Cookeville, Tennessee-base Averitt Express recently opened a new service center less than 18 miles from downtown Greensboro. The new facility features a 46,000-square-foot dock and 102 truck doors to handle the flow and distribution of freight in and out of the region.
In addition to its increased size, the new location includes a mechanic shop with three truck bays, four fueling positions, and a drive-through truck wash. The new service center also features a driver support center that provides the company’s local and over-the-road drivers with access to amenities, including wireless internet, laundry, workout equipment, showers, and a driver support specialist that is on-call to assist with any questions or needs.
“We are excited to increase our ability to serve the business community in and around the Piedmont Triad and the shippers throughout the country that move freight through the region,” said Wayne Spain, Averitt’s president and chief operating officer. “Our new service center is nearly double the size of our previous location, and it will allow us to handle the region’s growing volume of freight delivery and distribution needs.”
As a result of the expansion, Averitt said it expects to hire dozens of new drivers and associates in the upcoming months. The company will also offer an on-the-job training program for individuals that have recently received their CDL-A license. The paid training pairs new drivers with an experienced Averitt driver who can teach and assist individuals with varying levels of driving experience.
Averitt also offers a “dock-to-driver” training program at its new location. This program allows dock workers to gain the skills and knowledge needed to obtain their CDL-A license. While working as a dock worker, individuals can receive training from current Averitt drivers.
Averitt has served the Greensboro area for more than three decades and opened its previous facility in 1990. The expansion in North Carolina follows recent openings in Atlanta and Houston.