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Iowa plant manager wants to convert food waste into fuel


MUSCATINE, Iowa — An eastern Iowa city is working to become the first in the state to convert food waste from restaurants, groceries and homes into renewable fuel for vehicles.

Muscatine Water Pollution Control Director Jon Koch has been working to implement a system in the city since 2012, the Muscatine Journal reported .

Koch said many locations in Europe, California and New York have switched to compressed natural gas to help with full landfills and high gas prices. About 40 percent of food in the U.S. goes to a landfill.

“Heinz estimates it puts about 10 to 15 tons of waste a day into the landfill, and that’s mostly packaged material,” Koch said. “But all that ketchup and material is perfect to make gas in our digesters.”

The Water Pollution Control Plant installed waste digesters in 2010. The digesters already produce methane gas which could be turned into clean-burning fuel, Koch said.

“Methane gas is 20 times more damaging as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide,” Koch said. “So by capturing that methane and using it for something good, we’re actually helping to reduce greenhouse gases, as well.”

A new machine would be used to separate packaging materials from food. The organic material would then be converted into gas which could be used to fuel public transportation buses, semi-trucks and police cars.

Koch hopes construction on the machine will begin within the next year. The plant has spent about $200,000 on the project so far and estimates the total cost could reach as much as $3 million.

“Right now, everybody pays more for gas than we do, but I’m not confident that’s going to last,” he said.

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Hardware Report: Fuel Dispensers


Hardware Report: Fuel Dispensers

Service & Replacement Parts are Important Considerations

If some or all of your fleet’s fueling needs are being met on-site at company facilities, it’s likely you’ve had to specify fuel dispensing systems.  “Fleets should work with a manufacturer that offers a wide range of dispensers with features and options designed specifically to meet their unique needs,” says Kevin DeVinney, director of dispensers and fleet systems at Gilbarco Veeder-Root. “For example, many fleets have a variety of vehicle sizes, which can lead to the need for high-flow, super-high-flow, and ultra-high-flow rate models. Satellite dispensers should also be considered to allow simultaneous fueling of saddle tanks.”

When evaluating fuel dispensers, fleets should consider fuel compatibility, suction pump or remote dispenser configuration, flow rate, nozzle and hose orientation, mechanical or electronic registration, and interfaces to fuel control systems, says Kent Robinson, product manager of fleet products at Wayne Fueling Systems. “Although standard dispensers are compatible with gasoline and diesel products, E85 and diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) require special fluid-handling components because of their corrosive properties,” he adds.

Gasboy commercial fueling pumps and dispensers include the Atlas product line. All Atlas models have options for front- or side-loaded nozzles and are compatible with Gasboy Fleet Management Systems to help track and manage fuel use. “When choosing a fueling system,” Gilbarco’s DeVinney explains, “it’s important to think ahead to upgrades and to be consistent with equipment layout, future fuel capability, and wiring needs.”


Wayne Fueling Systems provides fleet fueling dispensers in two product lines: Reliance mechanical registration and Select electronic registration fleet dispensers. The Reliance Series is rated up to 22 gpm in single- and dual-hose models. Traditional side-mounted nozzles are available as well as a lane-oriented nozzle option for mounting the dispenser in front of an aboveground storage tank. 


The Wayne Select dispenser product line is offered in various flow rates, including models up to 60 gpm. Superhigh and ultra-high-capacity models are offered in master and satellite models with master and satellite hoses for fueling vehicles with saddle tanks. All Select dispensers have single- and dual-hose models; side- and lane-facing nozzle configurations are available. Select fleet fuel dispensers with fuel control systems integrated directly into the dispenser to simplify installation are also offered. With this system, each dispenser terminal has an IP address and a PC-based controller so it can communicate across an existing local area network.

Ward provides fuel management solutions for site wide control and automated fuel access for fleets of any size. The company’s W4 fuel control terminal is a stand-alone solution that interfaces with dispensing systems for any fuel type.

Bennett 3000 Series commercial fleet fueling systems are available in high- or low-frame models with up to two hoses per side. Standard flow rate models are from 15-24 gpm, and models with flow rates of up to 60 gpm are available for high speed diesel truck fueling. The company also offers the Bennett 100 and 200 BlueFueler Series DEF dispensers designed for use with barrels, totes, and aboveground and underground storage systems.

Benecor manufactures DEF dispensing and storage systems designed to fit on a standard fleet fueling island. According to the company, the plug and pump setup has a DEF nozzle, a 25-ft. hose, and a pre-wired and pre-piped enclosure. A cold weather package is optional.

The QuikQ Fuel Purchase System manages fuel transactions through real-time direct carrier to truck stop connectivity. QuikQ’s RFID-based fueling system is currently being installed at truck stops nationwide and is being adopted by a growing number of motor carriers.

Fleets have numerous choices in fuel dispensing systems. According to suppliers, however, they should keep in mind that the dispensers are often kept in service for a long time, and they should also consider the availability of service and replacement parts.



Sherry Mail Contractors leading consumer of Trillium fuel

#Sheehy Mail Contractors Inc. of Waterloo has become one the leading consumers of compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel at @Trillium @CNG Stations across the country. #Trillium #CNG is one of largest providers of commercial and consumer CNG fuel in the U.S operating over 150 facilities.

CNG fuel is an alternative fuel to standard gasoline and diesel fuels. CNG is made by compressing natural gas to less than 1 percent of its volume at standard atmospheric pressure. CNG is composed mainly of methane and is colorless, odorless, and tasteless.

Currently, 92 percent of ASheehy Mail’s truck fleet operates on CNG fuel since the trucks were first implemented in 2013. Sheehy Mail uses a variety of CNG stations to fuel its trucks in the Trillium CNG fuel network.

One of the primary fueling stations for Sheehy Mail is located in Omaha, Neb. Sheehy Mail has purchased CNG from the Omaha Trillium station since Oct. 4, 2016. Sheehy Mail also visits stations located in Milwaukee and Green Bay.

“Sheehy’s overall experience using CNG has been positive,” John Sheehy, CEO of Sheehy Enterprises, said. “The vehicles perform very well, maintenance issues are not any more difficult than diesel trucks, driver acceptance has been great due to good power and quietness. Fueling CNG trucks is clean and simple,” he added. Due to the overwhelming success of CNG in Sheehy Mail’s fleet, Sheehy Mail and Trillium CNG have been able to create a very positive business relationship.

Trillium CNG is owned and operated by Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores. Trillium CNG has been able to provide fuel for thousands of natural gas vehicles daily, and delivers more than 70 million gallons of CNG per year. Love’s and Trillium own more than 65 public-access CNG facilities.

With large companies like Love’s entering the CNG arena the future of CNG looks bright. “CNG is a natural progression from diesel, the engines run very similar, the infrastructure is getting to where gaps are few and far between,” Sheehy said.

Sheehy Mail Contractors Inc. is a family owned and operated transportation company based in Waterloo. Since 1952, Sheehy Mail has been a premier mail contractor for the U.S Postal Service. Sheehy Mail is a pioneer in the use and implementation of alternative fuels making Sheehy an industry leader in use of alternative fuel to power commercial vehicles.

Trillium CNG is a premier provider of CNG fuel for both commercial and consumer use. Trillium CNG provides fuel for thousands of natural gas vehicles daily and delivers more than 70 million gallons of CNG per year. Combined, Love’s and Trillium own 65 public-access CNG facilities.

In 2013, Sheehy Mail began implementation of CNG fuel in its truck fleet. Sheehy Mail has been recognized nationally for its implementation of CNG fuel in its trucks.

Sheehy Mail is currently working on emission testing and the use of hydrogen to help attain even higher levels of clean operations.



Analysis: Is Uber the New C-Store? By Jackson Lewis

CHICAGO -- Back in April, when futurist Oliver Schlake told NACS State of the Industry Summit attendees in Chicago about his vision of the future, in which ride-sharing passengers visit convenience stores in the middle of their trip, I was skeptical.

Uber or Lyft passengers want to reach their destination as fast as possible, right? I for one would not want to stop anywhere until the trip was complete.

Not only was I wrong, but fate proved me wrong at breakneck speed. Lyft announced a partnership with Taco Bell on July 25, not even four months after the SOI Summit. The feature is dubbed Taco Mode, in which late-night bar goers can “ride-thru” a Taco Bell on their way home.

Meanwhile, Uber has partnered with startup Cargo to bring the c-store inside the car, albeit in a minimalist way. Cargo sends ride-share drivers in-car vending machines that the driver can use to sell passengers snacks and other items.

Both of these moves from America’s largest ride-sharing companies are bringing convenience inside the vehicle. Click through for more details on these industry-expanding moves from Uber and Lyft, and what they might mean for the convenience industry moving forward …

Lyft is going all out for Taco Mode, according to Eater. The service includes strobe lights, Taco Mode shirts, a “custom in-car menu” and a free Doritos Loco taco. To top it all off, the driver’s car avatar appears as a taco in the Lyft app.

But it will be some time before Taco Mode is released nationwide. Lyft tested the epitome of the drunk munchies in Orange County July 27-29 and again Aug. 3-5. According to a blog post, Lyft expects the service to roll out nationwide in 2018.

Uber’s partnership with Cargo is a different kind of ride-share innovation. Cargo directly sends drivers the vending machines, which hold everything from energy drinks and snacks to hangover cures and USB cords.

The driver gets 50 cents commission for each item sold, and there’s a good chance that drivers with snacks for sale will receive a good rating from their passengers.

Cargo operates only in New York, Boston and Chicago for now, but it has requests from 49 states and it already has received $1.75 million in seed funding.

These developments are two sides of the same coin: ride-sharing companies getting into the business of convenience.

C-store owners should pay especially close attention to the outcome of Lyft’s Taco Mode. If stopping at a Taco Bell during a Lyft ride is successful, why not offer a stop at a convenience store while they’re at it? Lyft has officially opened the door to the world that Oliver Schlake described at the SOI Summit.

Cargo, on the other hand, seems as if it could steal potential c-store customers. Why would a ride-share passenger want to stop at a c-store if they can buy the same retail items without leaving their car?

While these developments may not have a visible effect on c-stores now, they are part of a larger trend of innovative companies slowly encroaching on convenience petroleum’s territory. How these moves will ultimately affect the industry remains to be seen, but Uber, Lyft and other tech companies are constantly helping to redefine convenience.



5 Ways Shell Is Trying to Disrupt Itself - By Samantha Oller

LONDON -- With transportation and fueling infrastructure poised to transform fueling, Royal Dutch Shell could fight the inevitable, or it could join the revolution. It's choosing the latter, Istvan Kapitany, executive vice president of retail, told CSP Fuels.

London-based Royal Dutch Shell has 14,000 branded locations in the United States, operated and/or owned by wholesalers and dealers, making the U.S. its largest branded market, with Brazil as a distant second. Those sites are set to benefit from the learnings of several pilots underway in some of the 80 countries Shell operates in around the world, including everything from alternative fuels to on-demand fueling.

It’s a flurry of experimentation aimed to fill in the contours and detail of the fueling station of the future, where legacy offers such as gasoline join modern conveniences, such as an electric-vehicle (EV) charging station. 

“One thing is absolutely sure: For a matter of time, there will be a co-existence of fossil fuels and renewable energy, because it’s just impossible for a leap from one to another energy source to take place,” said Kapitany. “But you really need to start to make progress; you need to be part of that process.”

Here are five areas where Shell is attempting to disrupt itself ...

Shell has been testing alternative fuels for some time. It opened the first hydrogen fueling sites in the United States several years ago in California. More recently, it partnered with Toyota, manufacturer of the hydrogen-powered Mirai fuel-cell electric vehicle, to open seven more locations. It also has five liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueling stations in the United States.

In Germany, Shell is a partner in the H2 Mobility joint venture, which aims to install around 400 hydrogen refueling sites around the country by 2023.

It is also beginning to test the potential of electric-vehicle fueling. By the end of 2017, Shell plans to have 10 fast-charging stations at its fueling sites in the United Kingdom, and it is planning to test them in the Netherlands, Russia, Norway and Spain, among other countries.

Making these alternative fuels price-competitive with fossil fuels, and the infrastructure and pricing model fully scalable, is key, Kapitany said.

“We try to get into a position where it’s a good value proposition for consumers to buy a fuel-cell car, which is driving them from A to B,” he said. “It would be very difficult to assume that people would switch to something that is significantly more expensive."

Making the fueling transaction faster and easier is a continuing goal for Shell. Its Motorist app allows customers to find the closest Shell station and pay for fuel through their smartphone.

Now Shell is taking the next step and integrating payment from the vehicle itself. In the United Kingdom, it has partnered with Land Rover and Jaguar on the ability to prepay for fuel while staying behind the wheel. Drivers pull up to their local Shell station and use an app on the car’s touchscreen to select the type and quantity of fuel, and pay through PayPal, Apple Pay or Android Pay.

For consumers who want to dictate when and where their car fills up, Shell is piloting Shell TapUp, an on-demand fueling service that debuted in June 2017 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Customers order a fill-up through the Shell TapUp app, requesting the type and amount of fuel and specifying the time and location of delivery. Deliveries take place between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. Shell charges the average of gasoline prices in the area, with a delivery fee around $5.

TapUp leverages Shell’s mobile technology alongside its foundational capabilities. “We are very, very good in supplying fuels,” Kapitany said. “We developed a safe, secure environment. We certainly have the best people and product. And we have [trust in] the brand.”

Assuming TapUp is a success and Shell can make it scalable, there is no reason it could not work in the United States, he said.

In the United States, retailers such as 7-Eleven have partnered with Amazon to offer pickup lockers for online purchases. Shell is testing a similar model in Europe in which customers can buy items online and pick up in the store.

“We do have different tests running in Germany with Amazon, and we also do programs in Hungary with DHL, where they are using service stations as pickup points,” said Kapitany, noting the results are “very promising.”


Offers such as the mobile-payment apps and Shell TapUp could eliminate the need to ever go inside the c-store. Others attempt to forge a better connection with the consumer. For example, in Turkey, Shell is testing a click-and-collect service where customers can preorder food on an app and pick it up at their local Shell station. An employee fills up a customer's car and then retrieves and delivers the order to the customer, who then pays by mobile app.

“One size does not fit all,” said Kapitany. “It’s about providing mobility and providing it in a way they want it. If they want it from a Shell forecourt, they can get it from a forecourt. Or if they want to go into the c-store, we provide them with great convenience stores. But if they want us to deliver … to their homes, we can now do this.”

For more on Shell’s efforts at disruption, watch for the September 2017 issue of CSP magazine.



Preventive HVAC Maintenance is a Good Investment

Think of preventive HVAC maintenance in the same way as the preventive maintenance for your car: If you don't change the oil and replace belts and filters, the engine will lock up and the vehicle won't operate. The same holds true for HVAC systems.


Imagine working in an office tower that lacks proper ventilation and air circulation - one that is sweltering and stuffy in the summer, and frosty and downright cold in the winter. No one, including you and your staff, would want to work there, let alone lease the space inside.

Building systems are the lifeblood of any facility. Without lighting, water, or heating and cooling, a building would be uninhabitable. That’s why a strong preventive and predictive HVAC maintenance program isn’t an option; it’s a must.

“Two issues - the asset and the life of the building - can be tied back to the fact that a solid program of preventive maintenance is absolutely paramount,” says Anthony Shaker, vice president of operations and maintenance at UNICCO, Newton, MA. “The better it is maintained, the more likely you’re going to get the appropriate life-cycle from the equipment. If not, it will deteriorate. If you are looking for viable occupancy, you need to maintain the system so people can inhabit the building and [achieve] full productivity.”

A Case for Maintenance
Think of preventive HVAC maintenance in the same way as the preventive maintenance for your car: If you don’t change your engine oil and replace belts and filters, the engine will lock up and the vehicle won’t operate. The same holds true, in a sense, for HVAC systems. “If you spend $30 on an oil change in your car, you will save $3,000 on a new engine,” says Matt Ashwood, president and CEO at Bonded Filter Co., Nashville, TN. “Proper preventive maintenance [for] HVAC equipment will do the same thing.”

Maintenance isn’t expensive compared to what you might need to spend if your system degrades (and ultimately fails). Shaker provides this example: If you have a piece of equipment that costs $10,000 to maintain and has a forecasted life of 10 years if properly maintained, you will spend only $20,000 from first cost to replacement cost at the 10-year mark, assuming it would cost $10,000 again to replace it at the end of its life-cycle. However, if you did not properly maintain the unit and it failed at the 5-year mark, you would need to spend $10,000 to replace it after 5 years and then replace that same unit again in another 5 years if you continued to not perform maintenance. Your total cost would be $30,000.

“[Those are] significant savings. Proper maintenance costs a lot less over the life of the equipment than to change out equipment on a more frequent basis,” Shaker says. “The word ‘preventive’ speaks for itself. It keeps things from happening.”

Crafting the Perfect Plan
Two main issues are at the heart of any HVAC maintenance program:

  1. The recommended performance and maintenance tasks for each piece of equipment.
  2. The overall operation of the system in relation to the building in which it’s installed.

“Depending on those two requirements - the sophistication of the equipment, as well as the environment and operation of the overall system - you need to decide if your preventive maintenance plan is a full-maintenance-coverage plan or if there’s an opportunity for system-performance enhancement,” notes Michael P. Bordes, senior vice president at EMCOR Facilities Services and president at Norwalk, CT-based EMCOR Services’ Elmhurst, IL, office.

The first place to turn to if you have questions about how to build a successful HVAC maintenance plan should be right at your fingertips - or at least nearby on a bookshelf or in a desk drawer: It’s the operating and maintenance manual, provided by the manufacturer.

Don’t overlook these maintenance manuals. They provide a concrete blueprint for the steps you need to take to maintain chillers, boilers, motors, air-handling units - every piece of equipment in a building’s HVAC system. “Manufacturers spend a lot of time and money testing their equipment to determine what the maintenance needs are,” says Walter M. D’Ascenzo, senior project manager at Fairfax, VA-based Facility Engineering Associates PC. “They put this information into the manuals; it’s all there in black and white. These maintenance manuals were not dreamt up in a conference room over doughnuts and coffee.”

If you don’t have the original manuals, you can easily get replacements. Call your manufacturer’s representative with the pertinent model and serial numbers, and they can get you the replacement information you need.

Once you read the manuals and consider your system’s specific needs, you will have all the necessary information to get a successful preventive and predictive maintenance program off the ground - one that is tailored to your building’s HVAC system and operating environment.

Focus Areas
Some aspects of a maintenance plan are simple - change the oil, change the belts, change the filters (just like your car). But, to keep a system operating at maximum efficiency, you’ll need to expend more elbow grease beyond the basics from time to time. Air-handler coils need to be cleaned periodically to keep heat transfer at maximum amounts. Boilers need to be cleaned annually; even 1/16-inch of soot and ash on heat-exchange surfaces in an oil-firing boiler can reduce efficiency by 10 percent.

And, don’t forget fire testing. D’Ascenzo suggests fire testing and flame adjustment every 3 years. “You can’t just test by eyeing the flame,” D’Ascenzo says. “You can be so far off the mark by trying to eye-adjust a flame in a boiler. You’ve got to measure.”

Predictive maintenance is also important. By tracking different system indicators such as oil temperature, RPM speeds, and other factors, you can pick up on many emerging problems before they reach a crisis situation. “A lot of different diagnostics can point to issues where service isn’t being performed in the repetitive, regular nature that it is supposed to be,” Bordes says.

Building automation systems can be invaluable in maintenance diagnostics by greatly improving response time to maintenance issues via troubleshooting.

“When you have someone sitting at a PC and [looking at] the issues to see what is going on, nine times out of 10 you can find out what is causing the problem and correct it with a keystroke,” notes Jeffrey T. Hunt, senior project manager at Fairfax, VA-based Facility Engineering Associates PC’s Dallas office. These building automation systems can also be linked to computerized maintenance management systems (CMMSs) to further enhance your operations.

Keeping Tabs on Work
Once you have your plan ironed out, take the list of HVAC tasks that need to be done monthly, quarterly, annually, etc., and input them into your maintenance management system, along with any of the documentation that goes with it, whether it is a paper-based system or a computerized one. Just make sure it is easily retrievable for anyone who works on the system. A solid program should provide a comprehensive history of maintenance conducted on every piece of equipment, as well as the corrective costs incurred.

“You need a good, clear record of service being performed and when it was performed,” Bordes says. “You need to keep a paper trail. If you do, you will be able to see trends and better predict what should be done.”

Placing stickers on your equipment is another way to keep maintenance professionals apprised of the work that has been done on a system’s many and varied components. A simple decal affixed to the equipment that lists the last time the equipment was serviced, what was done, and who serviced it is invaluable. “[This way], you have a record of the last time someone was in this piece of [HVAC] equipment and what they did to it,” Ashwood says. “All it takes is a quick visual check.”

Good People = Good Preventive Maintenance
The most finely crafted preventive maintenance program is only as good as the people who bring it to life. “The more you and your staff know about your facility, the better you can maintain it,” says Jeffrey T. Hunt, senior project manager at Fairfax, VA-based Facility Engineering Associates PC’s Dallas office. “If your maintenance people don’t know what a piece of equipment does, how do you expect them to maintain it?”

First, hire people who can be taught and who want to learn. Second, train them on every piece of equipment they encounter; don’t throw them out on the job and expect them to learn as they go. Have a formal training process in place and provide refresher sessions at periodic intervals.

Also, keep your staff involved in such processes as retro-commissioning. “They know more about the system than anyone else and might [know] why something was changed from [its] original settings,” Hunt says.


Repair vs. Replace
In any system’s life-cycle, there comes a point where you need to decide whether it’s fiscally and practically feasible to continue maintaining and repairing an aging, degrading piece of equipment. It’s important to do a life-cycle cost analysis when determining if you should repair or replace an aging HVAC system component, Hunt says.

“To keep the unit going, do you replace the part, which will cost ‘X’ dollars, or do you replace the entire unit?” he asks. “Consider all costs in a life-cycle cost analysis - the cost of the equipment, maintenance, and even energy. Maybe you are 10 years into the unit’s life-cycle; it might have a typical service life of 15 years, but has only a little life left in it because of the way it has been maintained and operated. A life-cycle cost analysis will consider the current condition and efficiency of the unit.”

Let’s say you have a 30-year-old chiller and have spent more money than anticipated on maintenance; and, new chillers have twice the efficiency of the old chiller. The decision to replace is an easy one, Hunt says, if you run a life-cycle cost analysis.

Ideally, the ratio of spending for HVAC systems should be 70-percent preventive maintenance and 30-percent corrective maintenance, according to Shaker - these numbers are benchmarks that UNICCO professionals use in charting the effectiveness of client maintenance programs. “If the corrective maintenance level is up to 70 percent, you know your program is out of control,” he says. “The buildings where the numbers are in reverse are the buildings that people don’t want to be in. That’s what happens when preventive maintenance isn’t instituted.”

While every piece of equipment will need to be replaced eventually, following a stringent, comprehensive maintenance schedule will prolong your building’s HVAC system and maintain not only a healthy bottom line, but happy, satisfied, and comfortable tenants.

“For the most part, facilities [managers] understand the exposure they have in large capital expenditures with negligence when it comes to preventive and predictive maintenance, especially [with] air-handlers, large chillers, and pumping systems,” Bordes says. “They are aware of the necessity and the [responsibility] they have financially if they neglect it.”



Frito-Lay’s CNG Fleet Notches 100 Million Miles in Sustainability Effort


#Frito-Lay’s #CNG Fleet Notches 100 Million #Miles in Sustainability Effort

by NGT Staff
on Aug 04, 2016

 Categories : New & Noteworthy

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Frito-Lay, a division of PepsiCo, says it has reached a major milestone this month, as its compressed natural gas (CNG) truck fleet logged more than 100 million miles driven on routes across the U.S. over the last six years.


According to PepsiCo, the division first began leveraging CNG technology in 2011, when 16 CNG freight trucks were placed into service. Today, the Frito-Lay CNG fleet has grown to more than 500 vehicles, representing more than 35% of the company’s long-haul inventory.

As reported, CNG freight trucks emit 23% fewer greenhouse-gas (GHG) tailpipe emissions than do the diesel freight trucks they replace, marking a significant improvement in its efforts.

“Increasing the efficiency of our vehicle fleet is a key component of achieving PepsiCo’s overall goal to reduce GHG emissions,” says Michael O’Connell, senior director of supply chain for PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay division.

“Alternative fuel solutions like Frito-Lay’s use of CNG freight trucks are an important piece of our overall strategy, helping us reduce our environmental footprint, meet changing consumer needs and thrive in today’s economy,” he states.

Frito-Lay says that the development of a national infrastructure for alternative fuel has been critical to the expansion of its CNG fleet, as the company reports to be a major customer at 16 public CNG fueling stations around the country. These stations – the most recent of which is the Questar station in Buttonwillow, Calif., which opened this past June – also provide fuel to other companies currently using or considering alternative fuel vehicles.

According to PepsiCo, Frito-Lay currently maintains the seventh-largest commercial fleet in the U.S., with approximately 22,000 vehicles, including everything from cargo vans up to Class 8 tractor-trailers. Having joined President Barack Obama’s National Clean Fleets Partnership in 2011, the Frito-Lay vehicle fleet currently features several different fuel-efficient models, including 269 electric delivery trucks, 208 CNG trucks and various advanced diesel technology from some of the leading manufacturers around the world.

“We currently maintain the largest commercial fleet of EV trucks in the United States,” O’Connell adds.

As a result of this comprehensive approach to fleet efficiency, Frito-Lay says it has reduced its diesel fuel use by more than 30% from 2008 to 2015.

This news follows close on the heels of both UPS and Ryder making CNG announcements of their own. UPS recently announced that it had achieved its goal of driving 1 billion miles in its alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet – and in fact, reached its target one year earlier than planned. In addition, Ryder signed a full-service agreement with Postal Fleet Services Inc. for 20 CNG heavy-duty vehicles for mail delivery operations in Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.






#UPS Drives 1 Billion Miles Using #Alternative Fuels

UPS Inc. has completed a project to drive 1 billion miles using alternative fuels and advanced technology one year earlier than it planned, the company announced Aug. 2. The Atlanta-based carrier began the “Rolling Laboratory” in 2012, testing vehicles powered with electricity, natural gas, renewable diesel, propane and ethanol. It also tested electric bicycles and tricycles in European cities in which lawmakers are regulating tailpipe emissions. More than 7,200 vehicles were used worldwide in the test. “The question wasn’t, 'Should we make alternative fuels work?' ” said Mike Whitlatch, UPS vice president of global energy and procurement. “Instead, it was, 'What’s the best way to make alternative fuels work for UPS and for the environment?’ After more than a decade of focus, we are now driving more than 1 million miles globally each business day in our alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet.” UPS ranks No.1 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest U.S. and Canadian for-hire carriers. The report recommends propane fuel and hydraulic hybrid vehicles for suburban or rural trips of 100 miles or more. For cities, UPS suggests using ethanol, electric vehicles or electric bicycles and tricycles. For longer hauls, the report concludes that natural gas and renewable diesel are the best options. UPS Inc. Renewable diesel refers to fuel derived from organic sources, such as animal fats or vegetable oils, which is chemically identical to traditional diesel but does not require a petroleum blend, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. But UPS concedes there are concerns about the cost to produce renewable diesel and how it could impact other industries. “These tests confirm that the use of renewable diesel lowers overall emissions, with a 4.2% reduction in tailpipe CO2 and 4.1% reduction in NOx emissions,” the report states. “Although fuel economy decreases slightly, overall performance improves — with quicker starts, a more powerful and smoother drive, and fewer harmful emissions.” Renewable natural gas comes from methane, which is purified and processed, then distributed to natural gas stations across the United States. At the end of 2015, UPS had 33 such stations in 19 states, and the company will have 45 before the end of this year. The report finds that total production and use of RNG results in a 90% cut in greenhouse gas emissions compared with traditional diesel. UPS also studied the effect of telematics on the overall emissions from its fleet. The company believes it can cut 100 million miles and save 10 million gallons of fuel per year through route optimization.

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1,300 Children Given Back to School Supplies


CREVE COEUR, MO (KTVI) – Sunday the National Council of Jewish Women in St. Louis gave back to the community by helping more than 1,300 local children prepare for the school year.

They gave students new clothes and school supplies.

The back to school store was held at the Temple of Israel where kids were given back packs, winter coats, shoes, pants, shirts and school supplies free of charge.

Organizerssay it'sis designed to get kids to school on the first day and aid children in staying in school all year long.

Fox 2’s Jasmine Huda served as one if this year’s honorary co-chairs.

Organizers say it’s important to create positive self-esteem and enthusiasm about the upcoming school year.

Each child was assigned an adult volunteer to help them shop for brand new clothing and supplies.



KIDstruction Week - BUILD FUTURES For KIDS




Hello all!


KIDstruction Week is quickly approaching!  St. Louis Children’s Hospital KIDstruction week is the chance for you to help “Build Futures for Kids”.


What is KIDstruction Week?  It is a simple campaign that asks you to consider a $1 donation to St. Louis Children’s Hospital for every hour you work during the first week in August.  It is just $1 per hour, for just one week.  This SMALL donation makes a HUGE difference to St. Louis Children’s Hospital which has helped patients from ALL 50 states and 80 countries!


This year, SECO wants to raise $10,000 but WE can’t do it without YOU!  If you want to fill out the KIDstruction brochure we can make it easy for you to donate $1 for every hour you work in the first week of August.  If you want to donate online, just go to WWW.KIDSTRUCTIONWEEK.COM and search for SUPERIOR EQUIPMENT COMPANY to support your company team!


Thank you all for the consideration, and please let me know if you have any questions.





Matt Gross

2016 KIDstruction Week Foreman







Wayne to Showcase New ClearView™ Solution and iX Pay™ Secure Payment T7 Terminal at 2016 UNITI Expo



Stuttgart, Germany - June 13, 2016 - Wayne Fueling Systems ("Wayne"), a global provider of fuel dispensing, payment, automation, and control technologies for retail and commercial fuel stations, today announced products included in their new ClearView™ solution and the Wayne iX Pay™ secure payment T7 terminal will be on display at the UNITI expo, June 14-16, 2016 in Stuttgart, Germany.

The ClearView solution is a combination of wetstock management products recently acquired by Vianet Fuel Solutions and Simmons Sirvey. The four products include: ClearView™ wetstock management services; ClearView™ compliance and asset management; ClearView™ construction and forecourt services; and ClearView™ pricing and margin management administered by BigOil.

The iX Pay secure payment terminal is designed as a one-size-fits-all retrofit kit enabling legacy fuel dispensers in the field, regardless of original equipment manufacturer, to be EMV-compliant using the highest security standards and latest technologies.

Remaining products and solutions that will be displayed on the UNITI expo stand are: the Wayne Helix™ fuel dispenser family of dispensers; the Wayne NAMOS™ point-of-sale system with the Wayne Fusion™ forecourt systemautomatic tank gauge (ATG) and various monitoring applications; mobile payment; the Wayne iX Media™ platform; and Wayne iSense™ remote monitoring.

"We are delighted to showcase our complete suite of products and solutions at the 2016 UNITI expo," says Wayne's VP of Europe, Damian Tracey.  "This year is a significant milestone for Wayne as it marks our 125th anniversary. It takes a forward-looking company to last in this industry and Wayne looks forward to the next 125 years."

Wayne products and solutions can be seen at UNITI expo booth 3-C-10 in Hall 3.

Wayne will also be hosting presenters at the seminars during the UNITI expo.  Phil Prow of Wayne's ClearView team will discuss using technology to advance environmental protection at fuel stations on June 15.  Additionally, Steve Belt, VP of Engineering, will speak on managing forecourt operations through cloud enabled systems on June 16.



Wayne Fueling Systems to be Acquired by Dover Corporation

AUSTIN, TEXAS - June 9, 2016 - Wayne Fueling Systems ("Wayne"), a global provider of fuel dispensing, payment, automation, and control technologies, majority-owned by funds managed by Riverstone Holdings LLC ("Riverstone"), announced today that Dover Corporation ("Dover") has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Wayne business.

"Today's announcement marks an exciting new milestone in our 125-year history," said Neil Thomas, Wayne CEO.  "We believe that combining Wayne’s innovative products and technologies with Dover’s existing retail fueling equipment portfolio will significantly benefit customers around the world.  Much has evolved and changed at Wayne over the years, but we have held true to our core values since the very beginning: putting our customers first; leading the industry with new products and technology; being a global business—in mindset as well as geographic presence; and doing all of this the right way—with an unwavering commitment to quality, safety, and integrity."

Thomas added, "We are thankful to Riverstone for their unwavering support and the investments that they have made to strategically position the Wayne business for future growth. Joining the Dover family will create exciting new opportunities for our employees, customers, and other business partners."

"We would like to express our sincere appreciation to Neil and the entire Wayne team for the excellent partnership we have enjoyed and the success achieved by the business in recent years," said John Lancaster, Partner at Riverstone. "With such complementary businesses and a continued focus on innovative technology, we are confident that Wayne will continue to flourish under Dover’s ownership."

The transaction, which is expected to close in the second half of 2016, is subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including applicable regulatory approvals.



Ever Put Gas in Your Car?


Ever put gas in your car?

Of course you have. But have you ever wondered who keeps that gas pump pumping? 

Thousands of service technicians working for PEI member companies keep fuel flowing at millions of locations around the world. The dispensers, nozzles, hoses and tanks all require routine maintenance or occasional repair to continue operating safely and providing gasoline, diesel, ethanol or CNG to billions of motorists. No matter the price of oil, the fuel keeps flowing. Even through the ups and downs, there will be a need.

And today more than ever, qualified service techs are in demand. New technologies and regulatory changes require the replacement or upgrade of thousands of fuel dispensers. Mechanically inclined individuals who enjoy working outdoors and the challenge of solving problems can find a desirable position in most regions of the U.S.

Explore the career opportunities available as a petroleum equipment service technician. Meet three techs who have found their niche in our industry — all by very different paths. 





The Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) has announced the release of its first industry safety video.

"Safely Changing Filters," based on the popular "Dos and Don'ts" series of PEI safety tips, offers video examples of recommended procedures and cites unsafe practices to avoid in the petroleum and fuel equipment handling industry.

The video was developed by the 2015 PEI Safety Committee and was produced by PEI's Rex Brown as part of the PEI Safety Program. Filming occurred in Kansas City, Missouri; Dallas; Charlotte, North Carolina; and San Diego.

This is the second safety video PEI has released, with two more expected by the end of 2016. To view the PEI safety videos, visit the PEI YouTube channel,

In addition to the videos, the PEI Safety Program annually publishes workplace safety posters and "Dos and Don’ts" that address safety concerns within the petroleum and energy handling equipment industry. The association also publishes two free monthly safety e-newsletters, "SafetyLetter" and "SafePractices." For more information about PEI’s safety resources, see

The PEI Safety Committee is made up of industry safety experts from across North America: Peter B. Anstadt, PWI Inc.; Eddie Campbell, Tanknology Inc.; Apryl Erekson, Cochise Petroleum Equipment Co. Inc.; Christopher G. Fasse, B&T Service Station Contractors; Jeremy D. Kingsbury, UST Services Corp.; Benjamin LaMountain, LaMountain Bros. Inc.; Kevin Nicklin, Phoenix Petroleum Ltd.; and Tom Ruga, Spark Contractors. Chris Farrell of Double Check Co. Inc. serves as committee chairman.

Founded in 1951, PEI is composed of more than 1,600 companies engaged in manufacturing and distributing equipment used in the fuel and fluid handling industry. Members are located in 50 states and 81 countries. PEI is the leading authority and source of information for the fuel and fluid handling equipment and services industry. The association is committed to promoting the value of distributor services and improving the business relationships and practices of its members. PEI is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma. For more information, email Chris Bouldin at or visit



Wayne Fueling Systems introduces NEW CLEARVIEW Solution

Wayne Fueling Systems Combines Acquired Wetstock Management Products to Introduce New ClearView™ Solution


AUSTIN, TEXAS - June 1, 2016 - Wayne Fueling Systems (“Wayne”), a global provider of fuel dispensing, payment, automation, and control technologies for retail and commercial fuel stations announces a new component to their new Wayne Cloud solution offering, the ClearView™ solution.  The ClearView solution combines fuel management products acquired through the recent Wayne acquisitions of Texas-based Simmons Sirvey Corporation and U.K.-based Vianet Fuel Solutions.

“We’re excited to introduce these new products to our portfolio,” noted Wayne VP of Products and Services, Tom Cerovski.  “These products help complete Wayne’s vision of providing a comprehensive fuel management solution to our customers around the world.”

The ClearView solution is comprised of four products:

  • ClearView™ wetstock management services offered globally, offers basic, EPA approved, statistical inventory reconciliation (SIR) up to sophisticated real-time fuel monitoring.  The product also provides theft and leak detection and can even identify meters that are out of calibration.
  • XlearView™ compliance and asset management is offered in the UK.  It delivers the ability to access all certificates and compliance documents through one tool while tracking compliance certificates, monitoring expiration dates, and tracking service calls and service history.
  • ClearView™ construction and forecourt services is also offered in the UK.  It provides a tank lining service which adds an internal liner to existing tanks. In many cases adding this additional liner will allow a tank to remain compliant that would otherwise have to be replaced.
  • ClearView™ pricing and margin management administered by BigOil (in the UK only) helps retailers increase their fuel profitability by linking the daily Platts price to real-time sales, inventory levels and deliveries.



Wayne Fueling Systems Reaches Agreement to Acquire Vianet Fuel Solutions, a Subsidiary of Vianet Group plc

  • Vianet plc to divest Fuel Management Services and Construction and Forecourt Services to Wayne.
  • Fuel management subsidiary of Vianet aligns with Wayne’s strategy to develop fuel management capabilities.
  • The transaction is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2016.


AUSTIN, TEXAS —December 8, 2015— Wayne Fueling Systems (“Wayne”), a global provider of fuel dispensing, payment, automation, and control technologies for retail and commercial fuel stations, has announced that they have reached an agreement with Vianet Group plc, a leading provider of real-time monitoring systems, data management services, and actionable data for the leisure and vending sectors, to acquire their fuel management subsidiary.

The UK based Vianet Fuel Solutions Limited (VFS) includes two main product lines as part of the Wayne acquisition: Fuel Management Solutions (FMS) and Construction and Forecourt Services (CFS). FMS is comprised of real-time wet-stock management, asset management and compliance monitoring services. CFS aligns with Wayne’s current UK services business, although provides additional services including forecourt construction electrical compliance services and tank lining.

“The decision to acquire Vianet Fuel Solutions is a natural fit for the Wayne business as it helps further our goal to offer fuel management capabilities to our customers,” said Neil Thomas, Wayne Chief Executive Officer.  “The Vianet business already has existing customers in the UK, has a knowledgeable team, and has competitive and comprehensive Fuel Management solutions which complements our product and services offerings.”

“Over the past two years, VFS has made significant commercial progress and has established a strong reputation in the UK forecourt sector.  This transaction recognizes the value which has been created,” noted James Dickson, Chairman of Vianet Group plc.  “Whilst it will be sad to say farewell to the VFS team, I am pleased that there is a great fit with Wayne who will take VFS to the next stage of development and growth in a competitive landscape increasingly dominated by major global players such as Wayne.”

The closure of the acquisition is anticipated to occur in first quarter of 2016.

12/8/2015 6:15:00 AM



@Love's: Interstate 40 to offer #compressed #natural #gas #CNG fill-ups for #heavy-duty trucks

ALBUQUERQUE (Nov. 24, 2015) — Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores Inc. has opened a new outlet in Albuquerque, its sixth along Interstate 40 to offer compressed natural gas (CNG) fill-ups for heavy-duty trucks.

The new location in Albuquerque is at Exit 149. Oklahoma City-based Love’s said that according to the Alternative Fuels Data Center, Love’s is the fourth facility in the city to offer CNG and the seventh in the state.

“Love’s now has a total of 16 locations offering Love’s fast-fill CNG, and this is our first location with the alternative fuel offering in New Mexico,” said Greg Love, co-CEO of Love’s. “Love’s has operated in Albuquerque proudly for more than 30 years. Our new store will have the same excellent customer service and our newest amenities.”

In addition to the Albuquerque travel stop — which has a Love’s Truck Tire Care center — the company operates Fast-Fill CNG locations along Interstate 40 that include West Memphis, Ark.; Webbers Falls, Okla.; two locations in Oklahoma City; and Amarillo, Texas. An existing Love’s in Williams, Ariz., will begin offering fast-fill CNG later this year, the company said, expanding Love’s network of locations along Interstate 40 offering CNG to seven.

Love’s, founded in 1964, has more than 350 locations in 40 states. The company’s Truck Tire Care centers offer roadside assistance, tire care and light mechanical services for professional truck drivers.



New #Convenience-Store Roundup for #October #2015

By #Greg Lindenberg, Online Editor, CSP



New Convenience-Store Roundup for September 201510/31/2015

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OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. -- This edition of New Convenience-Store Roundup features new convenience-store openings, sales, acquisitions and store closings with listings for the month of October 2015.

The unscientifically gathered roundup is by no means complete, but serves as a monthly competitive snapshot of newly opened or closed U.S. convenience stores, gas stations, truckstops and travel centers not previously reported in CSP Daily News.

Many of the stores are owned by independent operators, while others belong to major chains, some part of CSP's Convenience Top 101. Some of them may be your new competitors.

The list has been arranged by state. Click through each item for more details on each store.

Your store not listed? Please send your new-store announcements to Greg Lindenberg


#Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores Inc. opened a new location in Prichard, Ala., on Oct. 22. The new store offers gourmet coffee, fresh fruit, gift items, name-brand electronics and Subway and Chester’s restaurants. The 24/7 travel stop features seven showers, 73 parking spaces, RFID cardless fueling, CAT scales and a Love’s Truck Tire Care center. 


A new #Circle K convenience store opened in #La Mirada, Calif., on Oct. 27. It offers propane, #diesel and lottery; the site is also co-branded with #Shell fuel. Circle K opened a new c-store in Chowchilla, Calif., on Oct. 30. It offers beer, wine, and lottery.


The new Gulf Gas Station Ridgefield in #Ridgefield, Conn., opened on Oct. 17.


A new Circle K convenience store opened in Ocala, Fla., on Oct. 1. It offers propane, diesel and lottery; the site is also co-branded with Shell fuel. It opened a new c-store in Valrico, Fla., on Oct. 5; the site is also co-branded with Mobil fuel.

Estates Country Stores (also known as E’s) closed its two Golden Gate Estates locations inNaples, Fla., on Oct. 18.

Eli Hage franchised his first #7-Eleven convenience store, which opened in North Lauderdale, Fla., on Oct. 28.


A new #7-Eleven convenience store opened in Haleiwa, Hawaii, on Oct. 21.


In early October, #Circle K purchased two gas stations in Madison and Belleville, Ill., from Tulsa, Okla.-based #QuikTrip.

#Casey’s General Stores Inc. opened a new convenience store in Germantown Hills, Ill., on Oct. 23.

#Waterway Gas & Wash opened in Northbrook, Ill., On Oct. 26. This store is planned as the training center for “a handful” of Chicago-area stores to come, the company said, with possible sites in Lake Forest and Evanston.