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
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
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