Arpin Van Lines of West Warwick RI is one of the biggies in the moving business, with freight forwarding and storage operations world wide, as part of the Arpin Group.
Founded in 1900, as Paul Arpin & Sons and later Paul Arpin Van Lines (to 2006) it has been a North American Van Lines associate since 1955.
Interestingly the Arpin family traces its roots back to Drummondville, QC in the late 1880s. At that time there was a major migration from Quebec to industrial centers such as Providence RI. The original Paul Arpin started hauling coal there in the 1890s. The company has had steady growth through several generations of family ownership:
Arpin does a fair amount of corporate and government relocations and cross border work, so the presence of one of their rigs in downtown Halifax is more likely related to a business delivery than a domestic domestic move.