Atlas Van Lines Signs Large New England-Based Agent

February 18, 2000

EVANSVILLE, (Ind.) - In one of the largest agent conversions in its history, Atlas Van Lines has signed Bisson Moving & Storage, a New England-based moving firm headquartered in West Bath, Maine. Bisson Moving & Storage reported more than $20 million in revenues at year-end 1999 and for the past ten years has shown overall revenue increases averaging 14 percent annually. The agency, founded in 1919, employs nearly 300 people from its locations in West Bath, Portland, and Augusta, Maine, and Hudson, New Hampshire.

"Bisson's sustained growth over the past decade has positioned us as a significant industry player in the northeast," states Bisson chief operating officer Thomas Gallant. "We want to further penetrate the northeastern market, and feel that our affiliation with Atlas will help us do that."

While 58 percent of Bisson's business last year was attributed to the transport of household goods, 42 percent originated in the company's special products division, which has shown tremendous growth during the past ten years. Gallant says Atlas' growth and reputation in the transport of high-value and electronic goods was one of the reasons for Bisson's conversion to Atlas Van Lines. "Many large corporations around the world trust their employee relocations and the transportation of sensitive and high-value goods to Atlas. That says a lot when you're looking for quality and integrity in a company."

Bisson recently purchased a computerized "move management system" which provides computer capabilities to initiate, track, and manage a relocation from the estimate throughout the move and final accounting process. The system is being used by all of Bisson's agency locations. "Atlas rejects many more agents than it accepts," Gallant comments. "We are pleased that Bisson's efforts and success have been recognized by Atlas."

Headquartered in Evansville, Indiana, Atlas Van Lines is a major transporter of household goods and special products through some 600 agents across the U.S. and Canada and more than 800 worldwide. Atlas is the nation's fourth-largest van line and ranks as third-largest carrier of household goods.