December 20, 2012 | Vol. 62, No. 27

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We wish you the happiest of holidays and a prosperous 2013. This photo shows the PEI staff's Christmas tradition. Each year, we exchange toys that we think fellow staff members would have enjoyed as children. Then we donate the gifts to a local charity for distribution to underprivileged children.

Does your office have a holiday tradition? We invite you to share your photos on our Facebook page.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has published a First Notice of Comment Period concerning amendments to Indiana's rules related to Stage II gasoline vapor-recovery system requirements. The amendments would remove Stage II requirements and references from the rules in a manner consistent with U.S. EPA guidance. IDEM is requesting comment on the phase-out of the state's Stage II requirements, in particular as they relate to newly constructed or reconstructed gasoline dispensing facilities (GDFs) and GDFs that replace equipment. The comment period deadline is January 11, 2013. Direct questions about the rulemaking to Ryan Knapick at

The deadlines to sign up for the 2013 Young Executives Conference, participate in the annual Service Rates Survey and comment on PEI/RP200 are quickly approaching.

The PEI Young Executives Conference, held annually to promote education and networking among the younger members of the industry, will be held in Tampa, Florida, February 6-8, 2013. The conference is open to younger (ages 21-45) members of the industry and will feature speaker Garrison Wynn. A full day of industry-specific roundtable discussions is also planned. The deadline to reserve a room for the event is Jan. 6, 2013. To register for the event, click here.

If your company provides service, participate in the PEI annual Service Rates Survey. The short survey covers service rates and wages. The survey will be live through January 11, 2013, at which time we will begin to compile results. Results will be distributed to participating member companies beginning January 18, 2013. Your company will not be identified in the survey results. To participate in the survey, click here.

PEI members, regulators, tank owners, insurance companies and trade associations are encouraged to submit comments for the upcoming revision of PEI/RP200 (Recommended Practices for Installation of Aboveground Storage Systems for Motor Vehicle Fueling). All comments must be received at PEI by Monday, January 7, 2013, to be considered by the committee. To submit comments online, click here. If you have any questions or need further information, contact Bob Young or 918-236-3966. 

Indiana Proposes Changes to Vapor Recovery Rules

January Deadlines for PEI Young Executives, Service Rate Survey and RP200.

Charles B. Kemp Scholarship Applications Available






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Each year, the PEI Foundation awards Charles D. Kemp Scholarships to deserving dependents of PEI member company employees. The scholarship awards are $1,000 each or another amount as determined by the PEI Foundation Board of Governors.

The scholarship application period for the 2013-2014 academic year is now open. To be eligible, an applicant must be a dependent of a full-time employee of a member company in PEI's manufacturer, distributor, service and construction, or affiliate divisions. The applicant must also plan to enroll as an entering full-time freshman for the 2013-2014 academic year at an accredited four-year college or university. Recipients are selected based on academic achievement, leadership, character, need, and the applicant's intent to contribute to the future of the petroleum and energy handling equipment industry.

For additional information and to download the complete scholarship guidelines and application form, visit Deadline for completed applications is March 31, 2013.

Along with more than 25 other leading industrial distribution associations, PEI is a proud sponsor of the University of Industrial Distribution (UID), a premier education program for manufacturers and wholesalers in the industrial distribution industry. Now in its 20th year, UID is held each spring in cooperation with the Industrial Distribution Program of Purdue University. The 2013 event will be March 10-13, 2013, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

UIDís intensive four-day program has received rave reviews from thousands of past participants. CEOs, branch managers, sales personnel, purchasing and inventory managers, operations managers, and other PEI professionals will benefit from participation. More than 30 different classes will cover advanced inventory control; improving productivity and profitability; sales and marketing strategies; negotiation skills; and many other crucial topics. You can choose the sessions that are of most importance to you and your business.

For a complete brochure with pricing, course descriptions, hotel rates and other details, please click here or visit The deadline for early registration is January 11, 2013.

The 2013 NACS Show will be held October 13-15, 2013, at the Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia. The 2013 NACS Show Exhibitor Prospectus is currently being developed and will be available in February. Exhibit booth rates for the 2013 NACS Show are $33 per square foot for PEI members and $43 per square foot for nonmembers. Minimum booth size is 10' by 10'. NACS will send out the 2013 Exhibitor Prospectus, Floor Plan, Terms & Conditions and Exhibit Space Application to all PEI Manufacturer Division Members and any PEI member company that exhibited in Las Vegas in 2012. If your company is interested in exhibiting in the 2013 NACS Show in Atlanta and would not automatically be sent exhibit information, please forward Bob Young the following information:

  • Exhibit booth contact name and email address
  • Company name
  • Mailing address
  • City/state/zip
  • Phone number
  • Fax number

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.
, Laval, Quebec, has signed a deal to acquire 29 convenience stores from Dickerson Petroleum Inc. in Illinois (25), Missouri (3) and Oklahoma (1). The stores currently fly the Gas Mart flag and offer Phillips 66 gasoline.
Chevron has paid the State of Utah $1.8 million to settle potential state claims that it unlawfully received payments from a state fund to clean up leaking underground storage tanks at the same time it had private insurance to cover such costs.
"House Republicans plan to put the renewable fuel standard
on trial next Congress," a House Energy and Commerce Committee aide told The Hill.
Brazil is considering raising the mandatory ethanol blend in fuel sold at Brazilian service stations to 25 percent from the current 20 percent, according to a government official familiar with the plan. 

Ecuador distributor.
Sinpet S.A., De las Avellanas E2-25 y Juncal B11, Quito, Ecuador, has applied for distributor division membership in PEI. John Suarez is manager of the firm, which was established in 2005. The company installs dispensers and accessories, and represents AdvEarth, Catlow, Gilbarco, Global, HoseMaster, OPW, RedJacket, Ryko, VeederR and Zeppini. Sponsored for PEI membership by Lucy Sackett, Gilbarco, Greensboro, NC.
Printer ribbon manufacturer
. Bushnell Ribbon Corporation, P. O. Box 2543, Santa Fe Springs, California 90670, has applied for manufacturer division membership. Jim Kinmartin is president of the firm, which was established in 1903. The company manufactures dot matrix printer ribbons that are used in various popular equipment applications. The ribbons are sold through distributors. Sponsored for PEI membership by Taylor G. Woodruff, MecoFlrnce, Florence, SC.
Modular building provider
. Pac-Van, Inc., 9155 Harrison Park Court, Indianapolis, Indiana 46218, has applied for affiliate division membership. Jay A. Moore is vice president, marketing, for the firm, which was established in 1993. The company leases modular buildings, mobile offices and portable containers of all types. Sponsored for PEI membership by Steve Miller, MillerCon, Grove City, OH.
California service and construction firm. Robinson Maintenance Inc., 1342 North Benson Avenue, Suite C, Upland, California 91786, has applied for service and construction division membership in PEI. Gabriel Robinson is president of the firm, which was established in 2008. The company provides service, construction and air testing to gasoline station owners and small oil companies. Sponsored for PEI membership by B. A. Scowley, ShldsHarpr, Martinez, CA.
Massachusetts CNG services firm. Consolidated Utilities Corp., C3 Shipway Place, Boston, Massachusetts 02129, has applied for service and construction division membership. Scott Zepp is director, business development for the firm, which was established in 1997. The company provides CNG-specific services for the natural gas vehicle (NGV) market. Sponsored for PEI membership by John Beavers, BeaversPtr, Horseheads, NY.
Texas storage tank cleaning company. MTI Services LLC dba EnergyClean, P. O. Box 1989, Deer Park, Texas 77536, has applied for service and construction division membership. Scott Ernest is president of the firm, which was established in 2008. The company provides fuel storage tank cleaning, fuel cleaning and polishing. Sponsored for PEI membership by Lydia L. Cowie, WhiteTuckr, Houston, TX.
Pennsylvania installation and maintenance company. Independent Petroleum Services, 421 North Pennsylvania Avenue, Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania 18702, has applied for service and construction division membership. Jeffrey M. Bentler is the owner of the firm, which was established in 2006. The company installs, repairs and maintains petroleum dispensing and point-of-sale equipment. Sponsored for PEI membership by Craig Smith, Smith&Sons, Chinchilla, PA.
Texas fuel testing service company. Odyssey Environmental, LLC, 1011 Surrey Lane, Building 200, Flower Mound, Texas 75022, has applied for service and construction division membership. Ray Holdcroft is president of the firm, which was established in 2007. The company tests and services fuel systems. Sponsored for PEI membership by Randy Painter, StAndrews, Arlington, TX.

  • Self Electronics USA, Duluth, GA (mfr)
  • Mabey Inc., Elkridge, MD (aff)
  • Walton Enterprises, Ltd., DBA Walton Signage, San Antonio, TX (aff)
  • UMD Peru SAC, Lima, Peru (S&C)


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