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
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.
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,
|District 8 Winner
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,
United Rentals Trench Safety, Streamwood, Illinois
Ben Thomas, UST Training, Clinton, Washington
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.
NAW TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH, WEBINAR
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
Charles D. Kemp Scholarship Winners
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Converging Technologies” and
register for the
first webinar, which will be
held at 1 p.m. CDT, July 28.
PUSH FOR ZERO-EMISSION TRUCKS
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 MANDATES COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES
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
- Develop a system to identify, exclude and provide for
the safe return of symptomatic employees;
- Notify potentially infected people after an employee
- 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.
and high-risk work environments also must develop an infectious disease
preparedness and response plan within 60 days of the legislation’s effective
is the first state to adopt such comprehensive mandates; however, Oregon is
working on a similar plan, and other states might follow.
ISSUES SILICA GUIDANCE, SCHEDULES SAFETY EVENTS
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.
FOUNDATION AWARDS 7 SCHOLARSHIPS
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
- Remi Masarik, daughter of Ronald Masarik, Whitemarsh
- Eva Rethmeier, daughter of Ryan and Erin Rethmeier,
Western Pump Inc.
- Sutton Bills Stokes, son of Rhett Stokes, McCon
Building & Petroleum Services Inc.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
ADMITTED TO PEI
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
Bob Lay, Wilson Oil dba
Wilcox and Flegel Oil Co., Longview, Washington (operations and
Tom Abbott, Wilson Oil dba
Wilcox and Flegel Oil Co., Longview, Washington (operations and