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For more than a decade, many in the moving industry and companies planning a move have come to rely on as a steadfast source of best practices. We advocate, and through the International Office Moving Institute (IOMI®), teach:

Minimizing the risk of damage to walls, floors, doors and elevators during your move. IOMI® Certified Office Movers® and Certified Project Managers® learn the best practice methods for installing extensive building protection.

Minimizing the risk of damage to furniture and computers during your move. IOMI® Certified Office Movers® and Certified Project Managers® learn the best-practice methods for wrapping every monitor, printer, CPU, server, and copier with two layers of anti-static bubble wrap (with the bubbles facing the bubbles) instead of pad-wrapping computers with filthy furniture pads.

Timing is of the essence on your office move. If your mover doesn’t finish the job on time, it can cost your company thousands of dollars of nonproductive downtime. IOMI® Certified Office Movers® and Certified Project Managers® learn an estimating formula that’s based upon man-hours instead of the unreliable method typically used on household moves that's based on weight.

The IOMI® proprietary estimating formula is uncannily accurate because it factors in not only volume but the unique logistics of both the building you're moving from and to.
DECEMBER 1, 2010 ATLANTA, GA -- Peachtree Movers celebrated 10 successful years under owner Jim McKinney, Sr. by recertifying all key employees as IOMI® Certified Office Movers®. Fitting, since the concept of office moving training was hatched within the walls of the Atlanta moving company.

Ten years ago, Jim McKinney was leaving one logistics job behind but looking for another. The retiring president of FedEx Logistics wasn’t ready to stop working and figured the right moving company would fit his background and experience. At precisely the same time, Ed Katz was ready to sell Peachtree Movers, the company he started from scratch in 1976.

Since taking over, McKinney has made it a family affair, his wife, Judy, is company controller and son, Jim, Jr. has work his way up to operations manager. The younger McKinney praised recertification training for enabling Peachtree Movers "to render an even higher quality of service".

For proof that the company is run by an expert in logistics, start in the huge warehouse.

"I've been to more than 75 moving company facilities in the last 25 months and Peachtree Movers' warehouse was one of the cleanest and best organized facilities I've ever visited," said Katz. "Every item that's stored in their warehouse is bar-coded and tracked by computer."

In the beginning, Katz moved furniture like every other mover and heard the same complaints. The drudgery of packing and unpacking and the inevitable lost and mixed-up files added plenty of headaches to business productivity coming to a complete standstill.

And, oh, the damage!

Movers damaged walls, floors, and furniture. Glass, framed art, and computers underwent such a beating that when it was over, the customer felt as battered as their belongings.

Katz took complaints seriously and began developing methods and tools to eliminate or minimize them, including protection for building surfaces and electronics and the “boxless” move, which became wildly popular with customers. 

By 1996, Katz’ innovations earned Peachtree Movers Atlanta’s Consumer’s Choice Award as Best Office Mover and the industry was sitting up and taking notice. Four years later, it was the right moving company for Jim McKinney.

The methods and patented devices were in place, the staff and crew were well-trained in techniques to reduce damage and Worker’s Comp claims, and - the icing on the cake - sales could accurately estimate office moves using a formula Katz himself developed.

After McKinney’s first week at the helm, the U.S. Naval Academy grad and Vietnam-era F-4 fighter pilot was ready to fly on his own. Peachtree Movers was so well-positioned for the sale that the months of “staying on” that are usually needed to ease most ownership transitions wasn’t necessary, and Katz was given the option to leave.

Veteran employees remained, some who worked for Katz for well over a decade and became the first IOMI® Certified Office Movers® before there was such a thing continue with McKinney today.

In the ensuing years, Katz continued developing both best-practice methods for delivering improved service and the school he established for teaching them, the International Office Moving Institute (IOMI®). Both first took root and flourished at Peachtree Movers.
Todd Michals, Office Moving Sales
Julie Hughes, Commercial Sales
Jim McKinney, Jr.
Operations Manager
Lynda Way, Customer Service
Marc Phillips, Commercial Sales
Judy McKinney, Controller
(L-R) Phillip White, Senior Supervisor, and Mover/Helpers Bernard Toomer and Steve George IOMI® Instructor Ed Katz, left, founder and former owner of Peachtree Movers, presents current owner Jim McKinney, Sr. with his diploma after completing IOMI® Certified Office Mover® recertification training.

200 truck loads on time for less than the estimate
DECEMBER, 2005 NORCROSS, GA -- Two hundred truck loads of furniture and files, computers and contents, several large labs, a room full of flat files, and the inventory and parts from their manufacturing division, ViaSat, Inc. is now in their new home.

Peachtree Movers handled the relocation, which ran from late October until early December, with virtually no damage.  Peachtree Movers used IOMI® best-practice methods for minimizing the risk of damage to furniture, computers, and sensitive lab equipment as well as ViaSat's brand new 140,000 square foot office buildings.

The Atlanta mover based the time frame and price on IOMI's proprietary estimating formula and finished the job on time for less than the estimated cost.
Included in the move was a room full of flat files that Peachtree Movers moved fully loaded safely with Space Gobblers™
Peachtree Movers safely moved 200 Metro-Carts all fully loaded with sensitive lab equipment by inflating Space Gobblers™ over the top of each cart's contents and securing with stretch wrap.

Why hire an IOMI®
Certified Office

1. On time for the price quoted

One of the biggest complaints about movers is that they often badly underestimate the cost of a move and then don't finish on time. An International Office Moving Institute (IOMI®)-trained mover learns a formula for accurately estimating cost. By calculating the number of trucks and movers for how long, IOMI® Certified Office Movers® can base estimates on man-hours, volume, and logistics, and not weight, which household movers typically use when quoting an office move. As a result, the chances of a move completing on time for the price quoted is greatly improved.

2. Minimize risk of damage

IOMI® Certified Office Movers® learn the latest techniques to minimize risk of damage to furniture and computers, and are trained in extensive building protection to minimize risk of damage to carpet, walls, doors, and door jambs.

3. Minimize downtime

There is a better way! IOMI® Certified Office Movers® understand that their customers can't afford to shut down operations during a move, and are trained in techniques to keep client employees working. Many IOMI® graduates offer the "boxless" move -- moving the contents in the furniture instead of the contents and the furniture.

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