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MSS is more than a crating company. Our deep roots as relocation and crating experts date back to the early 1890s when Patrick Hughes and his family made the transatlantic journey from Ireland to Philadelphia. Along with his family, Patrick brought with him a plan to launch a piano moving company under the family name. The company blossomed into one of the largest piano moving companies on the East Coast, lasting for the next century.

Eight decades later, a new business opportunity arose from the company’s success. Patrick’s nephew, Joe Hughes, started a general moving company and employed his eight nephews to work for him during their high school and college years. While in his first job after college at a nationwide van line, Patrick’s nephew Tim created the concept of one single tradesman possessing all of the skills needed to serve the requirements of a relocating family. Based on this concept, Tim Hughes founded Movers Specialty Service out of his one bedroom apartment in 1978. 

Tim’s business flourished and soon served the entire Mid-Atlantic region. Tim knew he could grow the firm into a nationally recognized presence due to years of serving satisfied clients. Then in 1984, he announced that MSS would go nationwide.

During the 1990s, MSS celebrated continuous milestones, including a move to our current headquarters in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, as well as accolades as one of the Fastest Growing Companies in the Philadelphia region for two consecutive years. In 1997, Tim was elected as the first non-mover to the American Moving & Storage Association Board of Directors.

In the 2000s, MSS’s success only progressed even more. We were given the Service Provider of the Year award by the world’s largest relocation company, we launched our MSS University training programs, and we served our one-millionth client. MSS also was presented with the American Moving & Storage Association’s inaugural Summit Award for supplier excellence and was named winner of the Global Network Commitment to Excellence Platinum Award for its exceptional services.

From humble beginnings to serving our 1.5 millionth customer, and being hailed in Philly’s 100 Top Workplaces for the sixth consecutive year in 2015, MSS has continuously proved itself to be a leader in the industry. 

If you need a highly experienced crating company, and personalized, dedicated service is important to you, MSS is the place to call.  Please contact us to learn more.



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