E.E. Ward, a 136 Year Old Moving Company, Wins Supplier of the Year Award

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With every new year comes an avalanche of honors and awards, presented to businesses in every industry from every walk of life. We don’t have any hard data on this, but we figure all the plaques and trophies, laid end to end, would stretch clear across the country. It would take until next year to read them all.

One of them, however, caught our eye.

E.E. Ward, a 136-year-old moving company operating out of Columbus, Ohio, was recently awarded the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Supplier of the Year Award (Class II) by the Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council (OMSDC).

Touted as the nation’s oldest African-American-owned business, E.E. Ward was established way back in 1881 when there were only 38 US States and Billy the Kid was still robbing banks. In accepting the award, company co-owner Dominique Brooks pointed to their pride in having survived the Great Depression, two world wars and twenty-six presidential terms.

An impressive run, for sure. But longevity is not their only strong suit. Equally admirable and worth highlighting is their list of 2017 achievements, which are decorated with their deep and varied community involvement, then capped off with the abovementioned award, Take a quick look at E.E. Ward’s year right here.

E.E. Ward employees, 2017

Not bad, right? But guess what? For all their history and their accomplishments, at the core, they’re still a moving company – just like all of us. A moving company striving to for excellence, in their work and their community.

Just like us.

The Perils of Driving Your Truck Uninsured

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In the heat of the summer rush or in a pinch, have you ever had one of your guys drive when they weren’t supposed to? We don’t want you to answer that – but think about it. Were you nervous they might get into an accident? Or even just get pulled over? How relieved were you when you saw them pull safely back into the yard?

If you’ve ever had to let one of your guys drive down the road and around the corner, or if you one day find yourself stuck without a driver and feel like tempting fate, we want to share the story of Seattle’s Can’t Stop Moving who, true to their name, didn’t let Washington’s driving regulations slow them down.

On the road, they had no evident issues. But it was a routine inspection by the state that put the brakes on them, fining them $51,900 for the violations, which were as follows: Drivers without medical certification, drivers with suspended licenses and trucks that hadn’t been regularly inspected. The guys operating Can’t Stop Moving’s trucks may have been extremely safe drivers. Nevertheless, their crimes were uncovered. 

You movers out there all have your own unique set of circumstances. You know what you can and can’t do. And we all know how crazy things get in the summer.

For all practical purposes, being safe on the road is what counts.

But for the state, following the rules is just as important. Just ask Can’t Stop Moving.

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