ATR Systems Acquires F & E Time Systems


Warminster, Pa. (December, 2014) ATR Systems, a leader of time and attendance software and hardware in the Greater Philadelphia area, announced today that it has acquired Glenside, Pa.-based F & E Time Systems, broadening ATR Systems’ client base.

“This is an exciting time for ATR Systems,” said the company’s President Michael Hoover. “We will be off to a great start in 2015 after this breakout year, which included adding the ancillary services of HR, applicant tracking, leave management and Affordable Care Act compliance monitoring to our workforce management software. We also increased our cloud-based revenues by 44 percent , upgraded many of our existing clients from our small-business to our mid-market platform and added several larger clients.”

In 2013, ATR Systems celebrated its 40th anniversary. Specializing in servicing small-to-midsize manufacturing, health care, hospitality, nonprofit and municipal companies and organizations, ATR Systems has been a partner of Kronos SaaShr, Inc., a leading provider of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) workforce management solutions, since 2007. Helping several companies streamline their time and attendance processes, ATR Systems, based in Warminster, is also a member of the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia.

A second-generation family business, F & E Time Systems was started in 1963. Originally based in Philadelphia, F & E worked with companies in need of time stamps and manual time clocks. As the industry advanced its technology, so did F & E, saving its clients thousands of dollars.

“ATR Systems is locally based, factory trained and certified with all the vendors we currently work with, and has a long history of serving the community and supporting time and attendance systems in the region,” said F & E President Sam Margolin. The transaction was made on Nov. 21, 2014.

“This acquisition gives us a stronger foothold in the region of time and attendance users,” Hoover said. “This move allows us to extend our expertise of efficiently tracking employees to several charter schools, agricultural sites and healthcare companies.”

In 2014, ATR Systems added several larger clients, including Allentown, Pennsylvania–based Valley Youth House, a nonprofit outreach program for at-risk youth; Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Kruse PEO, Inc., a human resources and payroll company; and Warminster, Pennsylvania-based Provident Marketing, Inc., a staffing company that provides warehousing, fulfillment, and drop shipping services. ATR helped the three organizations save paper by streamlining their time and attendance processes. For example, at Valley Youth, employees in multiple locations now submit their time sheets electronically.

Several local companies upgraded from ATR System’s small-business platform to its mid-sized software suite. This allowed them to add the functions of dynamic scheduling, benefit accruals tracking, work flow, exception tracking and job costing.

Hoover, who is the president of the Independent Time and Labor Management Association (ITLMA), a national trade association, has also been involved in developing a national certification for time and labor management professionals. For more information on the certification, please visit

About ATR Systems:

ATR Systems ( is a small, family-owned tech company located in Warminster, Pa., that specializes in selling, implementing and supporting automated time and labor management solutions to a range of clients across the nonprofit, educational, manufacturing, hospitality, municipal and healthcare industries. Started in 1973, ATR Systems has become a regional leader in time and attendance systems, including time-clock hardware and software-as-a service. ATR Systems is a member of the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia and the Independent Time and Labor Management Association.

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Retirement Announcement from Sam

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It is with both sadness and joy that I am sending you this e-mail to inform you that after 35 years at F & E, I am leaving to retire.

As you are aware, F & E has been in business for over fifty years and I am happy to announce that Michael Hoover of ATR Systems has purchased our company. ATR Systems and its staff are locally based and are factory trained and certified in the sales, service, and support of all your equipment and software needs.

Michael looks forward to providing you with the best products and services moving forward. As a “new” ATR Systems client, you can receive an upgrade between now and Feb 1.

ATR Systems was established 40 years ago in the basement of Tom Hoover’s Doylestown home. Since then, it has grown into a regional leader of time and labor management products and services. Now run by son Michael, and located in Warminster, the business specializes in manufacturing, hospitality, education, nonprofit, and health care industries.

My wife Gayl and I are excited about the prospect of retirement and spending more time with our grandchildren as we begin this new stage in our lives. I am truly grateful for the confidence you have placed in myself and our company and have really enjoyed the relationship we have shared. We will be reaching out to you in the next few weeks to setup a quick introduction call to ATR Systems in order to ensure a smooth transition.  In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please call Michael or myself.


Sam Margolin

F & E TimeSystems


Michael Hoover

ATR Systems, Inc.
Time and Labor Management Solutions Since 1973
tel: 215 443 8720 | fax: 215 443 8709
2049 Stout Drive, Suite A-1 Warminster, PA 18974

Construction Labor Management: Portable Time And Attendance Systems

Tracking labor costs is critical for any business, and a construction site is no different. Time and attendance systems typically need electricity.  A construction site needs a portable solution that is accurate and which can reduce labor cost by maintaining accurate information.  Something as insignificant as misreporting by 10 minutes each day will add up over time to a week of lost productivity per year.  Not to mention higher labor costs!

Automated time and attendance tracking can be implemented with a portable solution on the job site. These systems have greater accuracy and can save time by compiling the detailed information that is needed for accurate payroll.  Mistakes happen, and employees sometimes make mistakes when filing in timesheets. This is especially a symptom when tasked with trying to remember when they went to lunch a week ago, or how long they were on site.  Efficiencies in payroll processing and greater accuracy can be the result of using a portable time and attendance system. Inefficiency due to inability to deciphering handwriting and errors resulting from manually typing in data can be eliminated or reduced.  Concise, and accurate executive summaries of hours worked by work location, employee and cost code result in better information for decision making as well as better human resource management.

Most portable time and attendance systems can be uploaded to a real time server. The result is that the IT team can integrate the portables with the in-house team to create consistent reporting.  By having the information on a timely basis, cost controls can be implemented in real time.  F and E TimeSystems has portable solutions that translate to many industries in addition to construction, including:

  • Time and attendance systems for contractors
  • Cleaning companies requiring time and attendance for offsite workers
  • Portable attendance units for landscaping companies
  • Snow removal teams time accounting
  • Janitorial services time and attendance and check-in
  • Catering services and labor management
  • Pest control services and human resources attendance systems
  • Time and attendance for parking companies
  • Attendance for transportation companies
  • School bus companies and human resource attendance
  • Events organizations with multiple employee check-in times