ATS Continues to Move Forward:
1960 brought forth the purchase of ATS’s first specialized trailer, thus making it possible to transport over-dimensional and specialized loads. 1961 marked the first year that gross revenues exceeded $1 Million. ATS acquired additional operating authorities, established a network of terminals and expanded its operation to serve 48 states.
With the installation of a direct teletype system linking major terminals and agencies, ATS entered into its first era of technological advancement. To better serve customers in the metropolitan area, ATS established a terminal located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. ATS also began serving granite customers from the states of Georgia and Vermont. In 1965, Pennsylvania increased the maximum length of tractor/trailers allowed to operate within the state. This new legislation permitted ATS to increase the number of tandem axle tractors in its fleet, which in turn, greatly increased operational efficiency, allowing ATS to transport bigger and heavier loads.
By the end of its first decade, ATS found itself outgrowing its facilities and again expanded with the addition of a second floor to the office complex.
The ATS’ Bulls Eye logo was introduced.
ATS was now operating under 21 separate ICC authorities and added 10 more in 1967.
A turning point in the history of ATS was the acquisition of authority in 1968 to begin serving the iron and steel industry transporting iron and steel components from points in Illinois to points in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Though the initial impact on the company was small, it was the first step in a process that later would result in the recognition of ATS as a major transporter of iron and steel components.
1969 ATS purchased K&W Trucking and began servicing Alaska. Its service to Alaska was the transportation of general commodities. In later years, with the construction of the Alaskan pipeline ATS proved to be an integral carrier for materials. ATS also provided leadership in the substantial service via water carrier by fishyback proceedings. This corresponding authority provided carriers the ability to substitute water carriage as part of a thru movement, allowing an alternative to the slow and hazardous Alcan Highway.