The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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February 24, 2014

On the move

Piepho Moving & Storage a family business

In 1952, Earl Piepho started his career with freight as an agent for Murphy Motor Freight, out of Albert Lea. Eventually, Earl added on the residential moving business. In 1970, Earl’s Albert Lea business expanded to Rochester with the purchase of Rochester Transfer & Storage from the wife of an Allied Van Lines Agent, who had passed away.

In 1975, Earl built the Mankato storage warehouse facility. With this move, the Piepho’s became the first family moving company to branch into a totally new area. After completing college, Mark Piepho, Earl’s youngest son, joined the Mankato Piepho Moving & Storage team, in 1976.

By 1979, Mark backed off on his duties at Piepho Moving & Storage, as he was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives. Mark served four consecutive terms with the House and a half of a term with the Senate, before coming back to the Mankato moving team in 1994.

“Mankato has a very diversified economy here which keeps things on an even keel. Also, my wife and children are here. We’ve always liked the area and my wife has been very supportive of my career decisions. Currently, I am also a Blue Earth County Commissioner.”

During the time Mark was away, the company added a location in La Crosse, WI and Eagan, in 1981 and 1986. In the late 1990s, the family got out of the freight business in Albert Lea. However, they continue to specialize in commercial and residential moving and storage while remaining a business in which the entire family is involved throughout their network of locations.

“We primarily focus on moving people and families,” said Mark, “but we also move businesses and their employees, should they need to relocate to be closer to their place of employment. We can move our customers in town, within Minnesota, across the 48 connected states and if the customer wants, we can even move them around the world.”

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