Truman Arnold history.
TAC Air was launched nearly 30 years ago as Road Runner Aviation, a subsidiary of Truman Arnold Cos. ranked by Forbes at No. 215 among the largest private companies in America with more than $2.1 billion in revenue.
The move was an extension of Truman Arnold's roots in the fuel business, which date back to 1964 as a Conoco distributor and the launch of its Road Runner convenience store chain in 1969.
Truman Arnold became a regional fuel marketer in 1975 after buying Conoco's assets in Arkansas and east Texas. In 1989, the company sold its 125 store Road Runner chain, which operated in seven states.
"They've proven to be good business operators and good corporate citizens in Arkansas," said Bob East, a member of the Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission.
TAC Air employs more than 400 in its operations at 14 airports: Amarillo, Texas; Denver; Fort Smith; Hartford. Connecticut; Knoxville, Tennessee; Lexington, Kentucky: Little Rock; Omaha, Nebraska; Provo, Utah; RaleighDurham, North Carolina; St. Louis; Salt Lake City; Shreveport; and Texarkana.
Caption: The former Central Flying Service lobby now bears the TAC Air touch. Plans are in the works to renovate the executive terminal. [SUBMITTED PHOTO]