|Dear PEI Member:
In response to numerous member requests and growing industry needs (see
following story), PEI will sponsor a two-day
CNG Fueling Station Design
and Construction Course, to be held February 23-24, 2012, at the Mirage
Hotel & Resort in Las Vegas.
The course is designed for companies that are interested in or responsible
for designing and building natural gas fueling stations, as well as
equipment providers and those involved in permitting such stations.
Completely customized to meet the unique needs of PEI members, the course
will provide attendees with the technical information required to
successfully design, specify, and construct CNG fueling stations, including:
sizing the project; common station configurations; developing equipment and
construction specifications; managing the design, permitting and
construction processes; piping diagrams and plot plans; and necessary safety
procedures. Each attendee will receive a comprehensive manual and related
background materials that will be invaluable resources on the job.
Participants scoring 70 percent or higher on a proficiency exam at the end
of the course will receive a certificate of completion.
The instructor for the course is Leo Thomason, co-founder and president of
the Natural Gas Vehicle Institute (NGVi). Established in 1989, NGVi is North
America’s leading provider of education, training and technical consulting
on natural gas vehicles and fueling technologies.
With more than 25 years of natural gas vehicle and fueling infrastructure
development experience, Thomason is known worldwide as an expert on this
technology. Over the past two decades, he has personally trained more than
14,000 students in the United States, Europe, India, Bangladesh, Philippines
and Malaysia. Leo is also a CSA-certified CNG Fuel System Inspector.
While comparable public NGVi training courses are priced at $795 or more,
the PEI-sponsored course is available to PEI and Western Petroleum Marketers
Association (WPMA) members for a discounted $495 advance registration fee
($695 for nonmembers). A negotiated rate of $145 is available at the Mirage
through January 18. Our course immediately follows the WPMA convention,
which puts the rooms in high demand. We suggest you make your reservations
as early as your plans can be confirmed.
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Space for this course is limited, and advance registration is required. For
more information on the course, the hotel or to register,
FOUR STATES TEAM UP TO PROMOTE NATURAL GAS VEHICLES
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin is leading an effort with the governors of
Colorado, Wyoming and Pennsylvania to persuade U.S. automakers to build more
natural gas-fueled vehicles (NGVs) for use in both state and corporate
fleets. The goal of the participating states is to collectively purchase
5,000 NGVs per year, thereby establishing demand for the vehicles and
providing an incentive for manufacturers to design and sell an NGV that
would appeal to the general public. Governor Fallin conceded that there is
currently very little in the way of infrastructure, such as refueling
stations for NGVs, but added that the states will encourage companies to
install the necessary infrastructure.
REGISTRATION OPENS FOR PEI YOUNG
Registration is now open for the 2012
Young Executives Winter
Conference, which is scheduled for February 2-4, 2012, at the Omni Cancun
Resort in Cancun, Mexico.
The keynote presentation at this year's winter conference will be given
by Dean Lindsay, author of The Progress Challenge: Working and Winning in
a World of Change and Cracking the Networking Code: 4 Steps to
Priceless Business Relationships.
The Winter Conference early registration fee for members of the PEI Young
Executives is $395 ($495 for nonmembers which includes a one-year membership
in the PEI Young Executives). Spouses or guests also are invited to attend
for a fee of $125, which includes all meals and receptions. These
registration fees are valid through December 16, 2011. The room rate for the
Omni Cancun is $185 per night, excluding taxes and resort fees. To register
or learn more
More information on the Young Executives program is available by visiting
MODERN WELDING JOINS PEI PRIORITY CLUB
Modern Welding Company, based in Owensboro, Kentucky, has joined the PEI
Priority Club. The company becomes the Priority Club's 14th member, joining
Central Illinois Mfg. Co.
- Franklin Fueling Systems
- Gilbarco Veeder-Root
- Husky Corporation
- NPN Magazine
- Petroleum Parts Inc.
- PMP Corporation
- RDM Industrial Electronics, Inc.
- STICO Mutual Insurance Company
- Universal Valve Company, Inc.
- Wayne: A GE Energy Business
- ZCL/Xerxes Corporation.
PEI Priority Club is an exclusive category of membership within PEI,
where Club members commit additional resources to the organization to
support ongoing programs and events. Benefits of Priority Club membership
include recognition throughout the year at PEI conferences and in PEI
publications, discounted advertising and sponsorship opportunities, and
first choice booth selection at the PEI/NACS tradeshow. Priority Club
members and their guests also attend the President's dinner held during
PEI's annual convention. For more information about PEI's Priority Club,
contact Carletta Denison at
AMERICAN EQUIPMENT FINANCE AND ASCENTIUM CAPITAL MERGE
Ascentium Capital LLC, Kingwood, Texas, and American Equipment Finance,
Warren, New Jersey, have merged. The merger resulted in the appointment of
Richard A. Baccaro as Ascentium's executive vice president of sales and
marketing and Len Baccaro as senior vice president of sales of Ascentium.
Richard and Len Baccaro co-founded American Equipment Finance in 2002.
The U.S. Supreme Court announced November 7 that it had rejected a
petition from the National Petrochemical and Refiners Association and the
American Petroleum Institute challenging EPA's Renewable Fuels Standard. The
petition challenging the regulations was initially rejected in December 2010
in a unanimous decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of
Mark Barron, president of Petroleum Solutions, Inc. (PSI), McAllen,
Texas, was named to the 7th Annual AGGIE 100 on November 4, 2011. PSI was
among the top 100 fastest-growing companies in the world owned or operated
by a former student from Texas A&M University.
There are now 43 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces with DEF
available at the pump, according to discoverDEF.com. As of November
3, Pilot was operating 187 locations with on-island DEF pumps. Love's Travel
Stops currently has 87 U.S. locations with pumps dispensing DEF on the
island, reports discoverDEF.com.
According to the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS),
about 80 percent of retail gasoline sales in the U.S. occur at convenience
stores, with 11 percent sold at big box marketers, like Costco, and the rest
at outlets that sell fuel but don't have a store.
Nissan plans to start taking orders from all major metropolitan areas
for its all-electric Nissan Leaf in December and will finish a 50-state
roll-out by March of next year. So far, 8,000 units have been sold in the
initial roll-out of the Leaf which was concentrated on the West Coast and
S. Bravo Systems, Commerce, California, has hired Micah J. Nelson as
product manager of their Fitting and Retrofit Product Divisions. Nelson will
report to vice president and senior engineer Don Mukai.
ConocoPhillips said that the independent downstream company to be
spun off from the integrated oil firm next year will be named "Phillips 66."
Conoco unveiled plans to spin off its refining and marketing, midstream and
chemicals businesses into a separately publicly traded company in July, and
has provided more details of the restructuring in recent months.
RENEWABLE FUELS REPORTS AVAILABLE
Renewable Fuel Standard: Potential Economic and Environmental Effects of
U.S. Biofuel Policy is a report prepared by the National Research
Council at the request of Congress. The National Research Council convened a
committee of 16 experts to provide an independent assessment of the economic
and environmental benefits and concerns associated with achieving the
mandated volumes of renewable fuels required by the Renewable Fuels
Standard, as amended by the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act
(RFS2). Among other things, the committee was specifically asked to describe
biofuels produced in 2010 and projected to be produced and consumed in 2022
using RFS-compliant feedstocks primarily from U.S. forests and farmland. Its
- The U.S. lacks the refining capacity necessary to meet the cellulosic
biofuel production goals. The report points out that no commercially
viable biorefineries are in operation producing cellulosic biofuel.
- Cellulosic biofuels are not economically viable because of the gap
between what the feedstock farmers need to recoup their costs and how much
refiners can afford to pay. Oil prices need to approach $191 per barrel to
close the gap and make cellulosic fuels more competitive.
- Between 30 million and 60 million acres of cropland will be required
to produce enough biomass to meet the renewable fuel requirements for
- Replacing annual crops with a perennial biofuel could emit enough
carbon dioxide from the soil and plants to offset any greenhouse gas
emissions reductions from replacing petroleum products with biofuels.
Testing the Functionality of Stage I Vapor Recovery and Overfill
Prevention Components is the name of a report prepared by Ken Wilcox
Associates for the American Petroleum Institute (API). Although not
mentioned in the title, the testing was performed to determine how those
components work in higher alcohol concentration blends of gasoline. The
components were tested using a CE17A fuel as designated by API, as well as
in commercial E10. The 52-page report is available
SINGLE-STORE OWNERS INVEST MORE MONEY IN TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS
According to the 2011 CSNews for the Single Store Owner 2011
Technology Survey (based on 2010 data):
- 84 percent of the single-store owners report that they are in
compliance with PCI standards, up from last year's 72 percent. Another 8
percent are in the process of becoming compliant, and only 6 percent
report they haven't started the process yet.
- 93 percent accept both credit and debit in their stores, with 57
percent integrating these services with their point-of-sale (POS) system.
- For those stores that also sell motor fuel, 63 percent integrate fuel
pumps with POS, and this year, more locations (83 percent) incorporated
tank monitors into their operations.
- Digital/video surveillance rose to the top of this year's list of
technologies with the greatest impact on business.
Richard P. "Dick" Wilkinson III, of Sarasota, Florida, formerly of
Simsbury, Connecticut, died October 14 at the age of 75. He started his
business career with the Wayne Pump Company in the early 1960s. He was
transferred to the Globe Hoist Division of Symington Wayne in the late
1960s, where he served as the general sales manager. He went to Veeder-Root
a few years later and became president of the company. He retired to the
Sarasota area in 1993. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Carolyn; two
sons, Richard IV and Ted; and three grandchildren.
Dr. Warren Rogers, founder and president of Warren Rogers Associates,
Inc., passed away November 2. He first became involved in the retail
petroleum industry when, working as a consultant to the American Petroleum
Institute, he developed a means of predicting the failure of unprotected
steel tanks. Dr. Rogers is probably best remembered for his appearance in
1984 on 60 Minutes, the television show that defined the issues
associated with underground storage tanks and provided the impetus for later
underground storage tank rulemaking. He was predeceased by his wife, Beth,
in 2007; and is survived by his daughter, Maureen A. Rogers; two sons, David
and Michael; and two grandsons.
John Walker Jones, chairman of the board for Modern Welding
Company, Inc., died November 9 at his home in Owensboro, Kentucky. He was
68. Jones taught business and economics at Owensboro High School before
joining the sales team at Modern Welding in 1970. He served on the board of
many nonprofit organizations throughout his life. Survivors include his
wife, Sylvia; a daughter, Juliette Kay Jones; a son, Jeffrey; and three
Fuel transfer pump manufacturer. Reverso Pumps, 201 SW 20th Street, Fort
Lauderdale, Florida 33315, has applied for manufacturer division membership.
John Napurano is president of the firm, which was established in 1995. The
company manufactures comprehensive fuel transfer, polishing and filtration
systems. The systems are sold through distributors. Sponsored for PEI
membership by Mike Long, Long&Ascs, Concord, NC.
Refueling equipment manufacturer. Fuelmatics, P. O. Box 24137,
Stockholm, Sweden 104 51, has applied for manufacturer division membership.
John Reyhani is vice president of U.S. operations for Fuelmatics, which was
established in 2003. The company manufactures drive-through refueling
equipment that fills cars automatically while the driver remains in the
vehicle. The equipment is sold through distributors. Sponsored for PEI
membership by Peter H. Ward, Glasgow, Riviera Beach, FL.
United Arab Emirates manufacturers representative. Al-Yonani
Establishment General Trading, P. O. Box 234113, Dubai, United Arab
Emirates, has applied for affiliate division membership. Amjd Nori Yakoob is
the general manager for the firm, which was established in 2004. The company
represents Catlow, Gilbarco, VeederR and Tuthill. Sponsored for PEI
membership by Lucy Sackett, Gilbarco, Greensboro, NC.
Illinois petroleum contractor. NZN Builders Inc., 522 East Dundee
Road, Palatine, Illinois 60074, has applied for service and construction
division membership. Jan Kopytek is president of the firm, which was
established in 2005. The company specializes in commercial construction such
as gas stations, mini-marts, car washes, repair shops, shopping malls, truck
stops, restaurants and convenience stores. Sponsored for PEI membership by
Glen Corkill, SourceIL, Addison, IL.
Minnesota service company. Lake Country Petroleum Inc., 785 Louise
Lane, NW, Bemidji, Minnesota 56601, has applied for service and construction
division membership. Jason Smith is president of the firm, which was
established in 2010. The company services petroleum equipment in northern
Minnesota. Sponsored for PEI membership by Glen Corkill, SourceIL, Addison,
ADMITTED TO PEI
- Petroleum Processing Solutions, Southborough, MA (aff)
- Southern Africa Master Distributors, Cape Town, South Africa (aff)
- TPS - F. Triantafillou S.A., Thessaloniki, Greece (S&C)
- Equipsa Balboa, S.A., Panama, Panama (S&C)