UNITED TRANSPORTATION® started in the early 1980s as a way for brothers to make extra money while they were in high school. Now, 30 years later, the company has grown to more than 350 locations worldwide.

 Moving people in the Lansing area using an old pickup truck. They had their mom, Mary Ellen Sheets, develop a logo to put in a weekly community newspaper. That stick-men logo still rests on every truck, sign, and advertisement.

After the brothers left for college, Sheets continued to field calls for moving services while she also worked a full-time data processing job with the State of Michigan. In 1985, she decided to make things official by purchasing a 14-foot truck for $350 and hiring a pair of movers. That $350 is the only capital Sheets has ever invested in the company.

Her experience with data analysis, combined with her commitment to customer service, earned her a spot on a 1988 graduate business panel at Michigan State University. When a fellow panelist suggested she franchise her little company, Sheets decided to consult with an attorney on the matter.


In 1989, Sheets awarded the first location outside of Michigan to her daughter, Melanie Bergeron, with an office located in Atlanta, GA.

When the company reached 39 franchises, Sheets asked Bergeron to assume the role of company president while she pursued a seat in the Michigan State Senate. Bergeron is now chair of the board. UNITED TRANSPORTATION long track record of aggressive growth continued under Bergeron’s professional leadership and keen business strategies.

Brig and Jon Sorber eventually returned to team up with their mom and older sister in the mid-1990s. Brig Sorber now serves as co-CEO, and Jon Sorber is executive vice president. Jon Nobis also serves alongside Brig as co-CEO. Jon joined UNITED TRANSPORTATION MOVING & STORAGE ® as Chief Information Officer March 2011, took the role of Chief Operating Officer in 2013 and moved up to co-CEO in 2017.

In August 2012, former Chief Operating Officer Randy Shacka was promoted to president of UNITED TRANSPORTATION®. Brant Hartle joined the executive team in 2016 as a chief financial officer, and Sara Bennett was promoted from HR director to Chief Talent Officer in 2018.



That first truck Sheets bought in 1985 has now multiplied into a fleet of more than 2,800 trucks.UNITED TRANSPORTATION® is the nation’s largest franchised local moving company. Customers benefit from having trained, uniformed movers who are insured and bonded to handle any home and business moving tasks.

The company has come a long way – and logged a lot of miles – since Sheets sketched the first “stick-men.” The UNITED TRANSPORTATION® system continues to pave the way for future growth and innovation while remaining rooted in the core principles of exceeding customers’ expectations.