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Move It, Buddy!

Grab a truck. Grab two men. Go into businesss.

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This story appears in the November 1999 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Life as a furniture mover can be exhilarating. Speaking from experience derived during my college summers, there's nothing quite as soul-rendering as being the sole man on the downhill side of an upright baby grand...halfway up a long flight of stairs.

Fortunately, the climb to the top has been a relatively quick one for Two Men and a Truck International Inc. (TMT) of Okemos, Michigan. The company Mary Ellen Sheets started in 1985 by providing her two sons with a pickup truck for local moves has grown beyond her wildest expectations. Today, Sheets could easily rename her franchise A Family and 350 Trucks, considering she now runs TMT with her daughter, Melanie L. Bergeson, and son, J. Brigham Sorber, and the 350-truck company projects it will perform more than 140,000 moves in 84 locations in 22 states this year.

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