The Averitt story
In 1958, Thurman Averitt founded Livingston Merchant's Co-op, a small trucking company that hauled dry goods mostly between Nashville, TN and Livingston, TN. In 1969, Thurman incorporated his small company and called it Averitt Express.
While making regular deliveries in Nashville, Thurman became acquainted with a young dockworker who helped him unload his trailer. This young man's name was Gary Sasser. Gary happened to ask Thurman one day if he would be interested in selling his company. After some thought, Thurman said yes.
In October of 1971, Gary Sasser, at the age of 21, purchased Averitt Express, which at the time consisted of two associates, three tractors and five trailers.
Today, Averitt is one of the nation's leading freight transportation and supply chain management providers.
A philosophy of improvement
Averitt has grown—and continues to grow—because of our commitment to three things: our customers, our associates, and our future. And every time we grow in one area, the other two naturally get better, too. It's an ever-improving upwards spiral that we like to call The Winner's Circle.
But how does it work? First, we maintain a strong focus on people. Simply put, we're committed to providing the best service to our customers and developing the full potential of our associates. Second, we believe in continuous improvement. By learning from yesterday's successes and sharing each lesson, we can get smarter and stronger so we have an even brighter tomorrow.
Averitt Cares for Kids
Since 1986, Averitt associates have donated more than $6 million to charitable organizations through our associate charities program, Averitt Cares for Kids. Every dollar comes directly from payroll contributions and benefits causes that improve and save the lives of children.
One of our most humbling accomplishments is our endowment of the Averitt Express Leukemia and Lymphoma Clinic at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Thanks to the compassion of our teammates, every day hundreds of children receive the treatment they need to continue to live and dream.