Business View Magazine | Volume 8, Issue 8

65 BUSINESS VIEW MAGAZINE VOLUME 8, ISSUE 8 E vergreen Forest Products Inc. is a well- known trucking company specializing in forest product transportation in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and Georgia. The company has 182 trucks and operates several terminals in Ackerman, Mississippi, as well as Albertville, Chapman, and Prattville, Alabama. The company’s mission is to provide safe and excellent service to customers in all phases of forest product transportation. As a family-owned company, Evergreen prides itself on having a tight-knit, family-oriented culture, which is a significant factor in why most employees are lifers. This culture combined with a solid foundation of repeat customers has helped the company grow from a small trucking company with around 20 trucks to where it is today. Steering the company to these heights took deft leadership from owner Lanier Edwards, who has led the company since its inception in the early nineties. “In 1992, I purchased a company called Rocky Creek Trucking with a partner and renamed it Evergreen Forest Products,” says Edwards. “It was a trucking and logging company located in Greenville, Alabama, and we ran it jointly for about 10 to 15 years.” In 2005, Edwards bought out the partner, becoming sole owner. The company worked with Union Camp as its exclusive chip hauler besides running additional contracts from other companies in the area. In 2000, Edwards’ brother, Kenneth, joined the company as General Manager in charge of its Chapman terminal. “Kenneth and I started expanding the business, and we opened a terminal in Alex City and another in Albertville,” recounts Edwards. EVERGREEN Products Inc. TRANSPORTATION DONE RIGHT