Press Releases and Featured News
May 25, 2011 - MoveIt®® Companies Provides Services for Famous Recording Studio
MoveIt®® Specialized Logistics has provided relocation services for the famous Electric Lady Studios, founded by Jimi Hendrix in Greenwich Village, NY. The moves were part of an extensive remodel for the classic studio that has seen everyone from Kanye West to Elvis Presley. According to Studio Manager Lee Foster, MoveIt®® was an integral part of the world class remodel. “The crews from MoveIt® were very professional and performed the difficult moves flawlessly.”
The shipments included one-of-a-kind vintage recording consoles that were restored to original specifications. Todd Partridge, Vice President of Operations for MoveIt® companies, said the difficult layout of the floor plan required “The larger console had to be tipped on end to navigate tight corners and a narrow stairway and the other piece of equipment was rigged through a 2nd story window. Not your typical freight and not your typical delivery!” He added that the MoveIt® Companies were especially proud to have played a part in the history of this cultural icon.
Video footage of the rigging and delivery of the consoles is shown in a promotional video released by the studio.
The MoveIt® Companies, founded in 1979 are specialists in difficult transport and delivery of sensitive, high-value equipment around the world.
February 10, 2011 - MoveIt® Freight Solutions Completes Superbowl Distribution
MoveIt® Freight Solutions was selected to coordinate the delivery and removal of high profile Gatorade® brand refrigerated beverage coolers to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington for Superbowl XLV. The white-glove deliveries included more than 20 coolers placed at multiple locations in the Dallas, TX area.
These are not your ordinary deliveries, according to Shell Dornath, MoveIt® Freight Solutions Operations Manager. “Our team consolidated coolers of various sizes at our Dallas distribution center, then delivered them under very specific time requirements.” Dornath added, “Many of the deliveries involved unpacking and setting units in place in restricted access locations.”
When the Superbowl game was completed, the coolers were removed from their locations and returned to the MoveIt® Freight Solutions Dallas distribution center. 2011 is the third year The MoveIt® Companies has been selected to perform these deliveries.
September 8, 2010 - Senator Tom Harkin Visits MoveIt® Companies
On September 8, Senator Tom Harkin toured the MoveIt® Companies (formerly Computer Transportation Services) main office facility in Breda, Iowa.
Senator Harkin said “One of my main reasons for visiting their facility was to see the energy efficiency improvements that were made possible in part by a USDA Rural Development loan/grant award to the company. “ They moved from a 5,000 square foot facility to a new and much larger 8,000 square foot facility and it is much cheaper now for them to operate this bigger facility because of the energy efficiency improvements.”
Todd Partridge, Vice President of Operations said Senator Harkin was particularly interested in the international scope of the business. Todd said, “ We discussed a recent project we did in Japan, and the Senator was pleased that thanks to internet and communications improvements a company in rural Iowa can compete in the international arena.”
At the end of the tour Senator Harkin was treated to homemade salsa and zucchini cake made from produce from the MoveIt® employee garden.
Randy Hildreth, USDA Area 9 Director and Chris Mercer, Business and Cooperative Programs Specialist for the USDA Area 9 office in Storm Lake, IA also toured the facility.
August 2, 2010 - Sustainable Landscaping Underway at MoveIt®
After letting the construction site soil rest for a year landscaping plans are now being implemented at the office grounds of the recently constructed MoveIt® offices in Breda, IA. In keeping with the renewable design of the building, plantings will be as sustainable and native as possible.
A large flower bed ( 700 square feet) near the front entrance was planted entirely with native prairie flowers . The plants were started with seeds taken from local prairie remnants by Diversity Farms, Inc. of rural Dedham, IA. The plant selection and planting were done by Inger Lamb of Prairie Landscapes of Iowa LLC. The deep roots of the prairie plants will absorb and filter water draining from the building’s roof and will require little more than weeding and an initial watering. The plants that thrive will fill in the bed and in a year will be truly beautiful.
Other plans for landscaping include a mixed native grass planting with more native flowers on the front lawn neatly bordered by a mown border of turf grass. This summer the grass will be killed where the new native grasses will be planted in late fall or early winter. The following year the new planting will be mowed often as the grass establishes itself which can take up to 3 years. This seed also will be local ecotype supplied and planted by John Judson of Diversity Farms. Future plans call for a prairie path and identification signs for the plants and flowers, a water containment structure and the addition of native shrubs.
According to D.G. Partridge, President of the MoveIt® Companies, the prairie plants will play an important role in reducing runoff of water containing fertilizer and sediment. “The land surrounding our building is part of the Blackhawk Lake Watershed, which has become an impaired waterway. The water that runs through the area around our building passes directly into Blackhawk Lake. Our goal is to improve water quality with this simple technique.”
May 21, 2010 - MoveIt® Companies Name Change and Rebranding is Complete
MoveIt® Specialized Logistics and MoveIt® Freight Solutions announced today that a rebranding initiative is complete. The companies, formerly operating as Computer Transportation Services, Ltd. and CTS Air Services, Inc., have the same ownership and employees, but have changed their brand names to better reflect their service offerings. A new corporate website has been launched at www.MoveIt®.com.
“The new names are a logical progression in our evolving service offerings,” said Todd Partridge, Vice President of Operations for the MoveIt® companies. “In 30 years, we’ve grown beyond our initial focus of shipping for the computer marketplace. We still specialize in items that require special handling, but offer more than just shipping.” According to Partridge the new companies offer a wider variety of logistics related solutions, including; distribution, inventory management, reverse logistics and project management, for industries like high-tech, medical, financial, food services, online auctions and asset recovery.
“The rebranding really was driven by our customers, many of whom were beginning to refer to us as MoveIt®, because of our web site,” said Partridge. “MoveIt® Specialized Logistics will handle sensitive commodities that require special handling, like inside pickups and deliveries and blanket-wrap, white glove transportation. MoveIt® Freight Solutions will focus on more traditional freight services, like LTL trucking, air freight and ocean freight,” he added. Both companies will work with a shared network of 22 regional distribution facilities and more than 500 service partners.
The rebranding initiative will be seamless to customers. All contact information, procedures and processes will remain the same.
May 10, 2010 - MoveIt® Companies Receive 30 Year Award
Today Computer Transportation Services (MoveIt® Specialized Logistics) was recognized by the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) for 30 years of membership in that organization, at the organization’s annual meeting and trade show.
Robert Voltman, President and CEO of the organization presented MoveIt® Specialized Logistics Vice President of Operations Todd Partridge with a silver tray in commemoration of the event.
TIA is the professional organization of the $164 billion third party logistics industry. TIA is the only organization exclusively representing transportation intermediaries of all disciplines doing business in domestic and international commerce. TIA is the voice of transportation intermediaries to shippers, carriers, government officials and international organizations. TIA is the United States member of the International Federation of Freight Forwarder Associations (FIATA).
March 22, 2010 - MoveIt® Companies Honored with Relay For Life Spirit Award
Today the MoveIt® Companies Relay for Life Team, CTS 4 R&D, was presented with the 2009 Spirit Award at the annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life Kickoff in Carroll, IA Mary Lou Grabner, Shell Dornath, Phillis Schulte and Elizabeth Partridge Blessington accepted the award on behalf of the team. The Carroll County Relay for Life once again raised the most money per capita in the nation, and MoveIt® was proud to have played a part in that accomplishment.
MoveIt® has been a long time supporter of the Relay for Life, first participating as “Cruisin’ Top Speed’ in 1997. The current name, “CTS 4 R&D” was adopted in 2004 in memory of MoveIt® co-workers Rose Schettler and Doreen Ludwig who both lost their fight with cancer that same year.
Over the years the team has done many fundraisers and the team is always looking for new, creative ways to raise money. A Bingo and Game night is scheduled for Friday, May 30th from 6-10 pm at the Breda Legion Hall. People attending will be able to socialize, play Bingo, cards or even play games on a WII. Food and drinks will be available and prizes will be awarded.
“Our goal is to raise a team record total of $10,000 this year” said Co-Chair Phillis Schulte. “We appreciate the wonderful continued support & generosity of Breda residents & local businesses.”
Anyone wishing to donate to the team can visit their team page.
About Relay for Life
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. At Relay, teams of people camp out at a local high school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Because cancer never sleeps, Relays are overnight events up to 24 hours in length.
Relay began in 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon in Tacoma, Washington, ran and walked around a track for 24 hours to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Since then, Relay has grown from a single man’s passion to fight cancer into the world’s largest movement to end the disease. Each year, more than 3.5 million people in 5,000 communities in the United States, along with additional communities in 20 other countries, gather to take part in this global phenomenon and raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer. Thanks to Relay participants, the American Cancer Society continues to save lives. "