Atlas Van Lines agents, employees donated resources, time during Katrina relief efforts

September deliveries included water, pet food and children's backpacks instead of usual shipments of household goods

November 4, 2005

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

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Atlas Van Lines moved millions of pounds of goods in September, but likely none more critical than the emergency supplies hauled in dozens of trailers to the Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Agents and employees of the nation's second largest van line partnered with community, service, and relief organizations to collect money, transport food, water, pet food and other supplies to the areas damaged or destroyed by Katrina. Atlas even packaged and moved more than 5,000 backpacks filled with school supplies for displaced children.

"Atlas is really one big family and when we saw other families in need, like the many thousands across the Gulf Coast, we stepped in to help where we could," said Greg Hoover, senior vice president and chief marketing officer. "Extraordinary occurrences require extraordinary efforts and we're pleased that we made a difference in the lives of so many people."

More than 30 agents from both U.S. coasts and many states in between donated money, trucks, shipping boxes, time and talent to the relief effort, often making multiple stops in Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas in September before returning home.

Agents and staff:
  • Served between 12,000 and 15,000 meals
  • Transported at least 200,000 pounds of supplies to Katrina victims
  • Packaged and delivered more than 5,000 backpacks for students as part of Project Backpack, a donation program started by three Maryland sisters ages 14, 11 and 8
  • Participated in food, donation and clothing drives

"While the efforts made by the Atlas family for Katrina victims are still ongoing in numerous cases, we know that many have donated their time and their resources in order to help those less fortunate and we thank them for their efforts," Hoover said.

Atlas subsidiary BDS Worldwide also provided logistical support to relief efforts, helping coordinate a student clothing drive in California, and delivery and distribution to the Urban League in Mississippi. Agents also donated money and services to various relief efforts across the country. And Cornerstone Relocation Group—an Atlas subsidiary headquartered in New Jersey—also assisted their clientele with temporary living arrangements in the wake of the storm.

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.


For more details of Atlas and Atlas Agent relief efforts, see "Living the Commitment" in the Winter 2005 Amplifier.