Atlas Bleachers (d/b/a Oosterbaan Scaffolding) was established by Garrett Oosterbaan, Sr. in 1959. Located at 113th and Forest Avenue in Chicago, the company’s original business was painting and decorating. Soon after the formation of the company, Garrett’s children, Garrett Jr., Agnes and Dick, inherited the company. In the early 1960s they recognized an opportunity to generate revenue through the rental of scaffolding as a service to the painters, plasterers, masons and contractors of Chicago. During this period the company moved to its current location at 11040 South Langley Avenue in the heart of Chicago, IL.
In the 70s, the company, under the direction of Garrett Oosterbaan, Jr. and Dick Oosterbaan, made a name for itself working on golf tournaments for Sports Network, now CBS.
In 1983, Rich Oosterbaan, son of Dick Oosterbaan became a full-time employee of the company. This same year a load of bleachers was shipped to the company by accident. While waiting for an opportunity to return the bleachers, a customer called to inquire about scaffolding and bleacher rental for a parade. This odd chain of events pulled the company into the bleacher business. The bleacher rental portion of our business averages 30% annual growth.
Rich Oosterbaan became the president of Atlas Bleachers in 1993 and became the sole shareholder in 1997.
In July 2001, Dick Oosterbaan, Comptroller, Insurance and Investment Administrator and Scaffold Accounts Manager passed away.
Atlas Bleachers has been family-owned and operated by three generations for over six decades.
Atlas Bleachers is an American-owned and operated business and use products only produced in the USA.
We travel nationwide to set up all of your bleacher needs whether you select a bleacher rental or permanent seating option. We have completed jobs in New York, Georgia, Michigan, Utah, Wisconsin, Missouri and Illinois. Atlas Bleachers continues the tradition of going the extra “mile” to make your event a success.