US energy independence is drawing closer, and the Atlas Oil Company leadership team wants their company to play a bigger role in helping the country reach that milestone.

To that end, the Taylor, Michiganbased diversified fuel supply and distribution company launched the new Atlas Oil Transloading & Logistics business unit.

The company expanded into crude oil hauling in the Victoria area of South Texas at the beginning of 2013, and the operation is growing fast. By early June, more than 50 crude transports will be in service. Management makes it clear that they plan to pursue crude hauling opportunities in other oil and gas shale regions.

Crude oil transloading activity continues at a brisk pace. Over the last three years, the company’s crude oil transloading operations have grown by 750%, a reflection of the explosive growth in US domestic crude production.

The company recently opened its fourth transloading site—the second of which is dedicated solely to crude oil shipped from West Texas.

“We were one of the early entrants to the crude transloading business,” says Sam Simon, chief executive officer and owner of Atlas Oil. “We gained valuable experience in the field as this business began to grow and expand as are now positioned very favorably. As this market continues to grow, we will be a top player.” Joining him in his optimism is Bob Kenyon, Atlas Oil executive vicepresident of sales and business development.

“We see plenty of great opportunities in the oilfield,” he says.“It seems like we hear about another new shale oil or gas discovery almost every quarter. I think there is more oilfield activity today than in the past 10 years, and we definitely want to be part of it.

“This is definitely a strategic business for us and a core competency. We want to make sure we pick the right opportunities that will enable us to grow in the right direction for the long term.”