The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update

Local Business

October 26, 2013

Nonprofit moving company offers training to the unemployed and underemployed

Founder says he works for free

ANDERSON — John Aukerman is a no-nonsense businessman.

“We have to play by the rules,” he said.

Aukerman is the founder and chief executive officer of Quality Moving Service, a nonprofit moving company that is registered with the state, has insurance and its workers pay withholding and Social Security taxes.

No job is paid under the table.

But what makes the Anderson moving company unique is that Quality Moving Service, 1214 Oakland Drive, does not own a moving truck.

And Aukerman refuses to collect a single paycheck from his company.

“I have a day job,” he said with a laugh. “I’m not in this to make any money. I want to help the unemployed and underemployed learn a trade.”

Customers must rent a moving truck and then, for an hourly fee, Aukerman, who operates his business out of his home, will supervise two movers providing the labor needed for people to relocate.

A former professional mover, Aukerman said there is a demand for quality movers and he wants to train people for jobs where they can excel. According to the American Moving & Storage Association, the industry employs approximately 122,600 people and has an annual payroll of $3.6 billion.

“It’s a multibillion-dollar industry and there is almost always a shortage of good workers,” Aukerman said. “These are guys looking to make an honest living somewhere.”

Aukerman, an ordained minister since 1977, wants to help people like Patrick Johnson.

“He has given me a chance,” Johnson said. “I’ve had a lot more high-profile jobs, but I got a DUI and ended up losing my last job.

“I had a drinking problem.”

Johnson has worked on and off in the moving business for a number of years, but struggled to find employment when Aukerman offered him a job.

“He wants to help people who have had problems in their life,” Johnson said.

Text Only
Local Business
  • Comcast employees volunteer to help Habitat for Humanity On Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Madison County Habitat for Humanity members will work with more than 30 Comcast employees, families and friends to beautify the grounds and participate in light interior remodeling.

    April 23, 2014

  • NWS - HB01006 - snow storm - JC 59a FEMA approves disaster aid for 19 counties

    After initially rejecting Indiana's request for federal aid following a brutal winter, the Federal Emergency Management Agency approved disaster relief on Tuesday.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS - HB0420 - Ellks - JC 2a Rezoning approved for Elks Lodge building With no objections from surrounding property owners, the former Elks Lodge at 1803 Broadway has been rezoned for a planned banquet hall and catering service.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • life saver.jpg Man credited with saving life says he was doing his job

    When Richard Goff walked into Louis Moyer's home, he smelled gas.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Housing complex to open for homeless veterans in Kokomo Jackson Street Commons is Kokomo’s new $3.6 million facility providing permanent housing to 27 previously homeless veterans.

    April 21, 2014

  • Charo Boyd mug [Duplicate] Charo Boyd: Social Security goes green on Earth Day and every day For years, Social Security has been at the forefront of offering convenient, easy-to-use, and secure online services. We, along with those we serve, have saved a lot of paper, shipping costs, and fuel — and cut back on a lot of carbon exhaust and pollution — by going online instead of doing things the old-fashioned, less efficient way.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS - HB0420 - CATS Buses-09 City to replace CATS fleet With 7-year-old city buses registering 250,000 miles, Anderson is looking to replace its aging transportation fleet.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS - HB0420 - Funderburk - 04 Man tries to restore father's tainted legacy at dental clinic

    When news broke earlier this month that the Anderson Dental Clinic had been shut down and several employees, including owner Sally Metzner, had been arrested, Mark Funderburk's main concern was the patients. "A lot of them kept going there because of my dad even after he passed away," he said. "And they didn't deserve this."

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • BIZ - HB0420 - Scott wise -TM Gaining an edge and spreading the word in 2014 Scott owner of Scotty’s Brewhouse with locations in Indianapolis, Muncie, Mishawaka and Bloomington, encourages business owners to interact with customers and use powerful tools such as Twitter, Facebook or even with a blog to their advantage.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • BIZ - HB0420 - Amys Attic - TM Business Profile: Hidden treasures can be found here Amy's Attic Thrift Store, which opened April 1, offers a variety of different items including clothing, accessories, furniture, yard decorations and collectibles.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide