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December 16, 2015 | Vol. 65, No. 23

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Dear PEI Member:

If you are responsible for your firmís purchasing or inventory department, consider attending PEIís 2016 Purchasing & Inventory Managers Conference on April 14-16, 2016, at the Sheraton Music City, Nashville, Tennessee.

The two-day conference will offer a combination of general session and roundtable discussion topics specifically designed to address the needs of both purchasing managers and inventory managers. Dr. Dale Henry, a well-known author and trainer, will lead the general sessions and speak on:

  • Dealing with the Organizational Wart: Change
  • The Customer Is Always Right?
  • The Power of TEAM

Those attending the conference will discuss the following issues with other managers in a roundtable format:

  • Warehouse Management
  • 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

Registration for PEI members prior to February 6 is $295 ($545 for nonmembers). Beginning February 6, the fee goes up to $395 for members and $695 for nonmembers. The registration fee includes all conference materials, three general sessions, four roundtable sessions, three meals and two receptions. Registration can be completed at www.pei.org/PI2016. The list of those preregistered will be posted on the conference website. The deadline to register for this conference is Friday, April 1.

Conference registration does not include overnight accommodations. PEI members can avail themselves of PEIís special room rate of $149 single/double at the Sheraton Music City if they make reservations before Tuesday, March 15. Call 615-885-2200 and refer to the PEI Conference room block or book online.

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

PEI Purchasing and Inventory Managers Conference

Distributor Employee Compensation Survey

Tank Owners Fined

Pemex Opens Stations in Houston



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Our thanks to the PEI members who planned this conference: Jeremy Freeman, Petroleum Solutions, Inc., San Antonio, TX; John W. Moore, Banks & Co., Fresno, CA; and David Scott, MECO of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA.

How does your firmís employee compensation package compare to others in the petroleum equipment industry and the wholesale trade in general? To help PEI distributors evaluate their numbers, PEI is again co-sponsoring the Distributor Employee Compensation Study written by the Profit Planning Group (PPG). Approximately 2,500 firms in over 35 lines of distribution are expected to participate.

PEI needs your participation in this survey to ensure the results are as comprehensive as possible. To guarantee complete confidentiality of your companyís data, all responses are sent to directly to and compiled by PPG. Only aggregate results will be published.

Participants receive a copy of the survey results free of charge. Non-participating distributors can receive the report for $295.

If you are a distributor member and would like to participate in the survey but did not receive the form, contact Chris Bouldin at cbouldin@pei.org.  Deadline for return of the completed survey form is February 15. 

LA World Airports
, the owner/operator of three airports in Los Angeles, has been ordered to pay the State of California up to $2.4 million for allegedly violating underground storage tank requirements at Los Angeles International Airport, L.A./Ontario International Airport and Van Nuys Airport. The settlement, announced by the State Water Resources Control Board, includes $1.3 million in civil penalties and enforcement fees. LA World Airports can avoid over $1 million in suspended penalties if it meets certain requirements specified in the agreement. The case involved three unmonitored and unpermitted underground storage tanks used to store hazardous runoff produced in fire training exercises.  
Aloha Petroleum has agreed to pay $650,000 to settle Clean Air and Clean Water Acts violations at its Hilo East bulk fuel storage terminal. In addition, the company agreed to install spill containment at its fuel storage facilities statewide at an estimated cost of $3.25 million, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  

, Mexicoís state-run oil company, entered the U.S. market December 3 with its first gasoline station in Houston. It is the first of five franchised Pemex stations scheduled to open in Houston this month. Gasoline sold at Pemexís Houston stations will come from the U.S. wholesale market. The pilot program will allow Pemex to judge the impact of its brand in relation to others in markets outside Mexico. The station includes a Taco Shack restaurant and a convenience store.
TravelCenters of America LLC, Westlake, Ohio, has completed its previously disclosed acquisition of 10 convenience stores in Ohio formerly known as Stopní Go. The stations will be rebranded as Minit Mart convenience stores.
Jacksons, Meridian, Idaho, has acquired Premium Oil Co., Salt Lake City, Utah. The purchase includes 15 convenience stores and a commercial real estate portfolio.
Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., Laval, Quebec, announced December 2 that it has signed an agreement to acquire Topaz Energy Group Ltd., Irelandís largest fuel retailer.  Dublin-based Topaz has 464 gasoline stationsó162  owned by Topaz and 302 owned by dealers. The transaction also includes a commercial fuels operation, with more than 30 depots and two terminals.

Fittings, valves and couplings manufacturer
. Dixon, 800 High Street, Chestertown, Maryland 21620, has applied for manufacturer division membership. Dan Burke is the western sales manager for the firm, which was established in 1916. The company manufactures dry disconnect fittings, cam and groove couplings, breakaways, valves and couplings which are sold through PEI distributors. Sponsored for PEI membership by Mervin L. Carder, MCarderInd, Fenton, MO. www.dixonvalve.com    
Price sign manufacturer. GURU Digital Media, 1450 West 228th Street, Torrance, California 90501, has applied for manufacturer division membership. Jasmine Lam is division manager of the firm, which was established in 1954. The company manufactures gas price changers, digital billboards, full-color indoor LED signs and full-color LED displays. The equipment is sold through distributors. Sponsored for PEI membership by Lucy Sackett, Gilbarco, Greensboro, NC. www.gurudm.com
Florida dispensing glove provider. U-Glove, Inc., 12074 Miramar Parkway, Miramar, Florida 33025, has applied for affiliate division membership. Antonio Lyon is CEO of the firm, which was established in 2013. The company provides a turn-key free service for gas station owners offering a cleaner, safer and friendlier experience by providing gloves at the pump. Sponsored for PEI membership by Oscar Ramirez, BolivarFL, Miramar, FL. www.u-glove.com 
Massachusetts consulting firm
. Weston & Sampson Engineers, Inc., 5 Centennial Drive, Peabody, Massachusetts 01960, has applied for affiliate division membership. James Fair is team leader for the firm, which was established in 1899. The company is a full-service environmental and infrastructure consulting firm. Sponsored for PEI membership by Bruce Garrett, Dependable, Plymouth, MA.  www.westonandsampson.com
Mexico service station maintenance company. Tecnologia e Ingenieria Luqross S.A. de C.V., Antigua Calz. De Gpe. 105F, Col. San Marcos, Azcapotzalco, Mexico D.F. 02020, Mexico, has applied for affiliate division membership. Luis D. Rosas Flores is director of the firm, which was established in 1995. The company maintains service stations and develops software solutions. Sponsored for PEI membership by Mauricio Bouť Iturriaga, GBI, Mexico, D.F., Mexico. www.luqross.com    
Myanmar consulting company. M.N.T. Co., Ltd., No. 101, Ground Floor, Building 15, MICT Park, Hlaing Tsp., Yangon, 11051, Myanmar, has applied for affiliate division membership. Sandra Phon is president of the firm, which was established in 1995. The company provides consulting services to fuel station owners. Sponsored for PEI membership by Denni Chan, ManthonLtd, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
Turkey CNG products distributor. Vonoz Mak. Ekipmanlari Insaat San. Ltd., Y. Dudullu Mah. Sarmasik Sok. No. 18, Istanbul, 34775, Turkey, has applied for affiliate division membership. Ilayda Atasoy is general manager of the firm, which was established in 2013. Vonoz distributes equipment for petroleum, LPG and CNG products, including compressors, dryers and panels. Sponsored for PEI membership by Andrew Knapp, Franklin, Madison, WI. www.vonoz.com.tr.
Austria corrosion protection/tank lining firm. Wolftank Adisa GmbH, Grabenweg 58, Innsbruck, Tyrol, 6020, Austria, has applied for service and construction division membership. Peter Michael Werth is CEO of the firm, which was established in 2008. The company lines and refurbishes aboveground and underground tanks. Sponsored for PEI membership by Jost Berg, SGB, Siegen, Germany. www.wolftank.com  
Florida installation and service company. JSR Enterprises East Coast LLC dba JSR Fueling Technologies, 261 Bougainvillea Street, Palm Bay, Florida 32907, has applied for service and construction division membership. Joshua Ghiz is operations manager for the firm, which was established in 2004. The firm installs and services equipment owned by commercial and industrial clients. Sponsored for PEI membership by Glen Corkill, SourceIL, Addison, IL.
Maryland service and construction company. RCFS, Inc., 3228 Sudath Lane, Jarrettsville, Maryland 21084, has applied for service and construction division membership. Thomas W. Over, Sr. is president of the firm, which was established in 2003. The company provides all services related to petroleum fuel storage systems. Sponsored for PEI membership by Galen C. Heaps, PetroSupMD, Elkridge, MD.
Mexico engineering and construction firm
. Refaccionaria Y Servicios Sol Rey, S.A. de C.V., Emiliano Zapata No. 39, San Jose Del Quince, El Salto, Jalisco, 45680, Mexico, has applied for service and construction division membership. Adalberto Solis Reyes is director of the firm, which was established in 1992. The company builds, services and engineers service stations and convenience stores. Sponsored for PEI membership by Maura Arrendondo Moreno, AMPES, Mexico D.F., Mexico. www.solrey.com
Ohio environmental compliance contractor. Ohio Tank & Pipe Services LLC, 132 Skyview Drive, Seven Hills, Ohio 44131, has applied for service and construction division membership. Thomas E. Fisher is owner of the firm, which was established in 2010. The company provides full-service testing on tanks and lines and is an environmental compliance and emergency contractor. Sponsored for PEI membership by Brad R. Estabrook, Estabrook, Essexville, MI. www.ohiotank.com     
Oregon service contractor. NW Tank Lining & Inspection, Inc., 12300 SW 69th Avenue, Tigard, Oregon 97223, has applied for service and construction division membership. John Woods is the president of the firm, which was established in 1959. The company provides inspection services, environmental engineering, industrial protection coatings and linings, and tank repair and maintenance. Sponsored for PEI membership by William J. Mascott, MascottEqp, Portland, OR. www.nwtli.com 


  • COINS, S.A., San Pedro Sula, Cortes, Honduras (dis)
  • Petroland S.A. de C.V., Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico (dis)
  • Surge Suppression of Georgia Inc., Sandersville, GA (aff)
  • AllTex Fueling Solutions, Houston, TX (S&C)


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