Atlantic Logistics was founded in 2001 by Evie and Bob Hooper and remains a family-owned, family-run business today.
Since then, we've delivered nearly 200,000 shipments through more 16,000 qualified carriers. In 2019, we moved nearly 21,000 shipments with a value of nearly $19 Million.
Bob and Evie Hooper founded Atlantic Logistics in Jacksonville, Fla. At the time, Bob was an executive with Core Carriers. They thought it was time to create their own enterprise rather than continue creating business for others. They moved their first load of freight on March 1. By the end of its first year in business, the company moved more than 2,100 loads, generated $1.6M in sales revenue and hired 2.5 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs).
Rob Hooper joined the company to assist in running its daily operations. By the end of the third year, the company moved nearly 3,700 loads, generated $2.6M in sales revenue and employed 4 FTEs.
Atlantics Logistics moved into its first double suite in response to its need for space for more personnel. Lynn Talmadge was hired as director of government freight to develop freight hauling for the government and Department of Defense.
The company hired its first off-site agent in Birmingham, Ala.
Founder Bob Hooper fell ill and Rob Hooper took over as CEO of the company. Johnnie Greene was hired at VP of Sales and Operations. By the end of that year, the company moved 7,200 loads, generated $8.6M in sales revenue and employed 11 FTEs.
Atlantic Logistics was recognized by the Business Journal of Jacksonville as one of North Florida’s 50 Fastest Growing Private Companies.
The company began deploying McLeod Powerbroker Software as its TMS. This was a significant step in enabling Atlantic Logistics to expand to the next level by adding more security and automation. Even though the economy was in recession, Atlantic Logistics moved 6,800 loads that year, generating $7.6M in sales revenue and continuing to employ 11 FTEs.
Atlantic Logistics was recognized as “One of the Fastest Growing UF Gator-owned or Run Companies” by the University of Florida. The company also received an award from the Business Journal of Jacksonville as one of the area’s Best Places to Work. By year-end, the company moved 14,500 loads, generated $15.4M in sales revenues and employed 18 FTEs.
The company undertook an extensive rebranding campaign, adopting the new slogan “Ready. Set. Delivered” as its mantra for employees, carrier partners and customers. It hired Ben Walters, a decorated, retired officer in the U.S. Army to further develop its business with government agencies.
The Keystone Heights operation expanded facilities and increased staff. Also because of her hard work and dedication, Amanda Thacker took the helm as Branch Manager.
2018 was the best to date, with Top line revenue growing by 12.5%.
Jacksonville strengthened the staff with the additions of Director of Operations Rex Oliver, Director of Automation & I.T. Services Alex Rodriguez, Pricing Analyst Brad Watson, and Director of Van Services Brandon Poling. Logistics Assistants and positions in the Billing department were added as well. Relationships were strengthened with Partners McLeod and McLeod IQ. The Addition of the Load Pay Software was instituted in order to better serve our Carriers.
Despite all the professional gains, we suffered our greatest loss with the passing of our Founder Robert Hooper, Sr.. We will honor his memory. Always.
Atlantic Logistics was recognized as one of the area’s Top Women Owned Businesses and Top Logistics Companies by the Jacksonville Business Journal. Also, as well as adding a Marketing Manager and a Logistics Assistant for Van Services, the company hired retired decorated Naval Officer Vanessa Campbell as Logistics Assistant supporting Drayage and Construction Materials. By the year’s end the company generated nearly $19 Million in revenue, relocated the headquarters into a larger office space, and expanded their online presence.
The company launches a new website and introduces new branding and marketing materials.