Dear PEI Member:
The tabulation of ballots has been completed in the nominating election of
PEI board members from our even-numbered districts and affiliate division.
Two members ran unopposed and have already been certified winners by the PEI
Election Commission. Two members received enough votes in the nominating
stage of the election process to be elected to the board without having to
participate in a runoff election. Runoff elections will be held in Manufacturer Districts
10 and 12, and the Affiliate Division. Ballots for the runoff election will
be mailed July 25. Here are the election results, according to
Kirk Mercer, R. W. Mercer Company, Jackson, Michigan, chairman of the PEI
Distributor District 2 - Craig Smith, Francis Smith & Sons, Inc.,
Chinchilla, Pennsylvania, has been elected to represent District 2 which
covers DE, MD, PA, VA, WV, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Malta,
Poland, Portugal, Spain and Hungary. He will succeed Scott Hafer,
Hafer Petroleum Equipment Ltd., Reading, Pennsylvania.
Distributor District 4 - Monti Harris, Oil Equipment Supply Corp.,
Indianapolis, Indiana, has been elected to represent District 4 which covers
IN, KY, MI, OH, Egypt, Israel, Kenya, Oman, Ontario, Qatar, Saudi Arabia,
South Africa, Sudan, Turkey and United Arab Emirates. He will succeed
Andy Mercer, R. W. Mercer Company, Jackson, Michigan.
Distributor District 6 - The new director representing District 6 is Phil
Farrell, Double Check Company, Inc., Kansas City, Missouri. He will
succeed Terry D. Cooper, Acterra Group, Marion, Iowa. Distributor
District 6 is composed of distributors in
IL, IA, MO and WI.
PEI Board Elections
New P/V Vent Requirement
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Distributor District 8 - The new director representing District 8 is
Robert Peavey, PumpTex Inc., Beaumont, Texas. He will succeed Richard
D. Dixon, P. B. Hoidale Company, Inc., Wichita, Kansas. Peavey will
represent distributors in
KS, NM, OK, TX and Mexico.
Manufacturer District 10 - The three nominees in the runoff are Eva
Chambers, Veeder-Root Company, Simsbury, Connecticut; Al Eichorn,
PMP Corporation, Avon, Connecticut; and Shawn Kiefer, Dixon Pumps,
Billings, Montana. Members in District 10 manufacture pumps,
meters, controls, vapor recovery equipment and filters.
Manufacturer District 12 - The two nominees in the runoff are Robert J.
Milo, Universal Valve Company, Inc., Elizabeth, New Jersey, and Tim
Woofter, Stanwade Metal Products, Inc., Hartford, Ohio. Members in Manufacturer District 12 manufacture
nozzles, valves, fittings, tank coatings, gauges and secondary containment
Affiliate Division - The nominees in the runoff are Gary Blanchette, On-Site
Marketing, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, and Erik Long, Walsh, Long & Company,
Inc., Naperville, Illinois.
EPA STIPULATES NEW VALVE REQUIREMENT FOR VAPOR BALANCE SYSTEMS
On January 10, 2008, EPA issued a final rule (73 FR 1916) that
established national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP)
for facilities in the gasoline distribution (Stage I vapor recovery) area source category.
The January 10 final rule requires the installation of vapor balance
systems between the delivery tank truck and the storage tank at gasoline
dispensing facilities with a monthly throughput of 100,000 gallons of
gasoline or more. The rule further requires the installation of
pressure/vacuum (PV) vent valves with specific cracking pressure and leak
rate settings on the storage tank vent pipes at affected facilities.
After the rule was published, EPA discovered that the PV vent valves with
the specific pressure, deviations, and leak rate settings required in the
January 10 final rule were no longer manufactured. As a result, EPA
amended those specific pressure and leak rate settings for PV vents as
follows: "A positive pressure setting of 2.5 to 6.0 inches of water and a
negative pressure setting of 6.0 to 10.0 inches of water. The total leak
rate of all PV vent valves at an affected facility, including connections,
shall not exceed 0.17 cubic foot per hour at a pressure of 2.0 inches of
water and 0.63 cubic foot per hour at a vacuum of 4 inches of water."
This change takes effect September 23, 2008, for new or reconstructed
gasoline dispensing facilities. The compliance date for existing gasoline
dispensing facilities with a monthly throughput of 100,000 gallons of
gasoline or more is January 10, 2011, which is the same date specified in
the January 10, 2008, final rule.
Guardian Fueling Technologies, Jacksonville, Florida, has acquired
AFG Petroleum in Crestview, Florida. Nels Walker will manage the branch
operation. Ben Edwards will stay on as service manager, and the entire AFG Petroleum
field-staff will continue with the new owners.
Of the 109,369 dispensers inspected by the Texas Department of
Agriculture in 2007, only 5 percent either gave the wrong amount of gasoline
or had other problems that put them out of commission until they were fixed,
reported the San Antonio Express News. Practically the same
percentage of dispensers gave the customer too much gasoline as those that
shorted the customer.
One-third of the motorists in the United States are purchasing most of their
gasoline at alternative gasoline retail outlets like supercenters,
supermarkets and warehouse clubs, according to TNS Retail Forward, a
retail-marketing firm in Columbus, Ohio. That percentage is up from 22
percent just three years ago. In terms of total gasoline sales, alternative
gasoline retailers now account for 13 percent of U.S. gasoline sales. TNS
Retail Forward projects this figure to reach 16 to 17 percent by 2012.
Expect health care premiums to rise 8 percent in 2009, the same as this
year. But double-digit increases are likely after that. Medical costs are
going up, after slowing for years because of concerted containment
efforts.--The Kiplinger Letter, July 3, 2008.
The average age of an SUV or pickup today in the United States is
just 7.1 years, compared with 9.2 for cars.--Oil Daily, July 17, 2008
PETROLEUM MARKETING NEWS
Atlas Oil Co., Taylor, Michigan, has purchased 23 BP-branded retail
sites in northwest Indiana from BP Products North America. The sale is
expected to close in the fall.
Thompson Energy LLC, Dalton, Georgia, has acquired Perimeter Oil and
Shamrock Petroleum, both located in metropolitan Atlanta. The two acquisitions
involve about 100 Shell- and Citgo-branded dealers.
APPOINTMENTS, PROMOTIONS AND ELECTIONS
United Pump and Controls, Inc., Suwanee, Georgia, has named Jim Young to
head its commercial division and alternative fuels efforts. Young has
20 years of petroleum industry experience, serving as a consultant,
representative and petroleum equipment manufacturer.
Eastern States Associates, Inc., Palmer, Massachusetts, has promoted
Joseph Flick to president and Ken Neal to vice president of the
company. Both men will be in charge of the day-to-day operations of
the company. Ed Maxwell will remain as chairman of the board and manager of
the New England territory.
Computrol Fuel Systems Inc., Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, has
appointed Mark van Wyk as its international sales and marketing manager. He
has experience working on the distribution and manufacturers representative
sides of the industry.
HCN Petroleum Equipment Inc., Newland, North Carolina, has recently
promoted Casey J. Hartley to vice president, operations. Hartley began with the
company in 1996 as a service technician and was named service manager in
The New Jersey Petroleum Equipment Contractors Association recently
elected five PEI members to leadership positions in the trade association.
They include Artie Hoffmann, A. H. Hoffmann, LLC (president); Ralf D.
Hillesland, Alfa-Tronics, Inc. (vice president); Chris Trebvus, Independence
Constructors, Inc. (director); Randy Mitchell, H. A. Fernot Co. Inc.
(director); and Wes Yeager, Wes Yeager & Associates Engineered Systems
Ray Geiger retired July 1 after 52 years in the petroleum
marketing equipment business. He spent the majority of his career with Gasboy,
representing the company on the West Coast and in Lansdale, and also worked for Tokheim
in Fort Wayne some time after Tokheim acquired Gasboy. He moved back to
California in 1994 to start up R G Sales Agency. Ray helped pioneer
unattended card lock systems for commercial accounts and credit/debit card
systems at retail locations. He can be reached at
Alabama distributor. Turner's Pump Shop, 616 West Carroll Street,
Dothan, Alabama 36301, has applied for distributor division
membership. Allen Turner is owner of the company, which was
established in 2007. The company represents Bagby, Catlow, Cim-Tek, ESCO,
Federal, Formex, FuelMaster, GasPump, Global, PemcoFL, PetroFiber, PMPCorp,
RDMElec and Universal. Sponsored for PEI membership by Wayne A. Wade, SummitS&S, Birmingham, AL.
CAD design firm. CAD Fuel Design, P. O. Box 5124, Roanoke, Virginia
applied for affiliate division membership. Beth V. Powell is owner of the
firm, which was established in 2001. The company offers contract drafting
for permitting, planning and installation purposes, and design for retail
fueling and fleet services. Sponsored for PEI membership by Terry W. Kidman, FourStar, Roanoke, VA.
Australian tank manufacturer. DTE Group Pty. Ltd., P. O. Box 5169,
Yangebup, Australia 6164, has applied for affiliate division membership.
Paul Kelly is the primary contact for the firm, which was established in
2000. The company manufactures storage tanks and provides liquid handling
solutions in the petroleum, chemical, industrial, power, process and mining
industries. Sponsored for PEI membership by Richard Sharpe, Plasteel,
Chinese motor manufacturer. Shenyang Daming Motor Co., Ltd., No. 30
JiansheNaner Road, Hushitai Economic and Technology Development Zone,
Shenyang, Liaoning, China 110122, has applied for affiliate division
membership. Yao Yongming is the general manager for the firm, which was
established in 1993. The company manufactures electric and explosion-proof
motors. Sponsored for PEI membership by Friendship Ge, AileOilEqp, Jiading
District, Shanghai, China.
Florida installation contractor. Penn Environmental Services, 6101
Adamsville Road, Gibsonton, Florida 33534, has applied for service and
construction division membership. Paul J. Kane is vice president of the
firm, which was established in 2006. The company is a full-service
underground storage tank installation contractor. Sponsored for PEI
membership by Brian Berkle, ValleyTank, Houston, TX.
Maryland contractor. Premium Electric, LLC, 889 Airport Park Road,
Suite N, Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061, has applied for service and
construction division membership. Joseph W. O'Connor, Jr., is co-owner of
the firm, which was established in 2007. Premium Electric is an electrical
contractor and installer doing business in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware,
southern Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. Sponsored for PEI membership by
Bill Flannery, Frittr&Son, Hyattsville, MD.
North Dakota service and construction firm. CDP Inc., 208 Lake
Street, Mandan, North Dakota 58554, has applied for membership in the
service and construction membership division. Scott Olson is president of
the firm, which was established in 2006. Sponsored for PEI membership by
James Reining, EagleEqp, St. Cloud, MN.
MEMBERSHIP TRANSFER REQUEST
Evans Pump Company, Inc., P. O. Box 194, Lake Dallas, Texas 75065, has
requested its membership in PEI be transferred from the service and
construction division to the distributor division of PEI. The company
represents Franklin, FuelMaster, Gilbarco, OPW-FC, 3M, and VeriFone. The
transfer is sponsored by two Texas distributors: Bryan Chambers, Chambers,
Brownwood, and Susan Bush, JayBallEqp, Dallas.
ADMITTED TO PEI
- Bradley Baxter, Pilot Travel Centers LLC, Knoxville, TN (O&E)
- Nelson Cabral, BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc., Natick, MA (O&E)
- Robert Bryant, Schneider National, Inc., West Memphis, AR (O&E)