Forty-nine Atlas Van Lines Agents Achieve "World Class Commitment"

November 24, 2001

EVANSVILLE, (Ind.) -- Forty-nine Atlas Van Lines agents this year have earned the Atlas World Class Commitment Award, an excellence award based on 12 strict quality criteria. The 12 criteria evaluate performance in categories that closely impact customer service such as estimating accuracy, claims experience, and customer satisfaction.

"Under the World Class Commitment program, Atlas agents build higher quality and performance levels through training and inspections," explains Dave Daniels, Atlas director of quality development. "Our goal in this program is total customer satisfaction, and Atlas takes a narrow path toward achieving that goal."

The World Class Commitment program was established in 1996 in honor of the late Milt Hill of Alexander's Moving & Storage, an agent of Atlas Van Lines. Hill, a member of the Atlas Board of Directors, was the driving force behind the corporate quality program called "Atlas World Class Commitment." The program was developed for Alexander's agencies then instituted throughout the Atlas family of agents.

"Agents who earn the World Class Commitment Award have demonstrated a dedication to service and customer satisfaction that is well above average," states Atlas president and COO Jim Stamm. "Their standards set them apart from the average carrier."

Winners of the 2001 Atlas World Class Commitment Award are: ABC Moving & Storage Company, Lee's Summit, MO; Admiral Storage & Van, El Paso, TX; Ace Relocation Systems, Long Beach, CA; Ace Relocation Systems, Kent, WA; Ace Relocations Systems, San Diego, CA; Ace Relocation Systems, San Jose, CA; Ace Transfer & Storage Co., Broken Arrow, OK; Ace World Wide Moving, Rochester, MN; Ace World Wide Moving & Storage, Huntington Beach, CA; Alexander's Moving & Storage, Hayward, CA; Alexander's Moving & Storage, Nashville, TN; Alexander's Moving & Storage, Portland, OR; Alexander's Moving & Storage, San Diego, CA; Alexander's Moving & Storage, Tustin, CA; Alexander's Moving & Storage Eastern, Baltimore, MD; Alexander's Moving & Storage Minneapolis, Bloomington, MN; Bekins Northwest, Eugene, OR; Collins Brothers Moving Corp., Larchmont, NY; Commercial Storage & Distribution Company, Shreveport, LA; Celina Moving and Storage, Celina, OH; Corvallis Moving & Storage Co., Corvallis, OR; DeVries Moving-Packing-Storage, Spokane, WA; DeVries Moving-Packing-Storage, Auburn, WA; Lee Moving & Storage, New Orleans/Covington, LA; DMS Moving Systems, Canton, MI; Golden Van Lines, Longmont, CO; Imlach Movers, Trenton, MI; Imlach Movers of Ft. Wayne, Ft. Wayne, IN; Imlach & Collins Brothers, Irving, TX; Mabey's Moving & Storage, Albany, NY; Mallory Van & Storage, Moberly, MO; McCormack-Payton Storage & Moving Co., Grandview, MO; Merchants Moving & Storage, Boise, ID; Mountain States Moving and Storage Company, Salt Lake City, UT; Nelson Westerberg of Illinois, Elk Grove Village, IL; Nelson Westerberg of Texas, Carrollton, TX; Powell Moving & Storage, Grand Rapids, MI; R.B. Burnham Van Service, Birmingham, AL; R. Blinderman Motor Lines, Waterford, CT; Read's Moving Systems of Daytona, Daytona Beach, FL; Sea Island Bonded Storage of Georgia, Savannah, GA; Southwest Transfer & Storage, Phoenix, AZ; Spirit Movers, Sarasota, FL; Stonehocker Moving & Storage, Davenport, IA; Thompson Moving & Storage, Clarksville, TN; University Van Lines, Linden, NJ; Walker Transfer, Kenova, WV; Weleski Transfer, Johnstown, PA; Weleski Transfer, Tarentum, PA.

Atlas Van Lines is the nation's third-largest carrier of household goods and ranks as fourth-largest van line overall with some 600 agents in the U.S. and Canada and more than 800 world wide. Now in its 53rd year, Atlas Van Lines and its holding company, Atlas World Group, last year dedicated a new world headquarters building in Evansville, Ind., where the company has based its operations since 1960. Atlas World Group's subsidiaries include Atlas Van Lines, Atlas Van Lines International, Atlas Van Lines Canada Ltd., and Red Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries, which include Red Ball International.