

At the end of 1999, there were: 

  • 429 trucks on the road
  • 76 franchise locations 
  • $181 million in system revenue
  • 548,030 moves completed 

100th franchise

2000

Location signed in Mesa, AZ

Mary Ellen Sheets

2004
Mary Ellen and sons in front of truck

Becomes the first woman to win the International Franchise Association Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Canada

2005

First franchise location in Canada opened

200th franchise

2006
Movers with Grandma

Franchise location agreement signed in Indianapolis, IN

Growth in the 2000s

2009

At the end of 2009, there were:

  • 211 franchise locations
  • 1,198 trucks on the road
  • $1.8 billion in cumulative system revenue
  • 3.3 million moves completed

300th franchise

2011
Mover in front of truck

Location agreement signed in Fort Collins, CO

First Mini Market franchise opened

2017

Franchise location opened in Missoula, MT. 

7 millionth move completed

2018
Scholarship winner celebration

Various franchise celebrations occurred across the nation     

First Mary Ellen's Moving People Forward Scholarship® Awarded

2015

Scholarship awarded to Randi B. and Pearland, TX franchise

44th State

2019

Franchise location opened in Fargo, ND