Vail Valley Bizwatch: Alliance Moving Systems
Vail, CO, Colorado
Business name: Alliance Moving Systems.
Location: Gypsum, in the Vail Valley on the far south end of Airpark Drive, south of the Eagle County Regional Airport.
Owners: Andy Clark and Kraeg Dickman.
What do you do? We offer local and long-distance household relocation and storage.
Storage ” our warehouse is the newest between Denver and Salt Lake City ” is done in wooden vaults in a climate-controlled warehouse that also has state-of-the-art fire suppression technology. That means we can safely store anything from a sofa to delicate artwork.
We stored items from Gerald Ford’s house in Beaver Creek before it was auctioned off, and we’ve safely handled many high-end items for clients.
Our warehouse also has an upstairs area for long-term records storage, so you don’t have to find room for them.
What do you want people to know about your business? The owners live in the community and we’re part of every job. You may see Andy helping to pack up your kitchen!
Clark: “Kraeg and I believe the best way to handle things is by holding the clipboard ourselves.”
Moving is such a stressful time. When people see the owner packing dishes, they can relax and have a glass of wine.
The storage vaults at the warehouse are stacked nearly from floor to ceiling. How long does it take you to get to a vault at the back? It’s only about 20 minutes.
How much experience do you have? Clark: “My dad was lead counsel for Allied Van Lines. When I was about 14 he said, ‘I’ve got a job for you.’ Almost 30 years later, I’m still in the business.”
How has the economy affected your business? We’ve grown with the real estate business in the valley, but our business has changed over the last few months. These days we’re handling storage for more hotels. People are calling us to store the stuff in their garage, or help clean up a house, either to get it ready to sell or to cut the clutter.