Company History

Mergenthaler Transfer & Storage saw its beginnings on March 28, 1933. Back then, it was run by two brothers: Arthur and Nick Mergenthaler. The company then was a 5-cent-per-stop grocery delivery service, with a single 1933 Dodge pickup truck.

Though their grocery service was successful, the Mergenthalers propelled their business in a new direction in the early 1950s when they acquired a United States Postal contract. They also acquired a permit to conduct local cartage work for the Canyon Ferry Dam. While the dam was under construction, Mergenthaler hauled everything from steel rebar to laundry to mail for the bunk houses! During this time, Mergenthaler also performed local drayage services for a number of freight companies: Butte-Helena Motor Freight, Western Express, and United Buckingham.


During the late 1960’s, Mergenthaler purchased household goods authority, and began offering intrastate and interstate moves. Mergenthaler built a new 8000 square foot warehouse, and began working as an agent for United Van Lines.

When Arthur Mergenthaler passed away in 1972, his four sons took charge of his business, and the company continued to expand. Nine years later, in 1981, Mergenthaler acquired contracts with Mountain Bell—a major telecommunications company—to transport telephone installation equipment. The company transported the equipment from Utah to various points in Montana. Today, Mergenthaler continues to serve the telecommunication industry in our Special Contracts division, which serves Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Utah.

Mergenthaler Transfer & Storage currently has offices located in Helena,  Bozeman, Billings, Kalispell, Missoula, Montana; Salt Lake City, Utah; Boise, Idaho; Kent, Washington; and Portland, Oregon. As our company continues to grow 8–12% each year, we stay at peak performance thorough crew training and manager leadership conferences. We continue raising the bar in quality and performance as we uphold the Mergenthaler legacy.