BYRON – The white moving van with black lettering alongside I-75 at Peach Shops at Byron isn’t broken down. It is advertising the area’s newest movers.
The first Two Men and a Truck franchise in Middle Georgia opened last month in the shopping center.
“We thought this would be the ideal location right between Macon and Warner Robins so it would be easy to dispatch trucks either way, and it is great exposure right here next to the interstate,” said general manager Adam Scott.
Scott came to Byron from Columbus, where he was operations manager for the Two Men and a Truck franchise there.
“We were already doing a good bit of business over this way from our Columbus location, so we thought it would be good to come on over and set up a franchise here,” he said. “The next closest Two Men and a Truck franchise is in Henry County, so we definitely thought there was room here to grow.”
The company was started in 1985 in Lansing, Mich., by brothers Brig and Jon Sorber. They began to franchise the company in 1989, with the first new location in Atlanta.
“A lot of people think Atlanta is where the company began, because that’s where the first franchises were, and there are nine there now. But it all grew out of the brothers’ business in Michigan,” Scott said.
Now there are about 200 franchises in 31 states, Canada and Ireland.
Scott said most of the company’s business is in local moves, but it also can handle any type of moving up to cross-country.
“We do everything from coming out and moving furniture around for elderly people in their homes to moving big businesses around,” he said.
The Byron franchise has two trucks now, but Scott said he hopes it will grow quickly.
“We opened the Columbus franchise with two trucks in December of 2006, and now it is up to eight. We are looking to employ 10 to 15 people here in Byron and grow from there.”
For more information, call 787-4644 or visit the company Web site at www.twomen.com.
ECONOMIC STIMULUS TOPIC FOR FORUM
Mike Dunham, executive president of the Georgia Board of the Associated General Contractors of America, will be the speaker at the March 13 Robins Regional Business Forum hosted by the Warner Robins Area Chamber of Commerce.
He will discuss how the stimulus package recently adopted by Congress will affect the Robins region.
The monthly forums, at the Chamber offices at 1228 Watson Blvd., begin at noon and include lunch.
The cost is $10 for chamber members and $25 for non-members.
Those wishing to attend should call the chamber at 922-8585 or e-mail Donna Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org.