Averitt expands presence in Atlanta

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Averitt Express recently announced it is expanding its presence in Atlanta. With a larger new distribution facility in West Atlanta, Averitt says it is adding more flexibility and power to its Atlanta network, which consists of three facilities located on the Atlanta perimeter in West Atlanta, Norcross and Marietta.

The company says the new facility, located at 5887 Fulton Industrial Blvd., has double the amount of dock space and nearly twice as many dock doors as the previous location. Averitt currently employs 137 associates at its West Atlanta facility and currently is seeking to fill positions for regional drivers.

The new facility features 123 dock doors, 52,000 square feet of dock space and a 35-acre lot. Averitt says its total commitment to the Atlanta area, encompassed by the three locations, includes 365 dock doors, nearly 150,000 square feet of dock space, 500 associates, 160 tractors and 650 trailers. Averitt says the expansion represents its commitment to growth in a market that is critical to its operations across the United States.

“As the seventh-largest industrial market in the U.S., we recognize the role Atlanta plays in the U.S. economy and the global economy,” says Kent Williams, Georgia regional vice president for Cookeville, Tenn.-based Averitt. “In terms of acreage, this new service center in Atlanta is the largest facility in our 37-year history. That really says it all when it comes to the significance of Atlanta to our customers, our associates and the future of our company.”

Williams says the new facility will help Averitt — which has served freight shippers in the Atlanta area since 1982 — provide faster and more flexible service in and out of the city. “Having more space allows us to process freight faster and more efficiently,” he says. “This is going to help us further improve our service between Atlanta and the rest of the U.S.”

The company says the new service center is equipped with the most current information technology to ensure complete shipment visibility and efficient operations. The facility also features several amenities for its drivers, including a lounge, fitness center, showers, onsite fueling stations and a drive-through truck wash. The service center also is home to a state-of-the-art maintenance facility, Averitt’s third in the Atlanta area.