Matco Moving Solutions Celebrates 50 Years in Business Credits Customer Trust and Superior Service for its Longevity
Matco Moving Solutions is celebrating 50 years of business in Canada this year. Established in 1966, in Norman Wells, Northwest Territories, Matco was among the first transportation companies to serve the region.
Today, Matco has become a key player in the area’s residential and commercial moving sector with eight locations in Alberta, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon.
“Fifty years in business is a significant milestone for any company,” said Wayne Wishloff, vice-president and general manager, Matco Moving Solutions, “but, for a company in the moving business, it’s a rare achievement. Matco has stood the test of time for two key reasons; first, we have always focused on the customers’ voice, and second, when we move our customers’ personal effects we treat them as our own. Each employee understands what it means to hand over one’s personal property to a stranger and rely on them to deliver it to their dream home, damage-free. Over the years, we’ve earned the trust of many families in the community and it’s a great feeling to know we’ve been part of something important.”
Matco started out as a small, family-owned business known as the Mid-Artic Transportation Company — Matco — when it was founded in May 1966. Two brothers and their brother-in-law saw a business opportunity in the region’s booming oil and gas sector and the need for local trucking and transportation services. Matco was one of the first operators to service the isolated oil and gas exploration crews working offshore and made trips up to the Beaufort Sea, crossing frozen oceans and ice roads, often in blizzards, to deliver supplies. When the Dempster Highway officially opened in 1979, Matco made history when it operated the first moving truck to drive down it.
As the region continued to develop, so did Matco. In 2013, Matco was acquired by Manitoulin Transport, a member of the Manitoulin Group of Companies, which sought to further strengthen its coverage in Canada’s West and expand into the growing residential and commercial goods relocation business.
“At the 50-year mark, it’s time to reflect on how far we’ve come as a company and where we plan to go,” said Don Goodwill, president, Matco. “Matco has seen some big changes in customer needs over the years and has always adapted accordingly. Today, Matco is a full-service, global moving company that can get households and businesses safely across the province, or around the world, with ease. As we look to the future, we will continue to do whatever it takes to meet customers’ needs, including investing further in technology to provide instantaneous service and expanding our use of digital media. In the next few years, we will see some exciting developments for Matco and our customers and we look forward to serving more communities as we strive to become the premier mover in Alberta.”
Moved with them twice and excellent services in both events.
Mary Lou S.
23:26 02 Jun 16
We have moved 14 times in 27 years. I have had a lot of experience with crews. Thank you Matco Edmonton and Calgary for making three of these moves enjoyable and efficient. The staff were friendly and more than willing to go beyond their duties. (They even had some great ideas about furniture placement! and never complained about moving things twice).To Edmonton crew, Hailey, Stephanie, Dusan, Calvin, Pinara, Shania, Sheena, Mel, Shayla, Tyrell, Beau and Kelly (I think I got you all) thank you for packing me up so well, the goods in LTS arrived safely in Calgary 2 years later, the goods that went to Houston arrived safely there. To the Calgary crew, Mike the driver, Mike the weight lifter, Patrick the silent one, and Russ the story teller, thanks for your hard work and unpacking 23,000lbs in two days! To the office staff, Leon and Stevie, well done you.I hope I don't need you again...but.... likely see you in two years..
16:30 01 Mar 21
Great service, great price, great people.. I highly recommend using Matco. This was our first major move and was to a different province. Matco staff arranged for the moving of our furniture and our vehicle. They are very helpful along the way, relieved our stresses, and when it came time for the moving they were friendly and great at their work. Moving out and moving in... fast, friendly service.. SO PLEASED!!! Thanks, Matco!!!!
03:30 13 Nov 20
22:56 15 Apr 20
This was my very first move and I did my due diligence in selecting a moving company as there are so many horror stories out there. Matco exceeded expectations in all areas, they took appropriate precautions considering the current situation with COVID-19 and transported all of my things from Calgary to interior BC in a timely fashion, with no damage and nothing missing. I would highly recommend Matco for anyone looking for a professional moving company at a fair price.
23:21 04 Oct 17
00:17 09 Jun 18
I don’t normally have time to put Google reviews in but I think this is an exception. I contacted Matco to get an estimate for my upcoming move back in March. The estimator Steve came by and was very professional and knowledgeable. We contacted a lot of movers during that time but decided to go with Matco. I must say, I was not disappointed. On moving day, the crew was on time and very courteous. They took great care in covering floors and wrapping up our furniture in blankets.The crew of four moved us out of our old house and into the new one without a single furniture or wall casualty.I can go on and on... Overall, I would recommend Matco for short or long distance move. These guys are real professional movers. They care about what they do and it shows. I would not hesitate to use them again!
17:50 10 Oct 19
Gary was very helpful as was the person who made our delivery; thanks very much!
15:29 10 Feb 20
We hired Matco Moving Solutions to pack, move and unpack our home. I'm currently 7 months pregnant with twins and I can barely do anything myself. I handled the move alone (without help from my husband etc.), and Matco took care of us. We had an amazing packing crew (Direk, Aeron and Steve), they were very efficient and took care of everything, all our good arrived in excellent shape. We were lucky to have Direk and Steve with us through the entire move process. Direk disassembled and reassembled all our furniture perfectly. Steve was so professional and caring, he was constantly checking in with me to ensure I was doing ok.The day of loading/unload Bert took such good care of us, he was so professional and thorough. We had a playhouse in our backyard that needs to be moved but we told them not to bother with it because it was frozen to the ground. Bert and Steve still tried to move it for us, which was so thoughtful.On our unloading day, they got everything done so quickly! They were finished a bit early and instead of taking off they started to help unpack. Bert even hung up my clothes for me.I am so happy with the crew: Bert, Steve, Aeron, Direk, Glenn, John and Trevor. They all did such a wonderful job! Thank you Matco! Honestly, every time someone asks me how moving is going, I just tell them it was really not a big deal, I did not feel stressed once during the whole process. I barely lifted a finger and 1 day after our move our entire house is unpacked and put away.
19:44 25 Jan 21
Matco were really great. I had a last minute move to organize and they were excellent to work with.
22:16 28 Mar 21
Made our lives super simple. Efficient, responsive, simple to do business with. Cost aligned very close to estimate and within timelines. Super appreciated the value and professionalism of this move.
20:28 30 Nov 20
I was so impressed by the whole process, from initial estimate to moving day. Great crew and moved really fast. So helpful!!!
20:41 31 Jul 19
Absolutely amazing! Wonderful and helpful people
03:47 25 Sep 20
Matco personnel were very efficient, on-time, and completed the job without a hitch. We would use them again.
19:22 05 Jul 16
We have used Matco twice in the past year and both times have been very impressed by the level of service and the quality of care. Our items and our home were always respected. Great job!