Pilot Flying J headquarters put on lockdown by FBI

| April 15, 2013

Pilot ODThe FBI has placed Pilot Flying J headquarters on lockdown, according to multiple news outlets and a statement from Pilot. No reports nor the statement indicate why, but Pilot says in its statement that all Pilot Travel Centers and Flying J Travel Plazas are open and operational. Here’s the entirety of Pilot’s statement:

“As of the afternoon of April 15, FBI officials have sequestered the Pilot Flying J headquarters on Lonas Drive in Knoxville.

At this time, we do not know the nature of the situation. Pilot Flying J is cooperating fully with the authorities.

 Pilot Food Marts, Pilot Travel Centers and Flying J Travel Plazas remain open and continue to serve the public.

 Pilot Flying J is confident that the matter will be resolved fully.”

As reported on Overdrive in August, Pilot Flying J owner Jimmy Haslam III is now part owner of the NFL’s Cleveland Browns.

Haslam’s brother, Bill Haslam, is Tennessee’s governor. Bill and Jimmy are sons of Pilot founder Jim Haslam, who founded the company in 1958.

Overdrive is tracking the story and will post more information when it becomes available. For now, here’s a roundup of the local and national reports: 

NBC Sports: FBI present at Pilot Flying J headquarters

Knoxnews.com: Photo Galleries: FBI locks down Pilot Flying J headquarters

Knoxnews.com: FBI locks down Pilot Flying J HQs

Convenience Store News: FBI shuts down Pilot Flying J headquarters

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  • http://www.facebook.com/ken.nilsen Ken Nilsen

    Wow! If this turns out to be a major business issue that will cut a lot of fueling capacity out.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ayrewolfIdaho Patrick Montgomery

    Now if Pilot will honor the bills of Flying J, it’d be great, I’m still waiting our payment from them.

  • Buckeye Fawkes

    Of course, the fact that Haslam was a major Republican fundraiser and Romney supporter has nothing to do with this raid.

  • bigred

    This has nothing to do with Romney you idiot,,This company has been price gouging ever since Nobama came in office and setting the prices for fuel all over the US,,,High prices i migght add,,,,About time they busted them,Loves and the other top 3 suppliers up,,,,

  • John Scott

    Who knows why but the FBI does not do this on a whim. Hey, since when is any part of trucking honest and legal? I think a lot of started when all these truck stops mergers started.

  • David S. McQueen

    In a free market, buyers decide whether to purchase goods or not. If Pilot and FJ want to sell fuel at a certain price, then the market (i.e., the fuel purchasing customers) will decide. The Obama administration may WANT to dictate prices, but until he appoints himself dictator and declares martial law, truck stops can set the pricing as they see fit.

  • David S. McQueen

    I wouldn’t put it past Obama to tell Holder to turn up the heat on big Republican donors. That guitar company (Gibson?) that got raided for using the “wrong” kind of wood is a good example.

  • kiko kika

    who said truck stop and big trucking company are honest..thank GOD the FBI can teach this people to cough there share on taxes and stop taking advantage on common joe

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1269137418 Mike Jones

    MORE crooks in trucking? How surprising……..