Clay Today reporter and US Army Veteran Bruce Hope had a chat with CEO Rob Hooper and Keystone Heights Manager Amanda Thacker to share thoughts on hiring local, diversity in trucking, and starting a business venture later in life.
"Robert is extremely proud of his mother and what she has helped to build.
'I think it’s a great role model to women looking to do something different,” he said. “Logistics, it’s changing and growing. There’s not a lot of female truck drivers. I think it’s up to 11% of the trucking force. Over the last 20 years that’s growing, but I think she’s a great role model to other women that want to start a business and lead later in life. I think that’s been inspirational to my sister and all of us.'
Amanda Thacker is the manager of the Keystone Heights office of the company. As a 25-year Keystone Heights resident, she loves that there is a local office of the company.
'Family comes first which is a big thing here in Keystone Heights. We try to hire within Keystone Heights. It’s important, just for me to be a woman and to work for a woman owned company.'"
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Atlantic Logistics provides capacity for truckload, LTL, flatbeds, vans, and reefers throughout the United States and Canada. Moving over-dimensional/over-weight freight with specialized equipment, Atlantic Logistics is an approved Department of Defense and General Services Administration broker, qualify as a woman-owned business, and are members of the Brick Industry Association, Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA), Transportation Management Sales Association (TMSA),Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) The National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA.)