Here is %full_individual_name%'s Tulsaletter
August 16, 2011 | Vol. 61, No. 17

respond | preferences | login | unsubscribe

In This Issue
Dear PEI Member:

Each year, PEI members and their customers come to the PEI Convention to see new products, identify trends, make business connections, attend workshops and network with industry peers.

Join us this year, October 1-4, in Chicago as members explore new ways to fine-tune their businesses by taking advantage of educational workshops, numerous networking opportunities, an exciting exposition with more than 585 booths catering to the retail motor fuel equipment industry and interacting with the best equipment manufacturers, distributors and contractors in the world. All of this can be found at the PEI Convention at the NACS Show. Join your peers in Chicago at the one event your business cannot afford to miss by registering today.

Here are a few noteworthy items and updates on this year's Convention:

Educational sessions. The PEI workshops will provide a balanced program of industry-specific topics and business management sessions. Here are the titles of what you will hear at the 2011 PEI Convention:

  • Business Succession Planning (10-Group General Session, Saturday, Oct. 1)
  • Lessons from Black Hawk Down (Kick-Off Breakfast, Sunday, Oct. 2)
  • Diesel Exhaust Fluid--The Time is Now (Sunday, Oct. 2)
  • Business Lessons From the Links (Sunday, Oct. 2)
  • E15: Where Do We Go From Here? (Sunday, Oct. 2)
  • Your Online Marketing Toolbox: How to Put It to Work! (Sunday, Oct. 2)
  • The Future Is Your Decision (Sunday, Oct. 2)
  • Regulatory Update (Sunday, Oct. 2)
  • PEI Distributors: The Times They Are A-Changin' (Monday, Oct. 3)

Click here for more detailed descriptions of the sessions.

ICC exams at the convention. The International Code Council (ICC) will offer its UST/AST exams, as well as state-specific UST System Operator exams, October 2-3 in the PEI meeting area at McCormick Place in Chicago. The ICC exams are used to meet mandatory requirementsin whole or in part―of several states. They also are used as a voluntary credential in states where there is not yet a mandatory UST or AST licensing requirement. Space is limited to 60 candidates per seating. Walk-in registration for testing will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, as space allows. For more information about the exams to be administered in Chicago, including reference materials, fees and content, click here.

Exposition. The number of PEI members exhibiting as of August 15 in the Petroleum and Technology Show Floor Categories at McCormick Place has already exceeded the number we had at our 2010 convention in Atlanta. The same is true with the total amount of booth space taken by those members. A few booths are still available at this writing. Contact Bob Young if you are interested in exhibiting. A list of exhibitors and a floor plan is available online.

Registration. You can still save $100 per registrant and avoid hassles by registering for the PEI Convention now. Full registration through PEI entitles you to attend all PEI Convention functions and the exposition, plus any NACS educational session, including the Closing General Session featuring Tom Brokaw. Go to the registration page for rates, options and to register now. PEI members can download the most current pre-registration list of attendees from the Members Only page.

PEI Convention in Chicago, October 1-4

NCWM Update From Annual Meeting

Alternative Fuels

return to top of page


Respond to this Newsletter

by e-mail to the editor, Robert Renkes at

or join the discussion in the Petroleum Equipment Forum

to unsubscribe or change preferences see below.

Housing. You can still book rooms for the convention through the show's official housing company, although your first choice of hotel may not be available. Overall, availability is limited, so we have listed all hotels with rooms from the NACS and PEI blocks. Book your room online or by calling 800-262-9974 or 404-842-0000. Do not contact the hotel directly. Official NACS Show hotels will not honor direct reservations. You must book through the official housing company. If you have already booked your room but your plans have changed since you made your reservation, you have until August 30 to change and/or cancel to receive your deposit. Substitutions are permitted any time, but changes in arrival/departure dates are based on availability. After August 30, your deposit is forfeited and your card is charged a one-night room and tax penalty. If you do not see your preferred hotel available online, you can ask to be put on a waitlist. The housing company will work on your behalf to obtain the room(s) at your preferred hotel.

Find Red. We can still use a little help in greeting and assisting convention-goers in finding their way to PEI events and sessions at McCormick Place. Find Red volunteers contribute anywhere from 1 to 2 hours during the middle days of the convention (October 2-3). It's a great way to help PEI and meet people. Contact Carletta Denison at for further information. Here is a list of the really swell, fun-loving members who have already signed up to help:

  • Julie A. Carpenter, Lakeland Graphics, Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Jason Carr, Stantec, Portland, ME
  • Brian Derge, Tanknology, Austin, TX
  • Jason R. Fletcher, The Makar Company, Berryville, VA
  • Shannon Geurink, Northwest Petroleum Service, Wausau, WI
  • Duane Grippe, O'Day Equipment, Fargo, ND
  • Jim Howard, Hess Corporation, Woodbridge, NJ
  • April M. Indest, Southern Tank Testers, Breaux Bridge, LA
  • David Jacobs, Flint Loc, Philo, OH
  • Brenda J. Johnstone, Convenience & Carwash Canada, Winnipeg, MB
  • Edward S. Kubinsky, Jr., Crompco, Plymouth Meeting, PA
  • Jeanne Murphy Murck, Core Engineered Solutions, Herndon, VA
  • Mike Panyard, Petroleum Parts, Ft. Wayne, IN
  • Bill Parker, Lincoln Industrial, St. Louis, MO
  • Ryan Shadburn, Western Pump, San Diego, CA
  • Ron Sledd, Beneficial Systems, Jetersville, VA
  • Art Sodermark, Platinum Engineering & Safety, Clermont, FL
  • Mani Sundaram, Double Check, Kansas City, MO
  • Tedmund P. Tiberi, Arid Technologies, Wheaton, IL
  • Mike Wade, E.J. Ward, San Antonio, TX

PEI One on One. This is a new feature at the Chicago convention. Located in an area right next to PEI registration, PEI One on One will provide a space where PEI members can gather for casual discussions with one another and with industry and association experts. Be sure to swing by and join in the conversation. More information will be available about what and who you will find there as the convention nears.

The National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) held its 96th annual meeting last month in Missoula, Montana. PEI was on hand to monitor several items of particular interest to our members.

The task force commissioned to review price posting at the gas pump―prompted by the growth in loyalty and other retailer discount programs―continues its work. It is possible, but not yet certain, that some sort of proposal may be presented on the topic at NCWM's January 2012 interim meeting, with a final vote for adoption possible in July 2012.

Another closely followed issue related to remanufactured equipment. A proposal introduced in 2010 had the potential to require that any replaced component would have to meet all applicable codes in effect at the time of the replacement―rather than the codes in effect at the time the original component was put into service. After testimony by several interested parties, Handbook 44, which contains the regulations recommended by NCWM for retail measurement of liquid products, was modified to make clear that replaced components must only meet the codes in place at the time the original component was placed into service. As a practical matter, this means that remanufacturers will not have to go through a costly and time-consuming NTEP (National Type Evaluation Program) certification process on these parts.  

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is offering EPA-approved labels to gasoline marketers free of charge. The labels will be required on every pump offering E15 once the new fuel is certified for commercial sale as required by the Clean Air Act. For more information or to order labels, contact Jen Kracher at or 402-391-1930.
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted last month to approve S. 1001, the Alternative Fuel Vehicles Competitiveness and Energy Security Act of 2011, which would expand the use of alternative fuel vehicles and related infrastructure through the use of loan guarantees and other means. The committee deferred action on S. 948, which would establish a grant program to promote the use of 400,000 plug-in vehicles in model communities with funds to support infrastructure improvements such as publicly available charging stations.
Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley has appointed members to the state's EV Infrastructure Council, created by legislation introduced by the Governor in the 2011 Session as part of a package of bills to promote electric vehicles. The EV Infrastructure Council is charged with developing statewide standards for streamlined permitting and installation of EV charging stations and supply equipment, developing targeted policies to support fleet purchases for electric vehicles, developing charging solutions for existing and future multi-dwelling units, and increasing consumer awareness and demand for electric vehicles.

Marathon Petroleum Corp.
plans to expand from its base in the Midwest by extending its Speedway and Marathon retail segment into the Southeast and possibly acquiring refining assets, company CEO Gary Heminger said in an interview August 2.

Chevron Puerto Rico has agreed to spend an estimated $5.2 million to resolve alleged violations of the federal resource Conservation and Recovery Act at approximately 100 service stations in Puerto Rico, under a proposed settlement agreement reached with federal prosecutors July 26. Chevron Puerto Rico would also have to pay a $600,000 penalty, the Justice Department said. The complaint alleged Chevron failed to provide release detection for tanks and piping; failed to provide adequate overfill protection equipment; failed to perform annual tests of automatic line leak detector systems; and failed to maintain adequate records of compliance with release detection requirements for tanks and piping.

Frank A. Lynd
, founder and president of Lynd Fueling Systems, Inc., Plano, Texas, died suddenly August 10 after suffering a massive stroke August 6. He was 55. Survivors include his wife, Jean Logan; a son, William; three daughters: Diona Aaron, Sherri White and Leslie Pattinson; and five grandchildren.  

Michigan contractor
. Beebe Fuel Systems, Inc., 13191 Wayne Road, Livonia, Michigan 48150, has applied for service and construction division membership. Clark Beebe is vice president of the firm, which was established in 2010. The company installs and removes tanks, and installs and repairs piping. Sponsored for PEI membership by Glen Corkill, SourceIL, Addison, IL.
Trinidad service company
. Trinidad Tank & Fuel Services Limited, 1st South Avenue, Western Main Road, Chaguaramas, Trinidad, has applied for service and construction division membership. John Collier is managing director for the firm, which was established in 2010. The company provides diesel tank and fuel service in Trinidad. Sponsored for PEI membership by Patricia George, AlgaeXIntl, Fort Myers, FL.
China import/export firm. Vanpek Enterprises Beijing Inc., 1418, Bldg. 16, Block 4 Anhuili, Chaoyang Dist., Beijing, China 100723, has applied for affiliate division membership. Thomas Zheng is president of the firm, which was established in 1999. The company sells equipment for tank cleaning and fueling system equipment for petrol service stations. Sponsored for PEI membership by Robert E. Delaney, Gamajet, Exton, PA.


  • Badger Meter, Inc., Milwaukee, WI (mfr)
  • Flint Loc LLC, Philo, OH (mfr)
  • Underwriters Laboratories Inc., Northbrook, IL (aff)
  • Datanet Engineering, Inc., Ownings Mills, MD (S&C)
  • A M International, Falaj Al Qabail, Oman (S&C)
  • Innovative Fueling Solutions, Amarillo, TX (S&C)
  • Slunaker Construction, Riverside, CA (S&C)
  • Andrew Hartley, Don & Randy Shoemaker's Truck Station, Lincoln, NE (O&E)
  • Jennifer Lucas, BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc., Westborough, MA (O&E)
  • Rose Marie Murray, BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc., Westborough, MA (O&E)


Manage Your Subscription

This newsletter is a member benefit of the Petroleum Equipment Institute. To unsubscribe by email click here or manage all your newsletter subscriptions online at

Do not reply to this message.
This newsletter is sent from an unattended mailbox.
To respond to this newsletter use these options.

PEI® and the PEI mark are registered trademarks
of the Petroleum Equipment Institute.
Copyright © 2011 All rights reserved.

return to top of page

Petroleum Equipment Institute
P. O. Box 2380
Tulsa, OK 74101-2380

The TulsaLetter (ISSN 0193-9467) is published two or three times each month by the Petroleum Equipment Institute. Robert N. Renkes, Executive Vice President, Editor. Opinions expressed are the opinions of the Editor. Basic circulation confined to PEI members.