The Cartwright Companies originated in 1934 during the Great Depression, when founders William, Sr. and Jesse Cartwright started a local moving services company with a single truck and the determination to succeed. The company then grew to a large van line that focused on hauling military freight. In the late 60s and early 70s, Cartwright acquired the rights to an international freight forwarding company and became Cartwright International Van Lines. Years later, in the mid-1980s, the van lines were sold to focus on international forwarding of freight and household goods.
Through the years the focus has always been on quality service delivered with honesty and integrity.
We currently relocate families and freight all over the globe. Annually, we move thousands of military members' belongings every year, including the belongings of more than 1,000 Department of State employees and high-ranking officials.
Cartwright has always been a family enterprise. Five of William, Sr. and Jesse's seven children played key roles in the growth and diversification of the The Cartwright Companies:
Cartwright Relocation Services
GSA (Government Agency) & Corporate Move Management specialists.
Cartwright Logistics Services
Providing worldwide freight solutions with the best rates and service.
Military Moving & Residential Moving
Compass International Forwarding, Inc.
Household goods transportation provider, specializing in Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, Guam & the Virgin Islands.
The Cartwright Companies recently celebrated 75 years of relocating families and freight all over the globe. Over its 75 years of continuous operation, the Cartwright Companies have:
- Established Cartwright International as a worldwide freight forwarder
- Established operations in more than 140 countries
- Created a global network of more than 2,000 service providers
- Developed and implemented cutting-edge technology solutions
- Grown and operated a nationwide Van Line
- Built a new worldwide headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri
- Launched multiple divisions to provide complete transportation solutions
- Actively participated in numerous industry association boards
In 2005, Mike Cartwright, after completing his 45th year of active service with the company, assumed the role of CEO, and the daily operations of the company were transitioned to the third generation of family leadership. This new generation will carry on the family tradition of being one of the world's best full-service logistics services providers.