|Dear PEI Member:
Rethmeier, president of Western Pump, Inc., headquartered in San Diego,
California, became the 61st president of the Petroleum Equipment Institute
on January 1. He succeeds Peter Ward, president of Glasgow Equipment
Services, Inc., headquartered in Riviera Beach, Florida, in that post. Joey
Cheek, president of JMP Solutions, Tampa, Florida, is PEIís vice president for 2011.
Rethmeierís first duties was to appoint committees for 2011. In all, 194
people were named to serve on 20 PEI committees, with 23 individuals appointed to a committee for the first time.
appreciate the willingness of all committee members to contribute their time
and talent to serve the association and the industry. If you are interested
in serving on a committee in the future, contact me at
Here is a partial list
of members who have agreed to serve in 2011.
The list of members of the 13 committees that are
responsible for drafting and updating PEI's recommended practices will be
published in the next TulsaLetter.
This committee is responsible for planning seminars, surveys, industry
manuals, convention sessions, and other educational programs for PEI
members. Additionally, the committee makes recommendations to the PEI Board
of Directors and staff regarding the PEI convention.
Ron Sledd, Beneficial, Jetersville, VA , chair
Bateman, WstrnOilSer, Langley, BC
Boorse, Wawa, Wawa, PA
Harris, OilEqpSup, Indianapolis, IN
Mickey Meyer, MMSerEqp, Silver Grove, KY
Jodi McDonald, OilEqpWI, Madison, WI
Jeanne Murphy Murck, CoreEng, Herndon, VA
Porter, EOHabhegger, Yeadon, PA
Trabilsy, Accurate, North Aurora, IL
Supervises board elections and tabulates ballots. Members of this committee
are established by the PEI Constitution.
Bruce F. Larson, OWLarsonCo, Clarkston, MI, chair
Blair D. Shwedo, SEPSinc, Charlotte, NC
H. Ward, Glasgow, Riviera Beach, FL
Rethmeier Appoints Committees for 2011
EPA's E15 Decision Challenged Again
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Composed of the president, vice president, immediate past president and two
members of the board of directors, this committee is established by the PEI
Constitution and makes interim decisions on behalf of the board.
Dennis Rethmeier, WesternPmp, San Diego, CA, chair
Cheek, JMPSoltns, Tampa, FL
Peter H. Ward, Glasgow, Riviera Beach, FL
William J. Mascott III, MascottEqp, Portland, OR
Philip J. Parker, Samson, Swannanoa, NC
This committee monitors the associationís insurance programs and legislation
that impacts the insurance needs of PEI members.
J. Stephen Hieber, PWIinc, New Oxford, PA, chair
Larry Gentry, GentryCo, Lafayette, IN
John T. Hardin, Hardinís, Winston-Salem, NC
Fred W. Jones, WestechEqp, Salt Lake City, UT
Mark A. Leak, LeakPtrEqp, DeWitt, MI
William J. Mascott III, MascottEqp, Portland, OR
Plans programs and publications (SafetyLetter, Safe Practices, Dos and
Doníts, safety posters, etc.) for use by members to enhance public and
Steve Fletcher, NWPump, Portland, OR, chair
Mike Hays, DoublCheck, Kansas City, MO
Keller, PtrSoltns, San Antonio, TX
Radermacher, PumpMeter, Hopkins, MN
Rethmeier, WesternPmp, San Diego, CA
Dave Roller, UntdRental, Kansas City, MO
Philip J. Ruth, PumpTexInc, Beaumont, TX
Art Sodermark, Platinum, Clermont, FL
Strategic Long Range Planning Committee.
Established by the PEI Constitution, this six-person committee is composed
of the president, vice president, treasurer, and three immediate past
presidents. It develops long range plans and objectives, and serves as an
advisory group to the PEI Board of Directors.
Peter H. Ward, Glasgow, Riviera Beach, FL, chair
Dennis Rethmeier, WesternPmp, San Diego, CA
Joey Cheek, JMPSoltns, Tampa, FL
Cooper, Acterra, Marion, IA
Bruce F. Larson, OWLarsonCo, Clarkston, MI
D. Shwedo, SEPSinc, Charlotte, NC
Young Executives Committee.
The committee establishes and develops programs for members of the Young
Kristen Waddle, RDMElec, Nebo, NC, chair
Farrell, DoublCheck, Kansas City, MO
Lee Geurts, Krueger, Green Bay, WI
Indest, SoTankTest, Breaux Bridge, LA
Matthew Koziel, OWLarsonCo, Clarkston, MI
Montelione, Omntec, Ronkonkoma, NY
Rethmeier, WesternPmp, San Diego, CA
Mani Sundaram, DoublCheck, Kansas City, MO
ENGINE AND AUTO GROUPS JOIN SUITS OVER EPA'S E15 DECISION
The Engine Products Group (EPG)―a newly formed
coalition of four engine and automobile manufacturing groups―has
filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
Circuit challenging EPA's partial approval for the sale of gasoline
containing up to 15 percent ethanol (E15). This suit comes weeks after
lawsuits were filed by several food and petroleum industry organizations
challenging the partial approval. According to EPG's press release, the
petition challenges the ability of EPA to grant a partial waiver for three
The Clean Air Act does not authorize EPA to issue any
partial waiver decisions,
The 2007 Energy Act prohibits the sale of fuel that
could cause engine failure, increase emissions or other problems, and
The testing upon which EPA made its decision was put in
the administrative record too late to permit meaningful comment or scrutiny
from concerned groups and stakeholders.
HOUSING DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR YOUNG EXECUTIVES CONFERENCE
PEI has extended the housing deadline for the annual Young Executives
(YE) Winter Conference until January 10. Nearly 60 people, including YE
members and guests, have already registered
at attend the event―the largest number in several years. The conference will be held February 4-5 at the Omni La Mansiůn
del Rio, located on the River Walk in San Antonio, Texas. Program details,
registration and housing information are available at
STATIONS CHANGE HANDS
Lehigh Gas Corp., Bethlehem, Pennsylvania,
finalized the sale of 40 retail locations in New York, Pennsylvania and New
Jersey. Sunoco purchased 25 of the stores, three stores were sold to
individual dealers, and the remaining 12 will close over the next two
weeks.―CSP Daily News, January 4, 2011.
7-Eleven Inc., Dallas, Texas, has agreed to acquire ExxonMobil's
interests in 183 retail sites in Florida.
ALTERNATIVE FUEL NEWS FROM EUROPE
Purchasers of any one of nine models of electric cars
in the UK will be eligible for a grant of up to £5,000 from the
government beginning January 1, 2011. In
addition, funds of around £20 million have been given to support the
installation of charging points in the Midlands, Greater Manchester, East of
England, Scotland and Northern Ireland along with existing ones in London,
Milton Keynes and the North-East. The goal is to create 4,000 charging points
will be created over the next 18 months.
Germany moved from E5 to E10 at its 14,000+ refueling
stations on January 1. According to the Federal Ministry for the
Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), E10 will have a
decreased impact on the environment in terms of carbon emissions and will
reduce consumer reliance on diminishing oil reserves. The BMU estimates that
around 90 percent of existing cars in Germany will be E10-compatible. Vehicles unable to run on E10 can
continue to use E5 until it is phased out in
Platts, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., announced an
agreement to acquire Oil Price Information Service, LLC (OPIS) from United
Communications Group, a privately held business information provider.
Congress passed a continuing resolution last month to extend the
federal government's operating budget through March 4, 2011. Energy
subsidies will be far more difficult to win over the next two years.
Bipartisan support seen in the past for ethanol subsidies appears to be
weakening.―The Oil Daily, December 27, 2010.
The total volume of fuel sold through the service station network in the
UK fell in 2009 for the second consecutive year. Gasoline consumption
declined at a faster rate than diesel, dropping 2.9 percent in 2009, while
diesel sales fell 1.7 percent in the same period. The number of service
stations in the country fell by 2.9 percent in 2009, to 9,013 sites at the
beginning of 2010.―Service Station Retailing in the
UK 2010, Research and Markets.
The Canadian Renewable Fuel Standard went into effect December 15, 2010.
It requires an average of 5 percent of all gasoline in the country to
contain ethanol. It is expected to add an estimated 2 billion liters/year of
ethanol into the Canadian gasoline pool.
APPOINTMENTS AND ELECTIONS
Central Illinois Manufacturing Company, Bement, Illinois, has recently
appointed Rice-Christ, Inc., headquartered in Grand Prairie, Texas,
to represent the company in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas
Cortland Pump & Equipment Inc., Cortland, New York, has hired Matt
Kime as warehouse/parts coordinator at its Rochester office and Brenda Allen as service
administrator assistant. Kime has 20 years experience in the petroleum
industry while Allen previously worked as a service writer for a car
Tom Tait, president of Tait Environmental Services, Inc., Anaheim,
California, was recently elected Mayor of Anaheim.
Kermit Kuebler, retired salesman for Bowser Pump Company and SME
Corporation, died December 18 in South Carolina at the age of 92. He
was the last surviving salesman for Bowser, which closed its doors in Fort
Wayne, Indiana, in 1960.
South Africa tanker equipment provider. Pneumatic Tanker Equipment, P. O.
Box 15661, Impala Park, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa 1472, has
applied for affiliate division membership. Miguel Afonso is in sales for the
firm, which was established in 2003. The company sells and repairs
electronic and pneumatic petroleum tanker equipment. Sponsored for PEI
membership by Robert G. Scully, Scully, Wilmington, MA.
Guatemala service company. Servicios Tecnicos Especializados, 3 ave.
1-108 zona 1 Mixco, Lomas de Portugal, Guatemala, Guatemala, has applied for
service and construction division membership in PEI. Mauricio Meza is a
mechanical engineer with the company, which was established in 2001. The
company calibrates and repairs meters, installs equipment, and tests piping
and hose. Sponsored for PEI membership by Steve Murray, TotlConSys, Fort
MEMBERSHIP TRANSFER REQUEST
Bertotto, Boglione S.A., Ruta 9 km 442.7, Marcos Juarez, Cordo,
Argentina 2580, has requested its membership in PEI be transferred from the
distributor division to the manufacturer division. The company manufactures
underground double-walled tanks, aboveground tanks, mobile delivery systems
and other equipment. The equipment is sold through distributors. The
transfer is sponsored by Carlos Ochoa, Pastorino, Cordoba, Argentina, and
Alfredo Machado, Sumipeca, Caracas, Venezuela.
ADMITTED TO PEI
- Fueltec Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe (dis)
- Jacobsen and Moreau Specialty Services, Inc., Marrero, LA (S&C)
- National Biodiesel Board, Jefferson City, MO (aff)
- Muthig Environmental, Inc., Columbia, SC (aff)