COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (July 16, 2010) — Averitt Express was recently selected as a ‘Green 50 Supply Chain Partner’ by Inbound Logistics magazine. Each year, the magazine publishes a list of those supply chain partners which it determines exhibit excellence in supply chain sustainability.

“Inbound Logistics editors chose 50 companies in several categories of logistics service provider — 3PLs, truckers, ports, forklifts, etc. — that they determined are truly ‘walking the walk’ when it comes to commitment to supply chain sustainability,” said Felecia Stratton, editor of Inbound Logistics. “I am happy to say that Averitt Express was chosen as one of this year’s G50.”

According to Averitt’s President and CEO Gary Sasser, taking responsibility for the impact Averitt makes on the environment is an integral part of the company’s culture.

“We understand the future of our world rests on the investments we make to care for the resources of today,” said Sasser. “We’re constantly looking for ways to improve processes, efficiencies and technologies to help reduce our footprint, and it’s an honor for Inbound Logistics to recognize our sustainability efforts.”

Averitt’s commitment to protecting the environment, including being a charter member of the EPA’s SmartWay program, has been demonstrated through such steps as:

  • Purchasing tractors with engines that are more fuel efficient and reduce diesel fuel emissions

  • Equipping its tractors with auxiliary power units to maintain driver comfort while reducing tractor idling

  • Researching and testing innovative tires that are specially designed to keep proper inflation, thus increasing fuel efficiency

  • Installing sophisticated electronic technology to gather data from tractor engine computers to track and measure fuel efficiency on an individual tractor level

  • Internally promoting the recycling of paper and plastic/aluminum containers at its facilities

  • Recycling its tractors' Freon, antifreeze and used oil and oil filters

  • Using leading-edge software to plan driver routes as efficiently as possible to reduce fuel consumption and emissions

  • Educating its workforce on steps that can be taken to increase fuel efficiency, reduce engine idling and improve processes that impact the environment

  • Fostering an atmosphere where customers, associates, vendors, and the general public can conduct an open dialogue on areas of improvement in terms of environmental protection

  • Complying with, and in most cases exceeding, all federal environmental requirements

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