Happy birthday Interstate!
We officially turn 70 tomorrow, and as we celebrate 70 years of Top Hat® Service this year, we want to express our sincere appreciation to all of our customers who over the years have given us the opportunity to serve them. And, our deepest gratitude to our dedicated employees for making 70 years of moving forward possible.
In 1943, Arthur E. Morrissette founded Interstate with a used truck, a dolly and a vision of providing quality moving with “Top Hat® Service.” He recognized that the process of relocating families involved much more than just moving furniture, and believed that individuals’ household possessions represented both their lives, past and present, and needed to be treated with utmost care and respect.
The Company began its operations out of a small storage facility in Washington, D.C. During the early winter months, Morrissette found himself supplementing his moving income with proceeds from the sale of Christmas trees and firewood. In 1949, Interstate handled its first long-distance move, a shipment of household goods bound to Syracuse, New York. Later that year, Interstate conducted its first international move.
After a disastrous fire in 1970, the company moved its headquarters to Springfield, Virginia, where it currently resides today. A year later, Interstate acquired Star Worldwide Forwarders, which became Interstate International, Inc. in 1979.
For more than half a century, the Interstate team has built a foundation of trust, partnerships, and service excellence. Interstate distinguishes itself with key industry certifications, including ISO 9001:2008, FAIMPlus, IOMI, as well as numerous industry awards.
Family owned and operated, The Interstate Family of Companies encompasses a team of more than 220 professionals, maintaining over 300 vehicles, and consisting of over 1,500 global service partners. Interstate encompasses five distinct companies that provide global transportation, supply chain logistics and relocation management solutions to individuals, corporations and government agencies.
Seven decades later, the $100 million enterprise proudly celebrates its 70th year in business. With three generations of family leadership, the company continues to operate under the founding beliefs that quality, innovation, and training are key to a successful moving company.