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Transportation Partners Rally Logistics Industry in Support of Habitat for Humanity of Puerto Rico

Transportation Partners Rally Logistics Industry in Support of Habitat for Humanity of Puerto Rico
1 May 2023

Trailer Bridge, Inc. and ATS International today announced their Rally por Puerto Rico Charity Golf Tournament raised more than $104,500 for Habitat for Humanity of Puerto Rico supporting the organization’s efforts to create and preserve home ownership opportunities for low-income individuals and families on the island.

Both Trailer Bridge and ATS have supported the island’s supply chain needs for more than 30 years and say the event is an extension of their commitment to serving the people of Puerto Rico. Habitat will use the funds to support its mission including construction and rehabilitation projects for new homeowners on the island. The average cost of a single-family dwelling is nearly $180,000 due to the increase in building materials and labor shortages.

“I am so grateful for all those who came out to support this year’s Rally tournament as well as our ongoing relationship with ATS to host this event,” said Trailer Bridge CEO Mitch Luciano. “Now more than ever community organizations like Habitat Puerto Rico need our support as they – like all of us – face the rising costs of goods. This donation will allow them to continue the important work they do to serve families on the island – one of which we had the privilege of meeting today.”

The Rally por Puerto Rico Charity Golf Tournament began in 2019 with the goal of bringing together local transportation and logistics leaders committed to serving the people of Puerto Rico. Trailer Bridge and ATS cover all expenses related to the event so that 100% of the sponsorship dollars go directly to Habitat for Humanity of Puerto Rico. This year nearly 90 golfers joined together at Bahia Beach Resort and Golf Club for the tournament. Since 2019, the event has raised nearly $300,000 for the organization.

“ATS’ involvement began with the simple motivation to develop a channel to support the Puerto Rico community in a meaningful and impactful way.Habitat for Humanity of Puerto Rico’s work to bring people together to build homes, communities and hope, and vision for a world where everyone has a decent place to live, is exactly the work ATS and Trailer Bridge sought to support,” stated Jay Thomassen, Vice President – Commercial Services at ATS International. “We are so proud of the partnerships we have formed with both Trailer Bridge and Habitat for Humanity of Puerto Rico during these initial years of our tournaments, and most thankful to our many sponsors and volunteers that have made them so successful.”

“Rally por Puerto Rico has become an event where we can see the commitment of ATS and Trailer Bridge with different collaborators, who come together to not just enjoy a great event but allow us to continue our mission on the island. This is an example of how our organization works, people coming together as volunteers, donors, collaborators to make the dreams of being a homeowner a reality for people in Puerto Rico,” said Amanda Silva, Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity of Puerto Rico. “The need for housing in Puerto Rico is huge, efforts like this allow us to offer future opportunities to families and individuals through our homeownership program. We are grateful for the donation received for the third year and for helping us build homes, hope and communities.”

Volunteers from both Trailer Bridge and ATS recently spent a day working on a rehabilitation project in the municipality of Guayama, Puerto Rico. The project was part of Habitat’s Puerto Rico Home Acquisition Program where the organization works to build or rehabilitate single or multifamily homes. Together with Habitat Puerto Rico staff and three families, TB and ATS volunteers worked to complete various tasks including cleaning of the interior of the home, exterior work on the landscape as well as the demolition of a cement structure.

Trailer Bridge operates two roll-on, roll-off barges that deliver goods to the island including building materials used to develop homes for local families. The company has been serving the island since 1991 and signed long-term lease agreements with the Puerto Rico Ports Authority and the Jacksonville Port Authority within the past two years anchoring its commitment to the island for more than 20 years.

About Habitat for Humanity of Puerto Rico

Habitat for Humanity of Puerto Rico, is a non-profit organization with a history of 25 years on the island, being the local affiliate of the global entity Habitat for Humanity International, with a presence in the 50 states of the United States and over 70 countries. Founded in Puerto Rico in 1997, the organization works to help families and individuals achieve stability, self-sufficiency, and the opportunity to have a better future through affordable housing and capacity projects, with the collaboration of donors and volunteers. For more information, visit habitatpr.org.

About Trailer Bridge

Trailer Bridge is an asset-light, full-service transportation provider headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida with offices throughout North America and in the Caribbean. The company was founded in 1991 by industry-pioneer Malcom McLean to serve the Puerto Rico trade lane and has since expanded to provide domestic transportation solutions and international freight shipping services to shippers around the globe. In addition, Trailer Bridge has a division dedicated to supporting the needs of government freight. Known for its culture of service, Trailer Bridge has won many awards including Inc’s Best Places to Work award, Jacksonville Business Journal’s Best Places to Work as well as awards for its wellness initiatives across the U.S. Trailer Bridge also earned a place on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies and the Jacksonville Business Journal Fast 50 list. For more information about Trailer Bridge, please visit www.trailerbridge.com.

About ATS International

ATS International is a wholly owned subsidiary of Anderson Trucking Service, Inc. (ATS). Founded in 1955 and headquartered in St. Cloud, MN – ATS is a recognized leader in flatbed, specialized, logistics, van, and international transportation. With offices located throughout the United States, ATS is the largest asset-based truckload carrier in Minnesota, and the 30th largest for-hire carrier in North America, operating more than 2,700 tractors and 8,600 trailers. ATS International extends that service coverage, providing global service through both operated international offices and well-established agent partners. For more information, please visit www.atsinc.com.

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