Averitt Express is a privately owned transportation and supply chain management company based in Cookeville, Tennessee. The company was founded as Livingston Merchant's Co-op in 1958 and incorporated as Averitt Express in 1969. Averitt is owned by Gary Sasser, who purchased the company from its original owner, Thurman Averitt, in October 1971 at the age of 20. At the time of Sasser's purchase, Averitt operated 3 trucks and 5 trailers. As of 2015, the company claims to be "one of the nation's leading freight transportation and supply chain management providers"