July 22, 2020 | Vol. 70, No. 15

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Dear PEI Member:

Elections for PEI board members in even-numbered membership districts and the Affiliate division closed July 16. This year’s elections included the most candidates in years. In addition, member companies cast 18.5% more votes than in the 2019 election.

Winners have been determined in four districts. The top two vote-getters in District 2, District 10 and the Affiliate division move into runoff elections, beginning Tuesday, July 28.

Winners and runoff candidates, as certified by Craig Hoyer of Kubat Equipment & Service Co., chairman of the PEI Election Commission, are:

District 2 Runoff   Greg Dubas, Pine Run Construction Corp., Doylestown, Pennsylvania
Sandra Carl, Crompco, Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania
District 4 Winner  Mark Pawuk, Empaco Equipment Corp., Richfield, Ohio
District 6 Winner   Tad Cooper, Acterra Group, Marion, Iowa
District 8 Winner Dave Embertson, Erling Sales & Service, Pflugerville, Texas
District 10 Runoff Shawn Kiefer, Total Control Systems, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Tom Nuckolls, Blue1 Energy Equipment, Greenville, South Carolina
District 12 Winner Micah Nelson, S. Bravo Systems, Commerce, California
Affiliates Runoff Stacy Irons, United Rentals Trench Safety, Streamwood, Illinois
Ben Thomas, UST Training, Clinton, Washington

PEI thanks all the candidates who stepped up to run this year. The newly elected directors will be installed during the annual membership meeting at the 2020 PEI Convention.

The National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW) has launched research to help distributors adapt to and profit from technological disruptions. The program, “How Technology Will Transform Distribution,” will include seven monthly research reports and accompanying webinars from Ian Heller and Jonathan Bein of Distribution Strategy Group.

PEI Board Election Results

Free NAW Technology Webinar

States Push for ZEV Trucks

Virginia COVID-19 Safety Mandates

OSHA Updates

Charles D. Kemp Scholarship Winners



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PEI members may download the research reports and participate in the webinars at no charge.

To learn more about the series click here. You may also download the July report on “The Coming Storm of Converging Technologies” and register for the first webinar, which will be held at 1 p.m. CDT, July 28.

Fifteen states and the District of Columbia signed a joint memorandum of understanding (MOU) to phase out diesel medium- and heavy-duty truck sales by 2050. As an interim goal, the MOU seeks 30% zero-emission truck sales by 2030. Signatories were California, Connecticut, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and Washington, D.C.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed legislation requiring all Virginia businesses, regardless of size, to implement COVID-19 workplace safety measures. Employers that do not comply with the Temporary Emergency Standard (16 VAC 25-220) may face fines of up to $130,000. The legislation requires employers to:

  • Develop a system to identify, exclude and provide for the safe return of symptomatic employees;
  • Notify potentially infected people after an employee tests positive;
  • Enforce physical distancing, personal protective equipment and workplace cleaning procedures;
  • Ensure employees’ right to raise “reasonable concerns” about workplace COVID-19 spread to the employer, state or federal agencies, or the media.

Medium- and high-risk work environments also must develop an infectious disease preparedness and response plan within 60 days of the legislation’s effective date.

Virginia is the first state to adopt such comprehensive mandates; however, Oregon is working on a similar plan, and other states might follow.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a compliance directive on inspection and enforcement procedures for crystalline silica exposure in general industry, maritime and construction. OSHA also scheduled two events to encourage safe workplace practices:

  • Safe + Sound Week (Aug. 10-16). This nationwide effort recognizes the importance of workplace health and safety and offers practical ideas on how to keep U.S. workers safe.
  • National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction (Sept. 14-18). Fatalities caused by falls from elevation accounted for 320 of the 1,008 recorded U.S. construction fatalities in 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. OSHA encourages employers to use this week to focus on fall hazards and fall prevention.

Seven students won $1,000 Charles D. Kemp Scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year, the PEI Foundation announced. The recipients are:

  • Camden Abrams, son of Greg Abrams, Performance Ink
  • Griffin Fill, son of Matthew Fill, Oscar W. Larson Co.
  • Barron Hobbs, White Tucker Co.
  • Matthew Johnson, son of Robert Johnson, R.W. Mercer Co.
  • Remi Masarik, daughter of Ronald Masarik, Whitemarsh Corp.
  • Eva Rethmeier, daughter of Ryan and Erin Rethmeier, Western Pump Inc.
  • Sutton Bills Stokes, son of Rhett Stokes, McCon Building & Petroleum Services Inc.

The Kemp Scholarships recognize deserving students who are dependents of full-time employees of PEI member companies in manufacturer, distributor, service and construction or affiliate divisions. The scholarships are named in honor and memory of Charles D. Kemp, longtime president of the White Tucker Co. and 1972 PEI president.

PEI thanks the White Tucker Co. for a special donation that allowed the Foundation to increase the number of scholarships awarded this year.

“EPA appears to have given up efforts to issue a long-awaited proposal setting stronger nitrogen oxides (NOx) standards
for heavy-duty trucks until after the Nov. 3 election, despite top agency officials previously touting the measure as a win for both air quality and industry.” — InsideEPA, July 17

“CNBC auto reporter Michael Wayland reported GM won’t pursue a fuel cell-powered car any longer. Wayland tweeted the news Thursday during a conference call with the automaker’s chief sustainability officer, Dane Parker. According to Parker, GM plans to focus on electric cars for retail customers and fuel cell powertrains for commercial and military applications.” — Voice of the Highway, July 16

“New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced an extensive investment program for e-mobility. The ‘EV Make Ready’ initiative includes the construction of 50,000 AC and 1,500 DC charging stations in the US state by 2025. According to the communication, a total of around 1.5 billion dollars will be invested.” — Electrive, July 17

Eastern States Associates Inc.
named Hugh Smith outside salesperson for Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.

Gilbarco Veeder-Root appointed André Dhawan president, Americas. Dhawan has been Gilbarco’s president for Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific since July 2016. He has nearly 30 years of experience in global industrial manufacturing and distribution.

SME Solutions LLC acquired the assets of Grand Ronde Petroleum Solutions LLC (GRP), effective July 1. GRP President Gary Jones and the entire GRP staff have joined SME. Jason Franke will be the service manager at SME’s new Kennewick, Washington, branch, which will operate from GRP’s former facility.

Luis Magallanes
, 60, founder and owner of C & L Pump Service Inc. in El Paso, Texas, died July 12. He is survived by his wife, Christina Magallanes; mother, Evangelina Magallanes; sons, Luis E. and Christopher Magallanes; daughter, Christina Magallanes; sisters, Tilly Illuminate, Julie Borboa, Irma Magallanes and Lupita Campos; and four grandchildren.
Don Wood, 87, founder of Don Wood Inc., in Orlando, Florida, died July 7. Wood was a former PEI director and a member of the Continental 10-Group. (On a personal note, one of my favorite member visits was the time I spent with Don in December 2016. The chance to listen to his stories was a gift.)

Missouri display company.
Sunshine Electronic Display, 316 South Sixth, St. Joseph, MO 64501, applied for service and construction division membership. Joe Tewell is Co-CEO of the company, which was established in 1972. Sunshine Electronic Display offers remotely updated fuel price display solutions. Sponsored for PEI membership by Mike Vogt, Allied Electronics Inc., Bristol, Pennsylvania. www.sunshine.us.com

Washington construction company. Glacier Environmental Services Inc., P.O. Box 1097, Mukilteo, WA 98275, applied for service and construction division membership. Lauren Golembiewski is president of the firm, which was established in 1990. Glacier Environmental Services Inc. specializes in commercial fuel system removal and installation; site excavation/decontamination; stormwater infrastructure installation and modification; landfill closure and methane extraction; and installation, start-up and operation of treatment systems for contaminated soil and groundwater. Sponsored for PEI membership by Jessica Bartlett, Ace Tank & Fueling Equipment, Seatac, Washington. www.glacierenviro.com

Sudan distributor. Worldwide Oil Technology & Energy Equipment Co. (WOTEC), Apt. 502, Bldg. 39, Burg El Fadil, Street 39, Khartoum3, Sudan, applied for distributor division membership. Mohammed Ali Magzoub El Bashier handles marketing and operations for the company, which was established in 2004. WOTEC specializes in the sales of valve sealing solutions, fluid control and measurement equipment, and electrical and power transmission equipment. Sponsored for PEI membership by Dave LaCaille, Dover Fueling Solutions, Austin, Texas. www.wotec-sd.com


  • WOC Maintenance LLC, Evansville, Indiana (service and construction)
  • Fuel Services Management, West Palm Beach, Florida (service and construction)
  • Petrogas Corporation, Nuevo León, Mexico (distributor)
  • Julie Jackson, Jaco Oil Co., Bakersfield, California (operations and engineering)
  • Chad Weller, Wilson Oil dba Wilcox and Flegel Oil Co., Longview, Washington (operations and engineering)
  • William Howard, Wilson Oil dba Wilcox and Flegel Oil Co., Longview, Washington (operations and engineering)
  • Jared LaFrance, Wilson Oil dba Wilcox and Flegel Oil Co., Longview, Washington (operations and engineering)
  • Bob Lay, Wilson Oil dba Wilcox and Flegel Oil Co., Longview, Washington (operations and engineering)
  • Tom Abbott, Wilson Oil dba Wilcox and Flegel Oil Co., Longview, Washington (operations and engineering)
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