1903 — Today

Our History

Adapting to new technologies and changing economic conditions, Corporate Storage has evolved from the initial moving and storage company, Adams Transfer Company, founded in 1903 into a diversified business including commercial warehousing and records management.


Adams Transfer Company was founded in Athens, GA by John Loubannon Adams.

1922 – The founder’s son, Hyram Allen Adams began the second generation of management of the Athens Company.

1949 – Bob Adams, third generation of ownership, and his wife JoAnn open Adams Transfer Company in Gainesville, GA.

1964 – Adams Transfer opens a branch in Atlanta, GA.


The company is incorporated as Adams Transfer & Storage.

1973 – Al Adams assumes the fourth generation management of ATS.

1983 – James Adams manages operations of Athens & Gainesville locations.

1984 – James Adams establishes Georgia Data Storage, the records storage and management company.

1988 – The company launches a new division, Adams Property Management, focused on warehouse and industrial property acquisition.


Adams purchases the historic Gainesville, Mill, a 400,000 square foot turn of the century cotton mill referred to as “the Mill.” After restoration, the five story facility houses corporate offices, truck fleet, warehouses, records storage and leases space to eight tenants.

2002 – Georgia Data Storage changes corporate name to Adams Data Management and relocates corporate offices to Atlanta. The company provides a state-of-art Firelock vault for data tape, media storage – the first one in Georgia.

2003 – Adams is named Georgia Family Business of the Year, celebrating 100 years of excellence.

2004 – The Adams Companies, Inc. is incorporated as collaboration for all the divisions under the umbrella.

2008 – Adams Transfer and Storage awarded the Georgia Family-Owned Business of the Year by the Small Business Administration.

2012 – Adams Data Management is acquired by Access Information Management.

2013 – James Adams acquires and assumes ownership of The Adams Companies and its’ divisions.

2017 – Adams commercial warehousing division is branded Corporate Storage, LLC,  and expands storage service offerings for regional manufacturing businesses.

2018 – The Adams Companies enters into agreement to construct a 143,590 sf spec building on 14.8 acres in Gateway Industrial Park in Hartwell, Georgia – Gateway Industrial Park was the first project by the Joint Development Authority of Franklin, Hart, and Stephens Counties.

2019 – Construction completed for 2052 Knox Bridge Crossing Road.

2019 – The Adams Companies & Corporate Storage acquire 1750 Atlanta Hwy in Gainesville, Georgia and begins renovations to the facility. Building goes under contract 1st Qtr 2021.


Both The Adams Companies and Corporate Storage relocate to the 256,000 sq. ft. facility on Atlanta Hwy.


Groundbreaking for expansion project for Corporate Storage and The Adams Companies headquarters at 1750 Atlanta Hwy.


The Adams Companies and Corporate Storage headquarters expansion was completed in 2023.

In June 2023, The Adams Companies is rebranded as Adams Industrial Properites to better reflect the diversity of their business.

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