Family Owned Relocation Business Capitalizes on Storied Past to Ensure a Successful Future.
For over a century family-owned Nelson Westerberg has been on the move in many different directions and always up. What began with two men and a team of horses delivering coal and ice has grown over time into a respected leader in the relocation industry with an unprecedented reputation for peerless service and a relentless desire to continually improve, innovate, and expand.
Four Generations of Movers & Shakers
Headquartered in Chicago since 1904, Nelson Westerberg (NW) is a global provider of moving and storage services to corporations, families, government and the military. The company manages over 13,000 moves annually with coast-to-coast offices, an international network of over 500 agents, and a workforce of more than 250 employees and drivers.
From the beginning the company had aspirations that transcended the ordinary.
“I came on board in 1962 with an agreement to buy out the Nelson half of the business. Then alongside my father, Richard, our goal was to grow the company into something bigger and more diverse than just a one-step off the truck local mover,” noted John Westerberg, Chairman and third generation Westerberg.
John quickly got to work establishing an off-site sales office and hiring a diverse team to make his goal a reality. And it succeeded. By 1967 Nelson Westerberg had become the third largest agent for Atlas Van Lines. Today the company provides moving solutions to more than 200 corporations including blue-chip and the Fortune 1000.
John has also been the driving force behind a nationwide expansion, establishing offices in Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, and New York/ New Jersey. In the early 90’s an international operation was formed opening up a new world of opportunities. And a fourth generation Westerberg has joined the fold. John’s son Stephen is the current CEO with a fresh eye to the future.
“Steve is well poised to lead the company into the next phase” notes John. “He recently launched Charter Properties, Inc., a military household goods broker, to service the needs of military employees on the move to and from domestic military bases.
A Road Map for Success
When asked to what he attributes their long and sustain record of success, John attributes it to unmatched service quality, a proven track record, outstanding employees and owner/operation drivers, and loyal clients – many of whom have been with the company for over 50 years.
A commitment to constant improvement is also key to NW’s success. It comes through in their daily operations and in their community outreach initiatives. NW is an active supporter of Move for Hunger, an organization dedicated to reducing food waste and fighting hunger. Awarded 2020 Supplier of the Year, the company rescued and delivered more than 335,900 pounds of food providing nearly 280,000 meals for those in need.
Valued Relationships Moving Forward
KRD has been providing financial solutions for Nelson Westerberg with a shared vision and focus on their continued success and growth.
“KRD and Allen Weingarten came on-board over 20 years ago,” comments Mr. Westerberg. “We share many of the same values which accounts for the strength and longevity of the relationship. The personal touch and Partner involvement is really important to me and that is an area where really KRD delivers. We look forward to a long and prosperous future together.”