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East Tenn. Business Hall of Fame inductees named

Junior Achievement announced Tuesday it will induct three Knoxville area businessmen into the East Tennessee Business Hall of Fame on April 11th in a ceremony at the Knoxville Convention Center.

They are Joseph Hollingsworth Jr., owner and CEO of the Hollingsworth Companies; Steve West, chairman of West Chevrolet Inc. and West Properties Llc; and the late Jim Shelby, a longtime business and financial adviser who died last July.

Presenting sponsors of this year’s induction ceremony are Pilot Travel Centers and the Greater Knoxville Business Journal.

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Pilot Flying J reaches restaurant milestone

The largest travel center operator in North America is expanding its presence in the restaurant business.0306pilot.MP.jpg

Pilot Flying J recently opened its 300th company owned and operated restaurant and plans to open another 23 restaurants by the end of the year, the Knoxville-based company said Tuesday.

The 300th milestone was reached with the opening of a Huddle House at the company’s travel center in Anna, Texas, on June 11.

Pilot operates the largest travel center network in North America with more than 600 locations.

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Pilot Flying J expands — again

Update: Canada location corrected.

Pilot Flying J continues to expand its North American footprint. The Knoxville-
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Six locations will be in the U.S. – Cleveland, Tenn.; Anna, Texas; Murdo, S.D.; Ferndale, Wash.; Klamath Falls, Ore.; Sioux City, Iowa – and one in Canada in Nanton, Alberta.

Pilot Flying J operates the largest travel center network in North America with more than 600 locations.

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Pilot spending big to upgrade Flying J

Pilot Travel Centers has invested a truckload of money in recent years building a reputation for serving premium coffee. Now, the Knoxville based company is spending another bunch of cash to upgrade the coffee bars at its recently acquired Flying J locations.

0306pilot.MP.jpgThe company is spending approximately $150,000 per location on new coffee/deli bars at the Flying J travel centers.

“In the last 18 months we made a commitment to being a coffee authority,” said Whitman Harson, manager of hot beverages for Pilot Flying J. “Drivers know what we deliver they an trust. They know it’s going to be a great cup of coffee.”

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Flying J-Pilot merger getting closer

It looks like Knoxville-based Pilot Travel Centers’ take-over of the Flying J truck stop chain is close to happening.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Flying J could come out of bankruptcy by the end of July. Also, Flying J CEO Crystal Call Maggelet told the Tribune the merger with Pilot is “in the last stages of [Federal Trade Commission] approval.”

It’s been nearly a year since Pilot and Ogden, Utah-based Flying J announced plans to merge. When the deal finally happens it will make Pilot, which is already a major player in the national travel center busines, THE major player with 550 or more locations in North America.

The big dog keeps getting bigger.

 

Jimmy Haslam on Big Ben suspension

Jimmy Haslam, president and CEO of
HaslamJimmy.jpgPilot Travel Centers and part-owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, says he has “no special plans to watch” tonight’s NFL player draft.

But the head of the Knoxville-based company had stronger comments on the suspension of the Steelers’ star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

“The NFL obviously takes very seriously the behavior of their players and rightly so, as do the Pittsburgh Steelers,” Haslam said.

“We are certainly very disappointed in Ben’s behavior.

“We hope this will be a life-changing event for him and are looking forward to seeing him straighten his life out and get back on the right path.

“We fully support the Commisioner’s decision.”

Thumbnail image for Roethlisberger+Suspension+F.jpgRoethlisberger was suspended for six games in the wake of a sexual assault investigation in Georgia.

Haslam bought a minority stake in the Steelers a little more than a year ago.

(Roethlisberger photo by Associated Press)