In November 1959, Jack Craddock resigned his position as President of one of the Southwest’s largest and oldest movers to form Craddock Moving & Storage.
His father-in-law, Roscoe Carnrike, had already retired from a similar position a few years earlier and became the new company’s mentor and advisor. Mr. Carnrike had a long and distinguished career as a mover and was instrumental in founding one of the country’s first van lines. Mr. Carnrike had served the moving industry as a leader virtually in every way possible, was a civic leader who served on Fort Worth’s City Council, and as Fort Worth’s Mayor shortly after the end of World War II.
Jack Craddock followed in his father-in-law’s footsteps and was involved in a wide variety of industry associations. He was President of the Southwest Warehouse and Transfer Association, President of the American Warehousemen’s Association, and was an officer and director of the van line that the company represented.
In January 1964, Jack Craddock’s son, Mike, joined the company after graduation from Texas Tech and became its President a few years later – a position he holds today. Keeping in the family tradition, Mike became the first third generation Chairman of Southwest Movers’ Association, the only third generation member of his van line’s Board of Directors and was a second generation and two time Chairman of the Texas Motor Transportation Association.
Mike’s son, John, worked part-time for the company throughout his high school and college years and joined the company full-time in the summer of 2002 upon graduation from Texas Wesleyan. For two years, John worked in the operations department for the company. At the same time, plans were underway to open a separate company, SafeGuard Data Storage, which specializes in Records and Information Management, and since then John has played an integral part in the development of that company where he is the operations manager and partner. Craddock Moving & Storage is proud of it’s long history as as Fort Worth’s most trusted and experienced movers.