Dear PEI Member:
special report entitled “Service Stations: Big Changes Coming” appeared in
the November 11, 1960, edition of PETROLEUM WEEK.
The report began by stating that service stations in
1960 had shown no basic variation for more than 35 years, but new factors
had emerged to force marketers to reevaluate station design, such as:
Lube bays had become universally recognized as unattractive;
had caused congestion around the islands and in front of the stations; and
had created gaping holes that irritated station designers.
Submersible pumping equipment had grown to 28 to 30 percent of
all pump sales. That permitted a radical design shift from what had become
known as the conventional island dispenser.
Pump islands and service station exteriors were becoming
brighter with the advent of new, more efficient light sources.
The high cost of canopies, ranging anywhere from $2,000 to
$12,000, caused canopies to fall into disfavor with petroleum marketers.
Another phase of service station design that was being
reevaluated in 1960 centered on the basic function of the stations. The
thought was to “incorporate nonautomotive products and services into the
station to attract motorists.” Among the early adopters:
- Tidewater and Shell constructed special sheds under which
vending machines were housed “in an attractive setting.” Pure and other
marketers were setting vending machines on patios adjacent to their
- Stations along turnpikes would soon become “intimately
associated with the restaurant and the gift shop.”
- Esso Standard Division of Humble Oil & Refining built its Moto-mat
station in Gramercy, Louisiana, to provide customers with “an entire battery
of vending machines, offering a complete selection of soup, toasted
sandwiches, and fruit juice, accompanied by an outdoor dining patio and an
air-conditioned ‘lunch-and-lounge’ salon.”
Opposition to Change
Dover to Acquire Tokheim’s Businesses
EPA Publishes Two UST Documents
PEI Convention News
Arizona Prepares To Remove Stage II
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The report concluded by identifying three obstacles
that needed to be overcome before petroleum marketers could proceed very far
with the reshaping of their service stations. The biggest obstacle, in the
opinion of the editors of PETROLEUM WEEK back in 1960, was opposition
to change. Many petroleum marketers hesitated to make costly changes that
did not promise immediate sales increases. Others were against change
because the public wasn’t “ready for it yet.” These marketers were loath to
introduce any innovation that would “confuse the motorist.”
Well, we have firsthand knowledge about how all of this
played out because that’s the industry we serve. Changes were made, and the
industry has prospered as a result. So, what’s the takeaway for PEI members?
Simply this: In all aspects of life, there is a need for change. Changes
must continually occur in our personal lives, in the industry and in our
businesses. This means not only big changes, but also little changes—in work
methods, training, routine office procedures, customers, job
responsibilities and the like. Changes that account for much of our increase
in productivity. Changes that allow us to keep pace with the competition
and, hopefully, surpass them. Change must happen—our challenge is to make
certain we surround ourselves with people who will embrace it.
DOVER TO ACQUIRE DISPENSER AND SYSTEM BUSINESSES
FROM TOKHEIM GROUP S.A.S.
Dover announced September 7 that it has executed an agreement with
Tokheim Group S.A.S. to acquire Tokheim’s dispenser and system businesses
for EUR 425 million (approximately USD $465 million). The Tokheim businesses
will become part of OPW, a business unit within Dover’s Fluids segment.
Tokheim’s sales and service divisions are not part of this transaction and
will become a stand-alone company remaining with the current owners of
Tokheim. The transaction is expected to close early in 2016.
EPA OUST PUBLISHES UST GUIDES
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Underground Storage
Tanks (OUST) has released two brochures pertaining to underground storage
tanks (USTs), both of which were developed to help UST owners and operators
comply with the 2015 UST regulation.
A Brief Guide to the 2015 Federal UST Regulation for Owners and Operators of USTs on Tribal Lands is intended to help owners and operators of USTs on
tribal lands meet compatibility requirements in the 2015 federal regulation
when storing biofuels—defined as gasoline blends containing more than 10
percent ethanol or diesel blends containing more than 20 percent biodiesel.
Implementation Time Frames for 2015 Underground Storage Tank Requirements
was developed by EPA to help UST owners and operators comply with the new
federal UST regulation by highlighting the implementation time frames to
meet the 2015 UST requirements.
KICKOFF BREAKFAST AND CONVENTION REGISTRATION
The 2015 PEI Convention Kickoff Breakfast will feature
an inspiring presentation by Allison Massari on how perseverance and courage
can lead to true accomplishment. Among her many accomplishments and
activities, Massari founded the Roger Pepper Programs for Teen Burn
Survivors. She also recently appeared in the international documentary film,
ReSolve. Hosted by Scott Neil, the head of Special Forces for the
U.S. Military in Afghanistan, ReSolve dramatically focuses on the
solutions that can come through post-traumatic stress.
The Kickoff Breakfast will be held Monday, October 12
at 7:30 a.m. Tickets for the event can be purchased for $30 by calling PEI
Advance registration for the PEI Convention remains open and saves $150
EPA PROPOSES TO REMOVE STAGE II VAPOR RECOVERY IN
EPA is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision
from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality related to the removal
of Stage II vapor recovery equipment at gasoline dispensing facilities (GDFs)
in the Phoenix-Mesa area. Specifically, EPA is proposing to approve a SIP
revision that eliminates the requirement to install and operate such
equipment at new GDFs, and that provides for the phased removal of such
equipment at existing GDFs from October 2016 through September 2018.
Comments to the proposed plan revision must be received by October 2, 2015.
Triangle MicroSystems has moved to 1807 Garner Station Boulevard,
Raleigh, North Carolina 27603. The company’s phone numbers remain the same:
919-878-1880 and 800-334-5548.
Pico Petroleum and its parent company Westex Capital Ltd. have
sold their 26 convenience stores, as well as their bulk plants and propane
storage yards, to multiple buyers, effectively exiting the petroleum
business in south Texas.
ANGI Energy Systems, LLC, has appointed Timothy Boyle director of
international sales and business development. Boyle will be responsible for
all sales efforts outside the United States and Canada, including Mexico,
Central/South America and Asia. Prior to assuming this role, Boyle was
Midwest regional sales manager at ANGI.
Don Parker Sales, Inc., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has hired Phil
Parker as director of operations. Phil Parker, a former member of the PEI
Board of Directors, worked for Samson Corporation before joining Don Parker
Lucas Ford Associates, Inc. has closed its office in St. Petersburg,
Florida, and is now headquartered at 455 East Paces Ferry Road NE, Suite
338, Atlanta, Georgia 30305.
Uruguay distributor. Arpec Uruguay S.A., 5075 General Flores Street,
Montevideo, Uruguay 12300, has applied for distributor division membership.
Daniel Perchman is general manager for the firm, which was established in
1991. Arpec Uruguay represents ElaflexAR, EmcoWheatn, Gilbarco, TotlConSys,
VeederR and Zeppini. Sponsored for PEI membership by Lucy Sackett, Gilbarco,
ADMITTED TO PEI
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- UNITI-Kraftstoff GmbH, Berlin, Germany (aff)
- Go Beyond Co., Ltd., Bangkok, Thailand (aff)