History

Pilot Flying J Timeline Milestones

1958: James Haslam II opens first Pilot in Gate City, Va., paying $6,000 for an existing location.

1965: Marathon Oil Co. buys half of the $2-million-a-year Pilot and loans it $4 million to build new locations.

1973: Pilot has more than 50 stations and annual sales of about $30 million.

1976: Pilot opens first convenience store, on Alcoa Highway in Knoxville.

1977: Pilot buys Lonas Oil Co. in Knoxville, converting almost all that company’s locations to convenience stores.

1981: With 100 convenience stores and total annual sales of $175 million, Pilot opens its first travel center in Corbin, Ky.

1988: Pilot buys out Marathon Oil’s one-half interest for cash and stores.

1997: Pilot ranks 99th on Forbes list of the 500 largest privately held companies.

1998: Already the nation’s largest supplier of diesel fuel to over-the-road trucks, Pilot ranks as the 25th largest restaurant franchisee in the U.S.

2001: Pilot and Marathon enter into an agreement to form Pilot Travel Centers.

2003: Pilot acquires Williams Travel Centers.

2006: Pilot goes international, opening its first travel center in Canada.

2007: Pilot is recognized by Area Developer magazine as one of the “Top 99 Megafranchisees.”

2008: Pilot buys out Marathon Petroleum’s interest and adds a minority financial partner, CVC Capital Partners.

2010: Pilot Flying J created on July 1, 2010.

 

Flying J Milestones

1968: Flying J Inc. begins with four gas stations in Utah. Founder Jay Call bases name on love of flying, ranching.

1979: Flying J opens its first full-service travel plaza in Ogden, Utah.

1986: Flying J purchases the U.S. holdings of Husky Ltd., including the North Salt Lake refinery.

1987: Flying J introduces the Frequent Fueler professional driver loyalty program.

1990: Flying J introduces buffets to their restaurant concept.

1991: Conoco and Flying J create a joint venture, triggering significant travel plaza expansion.

1992: Transportation Optimization Network Services is launched.  Renamed FJ Communications, its portfolio now
includes 180 Wi-Fi hot spots.

1995: Flying J introduces the Country Market Restaurant & Buffet brand.

1996: Transportation Clearing House opens. RV loyalty program begins.

1998: Transportation Alliance Bank begins operations, offering an entire suite of financing products designed for the transportation industry.

2001: Flying J moves into its new corporate office building in Ogden, Utah.

2003: Flying J founder and Chairman of the Board Jay Call dies in a plane crash in Idaho.

2006: Flying J and Shell Canada join together to create a new nationwide network of travel plazas, fuel stops and cardlocks.

2009: Crystal Call Maggelet, daughter of Flying J founder Jay Call, takes over as chairwoman of the board, president and CEO.

2010: Pilot Flying J created on July 1, 2010.


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