EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Heavy lifting, miles of interstate driving, and time away from family and friends are all part of the job description for thousands of Atlas Van Lines' professional van operators. Today, however, these hard-working men and women will get together for a day of food, fun and prizes as part of Atlas' 22nd annual ROAD (Recognizing Our Atlas Drivers) Day.
"The hours spent, miles logged and special efforts made by our professional van operators form the foundation of Atlas' reputation," said Glen Dunkerson, chairman and CEO of Atlas World Group, parent of Atlas Van Lines. "Though we are grateful every day for the work they do, ROAD Day is an opportunity for us to have some fun and publicly recognize their service."
For more than two decades, Atlas agents across the U.S. and Canada have joined in celebrating the dedication, hard work and professionalism of their van operators with cookouts, picnics, competitions and other events. This year, nearly 200 agents are planning events. Atlas headquarters joins in the celebration, too, sending each van operator a token of appreciation – this year, an electric travel mug to keep morning coffee warm for miles.
That's a useful gift for Atlas' van operators, 35 percent of whom log more than 75,000 miles each year according to Atlas' annual King of the Road survey results, announced in conjunction with ROAD Day. The survey compiles the opinions and habits of Atlas' van operators on such things as favorite coffee (Dunkin' Donuts) and fast food (Subway), and provides interesting insights into life on the road. Complete results can be viewed at www.atlasworldgroup.com/survey.
With the help of sponsors, Atlas purchases additional prizes that are awarded on a luck-of-the-draw basis to van operators. Past prizes have included a vacation package, electronics, gas cards and much more. Thanks to this year's gold sponsors – Windfall Warehouse and Driver Inventory Systems, and Bridgestone Bandag Tire Solutions – van operators may win various VISA gift cards.
Atlas Van Lines is the largest subsidiary of Atlas World Group, an Evansville, Ind.-based company that posted revenues of $908 million in 2008. Atlas World Group companies employ nearly 700 people throughout North America. More than 500 Atlas interstate 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.