February 18, 2020 | Vol. 70, No. 4
Dear PEI Member:
Early bird registration for the 2020 PEI Purchasing & Inventory Managers Conference ends Feb. 28, just 10 days from today.
The conference, April 1-3 at the Courtyard Marriott San Antonio Riverwalk, will offer general sessions, roundtable discussions, networking opportunities and tabletop displays specifically designed for purchasing and inventory professionals.
In the general sessions, distribution and leadership expert Randy Disharoon will explain how to “Embrace Change,” “Engender Collaboration” and “Epitomize Commitment.” Disharoon’s story is as interesting as his message. At 23, he was certified as a nuclear engineer. By age 25, he was leading Naval officer training courses. At 27, he entered the private sector — improving operations and growing sales for distributors and manufacturers in the chemical and power transmission industries.
Roundtable discussion sessions will provide attendees with targeted peer-to-peer learning. Each registrant will pick 3 of the following 6 topics:
Registration through Feb. 28 is $325 for PEI members and $595 for nonmembers. Beginning March 1, the fee increases to $425 for members and $745 for nonmembers. Registration includes all conference materials, three general sessions, three roundtables, three meals and two receptions.
by e-mail to the editor, Rick Long at email@example.com
Attendees who book rooms at the Courtyard Marriott San Antonio Riverwalk by March 20 will receive PEI’s discounted rate of $150 per night. Book your room here.
Conference tabletop sponsors include: ESCO Services, Freedom Electronics, Husky Corp., Morrison Bros. Co., Performance Ink, PMP Corp., Power Integrity, RDM Industrial Electronics and Universal Valve. RDM Industrial Electronics also is the Welcome Station Sponsor.
U.S. HOUSE PASSES “PRO ACT”
The National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and hundreds of other business associations lobbied against passage. Although unlikely to advance in the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate, that could change if Democrats retake the Senate in November. You can read NAW’s summary of the bill here.
REQUEST FOR INFORMATION: FIBERGLASS REINFORCED PLASTIC (FRP)
To determine whether PEI/RP100 should be amended to recommend both FRP and metallic tank risers, the RP100 Committee invites members with installation experience or other knowledge of the new FRP risers to share their perspectives (pro or con) by March 10. To do so, visit www.pei.org/rp100 and click the Comment Now link.
ILLINOIS BILL TO PROHIBIT SELF-SERVE FUELING?
This language would appear to prohibit drivers from filling up their own vehicles, but Rep. Camille Lilly, the Chicago legislator who introduced the measure, said Feb. 13 that was not her intent. Rather, Lilly said, the bill was meant to increase safety and provide consumers with the option of attendant fueling.
Lilly moved to table the controversial measure Feb. 14.
FLORIDA ANNOUNCES EV CHARGING STATION GRANTS
AMERICA’S LARGEST HYDROGEN FUELING FACILITY OPENS IN CALIFORNIA
OMNTEC Mfg. Inc. appointed Wilson/Rogers & Associates as its representative in Washington, Oregon, California, Northern Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Alaska and Hawaii.
Power Integrity founder, Jim Fesmire, retired and transferred company ownership to Lee and Michelle Porter. Michelle Porter’s background includes more than 25 years in real estate. Lee Porter, a former PGA Tour golfer, brings experience in construction, development, property management and facilities maintenance.
SloanLED, announced that former president and CEO Steve Shotwell is returning to the company as chief operating officer, effective March 16. Shotwell will lead global sign, spa and classical sales, and manage the customer service and supply chain teams. Bruce Quaa also was named chief technology officer. He is responsible for product marketing, new product development, manufacturing engineering and quality.
Whiteway Lighting, a Hubbell Lighting brand, appointed Wilson/Rogers & Associates as its representative for Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, California, Wyoming, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Hawaii and the South Pacific Islands.
ADMITTED TO PEI
● PDQ Service LLC, Rapid City, South Dakota (service and construction)
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