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Atlas is Always Looking for Continuing Possibilities

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Atlas Lift Truck was incorporated in 1951 and was one of the first companies in the U.S. to offer both short and long term rental of forklift trucks. Through a series of internal and external growth, Atlas evolved into a group of six corporations……The Atlas Companies, distributing a broad range of products serving both the material handling and construction industries.

In the Chicagoland area, Atlas maintains two major distribution facilities (230,000 sq. ft) and six full service satellite locations (90,000 sq. ft) all under roof, housing over 400 staff members, including more than 100 field service technicians.

ATLAS INTERNATIONAL LIFT TRUCKS was also established in 1951 and paced the industry in becoming one of the largest dealers of used forklifts and attachments buying and selling exclusively to equipment dealers (“a dealers’ dealer”) throughout the United States and Europe. With a seasoned staff, large inventory, and in-house fleet of delivery trucks, they cost effectively serviced dealers nationally throughout the United States. Extensive networking established business relationships in more than 30 international markets.

ATLAS TOYOTA MATERIAL HANDLING / FIRST ACCESS covers the Chicagoland market from its multi-locations offering an impressive selection of new and used lift trucks as well as complete material handling equipment products. Atlas was one of the original Toyota dealers in the United States (since 1969) and has become one of the largest Toyota dealers in the world. A major fleet of gas, electric and special lift equipment is available for long or short-term rental. In addition to offering a broad range of material handling products, an experienced staff designs, fabricates and installs warehouse systems. They also represent a major line of floor sweeping and scrubbing equipment.

ATLAS MATERIAL HANDLING is a nationally recognized manufacturer of warehouse wire mesh products, i.e. decks, pallets, baskets and provides products to dealers throughout the United States from six strategic U.S. distribution points.

ATLAS BOBCAT is an award winning dealer and one of the largest in the world that specialize in the distribution of “top of the line” small construction equipment, i.e. skid steer and articulated loaders, mini excavators and crawlers, tractor loaders, etc. Six full service stores provide after market support throughout the Chicagoland area. A dealers sales department buys, sells and sources all types of used construction equipment nationally.

ATLAS MID AMERICA ENERGY is an alternative fuel marketer of propane gas to the industrial and construction users in the Chicagoland area. A tech conversion center offers LPG and Natural Gas conversions for forklifts and motor vehicles.

ATLAS LIFT WEST distribution centers in American Canyon and San Bernardino, Calif. are positioned to service dealers in the 11 Western states. They maintain major inventories of wire products, rack, column protectors, new forks, rug rams, pallet trucks, “as is” and reconditioned forklifts, skid steer loaders and mini excavators. They also manufacture new attachments including fork extensions, load backrests, rug rams and provide 24 hour availability to western dealers.

ATLAS…EZ LIFT…ZENITH Exclusive product line brands of high quality new hydraulic pallet trucks, stackers and scissor lifts distributed nationally to dealers, Large inventories of trucks and spare parts are maintained for immediate shipment from several strategic locations and supported by a knowledgeable staff.

ATLAS KWIK-WEIGH was the first pallet truck scale introduced into the United States by Atlas in 1987. This product with a built-in electric scale is distributed nationally through lift truck and scale dealers with inventories maintained in Chicago and California.

As for the future, Howard Bernstein, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, says, “Atlas is always looking for continuing possibilities to even further expand locations, add new products and invest in growth opportunities.

For more information call 847/678-3450, email or visit

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