Headline: Atlas Van Lines in Canada Acquires Connect Logistics
UPDATE: Oakville, ON. June 1, 2017
Leading van line Atlas Canada, a subsidiary of Atlas World Group, Inc., announces today that it has acquired Connect Logistics. The deal marks Atlas Canada’s first acquisition and will help the company more than double its logistics business. Connect Logistics will continue operating under its current name and leadership team.
Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, Connect Logistics is one of the largest logistics companies in Canada. The company offers it’s more than 200 customers specialized product transportation as well as warehousing and distribution services. In recent years, the company has experienced significant growth due to expansion and vertical market growth.
“We are thrilled with the possibilities of this strategic fit,” said Doug Van Fraassen, owner of Connect Logistics. “Our customers will have exposure to the asset-based services and infrastructure offered by Atlas in both Canada and the US. Atlas will have the opportunity to leverage the expertise of Connect Logistics’ personnel and incorporate the processes used to deliver our diverse platform of logistical solutions."
Connect Logistics was founded by Doug Van Fraassen and under his leadership offers comprehensive logistics services including ground transport, air delivery, ocean delivery, tracing services and warehousing. The non-asset business has long focused on forging and maintaining strong partnerships with all parties in the supply chain to enable their clients to meet commitments to customers.
“Connect Logistics’ business and operations align perfectly with our current logistics structure and will enhance what our team has worked hard to build,” said Barry Schellenberg, president of Atlas Canada. “We are excited to take advantage of this opportunity to provide additional service capabilities for our current customer base and offer accretive value to our strong network of Atlas agents.”
Atlas provides logistics services throughout North America on a truckload or less than truckload basis with the help of the company’ nearly 500 agents across Canada and the United States.
For more information on Connect Logistics and Atlas Canada, visit www.connectlogistics.com and www.atlasvanlines.ca.
About Atlas Canada
Atlas Canada, a name known for quality, services the highest percentage of Canada’s consumer household goods moves and corporate relocations. Atlas Canada has138 agents across every province and territory and a network of 360 agents in the US who provide household moving, logistics, special product transportation services and warehousing. Known for innovation, Atlas was the first van line in Canada to pioneer national Back Check and Quality in Motion programs. For more information on Atlas Canada and its services, visit www.atlasvanlines.ca
About Atlas World Group
Atlas World Group, an Evansville, Ind.-based company, is comprised of a family of companies that deliver transportation and related services globally through a network of quality agents and select service partners. Nearly 500 Atlas interstate moving agents in the United States and Canada specialize in corporate relocation, household moving services, supply chain solutions, and specialized transportation of high-value items such as electronics, fine art, store fixtures and furniture. For more information, visit www.atlasworldgroupinc.com
Headline: Atlas Canada and Move For Hunger Announce Collaborative Effort to Help Feed Families In Need Nationwide
UPDATE: Oakville, ON. February 8th, 2017
Atlas Canada, whose 138 agents across every province and territory provide local, long distance, international, cross border and specialized moving services, has partnered with Move For Hunger, a national non-profit organization that mobilizes the relocation industry to fight hunger and reduce food waste, to provide much-needed assistance to food banks across Canada.
People tend to throw a lot of things away when they move, including perfectly good food. As proud partners of Move For Hunger, Atlas Canada’s partner agents will now be collecting non-perishable food from their customers and delivering it to local food banks.
“Atlas is the first Canadian van line to join us as a partner,” said Adam Lowy, Executive Director and Founder of Move For Hunger. “Food insecurity is on the rise throughout Canada. We’re grateful that Atlas Canada recognized the urgency of the problem, and has made a commitment to helping people in the communities they serve.”
“Atlas is proud to partner with Move for Hunger and it is such a great fit for our organization” said Barry Schellenberg President of Atlas Canada. “Our customers who are moving can donate food and the Atlas agents will transport it to the local food banks. This is a great way for our customers and Atlas agents to give back to their communities”.
Through the generous support of partners like Atlas Canada, Move For Hunger can continue to help the more than 800,000 Canadians who are struggling to find their next meal. For more information about Move For Hunger and how you can make a difference please visit www.MoveForHunger.org.
About Move For Hunger
Move For Hunger is a non-profit organization that mobilizes the relocation industry to fight hunger and reduce food waste. In addition to collecting food from people who are moving to new homes, Move For Hunger helps companies and individuals across the United States and Canada organize successful food drives. To date, they have collected more than 7.6 million pounds of food. For more information, or to find out how you can host your own food drive, visit www.MoveForHunger.org
About Atlas Canada
Atlas Canada services the highest percentage of Canada’s long distance, consumer household goods moves and holds the largest market share in the corporate relocation market. Atlas has 138 agents across every province and territory that provide local, long distance, international, cross border and specialized moving services. Atlas pioneered the first national Back Check and Quality in Motion programs in the Canadian moving industry. For more information on Atlas Van Lines (Canada) Ltd. visit www.atlasvanlines.ca
Dan Beam, Communications Manager
Move For Hunger
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Headline: Mackie Moving Systems Joins the Agency Network of Atlas Canada
UPDATE: Oakville, ON. December 15th, 2016
Leading van line Atlas Canada, a subsidiary of Atlas World Group, Inc., announces today the addition of Mackie Moving Systems Corporation as an agent of the company effective March 1, 2017. Mackie will represent Atlas in Calgary, Edmonton, Mississauga, Whitby, Halifax, Middleton and Fredericton through its head office in Oshawa, Ontario providing household moving (residential and corporate) and storage (long-term and short-term) services.
"As a world-class van line, Atlas continues to showcase its status as a leader in the moving and storage industry," said Scott Mackie, CEO of Mackie Moving Systems Corporation. “We are thrilled to join the Atlas network and provide the level of quality that is synonymous with the Atlas brand.”
Mackie is a fifth generation, family-owned Canadian business founded in 1928. As one of Canada’s largest moving companies Mackie Moving Systems provides local, long distance and international household goods relocations including short and long-term storage services. Mackie offers customized solutions to corporations and individuals worldwide, all while developing long-standing client partnerships.
Mackie Moving Systems is owned by brothers Norm and Scott Mackie and employs more than 400 personnel. An asset-based company, it currently owns 500 specialized vehicles and operates over 600,000 square feet of modernized warehouse space across 11 locations. Mackie operates with a deeply engrained focus on service quality, and its head office is ISO 9001:2008 certified. As part of its solutions portfolio, Mackie Moving Systems provides office moving, logistics and warehousing services to their expansive client base.
“Associating with Mackie Moving Systems will provide a tremendous boost in operational capacity for the Atlas agency family and our valued clients in the household goods moving industry in Canada” said Barry Schellenberg, president & COO of Atlas Canada. “They are an 88-year-old organization which shares Atlas’ passion for quality service and client satisfaction.”
Consisting of nearly 500 agents across Canada and the United States, the Atlas Van Lines agency network facilitates approximately 95,000 household moves worldwide each year.
About Atlas Canada
Atlas Canada, a name known for quality, services the highest percentage of Canada’s long distance, consumer household goods moves and holds the largest market share in the corporate relocation market. Atlas Canada has 138 agents across every province and territory that provides local, long distance, international, cross border and specialized moving services. Atlas Canada pioneered the first national Back Check and Quality in Motion programs in the Canadian moving industry. For more information on Atlas Canada Ltd. and its relocation services, visit www.atlasvanlines.ca.
Headline: Atlas Van Lines Agents win Prestigious Awards
UPDATE: January 9th, 2017
AMJ Campbell of North Bay awarded the prestigious 2016 Agent of the Year award by the Canadian Association of Moving (CAM)
The Agent of the Year Award honours a prominent van line agent who demonstrates outstanding corporate citizenship, in community service, employee relations, innovative operations and service excellence to customers. AMJ Campbell North Bay was the first van line agent in Canada to receive this prestigious award.
In addition to the Agent of the Year award from CAM, AMJ North Bay was honoured with an Atlas National Quality award, National Packing and Unpacking award, Platinum Customer Service award along with two sales awards for their agency.
The Jays Transportation Group of Saskatchewan awarded the 2016 Public Service Award by the Canadian Association of Movers (CAM)
This award honours an individual or group who has performed a significant act of moving-related service in the public interest including humanitarian achievements. The Jays Transportation Group has raised over $1.4 million for Telemiracle through their annual golf tournament. The Telemiracle Telethon raises funds for Saskatchewan residents to acquire special needs equipment and access to medical treatment. The 2016 Jay’s Annual Golf Classic was the 25th anniversary; raising the largest amount at $145,513.11.
Doug Kellough, Salmon’s Transfer
Doug Kellough, owner of Salmon’s Transfer in Vancouver, BC, was honoured by the Canadian Association of Movers (CAM) for his leadership skills, years of dedicated service as a CAM Board member and for co-chairing the Conference Planning Committee.
Headline: Atlas World Group names Jack Griffin CEO and Vice Chairman of the Board
UPDATE: Evansville, IN. November 18th, 2016
Atlas World Group, Inc., the parent company of Atlas Van Lines one of the nation’s leading moving companies announced today that Jack Griffin has been named CEO and vice chairman of the board. Griffin most recently served as president and chief operating officer of Atlas World Group. Former CEO Glen Dunkerson will continue to serve as Chairman of the Board through 2017.
Griffin has more than 20 years of experience in the domestic household goods, special products and international segments of the transportation industry. Since being appointed president and COO of Atlas World Group in 2010, he has expanded Atlas’ footprint in the industry and facilitated the development of new programs and initiatives to assist customers and Atlas agents throughout the U.S. and around the globe.
“I am honored to assume this leadership role to carry out our strategic vision to further differentiate Atlas in the marketplace” said Griffin. “For our future, I am committed to acquiring and allocating the necessary resources and leadership to support our most important initiatives that will take us into the new decade, while carrying on the company’s tradition of impacting the communities in which we operate.”
Outside of his work with Atlas World Group, Griffin is an active member of the International Association of Movers, the American Moving and Storage Association, the Worldwide ERCand Society of Human Resource Management. He also serves as chairman of the Moving & Storage Institute, the philanthropic arm of AMSA, which raises awareness and facilitates the development of the moving and storage industry through educational opportunities such as scholarships, training events and certification programs. In addition, Griffin recently completed a two-year term as chairman of the Evansville Tri-State American Heart Association.
Headline: Fort McMurray Donations
UPDATE: August 17th, 2016
The Alberta Wildfire Donation Centre is now taking the lead on the Fort McMurray wildfire donations and is asking for our continued support for the 60,000+ evacuees. As the residents are beginning to get settled back into their communities, there are still many basic supplies needed to help during this difficult process.
Donations of new items only are very much appreciated and as of August 1st the most needed items are:
- School supplies
- NEW bed linens (all sizes)
- NEW pillow cases (all sizes)
- NEW kids' toys
- Garbage bags
- Canned fruits
- Canned vegetables
- Canned meats
- Batteries (AA; AAA)
- Cleaning supplies
How You Can Donate:
Many of our Atlas agents are still acting as drop-off locations for donations of the above necessities. Please see below the list of Atlas agent locations across Canada.
All individuals, businesses and community organizations residing in Alberta can call 310-4455 (province wide) for more details on contributing to the Alberta Wildfire Donation Centre.
Headline: Atlas Accepting and Transporting Donations for Fort McMurray
UPDATE: June 9th, 2016
The Alberta Emergency Relief Centre is still in dire need of new toiletries and necessities for the 60,000+ Fort McMurray evacuees. Donations are very much appreciated as the supply needed to support over 60,000 people on an on-going basis is great. Please see below an updated list of new, non-perishable items in need and the Atlas agent drop-off locations.
OAKVILLE, ON May 6th, 2016
Many of the residents of Fort McMurray were moved in by Atlas Van Lines and their agents across Canada and they are rallying to help by accepting donations of non-perishable items at their locations. Atlas Van Lines will transport the donations to Edmonton for distribution to the local charities that are assisting the residents of Fort McMurray.
Drop-offs can be made Monday - Friday from 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM. Some of our Atlas agents are open Saturday mornings. Please call ahead to confirm.
You can drop off new non-perishable donations at the following Atlas agent locations:
2662 Compass Ct., #103
Kelowna, BC V1Z 3P3
Telephone: (250) 769-7974
Arrowsmith Moving and Storage
850 Allsbrook Rd.
Parksville, BC V9P 2A9
Telephone: (250) 248 5021
9924 River Road
Delta, BC V4G 1B5
Telephone: (604) 940-4208
Vernon, BC V1T 6K7
Telephone: (250) 542-4254
137 - 2924 Jacklin Rd
Victoria, BC V9B 3Y5
Telephone: (250) 474-2225
Premiere Van Lines
2205 Keating Cross Road
Victoria, BC V8M 2A5
Telephone: (250) 544-1420
AMJ Campbell Calgary
1881 - 120 Avenue N.E.
Calgary, AB T3K 0S5
Telephone: (403) 273-1220
King's Transfer Van Lines
Unit G, 7803 35th St., SE
Calgary, AB T2C 1V3
Telephone: (403) 730-5592
Premiere Van Lines
3950 52 Ave NE,
Calgary, AB T3J 3X4
Telephone: (403) 250-7015
Cold Lake Northeastern Moving Services
Cold Lake, AB T9M 1R5
Telephone: (780) 594-7566
18552 111th Ave.
Edmonton, AB T5S 2V4
Telephone: (780) 453-6946
Premiere Van Lines
14368 - 123 Ave.
Edmonton, AB T5L 2Y3
Telephone: (780) 455-4502
Jay's Transportation Group
555 Park St.
Saskatoon, SK S7K 1R7
Telephone: (306) 249-3777
Jay's Transportation Group
1730 Alberta Ave.
Regina, SK S4N 5B2
Telephone: (306) 721-1222
12-1333 Niakwa Road East
Winnipeg, MB R2J 3T5
Telephone: (204) 654-9116
Premiere Van Lines
1373 Spruce Street
Winnipeg, MB R3E 2V8
Telephone: (204) 925-7799
Premiere Van Lines
200 Brock Street
Barrie, ON L4N 2M4
Telephone: (705) 719-7856
Highland Moving Systems
165 Purdy Rd.
Colborne, ON K0K 1S0
Telephone: (905) 355-1221
10 - 495 Woodward Ave.
Hamilton, ON L8H 6N6
Telephone: (905) 544-1744
176 Hillmount Road
Markham, ON L6C 1Z9
Telephone: (905) 887-5557
6140 Vipond Drive
Mississauga, ON L5T 2B2
Telephone: (905) 670-7111
3965 Nashua Drive
Mississauga, ON L4V 1P3
Telephone: (905) 362-1290
Brewer Van Lines
1165 Invicta Drive
Oakville, ON L6H 4M1
Telephone: (905) 844-1165
2710 Stevenage Dr.
Ottawa, ON K1G 3N2
Telephone: (613) 737-1892
650 Harold Cres.
Thunder Bay, ON P7C 5H5
Telephone: (807) 474-4204
Highland Moving Systems
528 Victoria St., E.
Whitby, ON L1N 9Z4
Telephone: (905) 668-6611
1255 - 32nd Avenue
Lachine, QC H8T 3H2
Telephone: (514) 631-5223
Premiere Van Lines
663 Malenfant Blvd.
Dieppe, NB E1A 5T8
Telephone: (506) 857-0050
Premiere Van Lines
31 John Savage Ave.
Dartmouth, NS B3B 2C9
Telephone: (902) 468-4313
23 Pollard Avenue
Paradise, NL A1L 0X7
Telephone: (709) 364-4255
Cash donations are badly needed. Make a donation to the Red Cross Alberta Fire Relief at: Canadian Red Cross or you can text a $5.00 donation to the Red Cross by texting 30333.
Your donation will be matched by the Government of Canada.
Headline: Atlas Launches Avail Move Management Services.
OAKVILLE, ON February 8th, 2016
Atlas Canada is excited to announce the official re-brand of their President's Gold Leaf Service to Avail Move Management Services.
"President's Gold Leaf Service has served Atlas' corporate customers well over the past 20 years, winning four service excellence awards in the past 5 years" said Fred Haladay, Senior VP & Chief Commercial Officer. "With many corporations becoming more globally focused, Atlas wanted to be on the forefront of developing and offering global move management services".
Avail Move Management Service Canada is now part of a global network; Avail Canada, Avail USA and Avail UK to better serve the needs of corporations in Canada, the USA and overseas.
Avail Move Management Services is an enhanced corporate moving service that offers the best moving experience for transferees while balancing the global program efficiency corporations need with the ability to build a custom program from a menu of services that best suits their unique relocation needs.
"One point of contact, bi-lingual services, concierge services, background checked service providers, intense measurable quality process, and a new order management tool are just a few of the highlights of this new, global relocation program" said Haladay.
Atlas will continue to roll out Avail Canada over the balance of 2016.
Headline: Atlas changes the name of their Special Products Division.
OAKVILLE, ON January 2nd, 2016
Atlas Van Lines Canada has recently changed the name of their Special Products Division to Atlas Canada Logistics to better reflect today's marketplace.
Earle Birt has been hired as VP and his mandate is to re-structure and build the overall Logistics division's service levels and capacity.
Atlas Canada currently has 20 trucks on the Logistics fleet and offers regular scheduled service across Canada and to the US. Atlas agents are now able to offer their clients regular scheduled service as well as customized service levels.
Atlas Canada Logistics is focusing on pad wrap and specialized service for TL and LTL to start and will be expanding their capabilities in the near future to include freight and freight brokerage.
Jeff Hartleib has been hired as the Director of Atlas Canada Logistics with the responsibility for the day to day operations.
"Giving the best service possible to our agents and customers and never turning down an opportunity is key to the division's future success" said Earle Birt, VP. "Our goal is provide a quote within 1 hour of receiving a rate request from an agent or client".
The Logistics division plans to increase the fleet to accommodate additional services in the future.
Headquartered in Oakville, Ontario, Atlas Van Lines Canada provides local, long distance, international, cross border and specialized moving services through its 150 agent moving companies located in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, Northwest Territories, Yukon, and Nunavut.