2016. A year to remember.
The Chicago Cubs won Major League Baseball’s World Series for the first time since 1908. The United Kingdom voted to Brexit the European Union, and Beyonce dropped her hit album, “Lemonade.”
While mainstream news covers sports, politics, and entertainment, media coverage of the moving and storage industry usually flies under the radar. So here’s a look back at 2016 through the eyes of JK Moving Services.
Fleet Safety Award
For the third straight year, the American Moving & Storage Association recognized JK Moving Services with a Fleet Safety Award. The award distinguishes carriers that demonstrate the best overall safety performance, safety improvement, and creativity and leadership in safety programs.
JK Moving Services CEO, Chuck Kuhn, strengthened his commitment to Loudoun County when he announced the purchase of a 42-acre parcel in Sterling, Virginia to establish a new headquarters campus. JK will construct more than 450,000 square feet of office and warehouse space and plans to hire an additional 150 employees by late 2018. Through the purchase of 25 new trucks and $2.5 million in new equipment for the Washington, D.C. area alone, JK reinforced its commitment to the region in 2016.
Best Moving Company
The Commercial Real Estate Brokerage Association of Greater Washington, D.C. named JK Moving Services the Best of the Industry in 2016. CREBA presents this award to the company that best exemplifies success in the region. JK previously won the award in 2011 and 2013.
Stop Hunger Now
More than 80 JK Moving Services employees packed 10,152 meal bags for Stop Hunger Now. Each meal bag will feed six people. Stop Hunger Now distributed the meals to Mozambique, to support school feeding programs, orphanages, and crisis relief.
The Human Resource Leadership Awards of Greater Washington presented JK Moving Services’ HR team with the 2016 Dr. J.P. London Award for Integrity. According to HRLA, the “award honors companies with exemplary initiatives in instilling the core values and principles of the organization throughout its people, encourages implementation, and is highly conscious of corporate integrity.”
Two Years Injury Free
JK Moving Services’ DC-based commercial team – a staff of more than 30 people – closed in on a safety record of almost two years without an injury. The team went 718 consecutive days without an injury, which is twice as many consecutive days injury-free as the industry standard, according to the United States Department of Labor.
SmartCEO presented JK Moving Services with a Healthiest Company Award in 2016. To help employees maintain healthy lifestyles, JK hosts At-Work Weight Watchers programs, on-site farmer’s markets, after-work fitness classes, and on-site flu shot clinics, among other wellness-related programs.
Moving U.S. Presidents
On the brink of the 2016 Presidential election, the Washington Business Journal featured JK Moving Services in a story about moving U.S. presidents. In the early 1990s, JK moved antiques for President George H.W. Bush, before moving President Bill Clinton and then President George W. Bush.
100 Top Private Company
For the second consecutive year, JK Moving Services maintained its standing on the Washington Business Journal’s list of the 100 Top Private Companies in Washington, D.C. The Washington Business Journal bases the annual list on each company’s total revenue from the previous year.
Candy Donation for Military Service Members
In November 2016, JK Moving Services’ employees donated 87 pounds of Halloween candy to Operation Gratitude, a nonprofit organization that delivers care packages to military members worldwide.
Green Business Challenge
JK Moving Services continues to uphold a firm pledge to employ eco-friendly business practices. JK accepted the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce’s Green Business Challenge earning the Silver award. The Chamber gives awards to those companies which save energy, conserve water, reduce waste, combat congestion, and protect native habitat. By recycling or donating common recyclables as well as furniture and electronics, JK kept 1,624 tons of materials out of landfills in 2015.
Major Expansion Planned
JK Moving Services announced major expansion into Maryland. While JK was already planning to hire hundreds of new employees across its commercial, residential, global, and government services divisions by late 2018, the closing of The Kane Company accelerates the hiring intake and will include many former Office Movers employees.
Thanks for being a part of the JK Moving Services family and for allowing JK to serve you, your family, and your friends in 2016!