Jack L. Hallett, age 83, of South Holland, IL passed away Wednesday, February 3, 2016. A founding brother of Hallett & Sons Expert Movers, Jack was an innovative leader in the relocation industry. Over 60 plus years he creatively advanced the science of library relocation services and plied that trade throughout the United States and abroad. A fixture in the academic and public library community for decades, he oversaw 1,000’s of library moves and was a true library champion. He trained 100’s and mentored many in the industry with an easy smile and a forthright demeanor. With an indomitable spirit, Jack remained an active and integral member of the Hallett organization right through his last days. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and uncle who will be sorely missed by family, friends and colleagues.

Visitation will be on Thursday, February 11, 2016 from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. Funeral services will be Friday, February 12, 2016 at 10:00. All services will be at Smits Funeral Home, Dyer, IN 46311

Hallett's Movers and Shakers Walking for Loyola's Childrens Hospital

We invite you to support Hallett staff members in a community service effort on behalf of Loyola’s Ronald McDonald Children’s Hospital.  Our team, Hallett's Movers and Shakers are raising funds and will participate in the

2014 Health, Hope & Heroes 5K Run/Walk, Sunday, June 8

The Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital at Loyola University Medical Center, established in 1996, is a full-service hospital focused on families. Through general pediatric care and a number of pediatric specialties, the multidisciplinary teams of doctors, nurses and staff are dedicated to helping children lead healthy, active lives. They deliver world-class medical care to their young patients while striving to put the family first.

Follow This Link to visit our team web page and consider making a donation today! No amount is too small, and whatever you can give will be greatly appreciated. On behalf of all the kids and their families who will benefit from your generosity, Thank you. 

Fresh Ideas for Meijer

When Meijer needed a ‘fresh idea’ they called on Hallett. When a major department store needs to re-carpet, they can’t close the doors to patrons and they can’t have any down time. Hallett was engaged to work in the wee hours of the morning to shift store racks and displays during the recent re-carpeting project at the Rolling Meadows store.

For Hallett’s veteran movers, Jim Shanahan and Marty Pedraza, this was just another opportunity to flex their creative muscle. With some extra hardware and inspired problem solving, they were able to extend the use of our range/rack moving equipment to accommodate the retailer’s varied racking system. By doing so, they easily and swiftly were able to relocate the display racks in advance of the carpeting staff and then return them after new carpet was installed. In just four nights they were able to relocate and reset approximately 1/3 of the stores display area.

 Marty Pedraza and Jim Shanahan set rack mover to relocate shoe display rack.

Marty Pedraza and Jim Shanahan set rack mover to relocate shoe display rack.

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Hallett and the Polar Vortex, 2014

  ...on Jan. 6, 2014 in Chicago, Ill. (credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images )

...on Jan. 6, 2014 in Chicago, Ill. (credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The Polar Vortex brought us awesome images, below freezing temperatures and many emergency relocation needs to start our new year. Heroic efforts were put forth by our mechanic, Valentin Torres, and operational staff to keep our trucks running and our movers moving in the record cold and snow.

Emergency calls came in the first work days of the year and continued through the long month of brutal temperatures. Hallett was able to respond to several locations in need due to pipes bursting. This included Prairie Oak Elementary School in Berwyn, Franciscan Physician Network in Frankfort, Robert Morris University in Chicago, and Hinsdale Middle School. In a double quick hurry─library material, shelving, exam tables and other furnishings were relocated to allow for clean-up in all locations. Hinsdale Middle School just reopened Tuesday, February 4, following a clean-up of mold that occurred due to the pipe burst.

We are hoping February sees a return of more modest winter temperatures and less weather related damage to our neighboring communities.

Hallett Staff Honored by Non-Profit -

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On October 4, Hallett staff moved 23 families and 32 staff members into their new 52,000 square foot building in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago.

The thirty year old non-profit New Moms equips struggling, impoverished adolescent parents and their children with the personal and workforce development tools they will need, to permanently change their life stories from chronic dependence on society, to economic independence and family stability.

New Moms Development Associate, Keisha Etienne, wrote:

“Words can’t do justice to the incredible asset Sandy was during our recent move. Sandy, from Hallett & Sons Expert Movers, Inc. came to bid the project over a year ago. She immediately began to help us find donations of office furniture. Thanks to her incredible efforts, ALL of our office furniture was donated from other companies. Hallett even let us store the mountains of furniture for a handful of months without charge!”

 “Hallett & Sons along with Sandy will be featured in our e-newsletter for this November. Due to the extraordinary work Sandy did relating to our move...we've chosen her as our November's volunteer of the month. We here at New Moms appreciate all that you have done. Thank you so much!”

Please see the link below for more information.

Congratulations to Hallett Staff and Sandy Manden-Davison

named as New Moms Volunteer of the Month!

"How do you move 40,000 books in 4 hours?"

You Call Hallett Movers, That's How!

That's what Morton Grove Public Library asked Hallett Movers to do this past summer when they re-carpeted their Youth Services Department. Hallett staff are trained to use a unique library range lifting and moving device called a 'range mover' to relocate stacks during re-carpeting and stacks re-organization projects. The stacks are moved with the volumes in place. The range mover is not just for libraries, it can be used for some commercial and industrial moves with certain types of shelving.

Jack Hallett directing the crew at Morton Grove Public Library (below).

The above image is by Morton Grove Public Library, to learn more about their project including pictures and videos please go to:

Nippersink Public Library

Nippersink Public Library, in Richmond, IL also engaged Hallett and our range mover as they renovated their library for an upcoming 40th anniversary in November. Cynthia Cole, Director, said " You guys rock and we couldn't have done the project without you." 

 Hallett staff move ranges at Nippersink Library

Hallett staff move ranges at Nippersink Library

Hallett Moves Loyola University into Cutting Edge Building

Hallett Movers have serviced the Loyola University Community over the past several decades. We have seen a lot of growth and changes to their many campuses over that time. This month, we are proud to be moving labs, equipment and offices into their new cutting edge building, the Institute of Environmental Sustainability (IES).  "The IES will be an innovative, interactive, and adaptable sustainable living and learning environment;.." see more about the building and it's innovative approach to teaching, learning and living environments here:


Image from Loyola University IES website.

Congratulations Loyola,

for moving clean and green forward in the most innovative ways! 

How To Move a Library in 38 Days The Central Library is moving eight blocks. The action starts June 17. And it’s going to take a village.

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What’s next for the old digs? TBD! Whether real estate developers snatch it up or it’s used as storage for police evidence, no one can touch the exterior of the building or the mosaic on the sidewalk. They’re LANDMARKS!

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Two-thirds of the collection has been housed in the basement, since they ran out of room years ago. Before the move, the basement books need to be “inter-filed” with the books that were on the shelves so that when they unload, everything will be in the right order.

The rare books are WRAPPED INDIVIDUALLY IN TISSUE and placed vertically, binding side down, in foam-lined cartons. Two hundred pieces of art will be moved as well.

The library owns a 12-volume, original bound version of the  writings of George Washington, 1837.

An Army Service Forces poster shows a mosquito and warns of malaria. The drawing, This is Ann (1943), is by the man who would come to be known as Dr. Seuss.

The library keeps historical San Diego newspapers. The Herald dates back to 1851; The Union, 1868; the Evening Tribune, 1895.

The World’s Smallest Book (at the time of purchase) is about the size of a microchip.

Illinois-based moving company Hallett specializes in moving libraries and has consulted on jobs from Scotland to Qatar. For the Central Library job, 23 movers and drivers will use just two trucks.

A second moving company handles the furniture. All-new computers will arrive from vendors. A third moving company, ArtWorks, will transport the rare items.

In 2007, the Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit borrowed the Central Library’s 14 unusual bibles.

The FILL RATE is the percentage you’ll fill a particular shelf. The rest is left empty for future growth or for books currently checked out. San Diego’s fill rate is generous—about 65 percent. That’s a lot of wiggle room!

In lieu of a voter registration, men wrote their birthdate and -place, and even visible scars, in The Great Register, 1892. Library visitors use it for genealogy research.

Three hundred dollies will carry 300 transporters (tri-wall corrugated containers). Each transporter holds 9 linear feet of books, and will cycle back once unloaded.

The new library will have SEVEN FLOORS (plus two for a charter high school). Initially, there will be 147,704 linear feet of shelving.

The new library was 30 years in the making. Architect Rob Quigley says he was a young man when the project began.

The new Central Library will open September 28, 2013

What's a Spider Crane?

A spider crane is a small crane made for the commercial moving industry that allows file cabinets to be picked up and moved without removing the contents. It's not only a time saver but keeps things in their place during a move. In fact, Hallett Movers has an extensive amount of specialty equipment for making moves easier and quicker, all resulting in a better experience for the customer. Besides spider cranes Hallett Movers has stack movers, temporary conveyor belts, skybox lifts, cubical lifts and more.