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THE TANNER VAN LINES STORY
The Tanner family Moving and Storage legacy started in Richmond, VA in 1917 with Elam Lee Tanner Jr. At age 17, Elam Lee Tanner Jr. used a horse drawn wagon to haul luggage for travelers at Richmond’s area train stations. Not a far stretch from hauling luggage his business soon evolved into a full service moving company at a time when the Moving and Storage industry was in its infancy. Tanner’s Transfer & Storage was born. The business continued to grow with the help of his children that grew up in the business and helped run it. In 1963 at age 63 Elam Lee Tanner Jr. unexpectedly passed away due to a brain aneurysm.
With his passing, a board of directors was formed to help continue the family business. At the time, Tanner’s Transfer had interstate authority to haul goods to 32 of the 48 continental states, which was unprecedented during an era of interstate commerce regulation. The Motor Carrier Act of 1980 deregulated the trucking industry. This deregulation substantially increased Tanner’s Transfer & Storage’s competition in the interstate move market. Due to this and because of a severe economic downturn, Tanner’s Transfer decided to close its doors in 1981 after 64 years.
However the Tanner family moving story didn’t end there. Brandon R. Tanner Sr., the son of WWII veteran Elam Lee Tanner III, grew up in the family moving and storage business as well helping his father run Tanner’s Transfer. In 1978 at 19 years old Brandon Tanner Sr. started Tanner & Tanner Moving Systems. It also closed in 1982 due to the same economic downturn that forced Tanner’s Transfer to close in 1981.
That didn’t deter Brandon R. Tanner Sr. from carrying on the family name that had been a mainstay in the Moving and Storage industry for decades. In 1986 Brandon Tanner Sr. made his second attempt and started Tanner Van Lines, Inc. with three trucks and a 6,000 square-foot warehouse in Mechanicsville, VA (right outside the city limits of Richmond).
In 1995 Marie Tanner, keeping in line with Tanner family tradition, started Tanner International Forwarding, Inc. with the acquisition of L.A. Sheffield Transfer & Storage in Petersburg, VA. This sister company of Tanner Van Lines, Inc. has a 25,000 square foot warehouse on Bollingbrook Street in Downtown/Old Towne Petersburg, in addition to an auxiliary warehouse in Richmond.
In 2002, Tanner moved into a state of the art, 53,000 square foot warehouse in Richmond’s East End (Not far from the Richmond International Airport) off of Charles City Road in Henrico County
Tanner Van Lines Inc. saw increased growth into the new millennium. In 2009 Brandon R. Tanner Sr. retired after a lifelong career. He handed over the reins to the fourth generation of Tanner movers, his two sons Brandon “Ross” Tanner Jr. and Jonathan Tanner. Ross and Jonathan also, much like their father and grandfathers before them, grew up in the moving & storage business at an early age starting from the bottom up.
October 31st, 2016- marked the beginning of a new chapter in the Tanner storybook. A longtime partnership between locally owned and operated, Stewart Moving & Storage became a bit more official, the families came together, merging companies. Tanner Van Lines is now a part of the growing Stewart Moving & Storage, adding to the hundreds of square feet of DOD/ Military Approved Storage space, fleet of over 100 vehicles, and 250+ employees that strive daily to take the stress our of moving for families across the country. The Tanner family, including many long-term employees, are very excited about the additional opportunities for growth and expansion that this merger with Stewart Moving & Storage brings.