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About & Our History

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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.

Customers reviews

What Our Customers Say About Our Service

Very professional experience with an extremely helpful staff.
Robert From R.
I was extremely pleased with our residential move with Arpin of Rhode Island. Tom provided the initial quote for the move which was professional, competitive & accurate. Gabrielle coordinated the timing of the move & answered our many questions with kindness & patience. We were able to get boxes from the facility free of charge which was extremely helpful. Communication was excellent. Everything was timely, no waiting & wondering. Our moving professionals - Ron, Nick, Pierre & Johnny - were awesome. They were so helpful, professional & careful during the entire move! We had absolutely no damage to our homes or our personal items. Everything ran so smoothly & there were no surprises! Following the move, they picked up all the boxes & packing paper for a very reasonable fee. I would not hesitate for one second to use the services of Arpin for any future needs. I can’t say enough good things about the people and services. If you’re moving, give them a call. You won’t be disappointed!!
Sherry M.
I used Arpin moving services twice in the last 14 months. I requested the same crew for the 2nd move . All the guys were professional, courteous, and conscious of our new home. They laid blankets down on our carpets as it was raining on the day of our move. I would absolutely use them again.
Matthew I.
Care was taken in moving out and in of our belongings. Thank you for a smooth move!
Laurel H.
I really appreciate recycling materials and being able to get used boxes for packing. Moving day was efficient and my furnishings were well-cared for. I have used Arpin for all my moves and highly recommend them.
Susan W.
Super professional - handled our furniture with care: wrapped in blankets, ramps on every step. The men were friendly, polite and took pride in their work.
Dana S.
We received an estimate quickly and the final charge was even less. The three movers were professional and careful.
Christine W.
On-time, no damage and cooperative.
Roger D.
Checked in to pickup a load going to Miami FL. Immediately told to back into a door. Went inside the warehouse and James Trimble load me asap. Another gentleman helped but I didn’t get his name. Speed and efficiency is second to none. Great job guys!Large space to maneuver a 53ft trailer and able to park overnight on site.
ricardo L.
Great experience with the move! Team was friendly and professional. Easy process from beginning to end, from making appointment for the price quote with Customer Service, to the initial walk through for the price quote, to the end of the process of the movers showing up and moving. They were fast and efficient and even through a couple of deals/money off towards me and my Fiancé. I would highly recommend Arlin of Rhode Island to family and friends! Great Company!
Ryan H.
I was so impressed with the professional organizational skills of the three men who helped me move I could not have been happier. They worked very well together and made light of having to cover furniture and even left me with the covers so the furniture would not get ruined. They totally took control of moving from two different locations and knew of short cuts that were advantageous to me.
Joanne S.
At each step of the move, the Arpin team was helpful and friendly.From the availability of used(gently) moving boxes to offering tips for how we could save money on the move. The final cost for the move was significantly less than the estimate. We recommend Arpin to everyone we know considering a move.
Francis M.
The movers were hard working and professional. When something went wrong (I’ve moved many times and something always goes wrong) they took accountability and made it right. You can’t ask for more than that. Pricing was competitive and the service from their back office (Steve F. and team) was super. I would recommend them to my friends.
Rick S.
They were there when we needed them. Very professional moving us from a large storage unit to a a two floor townhouse. Arrived on time and finished early. Good two truck team with four movers. Adjusted final price downward as they completed the job earlier than anticipated. Fair and honest.
Barry M.
Everyone was very helpful, and friendly.
Ritchy A.
Great customer service!
Shari D.
Jim T and crew unloaded my trucks fast & efficiently .. Thanks guys
Darlene H.
Arpin was excellent, from initial contact and estimation through completion. They are trustworthy and professional, which makes them stand out in this industry. We used them multiple times for multiple moves and they never let us down.
Bill & Nancy W.
Liberty Moving and Storage/ Arpin of Rhode Island is a great place to work. I have been with them for almost 9 years. Great people
Jimmie D.
Having spent 28 years in the Army I have made many, many moves. The best moving experiences I have had is with Arpin. I just stood out of the way and they did it all. Three times I moved in NYC and it was incredible how the driver was able to maneuver the big rig 18-wheeler in some of the tightest spaces I have ever witnessed. As in all the moves with Arpin, the crew was totally professional and packed, then unpacked, my belongings with great care. Their techniques used to move the large items and a grand piano, demonstrates a very a high level of skill I have never witnessed with other DoD contracted movers. I will always call on Arpin of Rhode Island to move me again. I can't say enough good things about this excellent company and the crews they train to care my most precious belongs. Thanks guys; You know who you are.
John O.
My experience with Arpin of Rhode Island was a very positive one! The driver politely initiated the process, and everyone was extremely helpful and very professional! I would highly recommend using this them.
Anne L.
We contacted several large moving companies to select one to move us from RI to FL and selected Arpin based on pricing and initial service. They were fantastic! The packing crew and driver were so professional and careful with our items and our home. The delivery time was excellent, and the crew that delivered our furniture was just as great. I would highly recommend Arpin to everyone.
Amy M.
Great folks to work with and for...The last family owned carrier.
Skip A.
Nice new facade
Ron G.

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