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February 10, 2015 | Vol. 65, No. 3

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Dear PEI Member:

Since PEI published its first recommended practice in 1987, we have strived to produce documents to serve the needs of the industry. This includes not only the subject matter of our books but also the format. As technology changes the way we share information, PEI has endeavored to provide our documents in the formats you prefer. This week we have introduced a redesigned bookstore that will allow you to purchase and use our recommended practices in a variety of new ways.

In April 2013 we began offering recommended practices in electronic format for download. The popularity of these PDF versions has far outpaced our expectations—and so have the requests for more sophisticated features. Working with our partners at Techstreet we are now able to offer each of our documents in print, or as a PDF with some innovative options. Techstreet also offers specialized technical support to assist with any issue you might have with ordering or opening a document.

Each PEI recommended practice is now available with the following options:

  • Print. You receive a copy of the recommended practice just as in the past. The only difference you might notice is that your order ships from Techstreet’s warehouse. As new titles are introduced, your print documents will be fulfilled using print-on-demand technology.
  • Electronic PDF. This option is similar to the secure PDFs we have offered. Print up to two copies and open it on one or two devices. But unlike our previous system you can purchase multiple copies of a PDF document in case others in your office need a copy. You can also copy a limited amount of text from our documents so you can cite the specification or practice.
  • Print/PDF Combo. This new option provides the convenience of both formats at a reduced price. A single transaction gets you the paper book for your library and the PDF to carry with you on your tablet or laptop.
  • Historical Copies. Sometimes you need to know where you’ve been. In case that includes one of our past recommended practices, you’re covered. We now have the version previous to the current version available for all recommended practices.
  • Redline Editions. This makes comparing the current and historical edition painless. Deletions are red and additions are blue. You also receive a clean PDF copy.
  • Enterprise License.  The multi-user PDF option (above) is perfect for small offices. But if you need more than ten copies we suggest you consider this option. This subscription service allows everyone in your company to access the documents you need—whether it’s one RP or the entire library.

PEI Offers RPs in New Formats

House Bill Would Eliminate Corn Ethanol Mandate

Retail Gasoline Margins Highest Ever in 2014








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One important point we want all members to be aware of involves your PEI-member (discounted) pricing. The new storefront requires you to log in before you begin any transactions. While our old shopping cart allowed you to pick-first-login-later, this is no longer the case. If you browse the recommended practices without logging in, you will only see our retail (nonmember) pricing. If you’re not sure what your username or password is, or whether you even have one, visit our Login Reminder page.

To take a look at our new RP bookstore visit www.pei.org/RP.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte
(R-VA) introduced a bill in Congress February 4 which would cap the amount of ethanol allowed in gasoline at 10 percent and eliminate the renewable fuel standard’s (RFS’s) corn ethanol mandate. The RFS, strengthened in a 2007 energy law, requires 15 billion gallons of conventional corn ethanol and 21 billion gallons of advanced ethanol in the nation’s motor fuel supply by 2022. Goodlatte’s bill, the RFS Reform Act of 2015, would remove the conventional ethanol blending requirement from the RFS, leaving only the requirement for petroleum refiners to blend advanced biofuels, such as biomass-based diesel and cellulosic ethanol, into the fuel supply.

The Kroger Co.
will take delivery of 40 heavy-duty liquefied natural gas (LNG) trucks over the next several months. The trucks will service a group of the company’s Fred Meyer Stores in Oregon and southwest Washington. The trucks will be refueled from a private LNG fueling station at Fred Meyer’s Clackamas (Oregon) Distribution Center. Kroger has not made definite plans to expand LNG in other locations to fuel its delivery fleet of over 1,500 company-owned tractors.
A bill (SB 0158) was introduced in the Rhode Island Senate February 5 that would provide a 30 percent tax credit of the cost of equipment and installation of alternative fuel dispensing and storage equipment. The bill includes E85, compressed natural gas, LNG, propane, hydrogen and electricity. The bill was referred to the Senate Finance Committee.
“Retail margins exploded 3.5¢ higher in 2014 thanks to a stellar fourth quarter. This, combined with growing gasoline demand and a slight drop in card fees, allowed for the greatest year on record for the gasoline retailing industry. Margin revenue surpassed $25 billion. Retailers were able to achieve an all-time record high of 17.9¢ per gallon on average in 2014 for regular grade. The all-grades pooled average also set a record high at 18.6¢ per gallon.”—Lundberg Letter, January 5, 2015.
LSI Industries Inc.
, Cincinnati, Ohio, has hired John Bagwell as the president of its technology division. Prior to joining LSI, he was president of TacTouch, Inc.

James A. (Jim) Wiegert
, a 35-year veteran of the petroleum equipment industry, died January 23 in Manhatten, Kansas,  after a long and courageous battle with ALS. He was 69. Jim worked for Derby Oil after serving in Vietnam and later worked in various operations and sales management positions with Ray’s Petroleum Equipment Inc. and Double Check Company Inc. He is survived by his wife, Cheryl; a son, Jamie; daughters Sarah Hayhurst and Holly Parikh; and three grandchildren.

Minnesota distributor
. Lube-Tech ESI, 850 Mendelssohn Avenue North, Golden Valley, Minnesota 55427, has applied for distributor division membership. Daryl Anderson is general manager for the firm, which was established in 2012. The company sells, installs and services lubrication and petroleum marketing equipment, and represents Balcrank, Fluidall, Franklin, Graco, HuskyCorp, Liquidynam, Morrison and RhinoTank. Sponsored for PEI membership by Peter Christensen, S&RSalesMN, Burnsville, MN. www.lubetech.com  
Oman distributor
. Apex Mechanical Engineering LLC, P. O. Box 243, Azaiba, Oman CP 130, has applied for distributor division membership. Zubin Thomas Mathew is project manager for the firm, which was established in 1999. The company supplies, installs and maintains fuel dispensing pumps, submersible pumps, piping, tank level gauges and leak detection systems. Apex represents ELAFLEX, Franklin, Goodyear, LqdCntrols, Tuthill and Tatsuno. Sponsored for PEI membership by Tatsuya Aoyagi, Tatsuno, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan.
Car wash chemical provider
. Diamond Shine Inc., 1340 East 289th Street, Wickliffe, Ohio 44092, has applied for affiliate division membership. Scott Soble is president of the firm, which was established in 1989. The company manufactures and distributes car wash chemicals and detergents. Sponsored for PEI membership by Paul Fazio, SonnysEnt, Tamarac, FL. www.diamondshine.com
German business-to-business information source. PetrolPlaza, Am Krebsgraben 15, Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany 78048, has applied for affiliate division membership in PEI. Bruno Borewitsch is CEO of the firm, which was established in 1998. PetrolPlaza is an online information source for the petrol retailing, fuel logistics and car wash markets. Sponsored for PEI membership by Karsten Ehlers, ELAFLEX, Hamburg, Germany. www.petrolplaza.com
Ohio compliance testing and service firm. National Testing Contractors Association, 9881 York-Theta Drive, Unit D, North Royalton, Ohio 44133, has applied for affiliate division membership. Dennis Oberdove is managing partner of the firm, which was established in 2004. National Testing Contractors Association represents regional contractors to provide national coverage for testing and inspecting aboveground and underground storage tanks, lines, secondary containment and cathodic protection. Sponsored for PEI membership by Dawn Brooks, PurporaEng, Saukville, WI. www.ntcallc.com
New Hampshire contractor. Gold Eagle Contracting, Inc., 62 Black Brook Road, Meredith, New Hampshire 03253, has applied for service and construction division membership. Glenn Worsmann is president of the firm, which was established in 1991. The company performs all types of fuel system work, including the installation and removal of underground and aboveground storage tanks. Sponsored for PEI membership by Thomas J. Dion, WildcoPtr, Bloomfield, CT.
Ohio tank cleaning company. Rite-Way Industrial Service, Inc., 3520 Rohr Road, Groveport, Ohio 43125, has applied for service and construction division membership. Donald C. Blair is president of the firm, which was established in 1991. Rite-Way specializes in cleaning underground and aboveground storage tanks. Sponsored for PEI membership by Charles Burns, OWLarsonCo, Clarkston, MI. www.ritewayindustrial.com    


  • Deidra Boyd, QuikTrip Corporation, Tulsa, OK (O&E)
  • Alcindor Bonamy, Sun Oil Limited, Nassau, Bahamas (O&E)


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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.