November 6, 2013 | Vol. 63, No. 22

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Dear PEI Member:

During the 2013 PEI Convention in Atlanta, PEI hosted a session to explore the interest level and potential programming for a women’s peer networking group. Sixty-four women representing all PEI membership divisions participated.

Responses to a survey completed by session participants encouraged us to move forward with the development of a program for women in our industry. In addition, 23 women volunteered in Atlanta to serve on a steering committee to work on possible programming and governance of the group. The steering committee will meet in January.

Before the January meeting, the steering committee needs to have a good idea about the number of potentially interested individuals and the type of program that would best serve the participants. If you were unable to attend the convention session and would like to be included on future communications relating to the women’s peer networking program, please fill out a short survey and/or provide your contact information. Similarly, if you attended the session in Atlanta, liked the idea of a woman’s networking group but left without giving us a completed form, now is the time to let us know of your interest.

Dollar General, Goodlettsville, Tennessee, announced the introduction of its first fuel station. Located at the Dollar General Market in Hanceville, Tennessee, the station is part of a pilot program established under an agreement with Mansfield Oil. Dollar General and Mansfield will evaluate the results of the pilot over the next year to determine if the concept makes sense to expand to other locations. Dollar General currently operates more than 11,000 stores in 40 states.
Publix Super Markets Inc., Lakeland, Florida, announced its decision to sell PIX, the fuel/convenience store concept it began testing in 2001. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. will purchase 13 sites, of which 11 are located in Florida and two in Georgia. Max Arnold & Sons, LLC, will purchase a site located in Tennessee.

“So far in 2013, retail margin on regular grade
averages 15.1₵ gal. This is 0.6₵ above full year 2012 retail margin. And it beats the all-time high margin, 14.6₵ gal. achieved in 2011. This is a remarkable performance, and by year’s end will likely mark a new record high for retail margin. On October 18, margin is holding firm at 15.4₵ gal.”—Lundberg Letter, October 25, 2013.
OPW, A Dover Company, Cincinnati, Ohio, has promoted Scott Heim to eastern regional sales manager for retail fueling. He will be based out of Valencia, Pennsylvania.

Women in the Industry

Dollar General Tests Fuel Station Concept

Two New Priority Club Members

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More than 250 gasoline stations in New Jersey left without power by Hurricane Sandy will be eligible for $7 million in federal funding to buy generators to keep fuel pumping in the event of another large-scale power failure, Governor Chris Christie’s office said October 21. The federal program is voluntary, with most of the selected stations eligible for up to $15,000 to install a permanent connection for mobile generators or offset a portion of the cost of purchasing a generator. About 50 stations with larger fuel storage capacities will be eligible for up to $65,000 in funding toward the purchase and installation of an onsite generator.

FuelMaster Syn-Tech Systems, Tallahassee, Florida, and D.R. Mozeley Inc., Charlotte, North Carolina, have joined the PEI Priority Club. The two companies become the 16th and 17th members of the Priority Club, joining fellow members:

  • Central Illinois Mfg. Co.
  • Franklin Fueling Systems
  • Gilbarco Veeder-Root
  • Growth Energy
  • Husky Corporation
  • Modern Welding Company
  • NPN Magazine
  • Petroleum Parts Inc.
  • PMP Corporation
  • RDM Industrial Electronics
  • STICO Mutual Insurance Company
  • Universal Valve Company, Inc.
  • Veeder-Root
  • Wayne: A GE Energy Business
  • ZCL/Xerxes Corporation

PEI Priority Club is an exclusive category of membership within PEI, through which 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 early booth selection for the PEI/NACS trade show. Priority Club members and their guests also attend the President’s Priority Club Dinner held during PEI’s annual convention. For more information about PEI’s Priority Club, contact Carletta Denison at cdenison@pei.org.

Sheldon Schall
, permit and licensing section chief for the Bureau of Weights and Measures of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, retired from that position November 1. We have known Sheldon since he joined the Wisconsin storage tank regulatory program in 1988. He was fair and accessible to all with whom he came into contact. He is one of the best, and we wish him well in his retirement.

Free one-day seminars will be held at separate sites throughout Missouri on four consecutive days in December (December 10-13). Topics covered include:

  • Common Problems Identified During UST and AST Inspections
  • New Fuels – Are They Causing Equipment Problems?
  • Air Pollution Rules & Their Effect on UST/AST Equipment & Compliance
  • Past & Future Changes to UST Regulations

The program is designed for personnel who install and maintain underground storage tank (UST) and aboveground storage tank (AST) systems in Missouri. All three Missouri agencies (Petroleum Storage Tank Insurance Fund, Missouri Department of Natural Resources and Missouri Department of Agriculture) involved in UST and AST issues will make presentations.

The Steel Tank Institute/Steel Plate Fabricators Association (STI/SPFA) is hosting a webinar to address the importance of proper maintenance of petroleum storage tanks, particularly in view of concerns associated with storage of biofuels, such as ethanol blends. The webinar takes place December 18, 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. CT. Presenters include representatives from Innospec Fuel Specialties, Tanknology Inc., State of Missouri tank program, and STI/SPFA. To register, go to STI/SPFA’s website: www.steeltank.com.

Dispenser manufacturer
. Compac Industries Limited, P. O. Box 12-417, Penrose, Auckland, New Zealand 1642, has applied for manufacturer division membership. Hong Lov is international sales engineer for the firm, which was established in 1983. The company manufactures dispensers and dispenser technology for CNG, LPG, petroleum and diesel. The equipment is sold through distributors. Sponsored for PEI membership by Paul Kelly, DTEGroup, South Lakes, Australia. www.compocngv.com


  • SSP, Twinsburg, OH (mfr)
  • Coencorp, Brossard, Quebec (mfr)
  • RAASM USA Inc., Charlotte, NC (aff)
  • Lock America Inc., Corona, CA (aff)
  • Lonny M. Goodwin Co. Inc., Saratoga, AR (S&C)
  • M & D Electric and Building Services Inc., Bloomington Springs, TN (S&C)


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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.