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May 11, 2017 | Vol. 67, No. 10

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Dear PEI Member:

The PEI Board of Directors met last week in San Antonio to review committee reports, update the association’s strategic long range plan and consider various other matters. Here is a summary of some of the important actions taken by the board.

Latin America. The board approved the formation of a steering committee to help determine how PEI might best meet the growing needs for technical education, training and other services in Latin America. (See below.)

Service Technician Training. During the past year, PEI released three tools to help members better attract, evaluate and retain service technicians: a series of recruitment videos, a pre-employment skills assessment test and a service technician training manual. In San Antonio, the board authorized formation of an ad hoc committee to suggest additional steps, if any, PEI should take to address the service technician shortage.

Membership Requirements. The composition of the petroleum equipment industry has changed dramatically since PEI was founded in 1952. To ensure that the association continues to serve the industry well, the board unanimously passed a motion asking the Strategic Long Range Planning Committee to evaluate the current membership requirements for each PEI division and make recommendations for needed changes, if any.

In other actions, the board:

  • Approved a budget of $3,428,276 for the fiscal year that began April 1. The budget includes the hiring of a new director of operations to take over certain responsibilities that will be relinquished by PEI’s general manager when he becomes executive vice president June 1.
  • Accepted the minutes and recommendations of four PEI committees—Safety, Education & Convention, Young Executives and PEI Women.
  • Voted to hold a Purchasing & Inventory Managers Conference in spring 2018.
  • Asked staff to develop a plan to offer sponsorships for the 2018 Young Executives Conference and PEI Women Conference.
  • Reauthorized a program that provides interested PEI members $600 scholarships to offset registration fees for the University of Innovative Distribution.
  • Decided not to initiate any new recommended practices during the 2017-2018 fiscal year.

PEI Board of Directors Meeting

Missouri Finalizes UST Regs

NACS Show New Exhibitor Area

Latin America Steering Committee



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Craig Hoyer, Denver, Colorado, presided at the midyear meeting. Other officers, directors and staff in attendance included:

  • Steve Trabilsy, North Aurora, Ill. (immediate past president)
  • Robert Peavey, Beaumont, Texas (vice president)
  • Charlie Burns, Clarkston, Mich. (treasurer)
  • Bob Renkes, Tulsa, Okla. (executive vice president)
  • James Ether, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (District 1)
  • Ron Sledd Jr., Jetersville, Va. (District 2)
  • Blair Shwedo, Charlotte, N.C. (District 3)
  • Tiina McCombie, Mississauga, Ontario (District 4)
  • Sara Hitchcock Beck, Montgomery, Ala. (District 5)
  • Mani Sundaram, Kansas City, Mo. (District 6)
  • Kurt Radermacher, Hopkins, Minn. (District 7)
  • John Farrell, Schertz, Texas (District 8)
  • Ryan Rethmeier, San Diego, Calif. (District 9 co-director)
  • Greg McGee, Avon, Conn. (District 10)
  • Jeanne Murphy Murck, Herndon, Va. (District 11)
  • Tim Weiss, Dubuque, Iowa (District 12)
  • Greg Young, Prescott Valley, Ariz. (District 13)
  • Pat Vuchetich, Kansas City, Mo. (Affiliate Division)
  • Gregory E. Dubas, Doylestown, Pa. (Service & Construction Division)
  • Rick Long, Tulsa, Okla. (general manager)
  • Sarah West, Tulsa, Okla. (convention and education director)
  • Bob Young, Tulsa Okla. (director of industry relations)

Revisions to Missouri’s underground storage tank (UST) regulations have been finalized and will take effect May 30. Among other changes, the new rules stipulate that:

  • Owners and operators of existing UST systems must begin walkthrough inspections of spill prevention equipment, leak detection equipment and containment sumps by Jan. 1, 2020.
  • USTs installed after July 1, 2017, must be double-walled and have both tank-top and under-dispenser sumps.
  • Owners and operators of USTs installed after July 1, 2017, must use interstitial monitoring as their primary leak detection method.
  • New marinas must be installed in accordance with PEI/RP1000-14: Recommended Practices for the Installation of Marina Fueling Systems.

The complete text of the rule, a redlined copy, an information packet and an updated “Missouri Must for USTs” booklet may be found on the Missouri Department of Natural Resources website.

PEI is forming a steering committee of Latin American members and others with a business interest in Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean to:

  • Identify the focus of a unique educational session for Latin American members at the 2017 PEI Convention.
  • Recommend other 2017 convention sessions for possible translation into Spanish and/or Portuguese.
  • Determine and prioritize recommendations for additional services PEI could develop and provide for Latin America.

The committee will hold a one-day meeting in Florida in July. If you are interested in learning more or would like to volunteer for this important initiative, please email Whitney Emerick at wemerick@pei.org by Friday, May 19.

PEI member companies have already reserved more than 630 booths at the 2017 NACS Show (Oct. 17-20 in Chicago). If your company has never before exhibited, the New Exhibitor Pavilion is the place for you. This special, high-traffic area has been specifically created for companies that might be new to the industry or to the trade show scene.

Space is extremely limited, so if you are interested in securing a booth in the New Exhibitor Pavilion, contact Chris Bouldin as soon as possible at cbouldin@pei.org or (918) 236-3964.

During a May 3 speech to the National Association of Farm Broadcasters (NAFB), EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt signaled that the agency may well grant a waiver to allow E15 to be sold all year long throughout the country. Current law places extra limits on the evaporative emissions of the nation’s fuel supply from June 1 to Sept. 15. Since 1991, E10 has been exempted from those limits. However, when the EPA acted in 2015 to approve E15 for use in 2001 and newer model-year vehicles, the higher blend fuel received no such exemption.

“We are looking at that internally, to allow E15 to be sold throughout the year, a national waiver, if you will,” Pruitt said, in his NAFB remarks. “There’s a statutory analysis that’s ongoing, and we’re hopefully going to be able to conclude that process very soon. I very much hope we can get there; it’s just a matter of whether the statute permits it or not.”

Acterra Group
has named Kelly Miller regional manager for central and western Iowa. Miller has more than 10 years of experience in the petroleum equipment industry, including positions in sales, management and training.
Dixon Pumps is moving its production from Billings, Montana to Bonita Springs, Florida. The change will allow Dixon to better leverage the engineering, manufacturing and testing resources its parent, Shaw Development, maintains in Bonita Springs. Dixon’s customer support and back-office work are already located in Bonita Springs. Product development activities will continue in both locations.
Guardian Fueling Technologies has made three senior personnel announcements. Sterling Baker joined the company as operating partner/board member. Baker comes to Guardian with 25 years of industry experience, including sales, branch management and executive leadership. Scott Jones of Charlotte, North Carolina, is the new vice president of mid-Atlantic region operations. Jones’ began his career in sales and continued into marketing, service operations, risk management and leadership. Mike Seymour is now Guardian’s Atlanta branch manager. Seymour is a 40-year veteran of the fueling and energy industry.
Tanknology Inc. announced May 9 that J. Richard Schnabel, the company’s executive vice president of sales, will retire at the end of this month. A 40-year petroleum industry veteran, Schnabel has worked in senior sales management at Tanknology for the past 20 years.

“Kwik Trip is the latest convenience-store chain to add E15
, the 15% ethanol/gasoline blend, to its fuel offer. It plans to add E15 to most of its more than 500 sites in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin over the next few years, and it has already begun the rollout. Once it meets this goal, Kwik Trip would have among the highest number of E15 locations in the United States.”—CSP, May 1, 2017
“Uber Technologies Inc is now aiming for the skies with its flying taxis.
The company expects to deploy its flying taxis in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, and Dubai by 2020, chief product officer Jeff Holden said at the Uber Elevate Summit in Dallas on Tuesday. Uber’s flying taxis will be small, electric aircraft that take off and land vertically, or VTOLs, with zero emissions and quiet enough to operate in cities.”—Reuters, April 25, 2017
“President Donald Trump said he’s willing to raise the U.S. gas tax to fund infrastructure development and called the tax-overhaul plan he released last week the beginning of negotiations. ‘It’s something that I would certainly consider,’ Trump said Monday in an interview with Bloomberg News in the Oval Office, describing the idea as supported by truckers ‘if we earmarked money toward the highways.’”—Bloomberg Politics, May 1, 2017
“Manufacturers added 6,000 workers in April, marking the fifth straight month of job gains in the sector. The manufacturing sector has hired 14,200 additional workers on net over the past five months, a notable difference from the more cautious approach to hiring seen before that. Indeed, manufacturing lost 16,000 workers in 2016 as a whole, its first negative year since the Great Recession.”—Monday Economic Report, May 8, 2017

China nozzle manufacturer.
Yongjia Chengding Machinery Co., Ltd., Zhangbao North Road, Anfeng Village, Oubei Town, Wenzhou 325105, China, has applied for manufacturer division membership. Dongxue Xu handles trade sales for the company, which was established in 2008. The company manufactures nozzles, pumps and flow meters that are sold through distributors.  Sponsored for PEI membership by Diana Lian, Xinfeiyu, Shenyang City, Liaoning, China.
Maryland investment bank. Matrix Capital Markets Group, Inc., 400 East Pratt Street, Suite 250, Baltimore, MD 21202, has applied for affiliate division membership. Tod Butler is vice president of business development for the firm, which was established in 1988. Matrix is an independent, privately held investment bank that provides merger, acquisition and financial advisory services for companies. Sponsored for PEI membership by Andy Mercer, MercerCo, Jackson, Michigan.
Florida contractor.
Coastal Construction & Petroleum Services, Inc., 818 Canal Street, Jacksonville, FL 32209, has applied for service and construction division membership.  Carey O. Lyncker Jr. is vice president of operations for the company, which was established in 2002. The company builds service stations and convenience stores and also performs maintenance. Sponsored for PEI membership by Jason Wiles, 7GEnv, Tallahassee, Florida.
Delaware service firm. JBM Petroleum Service, LLC, 8913 Clendaniel Pond Road, Lincoln, DE 19960, has applied for service and construction division membership. Dean Vincent is owner of the firm, which was established in 2013. The company offers petroleum equipment service, repair and compliance testing. Sponsored for PEI membership by Glen Corkill, SourceIL, Addison, Illinois.
Trinidad and Tobago fuel management system company. A.T.B.L. Fuel Management Solutions Ltd., 46 Calcutta No. 2, Freeport 11111, Trinidad and Tobago, has applied for service and construction division membership. Mitchell Singh is managing director for the firm, which was established in 2012. The company provides products and services to help clients improve fuel handling and quality. Sponsored for PEI membership by Monica Leonard, PIUSI, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
California contractor.
Fuel Pros, Inc., 14774 Central Ave., Chino, CA 91710, has applied for service and construction division membership. Burr Northrop is president of the firm, which was established in 1948. The company is a general contractor specializing in buildings, canopies, fueling system installation, fuel system maintenance and fuel system testing.  Sponsored for PEI membership by Glen Corkill, SourceIL, Addison, Illinois.


  • Fuel Transfer LLC, Corona, California (dis)
  • Steel Tank and Fabricating Corp., Columbia City, Indiana (mfr)
  • Emiliana Serbatoi SRL, Modena, Italy (mfr)
  • The McIntosh Group, Tulsa, Oklahoma (aff)
  • Fiscal Systems Inc., Huntsville, Alabama (aff)


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The TulsaLetter (ISSN 0193-9467) is published two or three times each month by the Petroleum Equipment Institute. Richard C. Long, Editor. Opinions expressed are the opinions of the Editor. Basic circulation confined to PEI members.