Atlas Van Lines hosts send-off for mechanic called to active duty

July 29, 2005

Media Contacts:
Kristen Burnett, Atlas Van Lines, 800.638.9797
A.J. Schneider, Hetrick Communications

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — A send-off for 25-year-old Atlas Van Lines mechanic Mike Townsend was held Thursday at Atlas' Evansville headquarters as family and co-workers gathered to wish him well.

Townsend, who has worked for Atlas since August 2004, will report for active duty in the Army National Guard where he'll likely train for five-to-six months before spending 12 months on the ground in Iraq.

Atlas has had several employees and family members called-up for military service in recent months, and several return from Afghanistan as recently as last week, triggering a string of send-offs and homecomings.

"We make a point of recognizing all of our Atlas employees serving in the military in Evansville and across the country," said Barbara Cox, Atlas' director of marketing communications. "We have employees who serve, or have served, in the military at all levels of the company, including our executive management team. It's an important part of our corporate culture."

Atlas Van Lines is the largest subsidiary of Atlas World Group, an Evansville, Ind.-based company that posted record revenues of $860 million in 2004. Atlas World Group companies employ more than 700 people throughout North America. More than 600 Atlas agents in the United States and Canada specialize in corporate employee relocation and in the transportation of high-value items such as electronics, fine art and new fixtures and furniture. Visit for more information on the company and Atlas agents.