ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Forty years ago, an immigrant from the Netherlands began designing and manufacturing his own trim accessories.

Atas President Theodorus (Dick) A. Bus and Vice President James P. Bus.
ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Forty years ago, an immigrant from the Netherlands named Jacobus P. Bus began designing and manufacturing his own trim accessories out of his home basement in Rochester, N.Y.

In 1972, Aluminum Trim and Shapes moved its manufacturing facility to a 12,000-square-foot building and expanded into the production of light-gauge commercial panels and residential siding.

Today, sons Dick and Jim Bus operate the company, renamed Atas International Inc. With the addition of more profiles, colors and metals, Atas outgrew the facility and moved in 1985 to a new 104,000-square-foot building in Allentown, Pa. A 30,000-square-foot building was added in Allentown in 1999, and manufacturing facilities were opened in Mesa, Ariz., and Maryville, Tenn.

The plants have more than 50 roll-formers, three shears, 10 brakes, slitters and cut-to-length equipment. Millions of square feet of architectural metal panels, including wall, roof and ceiling trim and accessories, are fabricated annually. In addition to aluminum products, Atas makes products from steel, copper and zinc.

The Atas staff includes production workers, as well as a support staff that provides estimates, drafting and shop drawings.

Drawing inspiration from the Renaissance figure known as the master builder, Atas has created recently a company spokesman called the "Master of Metal." According to the company, he is the super hero of the industry, offering solutions to architects, contractors and distributors with his knowledge of metal roofing and wall and ceiling products.