Back in 1966, the only hazard delineation product on the market was the flare pot, a primitive device full of kerosene with a burning wick. A man named Lorne Hooper wanted to create a safer device, so he developed a flashing light fixed to a steel barricade.

Lorne launched a small company called Alberta Traffic Supply Ltd., which was the first flashing light barricade rental company in western Canada. Armed with a handful of business cards and plenty of enthusiasm, Lorne introduced his product to Edmonton. The rest, as they say, is history.

Over the years Lorne kept meeting the growing needs of the construction industry. His company grew, and as a result of his efforts, we now have 300 people across Canada.

1966

Edmonton Branch

Alberta

We opened our first branch in Edmonton, Alberta.

1969

Calgary Branch

Alberta

We opened our second branch in Calgary, Alberta.

1985

Regina Branch

Saskatchewan

We opened our third location in Regina, Saskatchewan.

1987

Trafco Canada Ltd.

Western Canada

We bought Trafco to expand into installation and intelligent traffic systems.

1990

Work Area Protection Services

Alberta

We started WAPSI as a lane closure division to reduce risk between ATS and our work areas.

1994

Langley Branch

British Columbia

Tired of sending Alberta reps into the next province, we opened a branch in Langley.

1996

Union Traffic & DC Traffic

British Columbia

We bought two flagging companies so we could expand our services in British Columbia.

1998

Winnipeg Branch

Manitoba

We opened a new branch in Winnipeg so we could offer service further east.

1998

Dauphin (Signal) Branch

Manitoba

We bought Signal Industries in Dauphin as part of our eastern expansion.

1998

Regina (Signal) Branch

Saskatchewan

We bought Signal Industries in Regina as part of our eastern expansion.

2004

Guide Sign Industries Ltd.

Alberta

We opened this division to meet Alberta Transportation’s tourism highway signage needs.

2009

Union Traffic & DC Traffic

British Columbia

We sold our flagging companies to focus on different areas of service.

2009

ATS Traffic Group

Western Canada

We combined all our businesses into one group with a similar identity and different names.

2015

Trafco & Guide Sign

Western Canada

We absorbed Trafco and Guide Sign, integrating them into the rest of the ATS Traffic Group.

2015

Work Area Protection Services

Western Canada

We reorganized WAPSI to become part On-Street Services, our new services division. Every branch now has an OSS division.

2016

ATS Traffic

WESTERN CANADA

We rebranded the company with a single name and identity.

2016

ATS Traffic

WESTERN CANADA

Thanks to our ATS family, this year we celebrated 50 years in business.