History of the B.E. Altas Company
|B.E. Atlas Co. is born.
From long established roots in the hardware industry 2 small wholesalers, Atlas Wholesale and B&E Supply plus outside sales talents merge and move to larger 5,000 sq. ft. facility.
|B.E. Atlas changes format to cash and carry cost plus 10% in an attempt to give independent hardware dealers low cost source of supply to fight the Ace & Tru Value coops. Computerization is here.|
|B.E. Atlas moves to current 57,000 sq. ft. facility and begins 60 hour per week schedule.|
|Our 2nd Location
Atlas South, Inc. is born with acquisition of Ashland wholesale and move into 53,000 sq. ft. south side facility.
|Founding fathers yield to 2nd generation after a combined apprenticeship of 38 years between 3 sons and son-in-law.|
|B.E. Atlas becomes member of ProGroup, Inc. to strengthen purchasing power and vendor relationships.|
|National Sales department formed to sell and service vendor referrals of "orphan customers" looking for a source of supply.|
|Feeder services to local chain stores begins.|
|Field sales force added to new industrial tool sales program to fill void in market resulting from failure of local specialty tool wholesaler.|
|BEAtlas.com is launched as the newest frontier for B.E. Atlas Co. into the 21st century.|
|BEAtlas.com is re-launched as an updated version of the initial online store.|