Our Story For more than 60 years, Atlas Companies has been using innovative engineering to create an industry revolution in performance. Atlas started as a way to improve the pallet industry; in 1946, our founder, Howard Bernstein, was working at a pallet-making company only to discover an untapped used forklift market. In 1951, Atlas was created. It is now the nation’s largest inventory of quality new and used material handling equipment, forklifts, lift trucks, industrial floor cleaning equipment, and attachments.
As the years went on, Howard grew to expand his customer base. In addition to selling used forklifts to dealers as is, he thought of the idea to resell and refurbish used equipment to the general public. In addition, in 1958, he teamed up with Harold Birndorf (a reliable “second in command’ whose previous car industry connections and business experience helped get things started). Also in 1958, Atlas went INTERNATIONAL. Howard invited his European contacts to his Chicago facility and single-handedly convinced them to switch from Clark (the top material handling company in Europe at the time) to Atlas. Atlas International Lift Trucks was born.
Atlas didn’t stop there. In 1968, Atlas became a Toyota Dealer, which expanded our inventory to now include both new and used lift trucks. It hasn’t stopped growing since; we oversea 9,500 units. Atlas Companies is now made up of six different departments:
-Atlas Toyota Material Handling and First Access—the “retail” side of things—the sale of new, reconditioned, and /or guaranteed used forklifts with warranty. We also handle all your space utilization needs including: racking, fencing, shelving, mezzanines, and other wire products
-Atlas International Lift Trucks—the wholesale department that buys units as is where is and resells them to dealers
-Atlas Bobcat—the largest Bobcat dealer in North America
-Atlas Parts—sale of not just Toyota OEM parts, but practically any part for any forklift
-Atlas Service—In-house technicians, as well as 103 road techs that dispatch out of three different locations
-Atlas Floor Cleaning Equipment—parts, maintenance, sales, and service of floor sweepers, scrubbers, etc.
Howard worked at Atlas for nearly 60 years and is noted as one of the founding fathers of the industry and to forklift wholesale). Harold Birndorf stills comes into work. In 2011, the company was sold to Al Rawson and Toyota, but Howard and Harold’s legacy can still be seen.
What We Do-
SERVICE We have over 115 certified technicians with an average of 17 years’ experience who work 24/7 to make sure any make or model forklift, sweeper/scrubber, scissor lift is properly working. In addition, we offer onsite welding and emission testing. All our vans are equipped with mobile hydraulic hose machines and each field tech has a laptop and GPS.
We have three Illinois Toyota service locations (Elk Grove Village, Bedford Park, and Batavia), one location in American Canyon, California, and Bobcat Service locations in Schiller Park, Mokena, Wauconda, West Chicago, and Yorkville, Illinois.
Four full-time Service Writers are available to make sure customers’ needs are met. We also have a full time trainer for both safety and technical classes. You can become a certified fork lift operator by taking one of our classes.
PARTS Atlas has over 2 million parts in our inventory between all locations. We offer parts for all make and model of forklifts, lift trucks, pallet trucks, floor cleaning equipment, and aerial work platforms.
We are also a major pallet truck and fork supplier as well as international and wholesale parts.
RENTAL Short or long term rentals are available with over 700 short term/1500 long term rental units available between locations. Five delivery trucks are on the road; our three member fleet management team monitors all our rental and customer fleet repairs.
NEW/USED Not only do we distribute Toyota and Bobcat, but we also are a distributor of Big Joe, Advance Floor Cleaning, Skyjack, Hubtex side loaders, Columbia Par Car, and Hoist.
Atlas Toyota Material Handling
1815 Landmeier Road Elk Grove Village IL 60007
Phone: (847) 678-3450 Fax: (847) 678-1750
Toll Free Phone: (877) 438-2719