EVANSVILLE, Ind. — For 60 years, Atlas Van Lines has been doing more than just moving boxes and furniture. Since 1948, the company has adapted, expanded and reinvented the moving industry, and has grown into a nearly $1 billion enterprise. Over the years, Atlas – now one of the largest van lines in the country – has implemented industry-leading initiatives such as trailer tracking, labor certification and small-shipment containerized transit.
"For 60 years, Atlas has listened to its agent-owners, respected its van operators and valued its customers," said Jim Stamm, chairman and CEO of Atlas World Group. "Atlas exists and thrives because of its people, and we owe our growth and achievements to all of the agents, drivers and employees who have worked for this company."
Atlas was founded by 33 entrepreneurs as a cooperative venture during a period of postwar prosperity. Originally headquartered in Chicago, Atlas relocated to Evansville, Ind., in 1960 in search of a small community with a pool of qualified workers. Atlas was an instrumental force in reviving Evansville's economy in the early 1960s, and along with its parent company – Atlas World Group – now employs nearly 400 people at its headquarters.
When the company was founded, it employed 10 people and set its sights on earning $1 million a year in revenue. Back then, the price of gasoline was little more than 25 cents a gallon, and only one in 10 households owned a television.
A lot has changed in 60 years. Gasoline approaches $4 a gallon (diesel, which powers Atlas trucks, hovers over $4) and Atlas World Group records nearly $1 billion a year in revenue. Now, when Atlas moves households, virtually all of them own multiple television sets – plus other high-tech equipment such as computers, stereo and video gaming systems, two or three cars, a boat, exercise equipment and fine art.
Atlas' core business continues to be moving household goods by arranging corporate relocations, personal moves and military relocations. Atlas' Specialized Transportation Group transports a wide variety of items, including fine art, automobiles, fixtures and irreplaceable antiques.
Atlas Van Lines is the largest subsidiary of Atlas World Group, an Evansville, Ind.-based company that posted record revenues of $943 million in 2007. Atlas World Group companies employ more than 700 people throughout North America. More than 500 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 www.atlasworldgroup.com for more information on the company and Atlas agents.