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    Flying J and Shell Partner

    Canadian transportation industry will reap benefits of new travel plazas and increased amenities.

    OGDEN, Utah -- Flying J will contribute its Canadian travel plazas and Shell Canada Products will bring its national cardlock network and fuels to a joint venture that will total $200 million in revamps and the construction of 15 new facilities that will provide Shell gasoline.

    "The road transport industry in Canada is growing and changing," said J. Phillip Adams, president of Flying J. "Working together, we have the opportunity to grow our business, invest in our combined network and reduce costs -- all in a way that maximizes the benefit for customers."

    The partnership will allow travel centers to expand offerings to include showers, restrooms, food and seating areas, and other services such as banking, truck and trailer leasing and sales, insurance, payroll services, freight matching, and document management. In addition, both companies' loyalty programs can be used at the centers along with Shell Canada Products' commercial fleet cards.

    "Flying J is the undisputed leader in the North American highway hospitality and service business," said Les Markiewicz, general manager of commercial sales and marketing for Shell Canada Products. "Combining Flying J's high quality services and facility standards with Shell's nation-wide cardlock network and world-class fuels and lubricants, highlights the best of both companies."

    Shell Canada and Flying J have partnered in the past with fuel supply, commercial card and road transport businesses. Recently, Shell Canada Products and Flying J opened Canadian travel plazas in Edmonton, Alberta and Winnipeg, Manitoba. Additional plans to open travel plazas in Western Canada later this year are being finalized.

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