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Liberty Moving & Storage & Liberty Moving and Storage Histories
Moving is in our DNA. Liberty Moving & Storage and its sister company Arpin of Rhode Island headquartered in West Wareham, MA. The histories of Liberty Moving & Storage & Arpin of RI are the tale of two families that literally define the moving and storage industry in Southern New England.
Liberty Moving and Storage, originally called Ernest Plante Movers was founded by Ernest Plante in Providence in 1930. The Plante’s first office was their home on Bridgham St. in Providence. Ernest started out hauling potatoes and apples, but expanded into household goods when a friend asked him to use his truck to help him move his home. The company consistently grew through the decades as new generations of Plante family members joined the business and brought new energy and new ideas.
Arpin of RI, originally called Paul Arpin and Sons was founded by Paul X. Arpin in Olneyville in 1900. The Arpin’s first office was their home on Webster Street in Providence, less than a mile from the Plante’s office. Paul started delivering ice in the summer and coal in the winter with horse drawn wagons. but with the invention of motorized trucks, he expanded his business to include household goods. The company consistently grew through the decades to establish itself as a regional powerhouse in the HHG industry.
After the passing of Paul Arpin Sr. in 2010, Arpin Van Lines decided to sell their flagship agency; Arpin of RI. There was only one other local family that had the correct moving DNA to take over the Arpin Family’s Legacy in RI; the Plante family and Liberty Moving & Storage.
So, in 2012, Jerry Plante and Wayne Wertz, son and grandson of founder Ernest Plane purchased Arpin of RI from the Arpin family and merged it with their other Arpin Van Lines agency in West Wareham, MA; Liberty Moving and Storage. Today, the descendants of the late Ernest Plante, Jerry Plante, Wayne Wertz, and Matt Wertz carry on the Plante and Arpin family’s commitment to providing historic moving services to every Liberty Moving & Storage and Liberty Moving and Storage customer.