Naglee Moving & Storage
Our Company History 1912 to 2014
It was natural for Sam Naglee to go into the transportation business. Between 1882 and 1899 Sam’s parents, Joe and Louisa moved their growing family at least a half dozen times. Joe was a teamster. Sam became a teamster. Sam Naglee founded his carting business in 1912, operating a drayage terminal out of his home and barn on Horseheads Boulevard in Elmira Heights, New York. Sam started with horses and carts. His first motorized truck was a 1914 Selden. About this time, typical of traditional German families, his son Arthur joined him on the truck. The Naglees hauled all sorts of dry goods and served as a conduit to the rail freight terminals in the nearby city of Elmira.
Art Naglee assumed management when his father chose to enter the workforce of a large local manufacturer. Domestic household goods transport became a staple, and Art led the company through the tumultuous war years. When it came time for Art to step down in the 1960’s, he sold the company to an employee, Bill Gustin.
Some photographs of the first hundred years at Naglee Moving & Storage and Naglee Fine Arts
Gustin made several significant improvements to this already successful enterprise. First, he moved the operation to larger quarters, one mile south, in the city of Elmira. The facility had been a terminal for Mobil Gas with a sturdy warehouse and good-sized yard for van parking and growth. Naglee joined the United Van Lines family in 1967. In 1981, Gustin expanded Naglee’s storage capacity with the construction of a 10,000 square-foot, heated warehouse. Under Bill Gustin’s stewardship, Naglee Moving & Storage, United Van Lines Agent 901, was always rated in the top ten for international bookings for United.
Meanwhile, back up in Elmira Heights, Phil Schweiger and Scott Hoose were working for a competing moving and storage company. After college, Phil had worked his way up from the back of the vans to Operations Manager. Scott had left another world of sales to join the household transportation industry. They were young and ambitious. The two discussed a purchase offer with their employers, but were turned away.
Phil Schweiger and Scott Hoose approached Bill Gustin at Naglee and made an offer. With the help of a co-worker, Roger Goyette, and a silent partner, by June of 1987 they were in business for themselves. Like the previous owners, Phil and Scott wanted to grow Naglee Moving & Storage, Inc.
Working with a nearby world-class corporation, Naglee had developed a specialty for transportation of extremely sensitive and valuable collections. Naglee’s expertise began to find favor with other like-minded institutions on the East Coast. Phil and Scott invested in specialized vehicles that could offer dedicated service for museums. As this niche of the industry grew, the young owners recognized the need for secured, climate-controlled storage. They sought out help from their friends at museums and technical industries, and in 1995 began construction of a state-of-the-art storage facility. This division became Naglee Fine Arts. Currently under direction by Jared DesRuisseaux, Naglee Fine Arts and it's team of preparators are ready and able for high quality conservation service.
While maintaining a strong presence in the domestic and international household moving world, Naglee Moving & Storage has become the regional source for the relocations of libraries, schools & universities, and laboratories. Naglee Fine Arts has proved invaluable in the creation and renovations of artistic and historic museums and institutions.
Over the course of the century, many hundreds of employees joined Naglee some for a season, some for their lifetimes. The names of most early Naglee laborers are lost for posterity. Some of those who have helped the organization grow have been members of the Ochab family: Fritz Ochab, started as a driver and moved up through operations to Naglee Fine Arts; longtime Move Coordinator, Pat Ochab; and Mark Ochab, driver, then Safety and Operations Manager. Another Move Coordinator, Catherine Hall was honored as the 2006 recipient of the United Van Lines Heart of Quality Award. For three decades, Elton Shaw has served Naglee in Operations and as Warehouse Manager.
To maintain relevancy and profit in the highly competitive, ever-changing relocation industry, Phil Schweiger and Scott Hoose have searched out niche markets for specialized transportation. Under their leadership, Naglee Moving & Storage, United Van Lines Agency 901 is prepared to enter its second century of service to families and institutions.