YES! We are the moving company founded by the big Samoan guy...Big Al, he really is BIG! He stands 6 foot 6 inches tall and weighs 325 lbs (of muscle).
Big Al's Specialty Movers has a reputation that we take very seriously. In fact our advertising is based on word-of-mouth.
Our moving crew is made up of Big Al and his younger/bigger brother Herman, Ben, Ivan (Ben's brother) Jacob (we call him JJ), James, Albert, Jake, Luka, Mika, Leonard, Fa'i, Lutovio and Mona. We are a strong, dedicated team with one goal in mind...to take excellent care of each and every customer, one customer at a time.
The other backbone of the company is the office staff, consisting of Big Al's wife Rhonda, Beth, Vicky and Linda. Also, we can't forget the Big Al's family children that might be in the office at any given time helping out.
Founded in 2003 Al and Rhonda worked together to build the company with what they had, great customer relation skills, man power and the desire to build something great! With a cell phone, pick-up truck and trailer they started the company by word-of-mouth. At home Rhonda would schedule the moves and Al would do most of the moves alone. Soon it all changed!
In 2004 Big Al's moved from Hillsboro, OR just over the border to Vancouver, WA. We bought a home with a shop and office in the back. Herman came to town for a visit and never left! By this time the phones were ringing off the hook, and just like an answer to our prayers, Siaki and Ivan came on board full time.
In 2005 Nancy came along to work in the office. Nancy built a reputation with our customers and dealers and helped take the business to the next level by organizing and setting up how Big Al's does business. Again needing additional movers, we added two of the industry’s finest, including Ben (Ivan's brother). Meanwhile, the home office was bursting at the seams. In the mornings we had three trucks and employees getting ready for the day. The neighbors were very patient, but it was clear we must move! Then in October a new home for the company was found nearby. The new place had a lot more room, an office, AND a heated warehouse. Life was good!
Big Al's finished its 3rd year with over a half million in sales!
In 2006 Big Al's was approached by Bill Baxter, the owner of Baxter's Piano Express located in Portland, OR. The Baxter's were ready to retire after 40 years in the piano moving business and they wanted to pass down the company to someone who shared their philosophy. More phone lines, computers, a website and trucks were purchased to keep up with the growth. A full-time bookkeeper was needed, we were lucky when Linda came along (Nancy's sister) to fill that need and a whole lot more! Another scheduler position was added. By the end of the year we found that our space was just not big enough, we needed to move again!
In 2007 We moved a couple of blocks to a much larger 8,000 square foot office/climate-controlled storage warehouse with a loading dock and plenty of room. Of course, more customers and more moves mean more team members are needed. This year we added a few more guys including Jake to the moving team along with a 2nd and 3rd scheduler position, that's when we found Beth. Together they completed a crew who care deeply for one another and enjoy what they do every day.
We finished 2007 with over a million dollars in sales!
From 2008-2011 In 2008 the economy collapsed and Big Al's was affected along with the rest of the country. We were blessed however with enough work to see us through "the great recession". We were able to keep our team intact and continued to grow slowly through the next several years. In June 2011 we moved into our current location and each month since we have continued to top our sales for that particular month.
Today We serve the eleven Western States with regular routes to Seattle and California. Our goal is to not stop here. We will simply do what we do best, everyday, and keep in mind our original goal was to BUILD SOMETHING GREAT!
Our philosophy has always been to take excellent care with each and every customer from the first phone call to the last impression, it works for us!
We want to thank each and every person who had a part in helping us build the company to where we are today, you know who you are, and you'll be in our hearts forever!