- A budget of $2,304,650 for the fiscal year that began April 1. No dues
increase for 2008-2009.
- The 2009 PEI Young Executives Conference to be held February 5-7,
2009, in Costa Rica (tentative).
- Dos and Don'ts safety brochures converted to PDF files
and offered free of charge online.
- Two conferences in 2009: One for Construction & Service Managers and
the other for Branch Managers.
- PEI sponsorship of the University of Industrial Distribution, a unique
educational program designed specifically for distributors and
manufacturers marketing through industrial distributors.
- Explore the idea of holding events designed specifically for PEI members
at select regional petroleum marketer shows.
- Online tests designed to assess knowledge of PEI's recommended
PEI President Bruce Larson, Clarkston, Michigan, presided at the midyear
meeting. Other officers and directors attending the meeting included:
Blair Shwedo, Charlotte, NC (Vice President)
Peter Ward, Riviera Beach, FL (Treasurer)
Calvin Bishop, El Paso, TX (Immediate Past President)
Bob Renkes, Tulsa, OK (Executive Vice President)
John Scandurra, Newburgh, NY (District 1)
Scott Hafer, Reading, PA (District 2)
Don Wood, Orlando, FL (District 3)
Andy Mercer, Jackson, MI (District 4)
Susan Maples, Knoxville, TN (District 5)
Terry Cooper, Marion, IA (District 6)
Duane Grippe, Fargo, ND (District 7)
Richard Dixon, Wichita, KS (District 8)
Bob Hill, Tulare, CA (District 9)
Randy Dixon, Billings, MT (District 10)
Jeanne Murphy Murck, Herndon, VA (District 11)
Martin Pettesch, Elizabeth, NJ (District 12)
Dick Basham, Poca, WV (District 13)
Bob Dendy, Houston, TX (Affiliate Division)
Steven Hamilton, Basehor, KS (Service & Construction Division)
Connie Dooley, Tulsa, OK (Director of Administration)
ADVANCE REGISTRATION DEADLINE TO ATTEND
PURCHASING/INVENTORY MANAGERS CONFERENCE IS APRIL 11
Over 60 individuals are currently registered for PEI's 2008 Purchasing
and Inventory Managers Conference scheduled for May 16-17 at the Wyndham
Chicago O'Hare in Rosemont,
Illinois. Advance registration for the conference ends Friday, April 11.
After that time, member price increases from $295 per person to $395 per person.
You can download a copy of the conference brochure which includes housing information, general session and roundtable
discussion topics, and speaker information by visiting
www.pei.org/conference. A list
of companies represented at the conference is also available online.
Sponsors for the 2008 Purchasing and Inventory Managers Conference include
Central Illinois Manufacturing; ESCO Services, Inc.; Morrison Bros.; RDM
Electronics; PMP Corporation; and Riverside Steel, Inc. PEI
can accommodate two additional sponsors. For information
on participating as a sponsor, please contact Sondra Sutton at (918)
Brazil's largest sugar and ethanol group, Cosan, said last month it
had set up a joint venture company with Brazilian firms Copersucar and
Crystalsev to build and operate a dedicated ethanol pipeline between
Paulinia and the coast. Meanwhile, state-controlled oil company Petrobras
said it will carry out a technical study for the construction of a 570-mile
ethanol pipeline linking plants in Mato Grosso do Sul to a southern port
in Parana. Brazil has several pipelines that can transport both gasoline and
ethanol, but until recently, ethanol production has been too small to
justify building a pipeline dedicated to ethanol transportation alone.
Today, ethanol is mainly brought by truck from sugarcane producing states in
the interior to the major cities of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro on the
Marathon Oil plans to convert to 100 percent ethanol-blended
fuel at 16 of its Midwest terminals beginning May 1.
Alternative Fuel Distributors unveiled plans last month to build and
operate 1,000 convenience stores that will sell E85. The company expects to
open the first 100 stores by the first quarter of 2009 in Pennsylvania, New
Jersey, Maryland and Delaware. Company-owned convenience stores will be
branded under the "Go Green Station" trademark. Alternative Fuel
Distributors plans to sell shares through an initial public offering as a
way to raise funds to help pay for the construction of the 1,000 stores.
Energy Information Administration data shows that in 2007 ethanol's
market penetration in nine southern and southeastern states—Alabama,
Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South
Carolina and Tennessee—was essentially zero.
That situation is changing
quickly as marketers in those states begin to sell E10 to take advantage of tax
incentives and relatively high gasoline prices. Hess, Marathon, Shell and
Murphy have already begun selling E10 in Florida. RaceTrac has begun selling
ethanol blends in Florida and Georgia. Marathon began blending ethanol last
year in Tennessee and South Carolina, and plans to add Georgia, North
Carolina, Alabama and Florida in 2008, according to press reports.
PEI RP200 ON AST INSTALLATION TO BE REVISED
The PEI Aboveground Tank Installation Committee is in the process of
revising PEI's Recommended Practices for Installation of Aboveground Storage
Systems for Motor Vehicle Fueling (PEI/RP200-03). Any interested party is
eligible to comment and offer changes to the document. If you have
suggestions or recommendations for revisions to RP200-03, you can submit
them online or download a form to mail or fax at
www.pei.org/RP200. Instructions for
completing the form are also available on this website. All comments must
be received at PEI by Wednesday, April 30, 2008, to be considered by the
committee. If you have any questions or need further information, contact
Bob Young (email@example.com) or call
STUDY FINDS CONTINUING MTBE CONTAMINATION ON LONG ISLAND
A survey of 52 retail gasoline stations on Long Island has found
continuing contamination from methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), four years
after the gasoline additive was banned from New York, the state Department
of Environmental Conservation (DEC) reported in a recently conducted study.
Testing in the survey uncovered 32 petroleum spills that had not been
previously reported, DEC said. The 52 gas stations, surveyed between 2002 and
2006, did not have known histories of MTBE-blended gasoline spills and were
located in an aquifer recharge zone, DEC said. The report on MTBE
contamination has been posted at the
New York DEC website.
PETROLEUM MARKETING COMPANIES/SITES SOLD
Sun Capital Partners Inc., Boca Raton, Florida, has acquired
Worsley Operating Cos. and Li'l Cricket Food Stores Inc. Worsley,
headquartered in Wilmington, North Carolina, operates 124 convenience stores
in North and South Carolina. Li'l Cricket, Spartanburg, South Carolina, owns
and operates 88 convenience stores in South Carolina.
Sinclair Oil Corp., Salt Lake City, Utah, has purchased 14 Fiesta
Mart convenience stores in Oklahoma from Arkansas Valley Petroleum Inc.
Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., Laval, Quebec, has agreed to acquire 15
Speedway convenience stores in central Illinois from Speedway
Motiva Enterprises has sold its interest in 22 Fairfield,
Connecticut-area Shell-branded gasoline stations to Connecticut Dealers
Stations, and 372 Wilton Associates.
Emco Wheaton Retail Corporation,
Wilson, North Carolina, has appointed Porter Associates, Inc., West
Chester, Pennsylvania, as its representative in the Northeast. Porter
Associates will provide representation in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine,
Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont,
eastern New York, eastern Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C.
Craig McNeill has tendered his resignation as president of OPW
Fueling Components, Cincinnati, Ohio, effective June 30, 2008. McNeill
worked for OPW for more than 22 years, serving the last five years as
president. Dover Fluid Management has begun a search process to recruit a
new president for OPW Fueling Components.
FLEX-ING, INC., Sherman, Texas, has appointed Doug Adams/Jimco
to represent its company in Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico.
The Steel Tank Institute and Steel Plate Fabricators Association
Divisions of STI/SPFA, Lake Zurich, Illinois, have hired Vivian Bartt as
manager of communications and administration.
Edward George Ettl, president of Badger Oil Equipment Co., Milwaukee,
Wisconsin, died March 21 after a short battle with cancer. He was 76. Ed
spent 16 years with oil companies and industrial supply firms before joining
Badger in 1969, where he served first as vice president and then president.
He was very active in PEI over a 30-year period, serving on several
committees, as a director representing his distributor district, and as PEI
president in 1986. Ed will be remembered for his steadfast support of PEI
and its programs. Survivors include his wife, Arlene, and four
children. Two sons, Steve and Doug, and a son-in-law, Jeff Cain, currently
work for the company.
Northeast Petroleum Technologies, Inc., Schenectady, New York,
celebrated its 10th anniversary March 19, 2008.
Enrique Freyre S.A.C., Lima, Peru, will observe its 80th year in
business in November 2008.
CATHODIC PROTECTION TESTERS COURSE IN ATLANTA
The Georgia Tank & Environmental Contractors Association (GTEC) will
offer a three-day cathodic protection testers certification course May 19-21
in Atlanta. On May 22, experienced cathodic protection testers can take
"Advanced Cathodic Protection Troubleshooting and Repair." PEI members
receive a discount. For more information, contact Bill Greer at
call GTEC: (770) 426-1133.
Security lock manufacturer. CompX Security Products, P. O. Box 200,
Maudlin, South Carolina 29662, has applied for manufacturer division
membership. Craig Lambert is marketing director for the firm, which was
established in 1903. The company manufactures high security locks for CRIND
doors and lower doors on gasoline dispensers. They are sold through distribution.
Sponsored for PEI membership by Gregg Miller, NWPump, Portland, OR.
Missouri environmental consulting firm. Williams & Company Consulting,
Inc., 9237 Ward Parkway, Suite 220, Kansas City, Missouri 64114, has applied
for affiliate division membership. Patrick Vuchetich is senior project
manager for the firm, which was established in 1929. The company provides
environmental consulting for the petroleum marketing industry. Sponsored for
PEI membership by Richard D. Dixon, Hoidale, Wichita, KS.
Quebec software provider. LOC Software, 1650 Place de Lierre, Laval,
Quebec H7G 4X7, has applied for affiliate division membership. Julie Veniez
is the primary contact for the company, which was established in 1984. LOC
Software provides software from different partners to provide total store
control in multiple types of environments. Sponsored for PEI membership by
Paul Barnabe, Multipro, Montreal, PQ.
ADMITTED TO PEI
- OneSource Petroleum Supply, Stuarts Draft, VA (dis)
- Liquid Automation Systems, LLC, Pelham, AL (mfr)
- Transtank Pty. Ltd., Brendale, Queensland, Australia (mfr)
- Lemelin Environmental Services, Inc., Chicopee, MA (S&C)
- Giles Construction, Ltd., Maumee, OH (S&C)
- Coulson Petroleum Services, North Little Rock, AR (S&C)
- Rappahannock Petroleum LLC, Winchester, VA (S&C)
- Alpolic Materials/Mitsubishi Chemical FP America, Inc., Chesapeake, VA
- Bison Commercial Leasing, Syosset, NY (aff)