|Dear PEI Member:
The tabulation of ballots has been completed in the nominating election of
PEI board members from our even-numbered districts and affiliate division.
One member ran unopposed and has already been certified as a winner by the
PEI Election Commission. Five members received enough votes in the
nominating stage of the election process to be elected to the board without
having to participate in a runoff election. A runoff election will be held
to elect a director from Distributor District 4. Ballots for the runoff
election will be mailed July 20. Here are the election results, according to
Blair Shwedo, Southeastern Petroleum Systems, Inc., Charlotte, North
Carolina, chairman of the PEI Election Commission.
Distributor District 2
- The new director representing District 2 is J. J. (Jody) Porter, E.
O. Habhegger Company, Inc., Yeadon, Pennsylvania. He will succeed Scott
Hafer, Hafer Petroleum Equipment Ltd., Reading, Pennsylvania. District 2
covers DE, MD, PA, VA, WV, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Malta,
Poland, Portugal, Spain and Hungary.
Distributor District 4 - The nominees in the runoff election are
Jeffrey D. Badgley, Reliable Oil Equipment, Inc., Dayton, Ohio, and
William C. Morgan, Collins Equipment Corp., Cleveland, Ohio. The winner
will represent distributors in IN, KY, MI, OH, Egypt, Israel, Kenya, Oman,
Ontario, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sudan, Turkey and United Arab
Distributor District 6 - The new director representing District 6 is
Robert J. Stenstrom, Stenstrom Petroleum Service Group, Rockford,
Illinois. He will succeed Susan Gozdowski, Ampsco, Forest View,
Illinois. Distributor District 6 is composed of distributors from IL, IA, MO
Distributor District 8 - John Keller, Petroleum Solutions, Inc.,
San Antonio, Texas, has been elected to represent District 8 on the PEI
Board of Directors. He will succeed Mark Cowie, White-Tucker Company,
Houston, Texas. Keller will represent distributors in KS, NM, OK, TX and
Manufacturer District 10 - Al Eichorn, PMP Corporation, Avon,
Connecticut, has been elected to represent District 10, whose members
manufacture pumps, meters, controls, vapor recovery equipment and filters.
He will succeed Eva Chambers, Veeder-Root, Simsbury, Connecticut.
Manufacturer District 12 - The new director representing District 12 is
Tim Weiss, Morrison Bros. Co., Dubuque, Iowa. He will succeed Brad
Baker, Husky Corporation, Pacific, Missouri. Members in District 12
manufacture nozzles, valves, fittings, tank coatings, gauges and secondary
Affiliate Division - Liz Concannon, Petroleum Card Services,
Minden, Nevada, has been elected to represent the Affiliate Division on the
PEI Board of Directors. She will succeed Brian Wiegert, Rounds &
Associates, Urbandale, Iowa.
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PEI CONVENTION UPDATE
Next week, a special edition of the TulsaLetter will give a
detailed preview of the education, networking and exhibits that await you at
the 2012 PEI Convention (October 7-10, Las Vegas). If you have not
already registered for the industry's biggest annual event, we urge you to
do so as soon as possible―early bird rates
that can save up to $200 per attendee expire in less than two weeks.
Note also that this year, the complete Exhibitor Guide for petroleum
equipment and services will be included in the Fourth Quarter PEI Journal,
which will be available on the show floor. If you are an exhibitor and would
like to enhance your free Exhibitor Guide listing with your company's logo
and/or a QR code, contact Dana Roseberry at 239-542-8123 or
PENNSYLVANIA EXTENDS TWO UST PROGRAMS
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed legislation June 27 that postpones
the sunset date (now June 30, 2017) for the Underground Storage Tank (UST)
Environmental Cleanup Program and UST Pollution Prevention Program. The
cleanup program authorizes the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) to use money from the UST Indemnification Fund to clean up
sites contaminated by leaking USTs, typically when there is no financially
solvent responsible party. The cleanup program also allows the DEP to
provide grants of up to $4,000 to reimburse owners of USTs with a capacity
of 3,000 gallons or less for the cost of cleaning up heating oil discharges.
The pollution prevention program provides funding of up to $2,500 per tank
to individuals who have small USTs on their properties that need to be
pumped out, cleaned and closed.
PROMOTIONS AND APPOINTMENTS
Western Pump, Inc., headquartered in San Diego, California, has
appointed Ryan Rethmeier president of the company. He has held key positions
at Western Pump over the last 18 years, most recently as vice
president/general manager. Dennis Rethmeier moves up to CEO and will focus
his efforts on special projects until his retirement in February 2013. Joel
Smith has joined Western Pump as vice president, chief operating officer.
Smith was president of his own company for the past seven years. Before that
he worked for Northwest Airlines, the U.S. Army, and as White House
Communications Controller under President Reagan.
Emco Wheaton Retail Corporation, Wilson, North Carolina, has
appointed Petro Energy, Inc. as its manufacturer's representative.
Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Petro Energy will provide representation in
Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.
NOV FIBER GLASS SYSTEMS NAMES REPS
As the result of the acquisition of Ameron by National Oilwell Varco (NOV),
the following manufacturer's representatives now represent both Red
ThreadllA (Smith) and Dualoy (Ameron) products in their respective
- Eastern States Associates, Palmer, MA (WV, VA, MD, NJ, CT, RI,
MA, NY, NH, ME, DE, VT)
- Frontier Sales Inc., Sandy, UT (ID, MT, WY, UT)
- Fueling Solutions Inc., Irvine, CA (CA, NV)
- Walsh Long & Company, Naperville, IL (ND, SD, NE, KS, MN, IA,
MO, WI, IL, MI, IN, KY, OH)
- Petro Energy Inc., Houston, TX (customer specific)
- Petro Sistemas, Miami, FL (Central and South America)
- Jack Pittman and Associates Inc., Norcross, GA (TN, NC, SC, AL,
- Red Mountain Supply, Mesa, AZ (AZ, CO)
- Rice-Christ, Inc., Grand Prairie, TX (NM, TX, OK, AR, LA, MS)
- Wilson/Rogers & Associates, Inc., Linwood, WA (WA, OR, AK)
TRUCKS FROM DIESEL TO LNG: ECONOMIC SENSE?
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) recently calculated the
incremental cost of converting a heavy truck from diesel to natural gas at
about $80,000. This means the investment pays off in roughly three years if
the truck is driven 100,000 miles per year, assuming prices of $4.00 per
gallon for diesel and $2.50 per gallon equivalent for liquefied natural gas
(LNG). But the cost of conversion and natural gas prices are currently
lower, providing an even greater incentive to make the switch. The EIA has
estimated that if sufficient refueling infrastructure were installed in the
United States, the annual sales of new heavy-duty natural gas vehicles could
increase from fewer than 1,000 in 2010 to 275,000 in 2035―or
about one-third of all new heavy trucks sold.
U.S. FUNDS NATURAL GAS VEHICLE RESEARCH
The federal government announced $30 million in funding awards last week for
13 projects seeking to develop more efficient and consumer-friendly
equipment for natural gas vehicles. Several of the awards will focus on the
development of more efficient natural gas tanks in vehicles, the agency
said. Most of the other funding awards are directed at projects that are
seeking to develop better compressors for in-home refueling units.
ADDITIONAL ALTERNATIVE FUEL BRIEFS
The Phantom Fuel Reform Act (H.R. 6047), introduced by Rep. Jeff Flake
(R-AZ), would tie the amount of cellulosic ethanol mandated in the nation's
fuel supply under the renewable fuel standard to actual industry production
rather than to estimates of projected volumes, as is required by the Clean
Air Act. If passed, the legislation would limit EPA's requirement for
cellulosic biofuel use.
A Phillips 66 branded station in Lawrence, Kansas, is the first in
the country to market E15 for model year 2001 and later vehicles. The
station is part of the Zarco 66 chain and is owned by Scott Zaremba.
Weld County's (Colorado) first CNG station opened last month in
Firestone. Three more are planned for the county before the end of summer in
Greeley, Fort Lupton and Kersey. The state currently has 15 CNG fueling
stations that are open to the public and 29 overall. Weld County has about
17,000 oil and gas wells, more than any other county in Colorado.
DEF shelter manufacturer. GEMRIKUSA, LLC, 3520 Rogers Avenue, Fort
Worth, Texas 76109, has applied for manufacturer division membership. Rick
Hagler is director, sales and marketing for the firm, which was established
in 2010. The company manufactures various sizes of modular DEF shelters for
housing and protecting bulk totes and tanks containing DEF.
The shelters are sold through distributors. Sponsored for PEI membership by
Derrick Biermann, Biermann, Chicopee, MA.
Electronic fuel dispensing solutions manufacturer. Zyntech Systems,
Ltd., 4441 Six Forks Road, Suite 106-165, Raleigh, North Carolina 27609, has
applied for manufacturer division membership. John Dellinger is president of
the company, which was established in 2011. The company manufactures
forecourt electronic fuel dispensing solutions, such as dispenser
controllers, data distribution devices and data line protection equipment,
which are sold through distributors. Sponsored for PEI membership by Richard
H. Long, RDMElec, Nebo, NC.
Nozzle manufacturer. M. Carder Industries, Inc., 1634 Manufacturers
Drive, Fenton, Missouri 63026, has applied for manufacturer division
membership. Mervin L. Carder, Jr., is president of the firm, which was
established in 1970. M. Carder Industries manufactures nozzles and
components which are sold through PEI distributors. Sponsored for PEI
membership by Doc Boehme, BottomLine, Osakis, MN.
Argentina signage firm. Grana Industria Publicitaria, Av. Juan Dgo
Peron 1650, Rafaela, Santa Fe, Argentina 2300, has applied for affiliate
division membership. Emiliano Martin is responsible for foreign trade for
the company, which was established in 1965. The firm specializes in signage
for corporate identity projects. Sponsored for PEI membership by Eduardo A.
Borri, Bertotto, Marcos Juarez, Cordo, Argentina.
Brazilian environmental engineering firm. MBM Engineering, Rua
Cruzeiro do Sul, 1027, Bairro Santa Cruz, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil
30644-015, has applied for affiliate division membership. Ricardo Mangualde
Ferreira is an owner of the firm, which was established in 1975. MBM
provides environmental services to stations, transportation companies, fleet
owners, government facilities and oil companies. Sponsored for PEI
membership by Marcello Cao Z. Fernandez, Zeppini, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Ontario maintenance management firm. BLJC, 251 Byng Avenue, North
York, Ontario M2N 4L4, has applied for affiliate division membership. Martin
Deblois is operations manager in charge of special projects for the firm,
which was established in 1992. The company provides managed maintenance for
several petroleum companies in Canada. Sponsored for PEI membership by David
Machan, J+BEng, Toronto, ON. www.bljc.com
Indiana service company. Fluid Control Systems, Inc., 5814 Hamburg
Pike, Jeffersonville, Indiana 47130, has applied for service and
construction division membership. Daniel A. Ruckel is president of the firm,
which was established in 1994. The company provides fuel tank filtration and
cleaning services featuring custom made filtration trucks. Sponsored for PEI
membership by Mark Shirley, CentralIll, Bement, IL.
Wisconsin installation company. Joe Coulee Enterprises, Ltd., N26801
Lindstrom Road, Blair, Wisconsin 54616, has applied for service and
construction division membership. Robert Bonnewell is COO for the firm,
which was established in 1991. The company installs aboveground liquid
handling systems, including tanks and equipment. Sponsored for PEI
membership by Doc Boehme, BottomLine, Osakis, MN.