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)
Young, Tulsa Okla. (director of industry relations)
MISSOURI FINALIZES UST
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
LATIN AMERICA STEERING COMMITTEE
PEI is forming a steering committee of Latin American members and others
with a business interest in Mexico, Central America, South America and the
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
firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, May 19.
CONSIDER THE NEW EXHIBITOR
PAVILION AT THE 2017 NACS SHOW
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
email@example.com or (918) 236-3964.
PRUITT CONTEMPLATING E15
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
“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,
“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,
“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
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,
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,
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.
ADMITTED TO PEI
- 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)