Bellhops, an 16-month-old moving company based in Chattanooga, has launched in 68 additional cities and hired 800 more contract student workers since the beginning of February, according to Co-Founder Cameron Doody.
More than 2,000 students from 150 universities are currently employed by temporary Bellhops. Students are paid $13 an hour for each move or $15 an hour if they lead the move.
"We are thrilled to announce our nationwide expansion to 116 cities across the country," Doody said in a statement today. "We are ready for our biggest year yet, and we are pumped to provide high paying part-time jobs to thousands more students in 2014."
Over 800 applications come in a week from college students applying to work for Bellhops.
"We are able to hire a large number of students because ours bellhops choose the moves they will work and design their own schedule," Doody said. "This instills responsibility and accountability in the students we employ."
Bellhops has nearly tripled in size at its headquarters on Market Street in downtown Chattanooga, going from five to 14 full-time roles in five months. Bellhops now operates moves for students, young professionals and families.
Bellhops landed in Chattanooga in October 2012 after raising a round of funding from the Lamp Post Group, a Chattanooga venture incubator.