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October 10, 2016 | Vol. 66, No. 19

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Dear PEI Member:

A good website is an effective and inexpensive way to advertise your business and to reach customers and prospects who are searching online. A cursory review of the PEI Directory 2016 shows that over 80 percent of PEI members have websites. Over the years, we have seen these sites become more informative and effective.

The key to a successful website is content. Although text continues to make up a large part of that, PEI members have increasingly turned to images and videos to enhance their sites. For the most part, members use high-quality photos and videos that make the sites more aesthetically pleasing and demonstrate professionalism to the customers they want to attract. 

Every once in awhile, we visit a member’s website that includes unflattering images of products, people, jobsites and/or offices. The pictures, for a variety of reasons, don’t make the right impression. The most egregious images are those that depict health and safety violations. It doesn’t matter if it is a photograph or video of a construction job, service call, manufacturing operation or a laboratory test—there is no excuse for showing an image that would make an OSHA compliance officer or plaintiff’s attorney drool. If a picture on your website or social media is iffy from a safety perspective, remove it and take another one. 

Your website is seen by hundreds—perhaps thousands—of customers, prospective employees, competitors and regulators. If a picture is worth a thousand words, you don’t want to own a bad one.

The PEI Tank Installation Committee met September 27-28 in San Antonio to review public comments to the 2011 edition of PEI’s Recommended Practices for Installation of Underground Liquid Storage Systems (PEI/RP100). The Committee was able to resolve all the issues raised by the public comments and made extensive changes to Chapter 7 (Spill Containment and Overfill Prevention), Chapter 8 (Secondary Containment) and Chapter 9 (Release Detection). Some figures in the document must be created or redrawn that will require additional work by the committee. We expect the new edition of PEI/RP100 to be available February, 2017. 

Photo Landmines on Your Website

RP100 Update

Dixon Pumps Sold to Shaw Development

Oklahoma Proposed Tank Rules




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Shaw Development LLC
, Bonita Springs, Florida, has completed an asset purchase agreement for the products manufactured and distributed by Dixon Pumps, Inc., Billings, Montana. The company is now known as Dixon Pumps, a Shaw Development Company. Randy Dixon, president and CEO of Dixon Pumps since 1984, will continue to play a key role in the company.

, Charleston, West Virginia, has added two manufacturer representative agencies to market its product line. T & D Sales represents the company in California, Oregon and Washington. Red Mountain Sales now represents IRPCO in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming.
The Acterra Group, headquartered in Marion, Iowa, has hired James Scott as regional manager for Central Iowa, Western Iowa and Nebraska. He most recently served as petroleum product sales manager for Meridian Manufacturing. Scott will be based in Acterra’s Des Moines, Iowa, offices.
Vaporless Manufacturing, Inc., Prescott Valley, Arizona, has hired Bud Moore as its director of sales. Moore, a veteran of the petroleum equipment and convenience store industry, will be based at the VMI factory in Arizona. Contact him at bmoore@vaporless.com or 915-472-6738. 

. As gasoline dispensing facilities replace dispensers to meet the EMV security requirements, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has issued a reminder that replacement of certain equipment, such as dispensers, may meet the definition of a major modification and trigger CARB’s Stage II upgrade requirements. For a copy of CARB’s Informational Bulletin addressing major modifications and dispenser replacement, go to CARB’s Vapor Recovery page.
Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC) has proposed changes to the OCC Petroleum Storage Tank Division rules on fuel inspection, USTs, ASTs, indemnity fund and corrective action. The proposed rules will be discussed at public technical conferences scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on October 25, and at 10:30 a.m. on November 22 in Oklahoma City. The proposed rules and technical conference details are available at www.occeweb.com (under the Conducting Business tab).  

“Volkswagen AG
is laying out a bold strategy to bring electric vehicles to the masses with dozens of new models and unprecedented driving ranges, challenging other carmakers to keep pace a year after the emissions scandal rocked the German automaker. Volkswagen now plans to bring out 30 battery-operated cars by 2025, with the Audi luxury division targeting three by 2020. The strategy, the most aggressive in the industry, includes a target of selling as many as 3 million electric cars a year. That would be about 25 percent of its global sales, whereas IHS Markit estimates battery-powered vehicles will account for just 3 percent of worldwide demand by then.”—Bloomberg Environment Reporter, September 30, 2016.
“As rumored for months, Mexico’s finance ministry (SHCP) has proposed to Congress (in its 2017 budget) that retail transportation fuel prices in the country begin to be liberalized in January, a full year earlier than planned. The acceleration is meant to kick-start the fledgling participation of marketers other than national oil company Pemex in the country’s fuel marketplace—and the beginning of real price competition—by replacing fixed (and government subsidized) prices with changeable levels that reflect the dynamic flow of global petroleum markets.”—Oil Express, September 28, 2016. 
“Convenience retailer optimism picked up sharply as sales of both in-store items and motor fuels remained strong for the first nine months of the year, according to a new NACS survey. More than two in three convenience store retailers (69%) say that in-store sales in the first nine months of 2016 were higher than the same period last year. And three in five (60%) say that motor fuels sales were higher compared to the same nine months in 2015. Only 9% of retailers say that in-store sales were lower and only 14% say fuel sales were lower than the first nine months of 2016 compared to a year ago.”—NACSOnline, October 4, 2016.
“E15 already is available at 64 retail stations statewide today and will be at dozens more by year’s end.”—Tri-State Neighbor quoting Bill Northey, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, October 4, 2016.
Empire Petroleum Partners, LLC and Arkansas Valley Companies announced October 3 that the two entities will merge their assets. Arkansas Valley operates 137 retail outlets in Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas and Arkansas. Empire currently distributes motor fuel products to over 1,300 stations in 27 states.

Philip Douglas (P.D.) McLaren
, president of P. D. McLaren Limited, headquartered in Burnaby, British Columbia, died September 25. He was 71. P.D. joined his family’s three-generation business in 1964 and became president and CEO in 1970 when he took over the company from his father. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Karen, two daughters and four grandchildren. 

Qatar distributor
. Gas Equipment & Services Co. Qatar Ltd., No. 21, 623 Ahmed Bin Hazem Street, Zone 56, Al Maamoura, Doha, Qatar 12650, has applied for distributor division membership. Vemula Alekha Prasad is operations and project director for the firm, which was established in 1995. The company designs, supplies, installs, inspects, commissions and maintains gas, fuel and steam systems, and represents GeneralInd, Morrison, NUPI and OPW-FC. Sponsored for PEI membership by Keith Moye, OPW-FC, Hamilton, OH.
Alberta installation and service company. Sublime Industries Ltd., #5, 30 Chevigny Street, St. Albert, Alberta T8N 5A3, has applied for service and construction division membership. Scott Wallace is president of the firm, which was established in 2004. The company specializes in the installation of petroleum systems, cardlock systems, bulk plants, lube oil facilities and light industrial facilities. Sponsored for PEI membership by Tiina McCombie, NatlEnergy, Mississauga, Ontario. www.sublimeindustries.com 
Oregon installation and maintenance company. Petro Works LLC, 21440 NW Nicholas Court, Hillsboro, Oregon 97124, has applied for service and construction division membership. Michael Holguin is president of the firm, which was established in 2007. The company installs and maintains service stations. Sponsored for PEI membership by Bob Chase, Bennett, Spring Lake, MI. www.petroworksllc.com


  • Petromen’s Inc., Pikeville, NC (dis)
  • MCS - Multiple Card Systems A/S, Naestved, Denmark (mfr)
  • Petrosur Ltd., Montreal, Quebec (aff)
  • CNS Communications, Pleasant Hill, MO (S&C)
  • Greentech Fuel Management Inc., Westminster, MD (S&C)
  • Cindy Mandujano, Petroseal, Boca Raton, FL (O&E)
  • Bart Pinson, Honda of America Mfg. Inc., Liberty, OH (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.