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The Merchants Moving & Storage FamilyStrategies to Endure

Jennifer Eastman shares the crucial business strategies that have allowed Merchants to grow and thrive into the fourth generation of Eastman leadership in the March, 2014 issue of BizTimes.

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Jennifer Eastman featured in the February issue of Mobility Magazine

Jennifer Eastman was featured in the February, 2014 issue of ERC's Mobility Magazine.
Says Jennifer in the article "It is an honor to follow in my father's footsteps. Merchants has an amazing and dedicated workforce. We'll continue building our culture around that professionalism."

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Merchants Moving & Storage Announces New President

Jennifer Eastman, 4th generation President of Merchants Moving & Storage(December 12, 2013) Merchants Moving & Storage, a leading professional household moving company serving the U. S. and Canada announces that Jim Eastman will retire as the company's president on December 31, 2013.

His daughter Jennifer, currently Merchants' Controller, will be his successor.
Jim Eastman will become the chairman of Merchants Moving & Storage's Board of Directors.

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Jim Eastman was honored by the Leadership Racine Advisory Board on May 8, 2012

Leadership Racine

James Eastman

Jim received their annual Leadership Racine Community Trustee award.

This award is defined as: an individual or group behavior which on behalf of the general public considers the needs of the entire community and seeks to serve the common good.

Jim received his award at the graduation banquet of the 2011-2012 class of Leadership Racine.
As honorary spokesman at the event, Jim's topic was his life motto of "Go the Extra Mile".

Congratulations Jim!

To read the article in The Racine Journal Times, please click on the link below:

For more information on Leadership Racine, please click below to visit their website.

Nancy Feest joins panel at the Regional Chicago CRC Meeting June 21, 2011

Nancy Feest at CRC Conference

Nancy Feest, Merchants Moving & Storage's lead move coordinator, spoke at the CRC Chicago Regional Summer Meeting on a panel representing the household goods industry from the Move Coordinators perspective. 

She received accolades and compliments from audience members who represented Corporate Clientele, Relocation Management Companies, Real Estate Firms, Mortgage Lenders and other Moving Companies.

Larry Gersch from Kraft Foods Inc. said "Nancy represented Merchants and the moving industry very professionally"!

Congratulations Nancy on a job well done!

Panelists included:
Chrystie King, Altair Global Relocation, Karen Jankowski, Corporate Relocation Manager, CNA Insurance, Miaken Pantos, Loan Administration Manager, Corporate Relocation, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Sara Baker, Corporate Sales Representative, National Corporate Housing, Nancy M. Feest CRP, GMS, Relocation Consultant, Merchants Moving & Storage

Merchants employees Douglas Ketzer & Bill Werth volunteer for Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity

Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity

Recently members of the Wisconsin Employee Relocation Council including our own Bill Werth - Vice President of Sales and Doug Ketzer - National Account Representative, participated in the building of a Habitat for Humanity home in Milwaukee.

Click the link below to read the article "Building a House, Creating a Home in the Worldwide ERC's January issue of Mobility magazine.

"Big Trucks, Big Hearts"

Follow this link to read the article from the Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce" newsletter in the Racine Journal Times:

Merchants Moving & Storage named the 2010 "Family Friendly Workplace" by RAMAC

Once again Merchants has been named the "Family Friendly Workplace by the Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce. Merchants was previously awarded this honor in 2000.

Merchants Moving & Storage: Our Historic Building

See below to read the story that originally appeared on the now-defunct Racine Post online news site. At the time of publishing, Jim Eastman was company President, he is now the CEO, and Jennifer Eastman is the proud, 4th generation company president.

MAR 27, 2010


Celebrating 175 years: Fish Bros. Wagon Company

By Gerald Karwowski

Racine Wisconsin was a manufacturing hub for wagons and carriages from around 1860s to early 1900s. There were three major Racine manufacturers that were giants in the wagon building business, Racine Wagon & Carriage Co., Mitchell & Lewis Co. and Fish Bros. Wagon Company. When automobiles took over Mitchell& Lewis Co. Converted to manufacturing cars and the other two companies went out of business.

Today we'll take a look at The Fish Bros. Wagon Company. Rather than a detailed history of the company we will share a few views of it. The Merchants Moving and Storage Company building still stands on State Street To remind us of our once proud wagon making heritage.

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The Fish Bros. Main Office building is now being used as the Main Office of 
Merchants Moving and Storage at 1215 State Street.

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One of the many fine wagons manufactured by Fish Bros.

Original Fish Bros. Building which was located directly across the street 
from Merchants Moving and Storage today.

Fish Bros. manufacturing plant which was located on the south west corner of State 
and Marquette streets in 1888.

Today, Merchants Moving and Storage Company occupies the former Fish Bros. building. Merchants was founded in 1922 by E.W. Eastman. Current President Jim Eastman is the third generation of his family to run the company. Jennifer Eastman, E.W. Eastman's great-granddaughter, is the company's controller.


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