Shahid Khan to be featured on '60 Minutes'

Shahid Khan to be featured on '60 Minutes'

URBANA— Shahid Khan, president of Urbana-based Flex-N-Gate and the owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars, will be profiled this Sunday on the CBS news magazine "60 Minutes."

The episode is scheduled to be broadcast locally at 6 p.m. Sunday on WCIA-TV.

According to a written release from CBS News, "60 Minutes" contributor Byron Pitts will tell the story of the Pakistan-born immigrant and his journey to the top of the American business world.

Pitts and a team of producers spent several days with Khan earlier this year in preparation for the episode, according to CBS.

The segment will tell how Khan came to the United States in 1967 to go to college with $500 to his name.

After graduating from the University of Illinois in 1971 with an engineering degree, Khan made a fortune after he designed and developed a one-piece truck bumper that became a phenomenal success.

Today, two-thirds of all cars and trucks sold in the United States have at least one part made by Flex-N-Gate, according to the release.

In December 2011, NFL owners unanimously approved Khan as the new owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The "60 Minutes" profile will also include a visit to Khan's old neighborhood in Lahore, Pakistan, where Khan reportedly visits his mom and brother in their family home.

Khan is a member of the UI Foundation Board of Directors.

In 2011, Khan was one of six Illinois residents to receive Order of Lincoln medallions from the Lincoln Academy of Illinois, making him a Lincoln Laureate.

In 2007, Shahid and his wife, Ann Carlson Khan, gave $2.5 million to create five Shahid and Ann Carlson Khan professorships at the UI in the Center on Health, Aging and Disability in the College of Applied Health Sciences.

The Khans also gave the Urbana campus $10 million to fund a center on healthy aging, public health and accessibility at Huff Hall called the Khan Annex.

In addition, the Khans donated money for the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex at the UI.

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ialdabaoth wrote on October 25, 2012 at 10:10 pm

I hope they ask him if he's provided safety equipment for his employees at Flex N Gate who handle hexavalent chromium. With any luck, they'll ask him if he pays those employees a living wage, too. Maybe he should consider his employees even in passing before giving away all the money they made for him.

Sid Saltfork wrote on October 25, 2012 at 10:10 pm

Excellent comment.  I doubt if they will mention the OSHA violations either.  Evidently, 60 Minutes does not do background checks via the local media archives prior to running a story.

sameeker wrote on October 31, 2012 at 4:10 am

Investigative reporting has went downhill. There used to be a joke about how you knew that it was going to be a bad day when you arrived at the office and found 60 Minutes waiting for you. Shows like that are what used to keep big business in line. The only reporting now is about movie stars and puff pieces about wealthy people. Dateline focuses on sexual preditors and murderers, since everybody hates them, and they won't offend a sponsor by exposing corporate wrongdoing. several times, CNBC has scheduled a show about the billion dollar private prison industory, only to pull it at the last minute and replace it with something else. This happened last night again. Where is the gutsey media anymore.

Joe American wrote on October 26, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Lose the "living wage" blather already.  Flex n Gate follows all wage laws and the few people I know who have work(ed) there all were able to pay their bills.  It's unfortunate that your view of pay for remedail work somehow involves getting rich.  It doesn't, and it shouldn't.

And last I checked no one was forcing even one employee to work there against their will.

sameeker wrote on October 29, 2012 at 6:10 am

The economy forces people to work at places that they do not like. People like Kahn just take advantage of the situation. If he has three quarters of a billion to plunk down for a team, then he can afford to reward his workers for making him wealthy.

bluegrass wrote on October 29, 2012 at 11:10 am

The 'economy' does not force people to work at places they do not like.  The reality of life on earth, and the choices we make force us to do that.  People like Kahn make it possible for people to have jobs. 

Joe American wrote on October 29, 2012 at 11:10 am

Careful on your flagrant throwing around of truth in a comments section.  Many people can't process it, and others chose to ignore it.

sameeker wrote on October 31, 2012 at 3:10 am

We all know that there are so many jobs available that people can pick and choose. <end sarcasm> Do a confidential survey of employees and you will find that most of them would rather have a better paying job with better working conditions. I am quite sick of people who put the blame on the workers. They have to take work wherever they can get it to pay their bills.

EL YATIRI wrote on October 29, 2012 at 6:10 am
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I hope they ask him about the large number of undocumented immigrants working at Flex n Gate

Chazman wrote on October 26, 2012 at 12:10 am
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No - NOT an excellent comment.  Get your facts straight then start typing.  The company does provide PPE, as well as training on how to use it.  Maybe if the employees would stay awake during orientation and training, they would know how to use it.  It's unfortunate that comments like these are made based on hearsay and no fact.  Bottom line is that the man has become a true entrepreneur, and does care about his employees.  Hype in local media is just that - hype.  I guess haters just gotta hate....

Sid Saltfork wrote on October 26, 2012 at 11:10 am

How do you explain the OSHA violations?

Bulldogmojo wrote on October 26, 2012 at 9:10 am

He and Tom Bruno should get the Mark Twain prize for their comical old time barbershop quartet mustaches. 

wasthere wrote on October 26, 2012 at 11:10 pm

Khan is admittedly wealthy, but honest? IRS caught him and his wife once but had they looked closer...

In business he is calculating. A brilliant take over artist who buys companies for the contracts then out sources the work to other countries where he now has established factories.

All the donations to the U of I only is due to the need to show charitable tax deductions.

And employees? He owns them by intimidation.

60 minutes interview? You can bet he approved every word before allowing it to go public. Doubt they know how he really was and is in private...but few do...and those who did were eliminated long ago. Doubt anyone in the media could find them now.

Granted he obviously has used a better plastic surgeon and beautician than his wife. Probably why you rarely see her in public with that frozen Joker smile.

But they do have money.




Joe American wrote on October 29, 2012 at 11:10 am

You have no clue what you're talking about.  He bought a fledgling, strugling company and through nothing less than hard work, built it into one of the largest automotive parts supplier in the entire world.  You're coming across as envious that he's a true business success and you've relegated yourself to typing anonymous, degrading replies in a newspaper comment section.  You'll show him who's boss.

asparagus wrote on October 27, 2012 at 7:10 pm

I'm confused. I did not see 60 minutes.

What is the charge leveled against this guy?


danrice56 wrote on October 27, 2012 at 9:10 pm

What profit it a man if he gains the whole world, if he loses his soul?



As far as Christ is concerned, the humblest wage earner is greater than this man.

sameeker wrote on October 29, 2012 at 6:10 am

The economy forces people to work at places that they do not like. People like Kahn just take advantage of the situation. If he has three quarters of a billion to plunk down for a team, then he can afford to reward his workers for making him wealthy.

ThinkWithYourBrain wrote on October 29, 2012 at 8:10 am

What's wrong with you people?  Unless you know him personally or personally know him to avoid safety standards in favor of profit you should probably keep your mouth shut.  The OSHA stuff happens everywhere.  As long as there is a good faith effort to keep things safe for employees that's what counts.  Maybe he does maximize profits by comprimsing safety, but until I hear something specific I'm not going to go run my mouth like I know something you don't.   Don't hate a guy for being successful.  He set out and made somehthing from NOTHING.  In case you forgot, that's what the American dream is all about!  I'm proud to say he's from C-U.  Oh and one more thing... Keep the self rightous 'Get rich and lose your soul' BS out of it.  The rest of the world doesn't need to be judged by your condescending, uneducated view of what this life is all about.  Whomever you are and where ever you're from, whatever you believe in, if you got out and make it, be proud of yourself.  There will always be haters. 

Bulldogmojo wrote on October 29, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Can I still make fun of his kooky mustache?

ThinkWithYourBrain wrote on October 29, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Absolutely.  I'd grow one myself if I was man enough.

Sid Saltfork wrote on October 29, 2012 at 5:10 pm

thinkwithyourbrain;  The "OSHA stuff" does not happen everywhere.  "Maybe he does maximize profits by comprimsing (compromising) safety, but until I hear something specific?"   Read the News Gazette articles from this past spring when the OSHA violations were issued.  No one hates the guy.  No one begrudges his wealth.  People do have a right to judge him based on his documented treatment of his workers though.  Think with your brain before making statements.

ThinkWithYourBrain wrote on October 30, 2012 at 10:10 am

OSHA can walk onto about any job of any kind and find a violation if they look hard enough. It's like if a cop follows a car long enough, it won't take long to find a reason to pull a person over. You show me an article that shows that Kahn personally made the call to avoid safety of his employees for his personal gain and I'll shut up. I've been reading the N-G for a long time and I don't remember off the top of my head any major issues that were not corrected after violations. And yes, there are plenty of people that judge him soley becasue he is rich and he doesn't pay double what a job calls for. Last I checked you don't have to be poor to get into heaven and making yourself wealthy doesn't automatically make you a bad person.

Sid Saltfork wrote on October 30, 2012 at 11:10 am

You have a direct line to heaven?  Please tell them to keep the "vacancy" sign lit for me.

My concern is not whether Mr. Kahn can be admitted to heaven; or if he is a bad person.  My concern is the knee jerk reaction that you, and others exhibit whenever workers rights for health and safety come up.  Why is it that whenever an employer is criticized for OHSA violations, or worker health and safety issues a group of insensitive people support the employer versus the workers who are effected?  I am curious why these people rush to push the Horatio Alger attitude.  The Age of Carneige, and Frick lives on in their minds.  

ThinkWithYourBrain wrote on October 30, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Not whenever, I'm speaking specifically of this situation.  Your knee-jerk reaction was to make one detail of a very large and complex story worth discrediting his character and his actions.  If I had been told by numerous current employees that their safety is discarded for profits I would not argue the point.  If he has come up by exploiting the unfair hardship of others, then I'll back off.  I don't know this to be true.  If your telling me you have first hand info that this is a BP type situation I'll shut up.

My original point was some OSHA violations doesn't mean the guy doesn't deserve to be where he is today (as i felt you were implying.)  It doesn't mean he stepped on the heads of poor exploited people to get to the next level.  You would have a long list if you applied your thinking to every business out there that is successful and has had more than one OSHA violation.  

Now I'm interested to know where Flex-n-Gate stands in terms of a safety record compared to similar work environments.  Please enlighten me.

Sid Saltfork wrote on October 30, 2012 at 2:10 pm

You go out of your way to defend OSHA violations like they are minor traffic violations.  You have a computer obviously.  You are aware according to you of the prior violations.  Yet, you want someone to look them up for you so you can argue regarding Flex-n-Gate's safety record.  Do you want someone to call your dog for you also?

Sid Saltfork wrote on October 30, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Thinkwithyourbrain;  It took me 12 minutes to look up 41 violations against Mr. Khan's operations.  Two workers went to the hospital in his Veedersburg, Indiana plant due to chemical accidents.  There were 39 violations of dumping hazardous waste at the closed Chrome Craft plant in Highland Park, Michigan.  The community residents are still trying to force a clean up of the property.

You can disbelieve it.  You can say that it is not enough to prove anything.  You can continue to ask others to prove it to you.  Whatever............ 

ThinkWithYourBrain wrote on October 30, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Yeah, I'm pretty much wrong on this.  There is a long history of violations.  I know first hand how ridiculous OSHA rules can be but it seems at least some of them were somewhat serious charges. If intentions were to avoid saftey I will concede the point. A quick search would have kept me from eating my foot.  My apologies.

Sid Saltfork wrote on October 30, 2012 at 8:10 pm

My apologies to you also for giving you a hard time. 

Bulldogmojo wrote on October 31, 2012 at 8:10 am

In all honesty OSHA doesn't just appear for random inspections. Osha only comes out after there is a history of complaints piling up. With the subject of Hexavalent Chromium and other chemicals used at these plants they are extrememly toxic if allowed to get into the groundwater, so the risks are to the community not just employees handling it. These employees by the way are frequently hired through temp agencies and so their experience in adhering to very specific chemical safety procedures is always going to be hindered by the turnover of these employees.

Sid Saltfork wrote on November 01, 2012 at 10:11 am

Flex-n-Gate, and OSHA were back in the headlines again yesterday regarding more OSHA violations.  Expect to see more in the future.

Go Jaguars!!!!  At least; the NFL players have a union to help with health, and safety in the workplace.

vecolic wrote on November 03, 2012 at 1:11 am

OSHA cites Flex-N-Gate for 'serious' violations Wed, 10/31/2012


A self-made billionaire, an immigrant who has made good on the American dream- & now: the American nightmare.
Let all Flex-N-Gate plants vote freely as provided by law on unionizing their workforce. Stop subsidizing the "community-
friendly" NFL Jaguars, high-profile donations to the the University of Illinois, and a yacht as long as a football field with the
exposure of our local Flex-N-Gate workers to severe threats to safety, security and dignity.... THIS IS THE USA.

“The tragedy is that he donates $10 million to a new health annex without providing for the health of his own workers”
  V.K., Daily Illini, April 26, 2012

1) Strong presence in the Flex-N-Gate workplace of hexavalent chromium, a known carcinogen
    ...(made famous by Ellen Brokovich and the movie named for her), without adequate safeguards:;;

2) Heavy dust accumulations in the air (and in workers' lungs) and related sporadic fires

3) Lack of appropriate safety gear and training

4) Non-union shops (60% of FIG plants) and likely harassment of pro-union workers (housing, etc.)

5) Lack of respect for worker's rights and dignity (e.g., denied permission to visit dying parents)

6) Owned  by a billionaire who clearly cares more about his image than his workers

mark4180 wrote on November 23, 2012 at 11:11 pm

The Jacksonville jaguar’s c owner Shahid Khan is a “Paki” guy (meaning Pakistani/South Asian Indian). Check the meaning of “Paki” in “thefreedictionary”