Access America Transport, a third-party logistics company, announced the company’s inclusion on Forbes list of America’s Most Promising Companies for 2013. Access America has been listed at number nine on the annual ranking -- a list of 100 privately held, high-growth companies with bright futures. AAT is one of the nation’s fastest growing third party logistics providers. Annual sales are expected to exceed $575 million by year end 2013.
For the Most Promising list, Forbes strove for a holistic gauge of young, privately-held companies, trying to pin down their trajectories by looking at a slew of variables. Over the course of six monthsForbes reviewed thousands of applications. The final assessment is based on growth (both in sales and hiring), quality of management team and investors, margins, market size and key partnerships. Forbes turned to CB Insights, a Manhattan-based data research firm that specializes in assessing private companies, to refine the search. Their MOSAIC software scans 45,000 sources to measure a company’s health. A new distribution deal, for example, marks a positive signal, while the loss of an executive is a negative. MOSAIC gathers those myriad signals into a final score that Forbes uses as an initial guide in producing the list. After verifying sales numbers, speaking with each company and debating their merits and blemishes, Forbes produces a final ranking.
Access America Transport is a third-party logistics company based in Chattanooga. The company operates nine locations and specializes in truckload, less-than-truckload, and supply chain management services. AAT is ISO 9001:2008 certified, SmartWay approved and an industry leader in technology.