Kenneth Tucker, a central load planner for American Airlines, bleeds Pittsburgh Steeler black and gold.
And that’s not going to change just because he has moved to Fort Worth to work at the airline’s new Integrated Operations Center south of DFW Airport, at Texas 360 and Airport Freeway.
“When I knew I was moving, I would call the guys down here on Sundays and say: ‘We have this thing called football. We have this professional football team. Do you have anything like that?’ And they’d hang up on me,” Tucker joked.
Tucker is one of hundreds of former US Airways employees who worked at that airline’s operations center in Pittsburgh and have now relocated with their jobs to North Texas.
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Tucker’s IOC computer desktop wallpaper has the Steelers, Pirates, Penguins and University of Pittsburgh logos.
His co-worker Am Mattaliano also has a Steelers logo on his computer screen. Mattaliano lived 59 years of his life in Pittsburgh and said rooting for the Steelers “will never change.”
Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price did make a pitch for the Cowboys during her speech at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the IOC on Tuesday.
“A special howdy ... to each and every one of you,” Price said, welcoming the 350 workers who moved from Pennsylvania. “And remember those of you who are here from Pittsburgh, we root for the Cowboys around here.”
Her cheer perhaps fell largely on deaf ears, though she may have convinced flight dispatcher Herb Aguirre to give up his Pirates hat.
Aguirre, who moved from Phoenix to Pittsburgh during the America West-US Airways merger and recently to Keller for his dispatch job, said he just likes watching exciting baseball teams. He has cheered for the Diamondbacks and the Pirates and may now start watching the Rangers.
“But I am a lifelong Yankees fan,” he said.
Dickies’ new ambassador
Dickies is going country to promote its re-engineered line of denim clothing.
Country music star Canaan Smith is helping launch the Fort Worth company’s Dickies Denim Collection and will be featured in an advertising campaign promoting the clothing’s more modern fit while paying homage to the American classic.
“The Dickies Denim Collection is my workwear. The jeans not only look good but they can withstand the rigors of my nightly performances,” Smith said in a prepared statement. “Dickies embodies the honest authenticity that resonates with my music, my fans and my personal style.”
According to the company, the new collection features seven fits from slim to loose with straight and tapered silhouettes — all offered in lightweight ringspun fabric. Multiple wash options from light to dark deliver a worn-in, authentic look and add softness, comfort and character.
In addition, signature details will continue including the “x” stitch signifying quality, leather logo patch and “w” design detail on the back pockets representing the brand’s parent company, Williamson-Dickie Mfg. Co.
The product line also offers styles in flex ringspun twill, featuring similar worn-in washes.
“We knew this partnership with Canaan Smith would be an exciting and natural fit given that denim is at the core of country music,” Brent Streit, vice president of marketing, said in a statement.
Smith was named a 2015 Artist to Watch by The Huffington Post, USA Today, Yahoo! Music, Spotify and Rolling Stone. Canaan recently released his debut album, Bronco,
The Dickies Denim Collection is available at Dickies’ website, Amazon.com, JC Penney and other apparel retailers nationwide. For continuing information, follow Dickies on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Max B. Baker
Morsco buys North Carolina company
Fort Worth-based Morsco, a distributor of commercial and residential plumbing, heating and cooling equipment and pipe, valves and fittings, has acquired the assets of Murray Supply Co. in North Carolina.
The company’s locations in North Carolina and Virginia will operate as Murray Supply Co., a Morsco company. Murray Supply was founded in 1965 as a wholesale distributor of residential and commercial plumbing products, industrial and commercial piping products and multifamily housing maintenance supplies.
Chip Hornsby, Morsco’s CEO, said acquiring Murray Supply was a milestone.
“We are now ready to begin to move East, and we are confident that Murray Supply provides an excellent base to begin our Eastward expansion,” he said in a statement.
Morsco will now have seven operating units in 10 states, with 130 branches and 2,000 employees.
Omni penthouse priced at $7.9 million
The Omni Fort Worth Hotel’s penthouse, offering the city’s only 360-degree view, can be yours for $7.9 million.
Dallas billionaire Robert Rowling, chairman of TRT Holdings, Omni’s parent, has listed the 10,000-square-foot home with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty.
“There’s nothing else like this in Fort Worth right now, perhaps North Texas,” said Allison Hayden, one of the listing agents. “You won’t find the view coupled with the incredible finishes in any other residence.”
It’s at least the second time Rowling has listed the property. In 2014, it was on the market for $9 million. The Tarrant Appraisal District values the condo at $3 million and also lists it at 8,681 square feet.
The condo has four bedrooms, five bathrooms, five living areas and two dining areas, featuring 12-foot floor-to-ceiling windows and five balconies, one with a fire pit.
The Omni Residences, 1301 Throckmorton St., has 24-hour concierge service, workout facility, pool and spa, club room and 24-hour room service.