U.S. Xpress Enterprises has expanded its Xpress Direct Demand Critical fleet through the addition of smaller capacity vehicles. The company has added 30 cargo vans and straight trucks to its fleet so far with plans to add up to 200 more by mid-2012.

The primary service areas for the new equipment are the Midwest and Southeast, an area generally defined as east of Interstate 35 and west of Interstate 81.

“With the addition of this new equipment, U.S. Xpress is now able to manage all of our customers’ time critical shipments from one small box all the way up to a full truckload,” said Bob Poulos, vice president, sales and marketing, U.S. Xpress, Inc.

Currently, Xpress Direct services primarily the automotive and heavy truck industries, but the company sees expansion opportunities in the consumer and life science sectors moving forward.

The cargo vans and straight trucks used are generally 22-24 ft. long, with cargo vans carrying a maximum payload of 3,500 lbs. and straight trucks carrying 13,000 lbs.

“We have enhanced this area of our business to ensure that we can create a solution designed to meet each customer’s specific needs and load sizes, from exclusive-use vehicles and supplemental capacity to just-in-time deliveries and inventory emergencies,” added Poulos.

U.S. Xpress has operated Xpress Direct since 2004.