Originally established in 1908, Cassidy’s Moving and Storage is now known as the friendliest and most reliable mover in the Ottawa Valley. Driven by strong family roots and a passion for moving with genuine care, we’ve grown to be one of the largest transportation companies in the area, with offices in both Pembroke and Ottawa, Ontario.
Whether you need local or long-distance moving, container sales and rentals, general freight, flatbed transportation, or a high-value, time-sensitive, high-security move, Cassidy’s can handle your shipping need. And someone from our dedicated team will always be there to take care of you because we have our warehouse and fleet of trucks.
History & Legacy: A Family-Owned Moving Business
Over a century ago, Cassidy’s started as a drayage company in Pembroke. At the time, the company transported baggage from the train station to homes and businesses. By 1969, Cassidy’s was struggling, but Gordon Robinson saw loads of promise, so he mortgaged his home and became the new owner.
Under Gordon’s leadership—with his family steadfastly by his side—Cassidy’s enjoyed steady growth. His legacy of hard work and determination, plus a desire to make every employee feel valued, lives on and has ensured the company continues to thrive.
Today, Cassidy’s is proud to be a multi-generational business. Gordon’s sons, Dale, Dan, and Mark, carry on the family values and traditions. And a third generation of the family is entering the business.
Lasting Values: Family & Work Ethic
If you ever visit Cassidy’s, you’ll find a family-like environment where laughter and camaraderie are part of everyday life. We know our employees’ happiness and success are key to our thriving company.
Just as we have done since the early years, we value and prioritize our staff’s well-being and remain committed to being there for them. Once upon a time, we held potlucks in the basement, and today, we continue to organize regular staff and community events, fostering a close-knit and supportive team.
As part of our commitment to our staff’s success, we offer mentorship programs and fully support our employees. This might mean helping someone through Truck Driving School or personally stepping in to lend a hand when needed. We are also dedicated to ensuring the safety of our employees and continuously evaluating and enforcing safety measures and compliance. Lastly, we firmly believe in cross-training and ensuring everyone can perform many roles at Cassidy’s.
Because we are licensed to transport hazardous materials, we hold workshops to train other businesses on the correct handling of hazardous materials. The latter includes specific workshops in nuclear materials transport safety, how to transport ammunition and explosives.
We have a culture of ongoing training and information sharing, ensuring that workshops are taught by experienced, fully qualified teachers from within our organization and from the outside world. Recurring courses include topics like proper lifting technique, safe forklift use, log completion requirements, how to secure cargo of all kinds so it doesn’t shift while in transit.
Sometimes it’s helpful to consult experts outside Cassidy’s. We regularly bring in experts from the Ministry of Transportation, Health Canada, Canada Border Services Agency and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.
Cassidy’s knows that to be the best, our people must be highly trained in everything from how to pack correctly to how to operate a forklift.
As soon as a new worker is hired they are brought up to speed on all safety procedures, including our internal policies that go above and beyond legislated safety laws. As a moving company we hire a lot of young people, and they are required to complete the Young Workers’ Awareness Course.
All of our moving crews are fully bonded and cleared. New movers are given full training on proper packing and carrying technique.
We don’t send new recruits to our customers without an experienced team member there to supervise them. New hires also do not move furniture by themselves: whether it’s a beat up old couch or an antique desk, we have a veteran mover there with them to ensure proper care is taken with your belongings.
Thirty administration and management personnel and up 180 operations workers operate out of twenty acres and 80,000 sq.ft. of climatized storage.
Some of these employees are second and third generation Cassidy’s workers. All of the senior managers have been with the company for more than twenty years.
We have career movers who get the same satisfaction in packing and moving safely that they did 10 or 15 years ago.