Watkins Associated Industries, Inc. is a large, privately–held company focused on creating long term value by building and managing world-class businesses.  The company began over 90 years ago as a produce transportation company with a single truck and grew to become one of the largest privately-owned businesses in the southeastern United States.  Through innovation and commitment, we are dedicated to turning our strong history of growth into a successful future.  We seek to leverage our operational expertise to grow new businesses into market leaders.


Our approach to building businesses is simple: to own and manage a diverse set of operating companies who outperform their competition through strategic planning, disciplined investment, and operational measurement. We allow our operating companies to run autonomously while partnering with them in goal setting.  This approach ultimately helps them reach their committed results. We centralize only those functions that make economic sense, such as group health or other operational activities that will add value. The foundation of everything we do is our people.  We seek to attract, hire, and retain the best possible operational teams.  We strive to help our employees achieve their personal goals and provide an environment that allows everyone to maximize their potential, thus contributing to the overall success of the company.


As a faith-based family company, we believe strongly in giving back and making a positive difference in our communities with the assets that have been entrusted to us. Through our Watkins Christian Foundation, we support a wide variety of faith based organizations in their efforts at home and abroad.  We specifically support organizations focused on children and at-risk youth.