Tanknology Inc., Austin, Texas, has placed five executives
into key regional and sales management positions. Kevin Callaway has been
named regional manager of the company's Gulf Coast region (Texas, Oklahoma,
Arkansas and Louisiana), which is based in Austin. Eddie Campbell has been
promoted to regional manager for the company's southeast division (Georgia,
Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee). Ron
Raleigh has joined Tanknology as eastern division sales manager; Blaine
Garwood is the company's new northern division sales manager, and Kevin
O'Hearn has been named Gulf Coast sales manager.
Eastern States Associates, Inc. (ESA) has appointed Pat Hough to the
ESA sales team. A 30-year petroleum industry veteran, he will focus his
efforts on the mid-Altantic states.
Emco Wheaton Retail Corporation, Wilson, North Carolina, has
appointed P&G Marketing and Associates, Clinton, Illinois, to
represent the company in Illinois, Kansas and Missouri.
OPW Fueling Components, Cincinnati, Ohio, has reached an exclusive
private-label distribution agreement with ELAFLEX Tankstellentechnik GmbH
& Co., Hamburg, Germany. The agreement allowsOPW Fueling Components to
distribute ELAFLEX's diesel exhaust Fluid (DEF) nozzles in the United States
and Canadian markets.
Suncor Energy Inc. and Petro-Canada announced the proposed merger of the
two companies, with the firms operating corporately and trading under the Suncor name. Both companies have strong retail brands in Canada, with
Suncor's 427 locations and Petro-Canada's 1,323. Suncor also operates a
refining and marketing busienss in Ontario, with retail distribution under
the Sunoco name.
Brazil's state-controlled PetroBras has started producing and selling
E3 (3 percent ethanol) at stations across Japan.
SCHWARZENEGGER CALLS FOR DELAY IN EVR ENFORCEMENT
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has called for a delay in
the enforcement of the state's enhanced vapor recovery (EVR) program, saying
it created a hardship for station owners impacted from the sagging economy.
Schwarzenegger urged the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to delay
enforcement 6 to 12 months and asked the legislature to come to the rescue.
A bill was quickly introduced that would impose a one-year moratorium. CARB
chairperson Mary Nichols has asked her staff to urge the state's local air
control districts to "exercise their enforcement authority with discretion
PEI members in California tell us that over 50 percent of the dispensing
facilities are in compliance with the rule and are encouraging anyone who
will listen to enforce it. PEI members in California expect EVR work to
continue through 2009.
AT&T will buy and convert 8,000 Ford vans and trucks to natural
gas over the next five years. AT&T currently has 88,000 vehicles in its
William Richard (Bill) Giles, former president of Florida Equipment
Sales, Jacksonville, Florida, died February 24 in Jacksonville. He was 86. A
World War II veteran, Bill lived in Oxford and Atlanta, Georgia, before
moving to Jacksonville in 1960. He worked for Florida Equipment Sales for 54
years. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Margaret; a daughter, Deborah
Giles; a son, Rick; and 4 grandchildren
Louisiana distributor. Pump Tech of Louisiana, P. O. Box 316,
Crowley, Louisiana 70527, has applied for distributor division membership.
John Bryant Gielen is the primary contact the company, which was established
in 2006. The company sells and services service station equipment including
tanks and dispensers and represents AmFab, Champion, EmcoWheatn, Flex-Ing,
Freedom, ModernWeld, VeederR and VeriFone. Sponsored for PEI membership by
Orien Denham, Petron, Alexandria, LA.
Carwash rinse/reclamation systems manufacturer. New Wave
Industries, Inc., 3315 Orange Grove Avenue, North Highlands, California
95660, has applied for manufacturer division membership in PEI. Danielle Heyward is marketing coordinator for the firm, which was established in
1983. The company manufacturers rinse systems and water reclaim systems
which are sold through distributors. Sponsored for PEI membership by Charlie Tew, SoPmpTnkNC, Charlotte, NC.
Alabama construction and remodeling firm. Bryant and Company, Inc.,
P. O. Box 320937, Birmingham, Alabama 35232, has applied for service and
construction division membership. Jeff Bryant is secretary/treasurer for the
firm, which was established in 1955. The company builds, remodels and
demolishes service stations throughout the United States. Sponsored for PEI
membership by Lucas Ford, LucasFord, St. Petersburg, FL.
Arizona installation and service company. Trinium LLC, P. O. Box
11805, Chandler, Arizona 85248, has applied for service and construction
division membership. Bryan Weber is the primary contact for the company,
which was established in 2007. The company provides installation, retrofit
and decommissioning construction. Sponsored for PEI membership by Gregg
Miller, NWPump, Portland, OR.
Costa Rica maintenance company. ACM-Petrotica, Rorhmoser, 50 oest,
125 noroeste, Mall Plaza Mayor, San Jose, Costa Rica 1691-3000, has applied
for service and construction division membership. Luis Vargas i operations
manager for the firm, which was established in 2002. The company designs and
builds service stations and provides maintenance and repair of petroleum
equipment. Sponsored for PEI membership by Matt Cothren, UnivStruc, Plant
Wisconsin installation and service provider. G an D Petroleum, LLC,
9837 West Welsh Road, Janesville, Wisconsin 53548, has applied for service
and construction division membership. Gary Moser is CEO of the firm, which
was established in 2002. The company designs, builds, installs and provides
service to the petroleum industry. Sponsored for PEI membership by Tim
Esterling, WestMorInd, Morris, MN.
Loss prevention solutions provider. VRX Company, Inc., P. O. Box
4663, Maryville, Tennessee 37802, has applied for affiliate division
membership. Forrest Erickson is president of the company, which was
established in 2004. The company integrates electronic scales, cash
registers or point-of-sale to closed circuit TC systems to help pinpoint
employee theft. Sponsored for PEI membership by W. Douglas Bruce, RBMCo,
Indiana training firm. Practical American safety Solutions, LLC, 720
North Martin Luther King Boulevard, Muncie, Indiana 47307, has applied for
membership in the affiliate division. Raymond Rees is vice president of
operations and information for the company, which was established in 2003.
The company is currently designing and implementing a system to train
operators of underground storage tanks. Nominated for PEI membership by
Daniel J. Esposito, OilEqpSup, Indianapolis, IN.
North Carolina service firm. Convenience Store Service, P. O.
Box 582, Burlington, North Carolina 27216, has applied for service and
construction division membership. Ronald Smith is owner of the firm, which
was established in 2006. The company services dispensers, carwash equipment,
lights, signage, vacuums and tire inflators. Nominated for PEI membership by
Richard H. Long, RDMElec, Nebo, NC.
North Carolina environmental consulting firm. M D Shaw &
Associates, P.C., 8501 Foxtail Lane, Huntersville, North Carolina 28078, has
applied for affiliate division membership. Michael Shaw is president of the
firm, which was established in 2007. The company provides environmental
consulting services to underground storage tank owners and operators.
Nominated for PEI membership by Benjamin Thomas, ThomasAscs, Clinton, WA.