Despite the rough economic times faced by most trucking companies, Evans Network of Companies, a trucking and logistics partner, is anticipating double-digit financial growth in 2008.
"Evans Network is expecting about 15 to 17 percent growth this year," said Albert "Bert" L. Evans, Jr., President and CEO of Evans Network. "Our network will expand in new geographic markets and where we already have a strong presence, like Chicago, Cleveland, Houston and Boston."
"Evans Network opened 20 new service centers last year and we are on pace for the same growth in 2008," said Matthew "Bo" Bates, Vice President of Evans Network. To accommodate this growth the company changed its field office technology to a custom developed web-based software from a UNIX-based manual entry, which has significantly improved the company's operating efficiency.
"The combination of technology enhancements, process improvements and dedicated employees fueled Evans Network's growth in the past and will greatly influence the future of this company," said Evans.
In 2001, Evans Network consisted of 600 independent contractors and today the network has more than doubled to 1,250.
Evans Network has grown organically and through acquisition over the years. The network has acquired four companies: West Motor, All Points, Hale Intermodal, and the most recent last year, Sanger. In addition to these acquisitions, Evans Network partnered with DW Whitebread and Bucks Inc. to offer more capacity and resources to their customers.
Evans Network is a $185 million revenue operation with 80 service centers across the U.S.