March 4, 2014 | Vol. 64, No. 4

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Dear PEI Member:

If you are responsible for your firm’s purchasing or inventory, consider attending PEI’s 2014 Purchasing & Inventory Manager’s Conference, June 12-14, 2014, at the Westin Indianapolis, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The two-day conference will offer a combination of general session and roundtable discussion topics specifically geared to the needs of both the purchasing manager and inventory manager. Jason Bader, managing partner of The Distribution Team, will present three general sessions: Turning the Buying Team into Investors; Finding the Balance: Inventory Turns and Customer Service; and Investing Our Money (Inventory) in Profitable Customers. Bader brings more than 20 years of experience working in the distribution field. He has overseen various operational teams, managed small and large facilities, and served in an executive management capacity for the last 10 years.

Attendees also will have an opportunity to discuss issues with other managers from across the nation in a roundtable format. Roundtable topics include:

  • Best Software Packages
  • Branches and Inventory Management
  • Eliminating Obsolete and Excess Inventory Stock
  • Inventory Control with Bar Codes
  • Inventory Control with Rolling Stock
  • Nuts and Bolts of Core and Warranty Management
  • Vendor/Supplier Relationships

Registration for PEI members is $295 ($545 for non-members). Beginning March 29, the fee goes up to $395 for members ($695 for non-members). The fee includes all conference materials, three general sessions, four roundtable discussions, three meals and two receptions. Registration can be completed online at www.pei.org/pi2014. A list of people who pre-register for the conference will be posted on the website in the future.

PEI has secured a block of rooms at a rate of $159 single/double at The Westin Indianapolis. Hotel reservations must be made prior to May 14 to get this special rate. Call 888-627-8414 and ask for the PEI Purchasing & Inventory Managers Conference room block or book online here.

PEI thanks the following members sponsoring the conference: ESCO Services, Freedom Electronics Inc., Husky Corporation, Morrison Bros. Co., Performance Ink, Petro Clear by Fram Filtration, PMP Corporation and RDM Industrial Electronics. If your company is interested in becoming a sponsor, contact Bob Young at byoung@pei.org.

PEI Purchasing & Inventory Managers Conference

CARB Vapor Recovery Workshops

NACS: Future of Fuels Report

PEI Foundation Scholarships

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PEI members responsible for planning the conference are Nichol L. Benavides, Petroleum Solutions, Inc., McAllen, Texas; Kenneth T. Hagman, E. O. Habhegger Company, Inc., Yeadon, Pennsylvania; and Jeremy R. Freeman, Petroleum Solutions, Inc., McAllen, Texas.

The PEI staff has relocated to 6931 S. 66th East Avenue #310, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74133, following the destruction of our headquarters office in the February 11th fire. Our regular mailing address (P. O. Box 2380, Tulsa, OK 74101-2380) remains in effect. PEI’s main telephone number (918-494-9696) and staff direct-dial phone lines and email addresses also are fully functioning.  

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) will hold two public workshops to discuss conceptual changes to the state’s vapor recovery regulations. CARB staff will provide a status report on the ongoing field study to determine the prevalence and impact of In-Station Diagnostic (ISD) systems over pressure alarms. Staff also will discuss concepts under consideration for second generation ISD requirements and proposed liquid release standards for nozzles that do not have vapor return paths. The workshops will be held in Sacramento (March 7) and Diamond Bar (March 14). The workshop notices, directions, teleconference instructions and agenda are available here.

Gasoline will remain the dominant fuel powering light duty vehicles through 2040, but consumption will drop 24 percent and market share will decrease 14 percent as fuel efficiency improves and other fuels—most notably diesel fuel—increase their penetration into the market, according to the 2014 “Future of Fuels” report released by NACS.  The report analyzes projections made by the U. S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) in its Annual Energy Outlook 2014. Other findings of interest to PEI members include:

  • Liquid fuels—gasoline, diesel and E85—will continue to have greater than 99 percent market share in 2040.
  • Increased energy efficiency of vehicles on the road will lead to an overall 8.0 percent decline in liquid fuel consumption by 2040.
  • Gasoline’s share of the liquid fuels market is forecast to drop from 71.6 percent to 59.1 percent by 2040. Diesel fuel will expand from 28.4 percent to 38.8 percent over the same time period, while E85 will increase from 0.1 percent to 2.0 percent.
  • Non-liquid fuel alternatives—natural gas, propane, electricity and hydrogen—will increase their total contribution to the light duty vehicle energy consumption by 125 percent, but still only contribute 0.7 percent of the energy consumed by 2040.


The entire Future of Fuels report is available here.

The application period for the 2014-2015 PEI Foundation Charles D. Kemp Scholarships will close March 31, 2014. Scholarship recipients are selected on academic achievement, leadership, character, financial need and the applicant’s intent to contribute to the future of the fuel and energy handling industry. Eligible applicants must be a dependent of a full-time employee of a PEI member company and have a pre-declared major of business, engineering, distribution studies or similar degree program. The scholarship awards are $1,000 each. All eligible applicants are invited to review the scholarship guidelines and complete an application

Emco Wheaton Retail Corporation
, Wilson, North Carolina, has appointed John Vautier as vice president of sales. He has 25 years of experience in the petroleum equipment industry during which he has held several sales management positions.
Greg Bareta has been named storage tank regulation chief for the State of Wisconsin. He replaces Sheldon Schall, who retired several months ago.
Tanknology Inc., headquartered in Austin, Texas, has promoted five people into key operations and account management positions in several regions of the country. Three operations managers were appointed:  Dan Batten (Ohio Valley region), Lauren Arons (Gulf Coast region), and Maurice Pezone (Southeast region). Jared Beavers is now corrosion protection operations manager working in Tanknology’s Field Services Group based in Austin. Denise Yohe has been named senior account manager and works out of the Ohio Valley region office.

C.D. “Chuck” Holcomb
retired from the industry last month. Chuck spent 15 years with Husky Corporation as national sales manager and vice president of sales. He worked the last 12 years of his career with Jack Pittman and Associates in the State of Florida. Contact Chuck between rounds of golf at chuckholcomb433@yahoo.com or 407-491-8734.

Glen R. Marshall
, 71, of Kingwood, Texas, died January 15. A professional engineer at Shell Oil Company for more than 30 years, Glen spoke several times at PEI conventions and always let you know where he stood when it came to specifying petroleum marketing equipment. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Paula; two children, Brett Marshall and Wendy Herman; and three grandchildren.

New York distributor
. Oil Trades Supply Corporation, 240-19 Braddock Avenue, Bellerose, New York 11426, has applied for distributor division membership. Pat Desocio is owner of the firm, which was established in 1950. The company represents Catlow, Cim-Tek, Davis, EmcoWhtFTD, Morrison, PMPCorp and Tuthill. The company sells new, used and rebuilt equipment to the petrochemical handling industry. Sponsored for PEI membership by J.T. Celani, Davis, Conyers, GA.
Lubrication equipment manufacturer. Macnaught USA, 619 South Ware Boulevard, Tampa, Florida 33619, has applied for manufacturer division membership. Scott Peters is vice president and general manager for the firm, which was established in 2001. The company manufactures lube dispensing and flow metering equipment, which is sold through distributors. Sponsored for PEI membership by Bill Parker, Lincoln, St. Louis, MO. www.macnaught.com.au
Stainless steel tube manufacturer. HandyTube, 124 Vepco Boulevard, Camden, Delaware 19934, has applied for manufacturer division membership. Julie Wyatt is marketing manager for the firm, which was established in 1981. The company manufactures stainless steel tubing for the flow of gas, steam and liquid. The tubing is sold through distributors. Sponsored for PEI membership by Annalloyd Thomason, NGVI, Las Vegas, NV. www.handytube.com
Minnesota certification and training provider. Riverland Community College, 1900 8th Avenue NW, Austin, Minnesota 55912, has applied for affiliate division membership. John Drees is responsible for training and development for the college, which was established in 1951. The college provides UST training for certification and renewal for Minnesota UST providers. Sponsored for PEI membership by Jerry L. Asmussen, Rochester, Stewartville, MN. www.riverland.edu/training
Equipment repair call center. Professional Dispatch Services, 4918 Golden Pond Drive, Kingwood, Texas 77345, has applied for affiliate division membership. Bruce Lyngaas is owner of the firm, which was established in 2000. The company is a call center for retail petroleum equipment repair companies, handling their after-hour and holiday calls. Sponsored for PEI membership by Chris Monroe, Monroe, Arlington, TX. www.4pds.com
China tank truck equipment manufacturer. Yongjia Sanjiang Petroleum Machinery Factory, Sanjiang Industrial Zone, Wenzhou, Zhejiang, China 325102, has applied for affiliate division membership. Lisa Lin is in international sales for the company, which was established in 1989. The company manufactures manhole covers, API adaptors, emergency valves and vapor valves. Sponsored for PEI membership by Wenli Chi, ZMaideMach, Wenzhou, Zhejiang, China. www.yoje-ftg.com/en     
Massachusetts tank inspection firm
. UST Inspection Services, Inc., 38 Reservoir Road, Cohasset, Massachusetts 02025, has applied for service and construction division membership. Aaron Gilbert is president of the firm, which was established in 2009. The company provides third-party UST inspections and geothermal consulting. Sponsored for PEI membership by Brad Hoffman, Tanknology, Austin, TX. www.ustinspection.com
Virginia installation and service company. Davis Petroleum Services, Inc., 977 Seminole Trace, #332, Charlottesville, Virginia 22901, has applied for service and construction division membership. Brandon Davis is president of the firm, which was established in 2011. The company installs and services fueling equipment. Sponsored for PEI membership by Tim Banks, MidAtlChes, Chesapeake, VA. www.davispetro.com


  • Insepet Ltda., Bogota, D.C., Colombia (dis)
  • PT Usaha Jayamas Bhakti, Jakarta Utara, Indonesia (dis)
  • EAPetrol – Repuestos para Gasolineras, Daule, Guayas, Ecuador (aff)
  • Sioux Steel Company, Sioux Falls, SD (mfr)
  • Action Installation & Services Pty. Ltd., Chipping Norton, NSW, Australia (S&C)
  • Qual Chem, Akron, OH (aff)
  • Total Meter Services Inc., Toronto, Ontario (S&C)
  • Mantenimiento y Servicio OSLUI S.A., Veraguas, Panama (S&C)


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