ATS has dedicated more than 200 trucks in their company-owned fleet to haul needed relief supplies to areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
Beginning next week, 220 ATS Van and Flatbed trailers will transport daily loads originating from points all over the United States – including Georgia, Texas and Arkansas. Initially, the company will be moving food, water and other essentials into the region. Efforts will likely be expanded from there to include transport of larger commodities, such as building materials and heavy equipment that will support cleanup and restoration efforts into the near future.
“Our hearts go out to all of the citizens and businesses impacted by this disaster,” said Jeff Potthoff, Senior Vice President and General Manager of ATS, Inc., the company’s Van division. “We have a terminal in Houston and our sister company, New Energy Transport, is headquartered there. We have Employees, Drivers and Contractors that live there, so it’s our community too. We are going to do everything we can to help them and all of our customers in the area get through this.”
Founded in 1955 by Harold Anderson, ATS remains a close-knit, family-owned company despite it’s international presence in the transportation industry. The 60+ year history keeps the company grounded in a set of founding core values, which include responsibility and determination. In addition to the dedication of a portion of their fleet, the company is also launching efforts locally to raise money for Hurricane Harvey victims. The week of September 4-8 will be a “Casual for Charity” week at the ATS headquarters in St. Cloud, MN. Employees will be allowed to dress casually each day in exchange for a donation to select hurricane recovery causes. The company will match employee donations dollar for dollar, donating all the proceeds to relief efforts.