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Summit Moving History

You don’t become a highly regarded local moving company overnight!  Summit Moving has been moving families and businesses since 1956. Take a stroll down memory lane to learn more.

Summit Moving was founded in October 1956 by Bill Ault. Bill had 3 young kids during WW2, and was working a critical job at Republic Steel. He had a strong desire to be his own boss and starting from about 1945 he was doing part-time moving and driving a moving truck for other firms. After a short stint driving buses for the City of Cleveland, he relocated his family to Akron and started Summit Moving with a small office on West Exchange St. He would answer phones, book a move, then go out and do the move himself! As soon as his sons Charlie and Ritchie were old enough to work they joined in and assisted their father in the family business. Back in the day, they would collect newspapers, re-roll them neatly into rolls and use the material for packing paper!

By 1960 Summit Moving was growing nicely and the business relocated to Kelly Avenue near Goodyear Tire & Rubber and about then Summit Moving became an agent for Republic Van Lines. In the 1970’s son Charlie Ault became a driving force in the industry and spent a lot of time investing in sales efforts, solidifying relationships with many of the larger Akron-based companies. A key account for Summit Moving was the Girl Scout cookie sales, which Summit Moving handled for over a decade.

After a small fire broke out in their Kelly Avenue facility in 1968 the Ault’s starting looking for a larger facility, settling on some acreage at our current site on East Tallmadge Avenue in Akron. By 1979 Summit Moving opened its new facility, expanding in 1986 and is still in business at this location today.

Summit Moving became an agent for Wheaton Worldwide in 1975 after the founder of Wheaton, Ernie Wheaton knocked on the door and talked to Charlie. Charlie started a long and fruitful relationship with Wheaton, winning Agent of the Year and many sales contests. That relationship continues today, 45 years later!

In April, 2017 Charlie Ault sold Summit Moving to Jim Myers and Brian Booth, who continue to own and operate the company. In June 2018, Summit Moving acquired the assets of the Jerry Vencl Corlett Movers & Storage Company, Inc.

Corlett Movers – History

Corlett Movers was established in 1930 by Jerry Vencl Sr., a Czech immigrant to Cleveland. After migrating to the United States in 1922, he worked in the moving industry and in 1930, Vencl started his own moving company, naming it after Cleveland’s Corlett neighborhood that he relocated to in 1936. He kept the Company moving during the Depression by transporting WPA workers to and from their jobs. In 1942, Corlett expanded its services to include warehousing and storage. After the war, Jerry Sr’s son ran the business with his father.

Corlett began offering long distance moving in the late 1940s, acting as an agent for Greyhound Van Lines, Ivory Van Lines, and King Van Lines. Corlett Movers was the first among Cleveland moving companies to offer its customers safe storage in private vault containers, which were loaded at the origin residence and then transported to their destination. Another generational shift occurred in 1970 when grandsons, J.J. and Ken Vencl, who had worked with their father and grandfather, took charge of Corlett Movers. The company became an official agent for Wheaton Van Lines in 1976.

The History of Corlett Movers was partially provided by Case Western Reserve University.

“Throughout the years – technology may change – but our attention to detail, people, and caring for their goods never changes. That is what we can continue to do … Serve our customers with attention to detail and help them “Every Step of the Way.”

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    4 weeks ago

    5 star ratingUsed them for moving from a home I have lived in for 27 years. They were so kind and positive - and quick! I will continue to use this company. Thank you so much!

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    1 month ago

    5 star ratingWe had a great experience with this company and crew. They moved our furniture and boxes from a storage unit into our house and were efficient, helpful and professional. We had an estimate for the cost but at... read more

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    1 month ago

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    2 months ago
  • 5 star ratingCarl, Richard and Richie did a fantastic job. Hard working and never stopped until the job was done. They took excellent care of my belongings and home. Would absolutely use them again and recommend their service. Thank you guys!

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    2 months ago

    5 star ratingSummit helped my mom move from one side of Medina to the other. The gentlemen were so respectful of my mom and her belongings. I would use this company myself and recommend them to others.

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    3 months ago

    5 star ratingOur move was done by David, Tim P and Devan and was fantastic. They arrived on time, were extremely professional and done in a timely manner with the utmost of care to all of our belongings. I would highly recommend... read more

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    Kim H.
    3 months ago

    5 star ratingThe move went on without any hiccups. The movers -John Schaar, Smitty and David- were particularly helpful and patient. I highly recommend Summit Moving and these guys.
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    6 months ago
  • 5 star ratingWe were very pleased with John S. and Smitty as the movers. They did a great job!

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    Jodi T.
    7 months ago

    5 star ratingUsed them for two cross country moves this past summer. They contact with Wheaton for those and both crews did a good job. Two of the movers drive your items so some of the same people on other side. They... read more

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    8 months ago

    Jon T, Richard L and Sean M were awesome. Very professional, courteous and concerned about me as I was stressed and not feeling well. They moved things to my new place and storage as well. I would... read more

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    9 months ago

    Most incredible professional movers. Mike I., Kevin & Kasey did a fantastic job moving my treasured family baby grand piano that is over 100 years old from Stow to Medina and UPSTAIRS. I can’t say enough about them. I highly recommend!

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    9 months ago
  • We hired Summit Moving & Storage to pack and transport 900+ very large court docket books and 100+ boxes. The team of Mike I, Rich S, Tyler, and John S did a fantastic job. They worked at a steady pace... read more

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    Deborah M.
    9 months ago

    JP, Tyler J, David did a great job and was very efficient with their time. I would highly recommend this company and plan to use them again. We typically move on our own and originally only needed them to move... read more

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    Brian R.
    10 months ago

    We had an outstanding team move my mother this past week. The Summit team included Devan Rogers, Tyler Jones and Jack Turner. These three men were very professional, did the work without wasting time and there was no damage to... read more

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    Bryan F.
    10 months ago

    5 star ratingSummit Moving did an excellent job as always, quick service with consistent attention paid to details of the shipment. They have always been transparent and communicative from start to finish, which was reassuring. In the end summit team did a... read more

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    1 year ago