If you are a manufacturer of petroleum equipment, EPA wants to
know if your legacy equipment will be compatible with ethanol
blends up to E15. What scientific proof do you have, one way or
the other? Will your warranty be extended to blends up to E15, or
will they be voided?
If you are a distributor or installer of equipment, what
practical problems do you anticipate from fire marshals and other
code enforcing entities whose codes require equipment in petroleum
service to be "listed" when it is clear that legacy
equipment will not be listed for increased ethanol blends?
PEI members are encouraged to respond to EPA with their
comments. The comment period will be open for 30 days after the
notice is published in the Federal Register, which is
expected on or about April 22. Here is a link to the FR notice
with details on how to respond:
Please copy Bob Renkes (firstname.lastname@example.org)
with your responses. If you would rather PEI respond collectively
for you, please direct your comments to Bob and he will include
them, without attribution, as part of PEI's comments.
For more information on the E15 request, go to
WikiPEI, PEI's new online
reference site, is now available at
More than a dictionary or an encyclopedia, WikiPEI is a
comprehensive database of information about the petroleum
equipment industry referencing terms, products, companies and the
history of our industry.
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designed to accept online editorial submissions and changes from
visitors to the site. WikiPEI is moderated by PEI staff to
restrict offensive language and derogatory comments about any
person or product. The rest is up to you and others with an
interest in the petroleum equipment and liquid handling
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PEI SEMINAR MAY 6 IN ATLANTIC CITY
PEI partnered with
four regional trade shows in 2009 to sponsor workshops for PEI
members exhibiting in and attending the shows. This is an
opportunity to foster the PEI community on a regional basis,
especially for members who are unable to attend the annual PEI
convention. The last of these four workshops will be presented May
6 at the Atlantic Region Energy Expo (AREE). The topic is Profit
Myths in Wholesale Distribution and will be presented by John
MacKay. The session will examine some of the major myths about
profitability and how they can harm distributors. All participants
will receive an Excel template to help them understand how
incorrect thinking impacts profits in their own firm.
Aventine Renewable Energy Holdings has
filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The Illinois firm operates 207
million gallons of ethanol capacity and is one of the leading
producers and marketers of ethanol in the United States. Aventine
recorded a $47 million loss last year after earning $34 million in
EZ Fuel & Tank Solutions, Duluth, Georgia, and
Blue1 International of Belgium have reached an agreement where EZ
Fuel will manufacturer and distribute in the United States similar
DEF storage and dispensing systems used throughout Europe. The
owners of EZ Fuel have formed a new company, Blue1USA, to provide
DEF equipment for the SCR industry.
Suggested changes to
PEI's Recommended Practices for Vapor-Recovery Systems
(PEI/RP300-04) will be accepted through May 15. The revised
document will also include a new chapter on the decommissioning of
Stage II vapor recovery systems, along with a decommissioning
checklist. You can read RP300 and download the decommissioning
chapter at www.pei.org/RP300.
John Aguilar, salesman for Petroleum Marketing
Equipment (PME), Placentia, California, died April 10 in Covina
after suffering a heart attack earlier in the day. He was 50. He
began work at PME in 2002 and was named PME Salesman of the Year
in each of the last three years. John is survived by his wife,
Lucille, a daughter and two sons.
Pump and transfer dispensing
system manufacturer. Horn GmbH & Co. KG, Munketoft 42,
Flensburg, D-24937 Germany, has applied for manufacturer division
membership. Britta Roeloffs is assistant to the CEO for the firm,
which was established in 1944. The company manufactures pumps,
fueling dispensing systems, liquid management systems, and tire
pressure equipment. The equipment is sold through distributors.
Sponsored for PEI membership by Karsten Ehlers, ELAFLEX, Hamburg,
Transfer pump manufacturer. Flowserve Pump
Co., 5599 East Holmes Road, Memphis, Tennessee 38118, has applied
for manufacturer division membership. Richard Hines is sales
manager for the firm, which was established in 1967. The company
manufactures transfer pumps for the agricultural and chemical
industries. The pumps are sold through distributors. Sponsored for
PEI membership by Steve Murray, TotlConSys, Fort Wayne,
Storage tank manufacturer. Snyder Industries, Inc.,
P. O. Box 4583, Lincoln, Nebraska 68504, has applied for
manufacturer division membership. John Wobig is eastern account
regional manager for the firm, which was established in 1957. The
company manufactures polyethylene storage tanks for use in the
industrial and agricultural markets. The tanks are sold through
distributors. Sponsored for PEI membership by Dennis Walls,
MidwestNE, Lincoln, NE.
Colombia installation and service
contractor. Combustion & Fuel - Service & Improvement,
P. O. Box 140148, Cajica, Colombia, has applied for service and
construction division membership. Fernando Santos is director for
the firm, which was established in 2003. The company specializes
in fuel improvement, inspection and maintenance of fuel tanks.
Sponsored for PEI membership by J. Gregory Hockman, HockmnLews,
West Orange, NJ.
Colorado installation and service firm.
JHL Industrial Services, 7076 South Alton Way, Building H,
Centennial, Colorado 80112, has applied for membership in the
service and construction division. Steve Hoffman is project
manager for the firm, which was established in 2006. The company
installs industrial and commercial petroleum systems, and installs
and removes tanks. Sponsored for PEI membership by Fred Seymour,
J8EqpCo, Denver, CO.
Florida installation and service
contractor. Kandras Construction & Management Inc., 4113
SW 1st Court, Plantation, Florida 33317, has applied for service
and construction division membership. John Kandra is owner of the
firm, which was established in 2002. The company is a general
contractor and installs underground and aboveground storage tanks.
Sponsored for PEI membership by Fred Monroe, Monroe, Arlington,
TX, and Christine Schutt, TriCntyFL, Davie, FL.
environmental consulting group. Mott-Smith Consulting Group,
LLC, 2268-2 Wednesday Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32308, has
applied for affiliate division membership. Marshall T. Mott-Smith
is president of the firm, which was established in 2008. The
company provides solutions for storage tank management issues.
Sponsored for PEI membership by Mark Mays, PtrTechnik, Cincinnati,
DEF producer. Kruse North America, 3511 Silverside
Road, Suite 203, Wilmington, Delaware 19810, has applied for
affiliate division membership. Tom Katchmark is responsible for
new business development for the firm, which was established in
1930. The company sells and markets DEF (urea fluid) with a full
line of containers, dispensing equipment and bulk stations.
Sponsored for PEI membership by David Crouse, OPW-FC, Hamilton,
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