“These seven stops significantly enhance our network by shrinking the distance our customers travel to receive service in the Upper Midwest,” says Pilot Flying J president.
The centers are located in Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and South Dakota and are open for business Jan. 5 as Pilot Travel Centers. The purchase of the travel centers, for which plans were originally announced in November, gives Pilot Flying J a more complete presence in the Midwest.
“These seven stops significantly enhance our network by shrinking the distance our customers travel to receive service in the Upper Midwest,” said Pilot Flying J president and CEO Jimmy Haslam. “The centers are also very driver-driven facilities. We know the professional driver will enjoy and want to take advantage of this expanded network.”
In addition to Pilot Flying J’s acquisition, the companies agreed to expand Bosselman’s Boss Truck Shops repair facilities to 20 additional Pilot Flying J locations across the country.
Haslam said the expanded Boss Truck Shop locations at Pilot Flying J would help drivers comply with federal regulations designed to improve large truck and bus safety by reducing accidents involving commercial vehicles.
Bosselman will maintain its Grand Island, Neb.-based Bosselman Travel Center and with the sale will be able to place a stronger emphasis on its truck repair shop network and full-service restaurants. Bosselman will maintain the full service Grandma Max’s Restaurants inside the Travel Centers in Salina, Kan., and Big Springs, Neb.; Max’s Highway Diner inside the Des Moines (Altoona), Iowa location; the Boss Truck Shops located at Des Moines (Altoona), Iowa; Salina, Kan.; Rapid City, S.D.; and Big Springs, Neb.; and the Hampton Inn in Colby, Kan. A total of 35 Boss Shops across the U.S. will continue to serve the transportation industry through the Uni-Maxx Truck Care network, with more than 75 shops nationwide.
The newly acquired centers are located in Des Moines (Altoona), Iowa; Colby, Kan.; Salina, Kan.; Rapid City, S.D.; Big Springs, Neb.; Wood River, Neb.; and Elm Creek, Neb.