March 18, 2021 | Vol. 71, No. 6
|Dear PEI Member:
What role do forecourt upgrades play in building consumer loyalty? On a scale from 1 (not important at all) to 5 (extremely important), here's how PEI members scored eight common upgrades:
My biggest takeaways from the data are:
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Editor’s Note: Some 130 PEI members participated in this survey conducted from Feb. 18 to March 15.
NAW, NFL PARTNER ON MASS VACCINATION SITES
As an active member of NAW, PEI applauds and supports this effort. If you can donate or facilitate purchase of any of the needed items, contact NAW Chief Business Development Officer Dan Schuberth at email@example.com or 732-585-3010.
SIX UTILITIES FORM ELECTRIC HIGHWAY COALITION
OREGON CONSIDERS PETROLEUM DIESEL BAN
PRO ACT MOVES TO THE SENATE
Both NAW and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) are urging the Senate to defeat the bill. Read NAM’s press release here.
"Growth Energy announced that drivers across the United States have reached a new milestone, logging 20 billion miles on the road using E15. … Despite its challenges, 2020 brought expanded retail growth for E15, with the number of retail sites selling E15 growing by 10 percent, bringing E15 to more than 2,300 stations across 30 states." — Growth Energy press release, March 9
“ExxonMobil has extended the U.S. Retail Site Technology Incentive Program it launched in August last year until June 30, 2021. The program, originally set to expire March 31, 2021, provides volume-based incentives of up to $2,500 per site to be used for eligible technology upgrades. ... The amount of the per-site incentive is based on 2019 card volume in gallons: $1,250 per site for less than 500,000 gal; $1,750 per site for 500,000–1 million gal; or $2,500 per site for more than 1 million gal.” - Oil Express Alert, March 11
"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the approval of the removal of the low Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) gasoline requirements in the Kansas City metro area, which allows for E15 fuel to be sold in the area year-round. … Low RVP fuel was required by state regulation as part of a federally approved plan in Kansas City to help reduce volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions that produce ozone." - U.S. EPA press release, March 12.
"Last month, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) announced a 10-year, $6 billion dollar contract with Oshkosh Defense for new mail trucks, but only 10% will be electric. Now Congress is considering legislation that would make more of the fleet electric, Reuters reports. … 17 Democrats introduced new legislation in the House of Representatives requiring at least 75% of the new fleet to be zero-emissions vehicles, for no less than 50% of medium/heavy-duty vehicle purchases to be zero-emission through 2029, and for all new vehicle purchases to be zero-emission after January 2040." — Green Car Reports, March 11
"Hyzon Motors plans to produce fuel cells, including a critical component required to power hydrogen vehicles, at two U.S. factories in a move aimed at kickstarting domestic production at a commercial scale. The hydrogen-powered truck and bus manufacturer has already leased a 28,000-square-foot facility in the Chicago suburb of Bolingbrook and plans to expand it by an additional 80,000 square feet. Production at the Chicago facility is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2021." — Techcrunch, March 1
PEI MEMBER NEWS
Freedom Electronics redesigned its corporate website. The updated site provides easier access to technical information, installation manuals, and EMV dispenser solution installation videos.
JF Petroleum Group entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of Elite Petroleum Inc., effective April 1. Elite Petroleum is a turnkey construction services company based in Greenville, South Carolina.
Modern Welding Co. Inc. directors elected James M. Ruth president. Ruth has served Modern Welding for 39 years, most recently as executive vice president/treasurer. Other officers are James E. Jones, chairman; John E. Jones, vice president/secretary-treasurer and Sylvia C. Jones, assistant secretary.
The Oscar W. Larson Co. announced a partnership with Trive Capital, a Dallas-based private equity firm. With the support of Trive & Sidekick Operators, a strategic firm investing in mission- critical service businesses, Larson will continue to pursue growth and geographic expansion.
Wilson/Rogers named Steve Latimer Jr., president of the firm. Latimer's independent manufacturers' representative firm merged with Wilson/Rogers more than a year ago. Ron Weeks Jr., who joined the company 18 years ago, was named vice president. Scott Wilson will continue in his CEO/CFO and general sales roles.
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The TulsaLetter 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.