Small loads add up at Averitt Express. The company provides less-than-truckload (LTL) freight transportation service. (LTL carriers combine freight from multiple shippers into a single trailer.) It operates a fleet of about 3,700 tractors and 12,000 trailers from a network of some 80 terminals. Averitt Express directly serves the southern US and Mexico, and it provides service elsewhere in North America through partnerships with other carriers such as Lakeville Motor Express and DATS. The company also offers truckload and expedited freight transportation, along with logistics, warehousing, and international freight forwarding. Customers have included Home Depot, Shoe Carnival, and V.F. Corporation.
Averitt Express has trucking facilities in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
The company aims to grow from solely a LTL carrier based in the Southeast to an international transportation and logistics company. To this end, it continues to strategically broaden its geographic reach and range of services. Averitt Express in 2012 launched a new business unit zeroing in on retailers in need of distribution services. The new unit, Averitt Retail Distribution Services, offers customized delivery services catering to the unique requirements of retailers and is targeting retailers needing delivery in large Southern markets.
During 2010 Averitt Express responded to customer demand by expanding its flatbed operation, launched early in the year. The move built upon the company's decision to bundle its full-load transportation offerings with national intermodal service. It has partnered with railroads in several key regions, Union Pacific and BNSF in the West, Norfolk Southern and CSX in the East and Midwest, and Florida East Coast in Florida and Georgia.
CEO Gary Sasser owns Averitt Express, which was founded by Thurman Averitt as Livingston Merchants Co-op in 1958. Sasser bought the company from Averitt in 1971. – less