Global Van Lines, LLC is one of the largest international moving companies that performs domestic, international and overseas relocations in addition to corporate relocations. George T. Howard founded the predecessor company in 1933. The company was incorporated in 1948 as Howard Van Lines. In 1957, founders Bill Moen, Ed Schumacher, Max Olsan and Dan Heydlauff acquired Howard Van Lines and renamed it Global Van Lines.
The company continued to grow, and in 1981, Wayne Goettsche, Chairman of the Board of WKG Corporation, acquired Global Van Lines and Global International. Several years later, WKG retained Global International, but sold other entities to Contrans Corporation of Hamilton, Ontario. Agents of Global Van Lines purchased the necessary stock to assume ownership in 1998, and subsequently Allied Worldwide acquired Global in the year 2000.
JD Powers ranked Global Van Lines highest in the Long-Distance Segment with a score of 774, performing particularly well in loading service, packing service, and optional coverage. Global earned this distinction in 2007. Global Van Lines has recently re-launched with a refreshed logo and new provider network in 2016.
Global Van Lines gained fame in the 1960s by moving equipment for NASA. In 2000 SIRVA moved Global Van Lines headquarters to Fort Wayne, Indiana.