🠈 FJ Management 🠊
FJ Management is a Salt Lake based company that manages the assets of the Call Family. The Call Family developed the Maverik chain of gas stations, Flying J Travel Centers and Crystal Inn. They family also owns several refineries, senior living communities in California and minority interest in Pilot Flying J.
The press releases2 say that FJ Management acquired Maverik; So I will start the merger chain with the history of Flying J. This company was started by Jay Call who had managed several filling stations for his family. Jay decided to step out on his own and build his own chain. His name way Jay and he loved flying; So he called the chain Flying J..
Sadly, Mr. Call's love of flying led to tragedy. He crashed his Cessna Citation in 2003 en route to Sun Valley.
Mr. Call believed that the best way to assure long term success for his stations was to buy refineries. A sustained drop in the price of crude oil challenged this theory and his children were forced to sell majority interest in the chain to Pilot.
- 1968: Jay Call organized his four gas stations as The Flying J.
- 1979: Flying J debuted its firt travel plaza in West Haven, Utah. It included restaurants and a hotel.
- 1980: Flying J purchased refinery and gas processing assets of Inter-City Gas Ltd. for $31 million to help secure access to fuel.
- 1986: Flying J bought refining and retail operations from Canada's Husky Oil Ltd. This included refineries in Cheyenne, Salt Lake City, Cody and a pipeline from Wyoming to Nebraska. The company then began building a system of truck stops with franchised restaurants, filling stations and other amenities.
- 1993: Flying J operated 63 travel plazas and was making over $800 million per year.
- 199?: Jay Call started a 1,500-acre cattle ranch in Montana.
- 1994: The company started a separate brand of hotels called Crystal Inn named after Jay's daughter.
- 1995: Crystal became the manager of the chain.
- 2003: J Call died in a plane crash1.
- 2007: Flying J declared bankruptcy saying that a sharp drop in oil prices meant they could not pay obligations.
- 2012: FJ Management acquired Maverik Country Stores.
The Maverik chain of stores was created by Reuel Call. Mr. Call was born in Afton, Wy.
- 1928: Reuel Call created his first filling stations. He used the brand Caribou Four Corners, Inc..5
- 1939: Reuel Call established the Call Aircraft Company which made small planes optimized for flying in the Mountain West.
- 1954: The Call A4 was a popular plane for agriculture.
- 1962: Intermountain Manufacturing Company acquired the assets of CallAir.
- 1964: Call introduced the brand Maverik.
- 1978: Call started the Trailside chain of convenience stores.4
- Deseret News - Flying J Founder Dies (Drawn 10/22/2019)
- Convenience Store News - FJ Acquires Maverik (Drawn 10/22/2019)
- Wikipedia = Call AirCraft Company (Drawn 10/22/2019)
- Deseret News - Obituary Thomas Reuel Call (Drawn 10/22/2019)
- William Call - Biography (Drawn 10/22/2019)
- Call Air Museum (Drawn 10/22/2019)
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