Tennessee-based Averitt Express will now offer intermodal services through strategic relationships with railroads including Union Pacific and BNSF in the West, Norfolk Southern in the East and Midwest, CSX in the East and Midwest, and Florida East Coast in Georgia and Florida.

Averitt's intermodal coverage will include both container on flat car (COFC) and trailer on flat car (TOFC) services and will extend to all 48 contiguous states. The offering will involve door-to-door, ramp-to-ramp, ramp-to-door and door-to-ramp options.

The decision to move into intermodal was driven by market conditions and customer feedback, the company said.

"In today's marketplace shippers are thirsty for multiple modes and options that help them balance transit time and cost," said Phil Pierce, executive vice president of sales and marketing.

"We were fortunate to add to our team railroad industry veteran Chris Kilker, who has more than 40 years experience in the industry, including 30 years with a major railroad and 10 years with one of the nation's largest truckload companies," said Pierce.

Intermodal services can be bundled with the company's less-than-truckload, truckload, international ocean/air, warehousing, PortSide and transportation management technology.

For more information, visit www.averittexpress.com/intermodal.