- Flying J
Flying J Inc. is a privately held
U.S. corporationwhich operates travel plazas under the "Flying J" brand, along with related services.
Founded in 1968 by O. Jay Call and headquartered in
Ogden, Utah, Flying J is now the largest retailer of diesel fuel in North Americawith approximately 220 locations in the United States and Canadaand 15,000 employees. The company produces and refines petroleumproducts for its truck stops and offers a number of pricing plans for owner/operators and truckingcompanies. The company also offers vehicle maintenance, banking, insuranceand telecommunicationsservices for the trucking industry, and a number of restaurants at its locations.
Founder Jay Call died as pilot in a mysterious and tragic jet plane accident in 2003.
The company ranked 17th on "Forbes'" 2006 list of the largest privately held companies in the U.S., with 2005 revenues of approximately $9.45 billion. [cite web|url=http://www.forbes.com/lists/2006/21/biz_06privates_The-Largest-Private-Companies_Rank.html|title=The Largest Private Companies|publisher=Forbes|date=2006-11-09|accessdate=2007-02-14] Flying J is cited by the
Terror-Free Oil Initiativeas a company that does not purchase oil from terrorism-sponsoring nations. [cite web|url=http://www.terrorfreeoil.org/companies.php|title=Terror-Free Oil Initiative|accessdate=2007-02-14] The company's plans for travel plazas have occasionally met opposition from local residents concerned about trafficsafety and other issues. [cite news|url=http://www.mlive.com/news/grpress/index.ssf?/base/news-8/117095010141290.xml&coll=6|title=Residents want Flying J to go away|date=2007-02-08|author=Myron Kukla|publisher= Grand Rapids Press|accessdate=2007-02-14] [cite news|url=http://www.bradenton.com/mld/bradenton/news/nation/16500810.htm|title=New Haven will ask state’s high court to take Flying J case|author=Ryan Lengerich|date=2007-01-19|publisher=Bradenton Herald|accessdate=2007-02-14] In 2006 Flying J associated with Shell Canada to improve highway services in Canada. [cite web|url=http://www.flyingj.com/company/press/SFJ_press_release.pdf|title=Flying J and Shell Canada Announce Partnership|date=2006-09-07|publisher=Flying J Inc.|accessdate=2007-10-31]
Flying J's main competitors include
Pilot Travel Centersand TravelCenters of America.
* [http://flyingj.com/ Flying J Inc. website]
* [https://www.flyingj.com/company/planeCrash.html Official announcement of founder's death]
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