Averitt Express Inc. will begin to offer direct service throughout Illinois and expand its network deeper into Wisconsin, the less-than-truckload carrier announced Sept. 11.
The additional service was possible after the LTL opened a distribution center in Peoria, Ill., with 14,000 square feet of warehouse space.
“We’re excited to expand our ability to serve shippers in Illinois with our new facility and associates in Peoria,” Averitt President Wayne Spain said. “Illinois is one the busiest transportation markets in the country, and Peoria is centrally located, allowing us to serve the entire state.”
The company expects to hire more than 30 new associates within the next 12 to 18 months.
In Wisconsin, Averitt will begin offering direct service in several markets, including Green Bay and Madison.
In other parts of the state, however, it still will require a partnership with another carrier to ensure final delivery.
“Wisconsin and Illinois are very important markets to shippers, both locally and around the country,” Spain said. “We’ve had a growing demand from shippers that want Averitt to provide direct services to and from these states, and today we are answering that call.”