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PFJ official: American flag down at Amarillo because pole broken, not because of fear of offending foreign drivers

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AMARILLO, Texas — A Pilot Flying J spokesperson says an employee was “misinformed” about the reason the truck stop chain was not flying the American flag at its location here.

Dave Moore, in a recent Facebook post, said he’d been told that the American flag out of fear flying it would “offend foreign drivers.”

“I went inside the Pilot and I asked them … they said they had an issue with foreigners coming here and complaining, and they didn’t want to lose the foreigners’ business so they took it down,” Moore said in the video, which has gained 3.4 million views since it was posted.

The real reason, according to Pilot Flying J spokesperson Stephanie Myers, is the fact that the flagpole is broken and currently being replaced.

“Our current policy is that an American flag can only be displayed at our locations if it can be flown according to military protocol,” Myers said. “What many may not know is there are very specific rules and protocols to properly fly a flag, everything from how it’s raised and flown to how it’s lit at night. Our goal is to ensure we show the flag the respect it deserves at our locations that fly the red, white and blue. We are currently surveying our locations with flagpoles to review if they are in proper working condition.”

Myer said Pilot Flying J is “proudly American” and was founded by Korean War veteran James A. “Jim” when he opened the first Pilot on November 20, 1958, in Gate City, Virginia, paying $6,000 for an existing location. Gas costs 27.9 cents per gallon at the time.

“Pilot Flying J shows that pride in all of our locations, whether that’s a flag outside, promoting military products in our stores, or through our many philanthropic efforts with organizations such as Bunker Labs, Fisher House Foundation, Operation Honor Guard, Special Operations Wounded Warrior, and Wreaths Across America, Myer said.

Pilot Flying J is the largest operator of travel centers in North America, with more than 750 locations in 43 states and six Canadian provinces. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, the company employs more than 26,000 people.

The Haslam family still owns the company, with Jimmy Haslam as CEO.

Jimmy Haslam also owns the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League.

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Delivering to the Zero G plane

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Delivering to the zero g plane

If my bank account didn’t have $0g in it, I’d spend the $5g to ride this baby!

Our friends at the The Trucking Review Channel make a special delivery.

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When you want to work out, but drive a truck all day!

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Did you make a New Year’s resolution?  Perhaps this trucker did!  Looks like he has installed an exercise bike in the passenger side of his rig.  We gotta hand it to him, that is dedication!

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Optronics acquires USA Harness, becomes full-line lighting and harness supplier

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Optronics acquires usa harness, becomes full-line lighting and harness supplier
Optronics has acquired USA Harness to become one of few manufacturers and suppliers of comprehensive power delivery and lighting solutions for commercial vehicles. (courtesy Optronics International)

TULSA, Okla. — Optronics International, a manufacturer and supplier of heavy-duty LED vehicle lighting, announced it has completed its acquisition of Texas-based USA Harness, Inc. A supplier of trailer harnesses and electronic control systems, USA Harness serves the transportation industry with connection systems including the USA-PLUS Sealed Modular Wiring Harness and the patented USA-PLUS Modular Connection System. The USA-PLUS Modular Connection System has been tested and performed at three times the industry standard.

With the acquisition, Optronics is one of few manufacturers serving the light-, medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicle industry with both lighting and harness technologies.

“In less than a decade, Optronics has dramatically changed the competitive landscape in commercial vehicle lighting with its focus on technological innovation, broader options and greater value, and we’re about to do the same with harnesses,” Brett Johnson, president and CEO of Optronics International, said.

Optronics is a harness manufacturer on three continents. Coupled with this international experience, USA Harness will position Optronics to hit the ground running in North America.

“We have watched Optronics’ exponential growth over the years and have engineered more and more harness systems for use exclusively with their lighting,” said Debby Thompson, interim president of USA Harness. “Though we’ll continue to produce harness systems that interface with all major lighting manufacturers, we’re excited to now be able to offer a fully integrated modular power delivery and lighting solution.”

Optronics is committed to global manufacturing, and according to company officials, the acquisition of USA Harness increases the company’s supply-chain capabilities. “Just like the OEMs we serve, we’re going to manufacture harness and lighting systems wherever it makes the most sense,” Johnson said.

With their blended experience, Optronics and USA Harness will focus on selling integrated modular lighting and harness systems on a global basis. Targeted manufacturers include those making heavy-duty dry van, reefer, tank, car haul and flatbed trailers, as well as those making light- to medium-duty trailers. Heavy-duty truck and body manufacturers will also be a focus, as will heavy-duty off-highway vehicles, armored couriers and other specialized vocational equipment manufacturers.

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