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January 6, 2011 | Vol. 61, No. 1

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Dennis 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.

One of 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.

We 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.  

Education/Convention Committee. 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
Rob Bateman, WstrnOilSer, Langley, BC
Scott Boorse, Wawa, Wawa, PA
Monti Harris, OilEqpSup, Indianapolis, IN
Mickey Meyer, MMSerEqp, Silver Grove, KY
Jodi McDonald, OilEqpWI, Madison, WI
Jeanne Murphy Murck, CoreEng, Herndon, VA
Jody Porter, EOHabhegger, Yeadon, PA
Steve Trabilsy, Accurate, North Aurora, IL

Election Committee. 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
Peter H. Ward, Glasgow, Riviera Beach, FL

Rethmeier Appoints  Committees for 2011

EPA's E15 Decision Challenged Again

PEI Young Executives Annual Meeting

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Service Rates Survey
If your company provides service work and you did not receive the survey announcement, email Chris Bouldin at by Friday!

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Executive Committee
. 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
Joey Cheek, JMPSoltns, Tampa, FL
Peter H. Ward, Glasgow, Riviera Beach, FL
William J. Mascott III, MascottEqp, Portland, OR
Philip J. Parker, Samson, Swannanoa, NC

Insurance Committee. 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

Safety Committee. Plans programs and publications (SafetyLetter, Safe Practices, Dos and Doníts, safety posters, etc.) for use by members to enhance public and workplace safety.
Steve Fletcher, NWPump, Portland, OR, chair
Mike Hays, DoublCheck, Kansas City, MO
John Keller, PtrSoltns, San Antonio, TX
Joe Radermacher, PumpMeter, Hopkins, MN
Derek 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
Terry Cooper, Acterra, Marion, IA
Bruce F. Larson, OWLarsonCo, Clarkston, MI
Blair D. Shwedo, SEPSinc, Charlotte, NC

Young Executives Committee. The committee establishes and develops programs for members of the Young Executives program.
Kristen Waddle, RDMElec, Nebo, NC, chair
Chris Farrell, DoublCheck, Kansas City, MO
Lee Geurts, Krueger, Green Bay, WI
April Indest, SoTankTest, Breaux Bridge, LA
Matthew Koziel, OWLarsonCo, Clarkston, MI
Liz Montelione, Omntec, Ronkonkoma, NY
Ryan Rethmeier, WesternPmp, San Diego, CA
Mani Sundaram, DoublCheck, Kansas City, MO

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 specific reasons:

  • 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.

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

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. 

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 2013.

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.

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 effective immediately.
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 dealership.
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 Wayne, IN.

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.


  • 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)


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