Howard’s Van & Storage Ltd. has been in the transportation industry in various forms since 1929. Originally founded by Lorne Howard in Melita, Manitoba, the company’s focus was shipping freight, but would also move threshing machines as well as household effects.
In 1955 Lorne’s son Les, joined the family business and continued working in the freight business with his father, and moved household goods part time. The business evolved into moving household goods on a full time basis. In 1959 Howard’s Van & Storage joined the growing family of United Van Lines. Business boomed during the 1960’s, as both Canadian Forces Bases at Rivers and Shilo were fully operational and created a great deal of transfers. In 1969 the company moved to Brandon, to be closer to services and costumers and in 1972 was specializing in furniture/office and electronics moving.
In 2011 Howards joined the Quick Transfer group of companies, headquartered in Winnipeg, which is where our 85,000+ ft² warehouse is now located. We still offer service in Brandon and the surrounding area at local rates, and we have a dedicated moving consultant living in Brandon who can come to your home or business to provide a quote.
We continue also to be the local depot for United Van Lines Container System, which is a service unmatched by our competitors. Moving to a larger centre meant some changes, but we have worked hard to retain our small-town values and standards of friendly and trustworthy service.
We are proud of our history and our position as Manitoba’s oldest and most experienced United Van Lines member and proud to serve our neighbours and friends in the community.
We are very optimistic for the future as our firm continues to increase market share since the start of the new milennium.