The history of Campbell Moving can be traced back to the 1890’s. The Pratt family began moving with a horse and wagon business in the 1890’s. This local moving company moved anything that the customer needed.
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, George’s son-in-law Alex Campbell bought the company. At this point the company’s fleet consisted of two modern moving vans. Two years later, Alex’s brother Doug Campbell joined him in the business and they changed the name to Campbell Bros. Movers.
The company grew through the hard work and stewardship of the two brothers. They moved the company forward by buying more trucks and in the early 1950’s they joined the North American Van Lines. They chose to do this in order to provide service to their customers worldwide. In 1964 Alex made a decision, with the support of his family and employees, to change affiliations and join the United Van Lines. The United Van Lines rose from the smallest van line in 1964 to the largest in 1980. The Campbell Group of Companies is proud to say that we played a part in that growth.
In 1986, the company suffered the loss of Alex Campbell. After his passing the control of the company was passed to the next generation. Don, Neil, and Vickie Campbell took full ownership of the company. The company has undergone substantial growth since the 1980’s by expanding locations and companies. Today Campbell is made up of 23 companies and 10 owned buildings with over 150,000 square feet of modern palletized household goods storage, which is more than any other moving company in Ontario.
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 operating as a sister company with United Van Lines.
The 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 hundreds of employees that are trained at our own facilities to offer the very best to our customers.
The Campbell Group of Companies has been awarded one of the best managed companies. We are involved in many community organizations such as Salvation Army, and we contribute to the Ontario Medical Students Bursary Fund. In addition, we work closely with the MoverOne International which serves customers in 160 countries on six continents, for our cross border moves.