The History of Suddath®
The 1920s Jacksonville landscape
At the outset of the 1920s, Jacksonville, Florida, was poised to become a film industry hub. The audience was in place, as America’s wealthiest socialites were flocking to Northeast Florida to enjoy the warm weather and stay in luxury hotels. Filmmakers saw Jacksonville as an ideal location for winter filming, thanks to the mild weather and easy access from New York. In this atmosphere of change and prosperity, a young Carl Suddath saw opportunity.
Capitalizing on opportunity
Carl Suddath founded Suddath in 1919 with one moving van, two mules and a couple of touring cars as his fleet. While the upper classes were easily able to get themselves to Florida via the railway created by Henry Flagler, transporting furniture and other possessions was an untapped industry. By 1935, Suddath had received motor carrier authority from the Interstate Commerce Commission, making the company one of the very first national motor carriers.
A reputation for quality and service helped Suddath grow in the 1950s, opening offices in Orlando and South Florida. By the time Suddath celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1969, the company had expanded both its locations and offerings to include international shipping, serving military families and international corporations.
As the 1980s began, Suddath became an agent for United Van Lines. In effort to stay on the forefront of the industry, Suddath started a data storage center in South Florida and within a few years, entered into the global logistics industry, a natural progression into worldwide freight forwarding and transportation services. Domestically, Suddath branched out and opened offices on the West Coast and in the Northeast.
Leading the way into the future
Today, Suddath has earned a reputation as a leading provider of moving, transportation and logistics services for individuals and businesses around the world. We continue to invest in technology and research and development while expanding our resources, footprint and service capabilities. We remain focused on providing our customers with a stellar experience and are dedicated to Setting the Standard for Moving the World®.