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The history of the company can be traced back to the 1890’s when the Pratt family began moving with horse and wagon
business in those days was local and they moved anything.
In 1915 George Target, the son-in-law of Pratt purchased the company and renamed it “Target the Mover”.
Business continued with horse and wagon until 1921 when the first truck was purchased. In 1945, when George’s son-in-law,
Alex Campbell bought the company it consisted of two modern moving vans. Two years later, Alex’s brother Doug joined him
in the business and they changed the name to Campbell Bros. Movers.
The company grew through hard work and stewardship of the brothers. They moved the company forward by buying more trucks
and in the early 1950’s joining North American Van Lines in order to provide service worldwide. In 1964 Alex made a
decision, with the support of his family and employees, to change and join United Van Lines. United Van Lines rose from
the smallest van line in 1964 to the largest in 1980 and the Campbell Group of Companies played a part in that growth.
In 1986, the company suffered the loss of Alex Campbell and at that time, the control of the company was passed to
the next generation. Don, Neil and Vickie Campbell took full ownership of the companies. The growth of the company since
the 1980’s has been amazing by expanding locations and companies; today having a group of 23 companies, 10 owned buildings
with over 150,000 square feet of modern palletized household goods storage which is more than any other moving company in
The Campbell Group is the largest shareholder in United Van Lines which is also the largest Van Line in the Country,
having a market share of 40% of the long distance moving. Recently, Mayflower Van Lines has been brought back into the
Canadian market and is a brand operating as a sister company with United Van Lines.
Campbell Group of Companies, having companies within United Van Lines and Mayflower Van Lines, is well positioned to
offer the very best service in every business line. Campbell family members work hard with a well trusted, long term
management team and over 800 employees that are trained at our own facilities to offer the very best to our customers.
I was concerned with the number of people, but the ones that were there did their jobs with a positive attitude, and a surprising bounce in their step, even at the end of the move. Of particular note was Umar Stewar. He approached his job with great care, attention to detail, and tremendous energy. I was so impressed with his attitude, I would like to schedule my move into the new house around his availability.”
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