Averitt Enhances Driver Programs, Increases Pay Scale

Posted by Averitt Express on April 16, 2014
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COOKEVILLE, Tenn (April 16, 2014) — Commercial drivers are in high demand, and Averitt Express has enhanced its driver incentive programs for both veterans and recent CDL-A holders looking to join one of the leading transportation providers in the industry.

The most recent enhancement is an across-the-board pay raise for regional drivers and shortening the amount of time to reach top-out pay. This comes on the heels of Averitt establishing a feature-rich Driver Convenience Center at its Tifton, Ga., facility, rolling out a fuel efficiency bonus and expanding its Finishing School program for student drivers.

“We’re committed to providing exceptional service to our customers, which is why we add only the best of the best to our team of associates,” said Elise Leeson, Averitt’s director of human resources. “As capacity tightens, the demand for quality drivers grows. We’re continually looking for ways to improve the environment for our drivers, and these adjustments are a step in that direction.”

Leeson explained that the pay increase impacts all levels of regional drivers, from those with a year or more experience to those straight out of driving school. It covers Averitt’s regional truckload, flatbed and dedicated flex drivers. The fuel efficiency bonus is a quarterly program that adds extra dollars to drivers' paychecks for helping the company conserve fuel and improve miles per gallon.

In addition to the pay adjustment, Averitt has recently opened a Driver Convenience Center at its facility in Tifton, Ga. It features several amenities that make life on the road a bit more convenient, such as washers and dryers, a lounge with recliners and a big-screen television, and free Wi-Fi for associates to access the Internet.

Averitt’s Finishing School is a weeklong training course for truckload drivers going through the company’s student program. Drivers who have recently graduated from an approved school or who have just a few months of experience over the past year are sent to one of the Finishing Schools located in Cookeville, Tenn., Lexington, Ky., Jackson, Tenn., or Decatur, Ala., after completing their road training from an Averitt driver-trainer. Students learn how to properly back their tractors and other detailed safety procedures related to equipment-handling. The Finishing School has been a prudent investment, as Averitt has seen a 60 percent decrease in backing accidents among student drivers since its inception a year ago.

For more information about employment opportunities with Averitt Express, as well as additional details about Averitt’s comprehensive insurance benefits package, visit www.AverittCareers.com to complete an online application. Applicants can also call (888) 967-5487 to apply.

ABOUT AVERITT EXPRESS

Celebrating its 45th year of service, Averitt Express is a leading provider of freight transportation and supply chain management with international reach to more than 100 countries. The company is a founding SmartWay℠ partner and a member of The Reliance Network™, a network of carriers that provides seamless LTL services throughout North America. Averitt specializes in delivering customized transportation solutions that include cross-border, dedicated, expedited ground/air, intermodal COFC/TOFC, international ocean/air, local customization, less-than-truckload, PortSide®, retail solutions, temperature-controlled, transportation management, truckload (dry van, flatbed, brokerage) and warehousing services. Averitt's technology offerings include a full suite of web-based shipping tools, electronic data interchange (EDI), warehouse management systems (WMS), and transportation and operations management systems. Together, these services and technology solutions provide "The Power of One" to shippers, allowing them access to multiple transportation solutions from a single provider. For more information, call 1-800-AVERITT (283-7488) or visit AverittExpress.com.

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