History of Campbell Group of Companies

Campbell Group of Companies’ is the parent company for our moving, corporate relocation and real estate company.

How we began can trace back to the 1890’s when a family-based local company in London, Ontario started moving people by horse and buggy.

Since then, it has grown its services to corporate relocation and property asset management.

With 21 local branches across Canada, and more than 400 partners within the United States and Internationally, we’re able to provide all facets of relocation for corporations and their employees to anywhere around the world.

Our headquarters are still in London, Ontario and continue to operate under the leadership of the family.

  • 1986

    November, 15 The Next Generation

    In 1986, the company suffered the loss of Alex Campbell and at that time, the control of the company was passed to the next generation; Don, Neil and Vickie Campbell took full ownership of the companies.

    The growth of the company since the 1980’s has been amazing by expanding locations and companies; today having a group of +24 companies, +10 owned buildings with over 150,000 square feet of modern palletized household goods storage which is more than any other moving company in Ontario.

    And since Campbell Group of Companies has expanded its services to Corporate Relocation and Property Asset Management.

  • 1964

    June, 22 Joined United Van Lines

    In 1964 Alex made a decision, with the support of his family and employees, to change his moving network from North American Van Lines and join United Van Lines (Canada). United Van Lines rose from the smallest van line in 1964 to the largest in 1980 and the Campbell Group of Companies played a part in that growth.

  • 1950

    June, 22 Joined North American Van Lines

    The company grew through hard work and stewardship of the brothers. They moved the company forward by buying more trucks and in the early 1950’s joining North American Van Lines in order to provide service worldwide.

  • 1945

    June, 22 Campbell Bros. Movers

    In 1945, when George’s son-in-law, Alex Campbell bought the company. It consisted of two modern moving vans. Two years later, Alex’s brother Doug joined him in the business and they changed the name to Campbell Bros Movers.

  • 1921

    April, 22 First Truck

    Business continued with horse and wagon until 1921 when the first truck was purchased.

  • 1915

    June, 22 Target The Mover

    In 1915 George Target, the son-in-law of Pratt, purchased the company and renamed it “Target the Mover”.

  • 1890

    November, 15 The Beginning

    The Campbell Group of Companies can be traced back the 1890’s when the Pratt family began moving with horse and wagon; they moved almost anything.

Campbell Group of Companies is the largest shareholder in United Van Lines which is also the largest Van Line in Canada, having a market share of 40% of the long distance moving. Recently, Mayflower Van Lines has been brought back into the Canadian market and is a brand operating as a sister company with United Van Lines.

Campbell Group of Companies, having companies within United Van Lines and Mayflower Van Lines, is well positioned to offer the very best service in every business line. Campbell family members work hard with a well trusted, long term management team and over 800 employees that are trained at our own facilities to offer the very best to our customers.