October 5, 2012
Dear NJGCA Member:
Thank you for reading this week's NJGCA Road Warrior!
Here's what you'll find in this edition:
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S MESSAGE: GREETINGS & SAL-UTATIONS!
•Attention Sunoco Dealers, E15 Update, and Presidential Debates
BUSINESSES FOR SALE!
•Looking for a new opportunity? Businesses for sale below!
•Do YOU have equipment for sale or are you looking for a new employee?!
NEWS AROUND THE STATE
•Debate fact check: Examining claims from the presidential showdown
•Southern California Gas Stations Begin to Shut Fuel Pumps
•Energy comes up early in presidential debates
•Biofuels industry lauds automakers for approving higher ethanol fuel blend
A SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM BELLOMO FUELS
•Serving New Jersey since 1910 -- Over 100 years of supplying gasoline to service station retailers like YOU!
TRAINING CLASS SCHEDULE
•New Emission Inspector Training Class available -- SIGN UP TODAY!
MEET THE FOLKS AT LIBERTY GAS
•Looking for a new brand for your station? Take a look at the opportunity below!
MEMBER BENEFIT PARTNER MESSAGE
•TMP Energy Solutions: Another Way to Save On Your Energy Bills!
ENVIRONMENTAL INNOVATIONS FOR SERVICE STATIONS
•A special message from Prestige Environmental!
POLITICAL PARTICIPATON: THE NJGCA PAC
•Participate in the NJGCA PAC today and help us keep our Agenda rolling in Trenton!
THE MEMBER TOOL BOX
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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S MESSAGE: GREETINGS & SAL-UTATIONS!
ATTENTION ALL SUNOCO DEALERS
DEBATE NIGHT IN AMERICA
By the time you’re reading this, every Sunoco lessee dealer should have gotten the letter I mailed to your station. The great drumbeat of divestiture is getting ever louder, and the time has come for all of you to come together and meet to discuss the future of your businesses. The meeting will take place on Thursday November 1, 2012 at 9:30 AM. The meeting will be held the Holiday Inn 36 Valley Rd. Clark, NJ 07066 immediately off of Parkway exit 135. If you are a Sunoco lessee, clear your calendar for that meeting no matter where in the state your station is, it is critical that you attend.
Back when the first oil companies starting divesting their stations and I began the immensely successful fight for the Right of First Refusal, I suspected that Sunoco would be shedding their stations. I’m sure you know that Sunoco has been sold to a company called Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), a company which traditionally has had nothing to do with the retail world. On Tuesday night Sunoco stockholders got together and approved the structure of the deal for Sunoco to be acquired by ETP. The transaction should formally go through on October 5th.
Once the transfer of ownership is complete, all bets are off for what comes next. Do I know for certain that the stations Sunoco owns will be put up for sale? No. So why am I going so far as to organize a big meeting for every Sunoco dealer in the state? It’s because 30 years of experience and instincts are all screaming at me that this is going to happen and happen soon. It simply makes business sense for the new owners of Sunoco, who stated publically they weren’t interested in Sunoco because of its retail business, to follow the lead of most of the other major oil companies and divest themselves of their stations.
Ultimately I’m just acting like a good boy scout and being prepared, just like you should be. The future of your business is at stake here, the business that you’ve devoted blood, sweat, tears, and years to. I know of too many stories of dealers who couldn’t or didn’t buy their properties when they had the chance, and their new landlord supplier came in and slowly but surely screwed them out of the business they built. Don’t let it happen to you! RSVP to the meeting by emailing Greg@njgca.org or calling the office at 973-376-0066. It is important that you provide your name and the name of your business. Please also provide the business address and phone number, email address, and cell phone. Let us know if you plan to bring your spouse or others.
There’s news to report this week on the E15 front as the newly approved blend of up to 15% ethanol in gasoline is starting to gain wider acceptance. Up until now the major car manufacturers have opposed the use of E15, saying that their warranties will not cover the cars if there is any damage caused by E15. This is despite the fact that the EPA, which has done extremely extensive testing on E15’s effect on passenger vehicles, has ruled that its fine to use E15 in all Model Year 2001 and newer vehicles. Since 2011 E15 has been the official fuel used in all NASCAR racing, and since then they have racked up well over two million miles worth of driving on the track and are quite happy with the performance.
What is significant is that the manufacturers are now starting to adjust to the march of progress. It was announced this week that Ford Motor Co. has approved the use of E15 in its non-flex fuel cars for MY 2010 and onward. General Motors cars are also manufacturer approved to use E15 in MY 2012 and 2013 vehicles. These two automakers together produce more than one third of the new light-vehicles sold in the United States.
Now that these two major auto manufacturers have updated their non-flex fuel cars to run on E15, it won’t be long before all the other manufacturers follow suit. E15 adoption was never going to happen overnight, just as E10 adoption didn’t spread quickly at first. Nowadays, it’s close to impossible to find gasoline for sale that isn’t E10! With the larger movement towards all sorts of renewable fuels, I anticipate E15 will see widespread adoption quicker than E10 did. There are approximately 8 stations currently selling E15 in Kansas and Iowa and they say it is performing quite well; there have been no customer complaints and the selling price is less than regular gas, but much less than mid-grade which is really its gasoline equivalent. It has been cleared for use in several other Midwestern states and will almost certainly be available at retail there soon.
Currently there isn’t much of a supply or a demand here in New Jersey for E15. For now it’s likely best to adopt a wait and see approach to the fuel before making the investment in E15 and allow the infrastructure to grow and for consumer confidence in it to increase as it gains widespread usage in the Midwest.
Wednesday night was the first Presidential debate between President Obama and Governor Romney. The election is only a month away and the polls are close. Almost all the pundits agree that Governor Romney gave a strong performance and showed that there are clear differences between the two candidates. I know you’re busy, but if you missed the debate it really is your civic duty to take some time and hear what the candidates believe from their own mouths. The debate was almost exclusively focused on issues of the economy, taxation, and the deficit; issues that have the biggest effect on your business. You can watch the debate here.
Energy issues were only briefly covered, and unfortunately the candidates did not engage each other much on the topic. We are just putting the finishing touches on the special October Voter Guide issue of the On the Road magazine, which will be hitting your mailboxes soon and will include more information about all the candidates’ positions on the issues.
Finally, I wanted to briefly mention to you a little contest I was made aware of being held by a radio station in Philly. As a response to the President’s “you didn’t build that” comment from a few weeks ago, the local radio station is holding a contest looking for the best success stories of small businesses whose owners have been able to make their businesses prosperous through their own abilities. Nominees will be able to tell their story on air, and the winner will receive $10,000 worth of advertising time. For more details or to enter click here.
Thanks for listening – See you next week.
BUSINESS FOR SALE!
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CLASSIFIEDS: FOR SALE & HELP WANTED!
After running an ad in the Road Warrior over the last month, NJGCA was able to assist a member in selling his equipment!
If you'd like to list equipment for sale, or have an open position you'd like to make other industry professionals aware of, please contact NJGCA at 973-376-0066 and let us help you get the word out!
NEWS AROUND THE STATE
Debate fact check: Examining claims from the presidential showdown
President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney spun one-sided stories in their first presidential debate, not necessarily bogus, but not the whole truth. They made some flat-out flubs, too. The rise in health insurance premiums has not been the slowest in 50 years, as Obama stated. Far from it. And there are not 23 million unemployed, as Romney asserted. Here's a look at some of their claims and how they stack up with the facts
Southern California Gas Stations Begin to Shut Fuel Pumps
"I can get gas, but it's going to cost me $4.90 a gallon, and I can't sell it here for $5," John Ravi, Low-P's station owner, told Bloomberg. "If you come right now, I have some diesel left. That's all. My market is open, but no gas." Supply shortages in California were likely caused by several factors, including the shutdown of a Chevron Corp. pipeline last month and an Oct. 1 power failure at ExxonMobil Corp.'s Torrance, Calif., refinery.
Energy comes up early in presidential debates
Just minutes into the debate, the candidates delved into their policies for energy. President Obama mentioned it first, saying he favored increasing domestic oil and natural gas production and noted that had happened during his presidency. Republican challenger Mitt Romney fired back: “All of the increase in natural gas and oil has happened on private land, not on government land.” If he’s elected, Romney vowed to double the current production from federal lands, as well as increasing drilling offshore and in Alaska. He also said he’d clear the way for the Keystone XL pipeline.
Biofuels industry lauds automakers for approving higher ethanol fuel blend
New GM and Ford vehicles will accept a fuel blend that's 15 percent ethanol, as opposed to the standard 10 percent blend. For GM, that will begin with 2012 models, while Ford will accommodate the fuel in 2013 models, according to Oil Price Information Service, which first reported the news. “The pressure is now on other auto manufacturers to follow suit or explain why they offer substandard equipment,” Monte Shaw, executive director for the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, said in a Tuesday statement.
-ALL CLASSES WILL BE HELD AT NJGCA HEADQUARTERS-
66 Morris Avenue - Springfield, NJ 07081 (Union County)
NJ EMISSION INSPECTOR TRAINING
In order to be licensed as a Motor Vehicle Emission Inspector, you must complete this course and pass a “Written Exam” given by the State of New Jersey. NJGCA offers this training in a ONE DAY State approved training program that will provide an understanding of inspection related issues including EPA Regulations, Safety, Diesel, Customer Service and the New Jersey State Specific Curriculum. This specially tailored NJGCA course fulfills all requirements.
Class Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Class Location: NJGCA Headquarters, located at 66 Morris Avenue - Springfield, NJ 07081
Arrival Time: 7:00am
Lunch Break: 12:00pm (Pizza and soda will be served)
NJMVC Test: 1:00pm
NJGCA Members: $250.00
Manuals are included and payment is due upon registration. All credit cards are accepted.
License Fee: Bring a $50.00 check made payable to NJMVC to satisfy the State’s licensing fee.
PLEASE NOTE: If you live out of state, you must bring 6 points of ID with you, such as a license, passport, healthcare card, utility bill, etc.
CLICK HERE to view and complete the registration form with all the required information.
Once complete, please fax it to 973-376-0766. Alternatively, you may also either scan the form or email the details below to Debbie Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLEASE NOTE: FUTURE DATES WILL BE ADDED UPON REQUEST AND ACCORDING TO DEMAND. CONTACT DEBBIE at 973-376-0066 or DEBBIE@NJGCA.ORG TO LET HER KNOW YOU ARE INTERESTED IN TAKING A SPECIFIC CLASS. THIS WILL ALLOW US TO GAUGE YOUR NEEDS AND KEEP TRACK OF THOSE WISHING TO PARTICIPATE!!
MEMBER BENEFIT PARTNER MESSAGE
TMP Energy Solutions
Another Way to Save on Your Energy Bills
We have had a number of NJGCA members successfully reduce their rate per kWh signing up through our energy saving program. We know it’s difficult to collect 12 months worth of previous electric bills to get an “accurate” analysis when comparing a variable rate to a fixed rate, but we now have another option available.
This new solution is a power purchase option; the other program is still in full force and has saved members thousands of dollars. If you sign up for the power purchase option, you will be grouped with other NJGCA members until the minimum KW demand is acquired. By pooling the member’s usage together, you will be able to take advantage, as large energy users do, and receive a lower kWh rate.
Each member will receive their own contract. Each member is responsible to sign and return the agreement the day it is received in order to secure the price for their group.
Please do your due diligence, so when you receive the proposal and the agreement you will be able to make an intelligent decision.
If by chance, you still want us to assess you bills, to give you a price to compare, we will require12 months of your most recent utility bills.
There are no bills required, but we would still like to have one bill per meter on file to check account #’s, meter #’s service addresses and other pertinent information incase there is a problem.
The term of the agreement is for 12 months. During this term period, you will have price protection against any energy price increases along with a low fixed kWh rate.
If you are interested in becoming part of this power purchase option, please contact Greg Cannon at the NJGCA.
Remember when you sign up your energy through the NJGCA Energy Program, TMP makes a considerable donation to the NJGCA Scholarship Fund through their proceeds. This has no affect on your rate, and costs you nothing out of pocket.
We hope to help hundreds of NJGCA members reduce their utility costs by participating in this and our other cost reduction programs. Our purpose, in the endeavor, is to help NJGCA members lower their energy costs while supporting the NJGCA Scholarship Fund.
Contact GREG CANNON at 973-376-0066 or email Greg at email@example.com. Mention that you are interested in saving money on your energy bills. NJGCA & TMP Energy Solutions will handle all the rest.
POLITICAL PARTICIPATON: THE NJGCA PAC
DEFENDING OUR MEMBERS.
PROTECTING YOUR INTERESTS.
ANSWER THE CALL & CONTRIBUTE TODAY!!
Promoting our agenda in Trenton is of utmost importance to NJGCA and our members.
To truly understand the importance of supporting our allies, consider our successes in Trenton:
However, in order to truly affect the debate, we must ensure our friends in the Legislature are re-elected. It is for this reason that your Association has established the NJGCA PAC.
For too long, the weight of funding our Political Action Committee, the arm of the Association responsible for political donations, has rested upon a few. This is not only unfair to those few members who have shouldered this burden, but means we are not utilizing our full strength to affect the debate in Trenton.
We defeated BELOW COST SELLING
We made history in getting FIRST RIGHT OF REFUSAL signed into law!
We have built large support for RIGHT TO REPAIR and got it passed out of the Assembly
We defended your small business against the false accusations of Attorney General Anne Milgram
We gained wide support to move New Jersey to an all PIF Inspection System and close the CIF lanes
...and MUCH MORE!!
In each instance, we achieved these goals with the help of our friends in the Legislature!
If every member contributes just $100.00 we will be able to provide the help necessary to ensure victory for our allies.
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Please make your donation payable to NJGCA PAC
I understand that times are tough for all NJGCA members, but this is just as important as any battle we have fought in the past.
We have made great progress in Trenton. I hope that you will answer the call. ?
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