How We Started
With a will to succeed and a drive to make money, at the age of eleven, Henry F. Owens, Jr. asked his father, a blacksmith, to borrow $50 to buy a horse and buggy to help support his seventeen brothers and sisters, “Because I can help make you some money.” Henry began by peddling ice from a nearby warehouse to neighbors, and by bringing baggage to and from Boston’s piers for his Cambridge neighborhood’s large Italian immigrant population.
At the age of sixteen, with the money he had saved and the help of his father, Henry managed to purchase his first truck and established Henry F. Owens, Inc. (commonly known today as Owens Movers) in 1927.
For years, Henry concentrated on rigging and moving the world’s finest pianos for many of Boston’s famous visiting artists. Henry moved pianos for Arthur Fielder at Symphony Hall and Tangle wood, as well as moved Raytheon’s first microwave oven.
While maintaining such a high degree of excellence in movement of household goods, Henry’s son, Edward Owens, began to focus Henry F. Owens, Inc.’s operations on commercial and industrial moving when Edward took over the business in the mid 1970’s. Edward set out to call on all the major firms.
Today, Henry F. Owens, Inc. is the oldest minority-owned company in New England.
Henry F. Owens, Inc. has planned, organized, coordinated, and performed thousands of office relocations annually for many of the largest corporate and educational institutions in the Greater Boston area.
On one Friday evening move for a Fortune 500 financial institution located in Boston, we relocated over 150 people including pc contents and furniture. We completed the move and went home at midnight.
Early next morning we received a phone call when the client realized that the destination location was not completely ready to open for business on Monday.
We went back on Saturday morning and performed the whole relocation in reverse, and the customer was open and ready for business on Monday morning.
We are not interested in being the biggest moving company around. Our business model has always revolved around building long-term business relationships with our customers and providing on-demand service to meet any need that might arise.
Our success is attributed to the relationships we have built over the years and demonstrated ability to continuously respond to unusual and unforeseen circumstances as well as to plan and to effectively complete moves on demand. Our company was started based on the belief that hard work and determination to provide quality service would lead to success.
Did You Know We Were…
- Recognized in the Boston Business Journal’s 2013 publication on The Largest Moving & Storage Companies?
- Recipients of the largest commercial moving contract in Massachusetts when the Democratic National Convention came to the TD Garden (now TD Bank North)?
- Recipients of Bank of Boston’s (now Bank of America) largest minority contract in the Bank’s history?
- Responsible for Moving Raytheon’s first microwave oven?