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Company History

 

Mergenthaler Transfer & Storage was started in 1933 by Arthur Mergenthaler as a 5 cent per stop grocery delivery service. The company prospered doing business as mainly a small package delivery service until the early 1950’s when it acquired a United States Postal contract. This contract propelled the business in a new direction.

The company obtained a permit to conduct local cartage work and began delivering freight for Butte-Helena Motor Freight, Western Express and United Buckingham.

During the late 1960’s the company purchased household goods authority and began offering intrastate and interstate moves, becoming an agent for United Van Lines in 1968.  In 1972 Mergenthaler Transfer & Storage became a shareholder in United Van Lines which is a privately held company that is owned only by active agents working in the moving and storage business.

In 1981 the company acquired contracts with a major telecommunications company to transport telephone installation equipment from Utah to various points in Montana. Today Mergenthaler’s Special Contracts Division serves Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Montana & Nevada.

In April 1986 the company acquired general commodities authority for the forty-eight states and entered into the LTL (Less Than Truckload) freight business by opening a service center in Salt Lake City, UT. On the first day of LTL operations the company transported one shipment paying $29.50.

The LTL division has experienced tremendous growth since its humble beginnings. The Salt Lake service center soon outgrew its 2-door facility and today operates from a 40-door service center providing overnight service to all major cities in Montana along with 10 other terminal locations in Montana, Colorado and Washington.  In 2004 Mergenthaler LTL division was re-branded MTS Freight.

 

The Household Goods division now has locations in Helena, Bozeman, Great Falls and Kalispell Montana, and Salt Lake City, UT.   The household Goods division handles over 4000 moves per year anything from a small cross town move to a large move going to a foreign country. 

 





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