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January 6, 2012 | Vol. 62, No. 1

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Joey Cheek, president of JMP Solutions, Tampa, Florida, became the 62nd president of the Petroleum Equipment Institute on January 1. He succeeds Dennis Rethmeier, president of Western Pump, Inc., headquartered in San Diego, California, in that post. Terry Cooper, president/COO of Acterra Group, Inc., headquartered in Marion, Iowa, is PEI's vice president for 2012.

One of Cheek's first duties was to appoint committees for 2012. In all, 201 people were named to serve on 20 PEI committees, with 19 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 2012. The list of members from 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.
Monti Harris, Oil Equipment Supply Corp., Indianapolis, IN, chair
Rob Batemen, Western Oil Services Limited, Langley, BC
Steve Bernstein, Jones & Frank, Raleigh, NC
Scott C. Boorse, Wawa Inc., Wawa, PA
Charlie Burns, Oscar W. Larson Co., Clarkston, MI
Doug Harmon, DRW Services, Inc., Chicago Heights, IL
Bud Moore, D&H/United Pump Supply, Schertz, TX
Don Petroni, Petroleum Marketing Equipment, Placentia, CA
Jody Porter, E.O. Habhegger Company, Inc., Yeadon, PA 

Election Commission. Supervises board elections and tabulates ballots. Members of this committee are established by the PEI Constitution.
Blair D. Shwedo, SouthEastern Petroleum Systems Inc., Charlotte, NC, chair
Dennis Rethmeier, Western Pump, Inc., San Diego, CA
Peter H. Ward, Glasgow Equipment Service, Inc., Riviera Beach, FL

Joey Cheek 62nd PEI President

PEI Committees Appointed for 2012

Topics for Future RPs Requested


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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.
Joey Cheek, JMP Solutions, Inc., Tampa, FL, chair
Dennis Rethmeier, Western Pump, Inc., San Diego, CA
Terry Cooper, Acterra Group, Inc., Marion, IA
Eva Chambers, Veeder-Root, Simsbury, CT
Scott Hafer, Hafer Petroleum Equipment, Reading, PA

Insurance Committee. This committee monitors the association's insurance programs and legislation that impacts the insurance needs of PEI members.
J. Stephen Hieber, PWI, Inc., New Oxford, PA, chair
Larry Gentry, W.G. Gentry Co., Inc., Lafayette, IN
John T. Hardin, Hardin's Pump & Compressor, Winston-Salem, NC
Fred W. Jones, Westech Fuel Equipment, Salt Lake City, UT
Mark A. Leak, Leak Petroleum Equipment, Inc., DeWitt, MI
William J. Mascott III, Mascott Equipment Company, Inc., Portland, OR

Safety Committee. Plans programs and publications (SafetyLetter, Safe Practices, Dos and Don'ts, safety posters, etc.) for use by members to enhance public and workplace safety.
John Keller, Petroleum Solutions, Inc., San Antonio, TX, chair
Carl E. Bayliss II, B C & C, LLC, Winchester, VA
Clif Coker, Murphy Oil USA, El Dorado, AR
Steve Fletcher, Northwest Pump & Equipment Co., Portland, OR
Joseph Radermacher, Pump & Meter Service, Inc., Hopkins, MN
Derek Rethmeier, Western Pump, Inc., San Diego, CA
Dave Roller, United Rentals Trench Safety Division, Spokane, WA
Tim Thickstun, Advanced Fuel Systems, Inc., Columbus, OH

Strategic Long Range Planning Committee. Established by the PEI Constitution, this six-member 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.
Dennis Rethmeier, Western Pump, Inc., San Diego, CA, chair
Joey Cheek, JMP Solutions, Inc., Tampa, FL
Terry D. Cooper, Acterra Group, Inc., Marion, IA
Phil Farrell, Double Check Company, Kansas City, MO
Blair D. Shwedo, Southeastern Petroleum Systems Inc., Charlotte, NC
Peter H. Ward, Glasgow Equipment Service, Inc., Riviera Beach, FL

Young Executives Committee. This committee establishes and develops programming for PEI's Young Executives program.
April Indest, Southern Tank Testers, Inc., Breaux Bridge, LA, chair
Chris Farrell, Double Check Company, Kansas City, MO
Matt Jenkins, Gilbarco Veeder-Root, Greensboro, NC
Sherrie Keller, M & M Service Station Equipment Specialist Inc., Silver Grove, KY
Justin Regier, P.S.I. Equipment Sales, Inc., Fresno, CA
Ryan Rethmeier, Western Pump, Inc., San Diego, CA
Mani Sundaram, Double Check Company, Kansas City, MO
Loren Semler, Semler Industries, Inc., Franklin Park, IL

PEI is seeking to identify topics that might provide subject matter for future technical documents (recommended practices). Submitted ideas for recommended practices should meet all of the following requirements:

  • The subject matter involves practices and/or procedures used in the petroleum equipment industry and serves the greater good of the industry;
  • The topic has not been adequately covered in documents produced by other organizations; and
  • The expertise exists among PEI members to write the document.

If there is a topic you believe PEI should consider developing as a recommended practice, we would like to hear from you. If you previously submitted a topic that was not selected in the past, you must resubmit. Email Bob Young with your suggestions by February 7. Please include the purpose and scope of the proposed document, along with the intended audience. We will compile the responses and forward them to a PEI ad hoc committee for its review and recommendations to the PEI Board of Directors.

The U.S. Congress adjourned last year without passing a tax extenders bill that normally rolls such measures over for another year. The result is that the 45˘-per-gallon credit for blending conventional, corn-based ethanol is gone, as is the 54˘-per-gallon tariff on imported ethanol. Although lawmakers could extend the credit retroactively for the 2012 tax year, most Capitol Hill observers believe that will not happen.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is required to set the annual standards under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program based on gasoline and diesel projections from the Energy Information Administration (EIA). EPA is also required to set the cellulosic biofuel standard each year based on the volume projected to be available during the following year, using EIA projections and assessments for production capability from industry. EPA's final rule will require the total volume of fuel sold in the United States in 2012 to contain 15.2 billion gallons of renewable fuels, 2.0 billion gallons of advanced biofuel, 1.0 billion gallons of biomass-based diesel and 8.65 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel.

The 2012 NACS Show will be held October 8-10, 2012, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The 2012 NACS Show Exhibitor Prospectus will be available later this month. The Prospectus will be sent to all PEI Manufacturer Division members and any PEI member company that exhibited in Chicago last year. If your company is interested in exhibiting in the 2012 NACS Show, please forward contact information (booth contact name and email address, company name, mailing address, phone and fax numbers) to Bob Young at PEI.

A new federal law banning the use of hand-held cell phones by commercial truckers went into effect January 3. The ban impacts some four million drivers nationwide. Commercial truck drivers could face fines up to $2,750 for each offense. States could also suspend a driver's commercial license for multiple convictions. Companies that allow their drivers to use hand-held cell phones while driving face a maximum penalty of $11,000.

Husky Corporation,
Pacific, Missouri, has acquired the assets of Hewitt from GT Sales and Manufacturing, Wichita, Kansas. Hewitt, also branded Hewitt USA, manufactures aircraft, curb and farm refueling hose.
RDM Industrial Electronics, Inc., Nebo, North Carolina, has purchased the assets of commercial fuel controller rebuilder PTSG, Inc. of Canyon Lake, Texas.

S. Bravo Systems, Inc.
, Commerce, California, has received national certification as a Women's Business Enterprise by the WBEC-West, a regional certifying partner of the Women's Business Enterprise National Council. The certification process is designed to confirm the business is at least 51 percent owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women. Paola Recendez has been president of Bravo Systems since May of 2010.
Chevron Corp. is preparing to introduce Google Wallet contactless mobile payments in 600 service stations around San Francisco and Los Angeles, according to CSP Daily News. The soft launch will enable customers to purchase items inside the service station using their Google Wallet-enabled Android smart phones.

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) said 1,200 gallons of fuel spilled December 27 from a ruptured pipe at a Cumberland Farms station in Hudson Falls, New York, traveled downstream more than two miles through the sewage system and then ignited near Fort Edward, causing an estimated two dozen explosions in ten minutes.

The force of the blasts launched more than a dozen manhole covers into the air and sent flames shooting from the ground. Several manhole covers were found more than 300 feet from where they took off, according the Glens Falls Post Star. One explosion shattered all the windows of a nearby home and carved a crater more than six feet wide into the pavement. 

The gasoline leak was triggered by an automobile backing into a dispenser at the station. Hudson Falls police chief Randy Diamond said the emergency mechanism to close the pump failed. The source of ignition is still unknown. 

The South Dakota Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED) will begin accepting applications January 9 for financial assistance to help retailers in the state install blender pumps. State legislators approved a proposal last year that will redirect $3.5 million over five years from the state's Ethanol Producer Payments Program to fund the Ethanol Infrastructure Incentive Program. The GOED said that $950,000 will be available for use in 2012. Grants will be available to fund up to $25,000 for the installation of a station's first blender pump. Applicants are also eligible to receive to up $10,000 for the installation of each additional pump. Application information is available on the GOED website:

Florida distributor
. A. Phelps Petroleum, P. O. Box 676, Lynn Haven, Florida 32444, has applied for distributor division membership. Justin Phelps is vice president of the company, which was established in 1939. The company provides turnkey solutions for petroleum- and fluid-handling needs. The company represents CentralIL, ChampLabs, EmcoWheatn, Flex-Ing, FuelMaster, Lincoln, OPW, PtrCntmt, Tuthill, VeriFone and Xerxes. Sponsored for membership by Gene Pope, PopeAscs, Tampa, FL.
Alberta service and maintenance firm
. Pumptech Service and Maintenance Limited, 168 Pamely Avenue, Red Deer, Alberta T2P 1J2, has applied for service and construction division membership. Blair Forster is director/technician for the firm, which was established in 2009. The company services fuel dispensing and storage equipment, and also maintains service station equipment. Sponsored for PEI membership by Paul McKay, KellrEqLtd, Calgary, Alberta.
Storage tank manufacturer. Berg Engineering Co. LLC, P.O. Box 66199, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, has applied for affiliate division membership. Arun Kaplesh is a director for the firm, which was established in 2006. The company specializes in the fabrication of aboveground and underground diesel and oil storage tanks. Sponsored for PEI membership by Naram H. Nassar, OTAL, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 


  • Triumph Signs and Consulting, Inc., Milford, OH (S&C)


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