History & Culture

U-Haul Pioneers Dick and Butch Ostendorf

As U-Haul celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2015, we’re taking a look back at some of the people who helped make U-Haul what it is today. Here, we honor Dick…

Why U-Haul Orange - Old Van Trailer

Why U-Haul Orange?

U-Haul orange … it’s been the company color virtually since day one. In the original merchandising of U-Haul trailers in 1945, co-founders L.S. and Anna Mary Shoen’s first decision was…

U-Haul Adaptive Reuse Program

In the U.S., construction and demolition (C&D) waste is about 143 million metric tons annually that is for the most part landfilled. According to a recent Wayne State University study,…

Early U-Haul Self-Storage Cage Lockers

Looking Back: U-Haul Self-Storage

In 1974, U-Haul entered the self-storage industry to meet the changing business environment and the needs of our customers. Early self-storage units consisted of chain-link containers placed inside existing U-Haul…

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The Future is Now: U-Haul is Using Robots

U-Haul Team members take the Company’s Primary Service Objective (PSO) seriously: “To provide a better and better product and service to more and more people at a lower and lower cost.”…

Cooper Celebrates 55-Years With U-Haul

SOMERSET, Ky.—Times sure have changed since 1956. But for the people of Somerset—several generations of them—one thing has stayed the same: Cooper Brother Citgo and U-Haul Dealership has been there…

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Sharing U-Haul Trucks and Trailers

Many people have heard the quote, “All I really need to know I learned in kindergarten.” It comes from the book of the same name by Robert Fulghum. What’s the…

Henry Kelly at Burlington Manufacturing Company in Canada , circa 1960

U-Haul Starts Serving Canada

2015 marks U-Haul Company’s 60th year of serving do-it-yourself movers in Canada. In 1955, U-Haul opened for business with dealerships in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia. By 1988,…

The Evolution of U-Haul Trailers

U-Haul trailers have come a long way from the first trailers that rolled into service in 1945. Those very first trailers used old automobile rear ends for undercarriages. Within a…

U-Haul Dealer Hooking Up Trailer

1,000th U-Haul Dealer

From its inception in 1945, U-Haul relied on local business owners becoming trailer rental “agents” (called U-Haul Dealers today). In fact, if a person was moving to a location that…

Meet the Team: Angie DeWinter

A Moving Story By Angie DeWinter-U-Haul Human Resources Vice President Everyone knows that U-Haul Team members are the moving experts. After 29 years with U-Haul, I like to think I…