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July 22, 2014 | Vol. 64, No. 15

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Dear PEI Member:

The tabulation of ballots has been completed in the nominating election of PEI board members from our even-numbered membership districts and the affiliate division. In one district, two members tied and the election was determined by lot. Four members ran unopposed and already have been certified winners by the PEI Election Commission. The two nominees each from District 12 and the Affiliate Division who received the greatest number of points now go into a runoff election. Ballots for the runoff will be emailed Monday, July 28.

Here are the election results, according to Dennis Rethmeier, Western Pump Inc., San Diego, California, chairman of the PEI Election Commission.

Distributor District 2 – The new director is J. Benjamin Hieber, PWI, Incorporated, New Oxford, Pennsylvania.

Distributor District 4 – The new director is Andy Mercer, R. W. Mercer Company, Jackson, Michigan.

Distributor District 6 – The new director is Tad Cooper, Acterra Group, Inc., Marion, Iowa. Cooper and Douglas R. Harmon, DRW Services, Inc., Chicago Heights, Illinois, tied in the balloting and the winner was determined by lot.

Distributor District 8 – The new director is Stephen E. Dixon, P. B. Hoidale Company, Inc., Wichita, Kansas.

Manufacturer District 10 – The new director is Lucy Sackett, Gilbarco Veeder Root, Greensboro, North Carolina.

Manufacturer District 12 – The two nominees in the runoff are Brad F. Baker, Husky Corporation, Pacific, Missouri, and Frank De Poli, Elaflex Latin America, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Affiliate Division – The two nominees are Dave Cousminer, Alpolic Materials/Mitsubishi Chemical FP America, Chesapeake, Virginia, and Cassie Stewart Mullen, Linq3, New York, New York.

The 99th Annual National Conference on Weights and Measures was held in Detroit, Michigan, July 14-17. Organizers reported the highest attendance in a decade, due in part to proposed changes to the measurements standards for CNG and the pore size of diesel filters.

Election Results: PEI Board of Directors

NCWM Annual Meeting

PEI Distributor Profitability Survey


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The proposal to require a 10 micron filter on diesel dispensers was opposed by the associations representing the retail fueling industry. They cited, among other things, the additional cost involved in changing filters more frequently. The 10 micron filter mandate was defeated by delegates to the NCWM.

A proposal to create a diesel gallon equivalent (DGE) method of sale for compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) was also unsuccessful. This means that CNG will continue to be sold in gasoline gallon equivalents (GGE). The matter was returned to committee and is expected to be raised again, perhaps as soon as next year.

A handful of changes were approved by the delegates in Detroit that will impact a few PEI members. Most will be effective January 2015 and include:

  • Labeling requirements for bulk oil containers;
  • Substituting the term E85 with “Ethanol Flex Fuel”;
  • Clarification for POS systems offering electronic receipts;
  • New labeling requirements for DEF dispensers (effective January 2016).

Members with questions or requiring additional clarification on those four changes should contact PEI’s Rex Brown jrbrown@pei.org.  

How does your company measure up? The PEI Distributor Profitability Survey is your opportunity to benchmark your company’s financial statements to industry norms and receive recommendations for specific changes you can make to improve your bottom line. And just by participating, you’re already improving your profitability, because each participating PEI distributor will receive a FREE copy of the complete 2014 Distributor Profitability Report, a $250 value.

Participation is easy. Simply submit your balance sheet and income statement for the most recent full fiscal year or fill out the survey questionnaire, which can be downloaded here. There is no cost to participate because the PEI Distributor Profitability Survey is a benefit of your membership. All of your information is treated with complete confidentiality.

If you have any questions about any aspect of the survey or the process, contact Chris Bouldin at cbouldin@pei.org or 918-236-3964.

Nothing beats experience when you are working to build and operate a successful company. The goal of the PEI 10-Groups program is to bring together key leaders in non-competing companies to share their knowledge and experience. It’s a simple formula that’s proven to be a worthy investment of time and resources for many in the industry.

PEI is currently accepting applications for 10-Groups membership in the Distributor and Services & Construction Divisions. If you are in the market for knowledge, experience and success, we encourage you to apply for inclusion in a PEI 10-Group. Click here to see what others in the industry have to say about their PEI 10-Group experience.

To learn more about PEI 10-Group membership and to fill out an application, click here or contact Bob Young at byoung@pei.org or 918-236-3966.  

The Hawaii State Department of Health held an informational meeting July 15 to discuss the U.S. Navy’s petroleum release at the Red Hill Fuel Storage Facility (see June 12, 2014 TL). Reports from the meeting noted that the Navy will spend $60 million to refurbish the tanks at Red Hill over the next two years. It was also reported that the Navy will award an advanced leak detection study and a secondary containment study by November 2014.

HBD Industries, Inc.
, Dublin, Ohio, has promoted Eric Fitzpatrick to the position of director of sales and marketing for HBD/Thermoid, Inc. Fitzpatrick joined HBD/Thermoid in 2013 as the company’s general sales manager.
OPW, a Dover Company, Lebanon, Ohio, has promoted Josh Vander Hey to western regional sales manager for its Retail Fueling business unit. Vander Hey joined OPW in 2011 and has been a leader in OPW Retail Fueling operations for Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana.

Mexico distributor
. Imagen Maldonado, S.A. de C.V., Uvas Mz 110 ltd 23 Ojo de Agua, Tecamac, Estado de Mexico, Mexico 55770, has applied for distributor division membership. Sergio J. Palomares Maldono is president of the firm, which was established in 2009. The company represents Global, HoseMaster, HuskyCorp, LSI, OPW-FM, Smithpipe and VeederR. Sponsored for PEI membership by David Crouse, OPW-FC, Hamilton, OH. www.imagenmaldonado.com.mx
Nova Scotia distributor. Multiserve Petroleum Equipment Ltd., 9120 Highway 14, Milford, Nova Scotia B0N 1Y0, has applied for distributor division membership. Heidi A. VanderKwaak is the official representative for the company, which was established in 1997. The company installs commercial fueling equipment and bulk lubrication systems. Multiserve represents Dixon, ESCO, GPI, PMPCorp, OPW-FC, OPW-FM and Samson. Sponsored for PEI membership by David Crouse, OPW-FC, Hamilton, OH. www.multiserve.ns.ca
Locking Systems International, Inc., 6025 Cinderlane Parkway, Orlando, Florida 32810, has applied for manufacturer division membership. Jason Faulconer is president of the firm, which was established in 1994. The company manufactures locks and security related products used to secure everything from dispensers to tankers. The products are sold through distributors. Sponsored for PEI membership by Joey D. Batchelor, GuardTech, Jacksonville, FL. www.lockingsystems.com
Steel tank manufacturer. Greer Inc., 3117 107th Street South, Lakewood, Washington 98499, has applied for manufacturer division membership. David Kapla is general manager of the firm, which was established in 1949. The company manufactures tanks, handrails, stairs and other structures from steel, stainless steel, aluminum and polyethylene. These products are sold through distributors. Sponsored for PEI membership by Kelly A. Mulligan, Morrison, Dubuque, IA. www.greertank.com.
Virginia custom fabrication firm. Clark Welding Service, 369 Callahan Avenue, Appalachia, Virginia 24216, has applied for affiliate division membership. Melissa Clark is vice president of the firm, which was established in 1991. Clark Welding fabricates tanks, rain-shield secondary containment, spill prevention boxes, steps and ladders. Sponsored for PEI membership by W. Douglas Bruce, RBMCo, Knoxville, TN. www.clarkweldingtanks.com
Thailand construction and maintenance company. Phucharoen Construction & Service Co., Ltd., 234/185 Baang Rak Road, Nakhon Sawan, Thailand 60000, has applied for service and construction division membership. Somsian Penphoo is owner and CEO of the firm, which was established in 2003. The company builds, refurbishes, services and maintains petroleum dispensing facilities and related equipment. Sponsored for PEI membership by Brad R. Estabrook, Estabrook, Essexville, MI. www.pscthailand.com
Washington environmental testing and assessment firm. Northwest Environmental Solutions, Inc., P.O. Box 1583, Sumner, Washington 98390, has applied for service and construction division membership. Kevin Wilkerson is owner of the firm, which was established in 2004. The company provides environmental testing, tank installation and removal, cathodic protection, and environmental assessments. Sponsored for PEI membership by Bill Durkin, AceTank, Tukwila, WA.


  • Boston-McDermott LLC, Menlo Park, CA (aff)
  • Jarvis Corporation, Chicago, IL (mfr)


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