ATS Expands Into the 90s:
1990 lead ATS to realize the need to begin serving Mexico, and in mid-1991, ATS opened a terminal in Laredo, TX, and a sales office in Monterrey, Mexico. The Mexican operation allowed for through trailer service using selected and pre-approved carriers operating in Mexico.
1992 continued to find ATS expanding with the birth of a division known as Intermodal Caribbean Express (ICE). This division was formed to provide door-to-door and port-to-door service from anywhere in the US, Canada and Mexico to Puerto Rico with through trailer service and weekly sailings from Jacksonville, FL.
Both Flatbed and Van Divisions began installing “Qualcomm” equipment in trucks making it possible to keep Central Dispatch up to date on the progress of each load. 1992 also brought the beginning of dedicated fleet service. In 1993, ATS purchased Warren Transport from Federal Express. Warren Transport operates independently as a wholly owned subsidiary of ATS. Warren’s equipment consists of over 450 tractors and 1,500 trailers with headquarters in Waterloo, IA.
In June 1994, ATS sold their Alaskan division, K&W Transportation ending a 20 year span of ATS being directly involved in the Alaskan market.
ATS reorganized into five distinct divisions in 1995- Specialized, Heavy Haul, ATS Inc.- Vans, Logistics (Sureway) and ICE. By the end of the decade, ATS’ revenues had grown in excess of $258 million.
Harold Anderson was honored with the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year Award for Minnesota and the Dakotas in 1998.
Harold Anderson donates $1 million to St. Cloud State to establish the Harold Anderson Entrepreneurial Center in 1998. Rollie spoke to the Anderson’s appreciation for all that culminated into the donation, “We want to encourage entrepreneurship. We want to encourage ethics in business. We want to say, thank you to our employees for making this possible. We want to give back to the community, part of what it has given us.”
Harold received the Minnesota Motor Trucking Association’s prestigious – “Lifetime Achievement” Award in 1999.