Atlantic Bulk Carrier, the largest tank-truck carrier based in Virginia, recently opened a new 10,500-square-foot terminal and maintenance facility near Columbia SC.
The terminal facility includes space for administrative offices, dispatch operations and a 2½-bay maintenance shop. The building and property allow Atlantic Bulk to consolidate its ongoing operations in the Midlands and upstate parts of South Carolina, the family-owned liquid and dry bulk carrier maintained.
“We’re excited to have a place to call home here in Columbia,” said Atlantic Bulk founder and CEO Gary W. Short. “South Carolina is a vital and growing part of our operation, and this new terminal will help us continue to provide the best service to our customers throughout the region.”
The Atlantic Bulk terminal on Dooley Road in Lexington provides easy access to Interstates 20 and 26. Along with the office and shop space, the 7-acre property has parking space for approximately 75 pieces of equipment.
Karen Hansel oversees the operations in the area as terminal manager and Herman Lamb runs the maintenance operations. Atlantic Bulk said it hired additional maintenance personnel in Columbia and continues to hire professional drivers to handle the workload in the area.
“All the mechanics and drivers and everybody loves this place,” Hansel said. “We all love having a place where we can grow our business.”
Short founded Atlantic Bulk Carrier in 1971. Atlantic Bulk handles both liquid and dry materials, including hazardous and non-hazardous commodities. The Columbia terminal handles primarily dry, non-hazardous materials. Operations for the Richmond VA-based carrier cover the entire East Coast, with a particular focus on the mid-Atlantic and Southeastern states.