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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.

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