Hello, my name is Pat Long and I am owner of Pat's Movin and Haulin LLC. I have been born and raised in the Fox Valley. There is no other place in the world I can imagine calling home. My wife and I love it here and have chosen to raise our three beautiful children in this community as well.
My first job after graduating high school and while I attended college was a truck loader. I loaded trucks for three years and had taken a liking to the labor, and, had developed an appreciation for the job. I quickly realized there was an art to efficiently loading a truck and that it was similar to playing Tetris. The job was fun for me and I had taken enjoyment from the look of a nicely packed truck.
After graduating, I had been offered a nice paying job in an unrelated field. I had worked in that field of work for eight years. During this period I had done some moving on the side for almost nothing just because I enjoyed the work. Often times it was my friends, family, or a neighbor that needed a hand. I realized my full time job was taking its toll on me, in the sense that it was a seemingly mindless job and I was stuck indoors all the time. I wanted something different, but didn't know quite what.
In April of 2011, I started the new phase of my life. I had moved on from my past job and started Pats Movin and Haulin LLC. We started off with a pickup truck and trailer. The jobs we picked up, covered what we needed to survive and pay off our equipment. That same year, we purchased our first enclosed box truck. It wasn't pretty and not the biggest, but it was leak proof and safe. We painted the truck and put the business stickers on it to look as presentable as possible.
I learned from the beginning, that the ol cliché "best business is word of mouth" was indeed true. We didn't get the volume of calls we do now, but the volume we did get was taken advantage of. We took great pride in our work and still do. The result was overwhelming and our customers were referring us to every one they knew. They were also calling us back for future moves and or assistance with pick up and delivery.
In 2012, we started picking up some commercial accounts. This produced a steady income year round, and greatly helped out in the winter months when moving season is typically slower. By early 2013, we sold the truck and purchased two more. They were much larger and we could accommodate many more customers. This trend continued and in late 2013, we purchased two more large trucks and attained another large commercial contract. In late 2014 we purchased the last truck, and as we sit, we now have five trucks. I credit the grace of God, patience of my wife, and our happy customers to make this all happen in such a short period.
Now that you know a little about us, we can't wait to hear and get to know you and your needs!
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