Twenty-nine Atlas Van Lines Agencies Earn Prestigious Milt Hill Award

November 24, 2001

EVANSVILLE, (Ind.) -- Twenty-nine Atlas Van Lines agencies have won the 2001 Milton M. Hill Quality Award, one of the industry's most distinguished performance awards. Milt Hill Award winners achieve the company's most challenging standards in the categories of hauling excellence, quality performance, and warehouse / facility operations.

Customer feedback plays a key role in many of the criteria in the Milt Hill Quality program, and agents must receive Atlas' Hauling Excellence and World Class Commitment awards in order to be eligible for the Milt Hill Award. The World Class Commitment Award is based on 12 strict service criteria that impact customer service such as estimating accuracy, customer satisfaction, and claims experience.

The number of Milt Hill winners this year — 29 — is up from 19 winners last year, and 12 the year before. The growing number of Milt Hill winners is significant because the standards for winning this award have been raised regularly.

"Performance excellence is stressed very highly across the board at Atlas, and every year a large percentage of our agents earn recognition for quality achievements and hauling excellence," states Dave Daniels, Atlas director of quality development. "Attaining honors in all three of the categories outlined in the Milt Hill program represents the pinnacle of Atlas success. Agents who earn the Milt Hill Quality Award stand as the most exceptional examples of performance and customer service in this industry."

Winners of the 2001 Milt Hill Quality Award are: Ace Relocation Systems, Long Beach, CA; Ace Relocation Systems, Kent, WA; Ace Relocation Systems, San Diego, CA; Ace Relocation Systems, San Jose, CA; Alexander's Moving & Storage, Tustin, CA; Alexander's Moving & Storage, Hayward, CA; Alexander's Moving & Storage, Portland, OR; Alexander's Moving & Storage Eastern, Baltimore, MD; Alexander's Moving & Storage Minneapolis, Bloomington, MN; Alexander's Moving & Storage, San Diego, CA; Alexander's Moving & Storage, Nashville, TN; Collins Brothers Moving Corporation, Larchmont, NY; 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; Southwest Transfer and Storage, Phoenix, AZ; McCormack-Payton Storage & Moving Co., Grandview, MO; Mabey's Moving & Storage, Albany, NY; Nelson Westerberg of Illinois, Elk Grove Village, IL; Nelson Westerberg of Texas, Carrollton, TX; Ace World Wide Moving & Storage, Huntington Beach, CA; Powell Moving & Storage, Grand Rapids, MI; Spirit Movers, Sarasota, FL; Stonehocker Moving & Storage, Davenport, IA; Walker Transfer, Kenova, WV; Weleski Transfer, Tarentum, PA; Weleski Transfer, Johnstown, PA.

The Milton M. Hill Quality Award 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 a corporate quality program called the "Atlas World Class Commitment." The program was developed for Alexander's then instituted throughout the Atlas family of agents.

"We're extremely pleased at the growing number of Atlas agents who are earning the Milt Hill Quality Award, and we're very proud of their efforts," states Jim Stamm, President and COO, Atlas Van Lines. "Atlas has been raising the bar on quality performance for a lot of years, and programs like this one continue to elevate standards in this industry."

Atlas Van Lines is the nation's third-largest carrier of household goods and ranks as fourth-largest van line in the nation 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.