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Posted on: February 21, 2011

BuildMyMove relocates headquarters from PA to Overland Park

BuildMyMove, the country’s first provider of instant, binding online moving quotes for full service interstate moves, today announced plans to relocate its U.S. headquarters from Akron, Pa., to Overland Park, Kan., creating up to 50 new jobs in the state by the end of 2011 and an estimated 100-plus jobs over a five-year period.


BuildMyMove will occupy 3,358 square feet at 95th and Metcalf on or around March 1, 2011. The space was formerly occupied by Centrinex. A cash infusion from Five Elms Capital and plans for significant business growth combined with tax credits from the Kansas Department of Commerce helped to facilitate the relocation.

According to Rich Cray, Chief Operating Officer at BuildMyMove, the company considered staying in Pennsylvania, but ultimately decided to relocate to the Midwest for a number of reasons.

“After many months of research and analysis with our partners at Five Elms Capital, we decided on Overland Park for our new site,” Cray said. “We believe the Kansas City area is the best location to grow a business given the low cost of living, cultural opportunities and highly educated population. The city ranks first in the United States for engineering talent on a per capita basis.”

“Whenever a company like BuildMyMove chooses Kansas, it reflects highly on our workforce, our pro-business policies and our status as a top state for transportation,” said Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George. “We thank BuildMyMove for its commitment to creating new jobs in Kansas, and we look forward to the company’s success in the future.”

BuildMyMove was the first of its kind to offer a real-time quoting engine for interstate moves, along with 24/7 support and online tracking. Consumers receive an instant flat rate quote based on the type and size of the move, with no hidden fees. The company utilizes a nationwide network of local, professional movers to provide moving services at a much lower cost than most national moving companies. BuildMyMove is able to rapidly move customers anywhere in the country and offer a quality control system which yields one of the lowest claim ratios in the industry.

BuildMyMove traffic partners enjoy the best revenue-share model currently available for online moving lead generation. BuildMyMove has the ability to service moves in any city throughout the US. The customized platform maintains the integrity of the traffic provider’s brand while enhancing the consumer experience through one point of contact, rather than having the consumer field numerous phone calls and emails from multiple moving companies. This platform is complemented by BuildMyMove’s team of “Moving Coordinators,” who offer 24/7 online and comprehensive offline support for consumers.

Fred Coulson, Managing Partner of Five Elms Capital, played a significant role in the company’s relocation to Kansas. “Kansas City has been a leader in transportation for decades due to its central location and entrepreneurial culture,” said Coulson. “We are excited to partner with BuildMyMove as it joins the next generation of transportation innovators in the area.”

About BuildMyMove
BuildMyMove (www.buildmymove.com) is a resource for consumers who are moving or relocating bringing new age moving solutions to the moving industry. The company launched in 2010 and is currently relocating to the Kansas City area.

About Five Elms Capital
Five Elms Capital (www.fiveelms.com) provides expansion, recapitalization, and acquisition capital to high-growth businesses in a wide range of service-based industries.

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