Your Trusted Rhode Island Movers for over 120 Years
About & Our History
The Best Movers in the Industry. Period
Arpin of Rhode Island is a local moving company headquartered in West Warwick. The Arpin family started the company over 100 years ago. Over the last century, Arpin became the trusted local name and leader in the residential moving industry for moving services in the RI, CT, and MA communities.
With a reputation for providing excellent service and a unique focus on preserving the environment, Arpin is the only U.S.-based, family-owned and operated mover that has remained successful for more than a century. Arpin grew into a top-five national van line, but local agent, Arpin Rhode Island, remains family-owned and operated to serve southern NE’s local moving needs.
Arpin of Rhode Island & Liberty Moving and Storage Histories
Moving is in our DNA. The histories of Arpin of Rhode Island & Liberty Moving and Storage are the tale of two families that literally define the moving and storage industry in RI. Arpin of RI, originally called Paul Arpin and Sons was founded by Paul X. Arpin in Olneyville in 1900. The Arpin’s first office was their home on Webster Street in Providence. Paul started delivering ice in the summer and coal in the winter with horse drawn wagons. but with the invention of motorized trucks, he expanded his business to include household goods. The company consistently grew through the decades to establish itself as a regional powerhouse in the HHG industry.
Liberty Moving and Storage, originally called Ernest Plante Movers was founded by Ernest Plante in Providence in 1930. The Plante’s first office was their home on Bridgham St. in Providence; less than a mile from Olneyville. Ernest started out hauling potatoes and apples, but expanded into household goods when a friend asked him to use his truck to help him move his home. The company consistently grew through the decades as new generations of Plante family members joined the business and brought new energy and new ideas.
After the passing of Paul Arpin Sr. in 2010, Arpin Van Lines decided to sell their flagship agency; Arpin of RI. There was only one other local family that had the correct moving DNA to take over Arpin of RI; the Plante family.
So, in 2012, Jerry Plante and Wayne Wertz, son and nephew of founder Ernest Plane purchased Arpin of RI from the Arpin family and merged it with their other Arpin Van Lines agency in West Wareham, MA; Liberty Moving and Storage.
Today, the descendants of the late Ernest Plante, Jerry Plante, Wayne Wertz, and Matt Wertz carry on the Plante and Arpin family’s commitment to providing historic moving services to every Arpin of RI and Liberty Moving and Storage customer.