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United Van Lines History

  • 1928: Return Loads Service
    Return Loads Service, Inc. formed in Cleveland, Ohio to arrange return shipments for independent moving companies transporting goods from one city to another.
  • 1928: United Van Service
    When similar companies began appearing around the country, Return Loads Service adopted the distinctive title of United Van Service.
  • 1933: United Van Lines
    After suffering losses during the Great Depression, United Van Service was dissolved and its assets were transferred to United Van Lines.
  • 1941: New Headquarters
    After a decade of new found prosperity, the new United Van Lines moved its corporate headquarters to St. Louis, Missouri.
  • 1947: Agent Ownership
    Ownership of United passed from the original shareholders to a group of United agents, establishing the current agent ownership structure.
  • 1954: Industry Innovation
    United Van Lines innovates the transportation industry with the introduction of electronic order registration and dispatch.
  • 1975: Continued Innovation
    United Van Lines further establishes its leadership with electronic shipment tracking routed through central mainframe computer.
  • 1992: Industry Leadership
    United Van Lines becomes the #1 van line in market share and volume. A position it maintains today.
  • 1995: Financial Growth
    Leveraging its market leadership, United Van Lines post its first billion-dollar revenue year. A position that has grown every year since.
  • 2018: Becoming a Co-Op
    In February 2018, UniGroup Shareholders voted to become a cooperative (co-op), allowing UniGroup to better serve its agents and customers in a centralized way.

Charles was elected as chairman of the UniGroup Board and its operating subsidiaries, including Mayflower/United, in May 2021. Charles has been a member of UniGroup’s Board of Directors since 2015 and an industry leader for more than 15 years, after having been involved in some capacity with virtually every aspect of moving since he was 12.

Charles is currently the President and CEO of Hilldrup, and is the third generation to serve in the role.

Jason Mills is the president and CEO of UniGroup and its operating subsidiaries, including United Van Lines/Mayflower Transit.

Jason serves as chief operating officer of UniGroup. Mills is a trusted leader who has been with UniGroup for nearly 13 years, taking on increasing responsibilities throughout the organization including leading several business units. Jason has also served in various marketing, corporate development and operations roles for The Coca-Cola Company, Bayer Corporation and Spectrum Brands.

Jason graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Biology and earned an MBA from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill with a focus on customer and product management.

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