Accelerated remained a very
successful and growing local cartage company. Courier work and air freight delivery
allowed the Company to expand north into Kentucky, over 100 miles east, south, and west
from Nashville. It became the largest pick-up and delivery company in Nashville.
The continued expansion took a turn
in 1995 when Accelerated began operating a line haul operation into Atlanta. Air freight
was picked up at the local forwarders and airlines
in Atlanta and transported to Nashville for delivery. Freight picked up as far away as
Bowling Green, KY could be delivered to an airline or forwarder the next morning in Atlanta.
At the urging of customers, Memphis
was then added to the schedule. The first additional Accelerated terminal was opened
there in 1996. Shortly thereafter, Atlanta had grown too large for an agent operation,
and a third terminal was opened in 1997.
The following year, the company moved into a fourth new terminal in Huntsville, AL.
Service and agents were added to Knoxville and Chattanooga. Within another year,
Birmingham was added to the system.
Many of the company’s international
customers in Memphis and Nashville needed reliable and consistent service to Chicago.
Service to ORD began in April of 2001. This lane was an instant success. A second
truck was added and then a third. It remains one of the most utilized lane segments
in the Accelerated system.
The expansion continued in 2002
with the launch of service to the Dallas/Ft. Worth airport. After less than a year
in the market, the strength of demand made a Company terminal necessary. This new
facility in DFW opened on January 6, 2003. Within a few years, there was then a
potential to build the service network in and out of Houston. The IAH terminal was
opened in May 2006.
As the Company had a presence
in the Charlotte region for two years, a terminal was opened there in January 2006,
as well as an agent in Greenville, SC (GSP). With success in Charlotte, there became
a need to expand service into Greensboro, NC. This service was run directly from the
Charlotte office beginning in June 2007. After months of service into Greensboro,
there was need to continue service into Raleigh. At that point, it was decided to
add agents in both GSO and RDU, continuing expansion in the Carolinas in September
Seeing such positive feedback from
service in the Carolinas, the Company began looking at building service up the Atlantic
coast. Knowing that Washington-Dulles is one of the largest export cities, Accelerated
saw potential in expanding service to this area. A terminal was opened in IAD in
With immediate success in IAD,
there was a demand for service both in and out of Baltimore and Philadelphia. It was
decided to set up service with agents at BWI and PHL in May 2008, running this
service directly out of Washington-Dulles.
Under continued direction of Barry
Pearse, together with his management staff of Scott Grevemberg, Executive Vice President,
Larry Gibbs, Vice President-Operations, and Brook Pearse, Manager, it is certain that
Accelerated, Inc. will continue to expand.