Wednesday, February 27, 2019

EZ Lever: Filling Up Made Easy


A fuel nozzle that requires dramatically less force to operate a fuel nozzle continues to make inroads in the automotive refueling market. Husky Corporation's EZ Lever is a uniquely designed two-piece lever that requires less than 5 pounds of force to operate, compared to 10 pounds or more for a regular nozzle.

As a result, EZ Lever adheres to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines. The design also permits exceptional fingertip control that allows purchases to be rounded off to the exact desired amount. Check out this short video on how EZ Lever works and its benefits.



When used on Husky Model X nozzles, fuel flow will be identical to nozzles equipped with a one piece lever. Fuel pumped with EZ Lever on Model V34 nozzles will flow 1.5 to 2 gpm more than with a one piece lever at 10 psi back pressure. EZ Lever is also available on Husky Model XS nozzles.

Husky is focused on ways to make the fueling experience more pleasant for customers. The EZ Lever is just one example. So is the recently designed Tilt Poppet, which allows fuel to flow through the main valve of the nozzle in a more measured way, so fueling can be started and stopped very smoothly for precise manual dispensing. The Tilt Poppet also reduces the amount of back-pressure experienced when starting and stopping the fueling process.

Contact Husky Corporation at 800-325-3558 for a demonstration or more information.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

What’s Happening with Enhanced Ethanol-Blended Fuel?


The Trump administration announced in late 2018 it would end certain limits on blending higher concentrations of ethanol with gasoline. The process of putting that into practice is in the hands of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which faces a May 2019 deadline to complete that work. Amid speculation the government shutdown slowed the process, EPA subsequently said in a Reuters report that the rule would be completed in time for the summer driving season. 

If that occurs, the days of fuel-dispensing outlets that offer E15 changing-out labels that state the fuel is safe for vehicles manufactured in 2001 or later (temporarily replacing them with labels about the summer-time E15 prohibition) might soon be over.


In 2011, EPA approved E15 for use in light-duty conventional vehicles of model year 2001 and newer, through a Clean Air Act waiver request, based on significant testing and research funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The EPA’s position had been that summertime use of E15 puts more emissions into the atmosphere than smog-regulations permit. Ethanol producers disagree with this assessment.

Demand for E15

Fuel-dispensing outlets are likely assessing how much more demand there might be for E15 on a year-round basis. The U.S. Department of Energy states E15 is not widely available; sold at more than 1,400 stations in 29 states. But an interesting article on this topic appeared in American Agriculturalist, which noted in part that “…retailers are seeing higher demand for E15 when it is added as a choice. Having the Trump administration make the move to make it a year-round fuel could open the door to more sales, too…”

Stations are not required to sell E15, but some have started offering E15 due to equipment grants and better profit margins when compared with regular gasoline. Consumer education about the differences between E10 and E15 will almost certainly increase over time. An article in Axle Addict  gives E15 an edge with emissions, improved fuel economy, and engine performance. “And even though E15 has higher octane than E10, it normally costs less per gallon.”

There are additional regulations for stations selling blends above E10. For more information, visit the Department of Energy’s Codes, Standards, and Safety web page.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Petroleum Dispensing Equipment Now at Wholesale and Retail Outlets Near You

When you need something, it never hurts to have multiple options. Husky Corporation understands that very well. That's why the company has rolled out a new option for customers who need fueling and tank monitoring systems.

Now retailers and wholesalers can display the fastest-moving and most popular Husky General Fueling Products and BJE Oil & Lube Products right in their locations for their fleet, farm and agriculture customers.


These display Plan-O-Grams feature Husky gasoline, diesel and DEF nozzles, swivels, Safe-T-Breaks, and fuel hose. The displays also feature BJE tank monitors, gauges and oil filter crushers. These Plan-O-Grams focus on:
  • Size, fuel type and full description: This important information allows for proper selections, resulting in fewer alleged defective units and higher customer satisfaction levels.
  • Prominent display of all ISO, USA and Canadian certifications: The “Made in USA” product acknowledgement is proudly announced and supported by patriotic graphics.
  • Easy visual access for inspection purposes: Most products can be inspected without opening and destroying the packaging, permitting customers to see and feel the quality of the items.
The Husky retail displays are available for wholesale and retail locations. There are 38 SKUs that represent popular Husky and BJE items. The Plan-O-Gram also will contain new products that have been developed especially for  the fleet, farm and agriculture markets.




Contact Husky Corporation if you'd like more information about these special retail displays at 800-325-3558 or sales@husky.com.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Why G.G. Sutcliffe invested in American manufacturing (St. Louis Business Journal Video)



The St. Louis Business Journal conducted this video interview with company president G.G. Sutcliffe in conjunction with a feature article that appeared in the publication December 7, 2018 (it was online December 5). St. Louis Character: Husky's G.G. Sutcliffe Lives with Gusto is available at this link: http://bizj.us/1prsf2

The video interview with another article that accompanies it available at this link: https://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/news/2018/12/17/watch-why-g-g-sutcliffe-invested-in-american.html

One of the most interesting excerpts from the article is this: "All of our competitors were going to China back in the early '90s,” he said. “What I realized was that we did not have good manufacturing process control here in St. Louis, and if we didn’t have it here in St. Louis, we sure as hell couldn’t get it done 6,000 or 10,000 miles away.” At that point, Sutcliffe began investing in American manufacturing, and today it has really paid off for the company as it nears $50 million in revenue. Sutcliffe said the company works diligently on being responsive to its customers' needs, and the only way to do that is by staying in the region.

Thanks to the St. Louis Business Journal for their interest in Husky Corporation and in G.G. We think the entire staff did a wonderful job relating the many interesting facets of this story!

Friday, December 14, 2018

St. Louis Business Journal: Husky’s G.G. Sutcliffe Lives with Gusto

How's this for starters?

"Before he was 25, Sutcliffe, who goes by G.G., got kicked out of two colleges, worked at a ski lodge in Switzerland, traveled to Greece, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq, talked his way into Officers Candidate School and a rank of second lieutenant by claiming to speak French, German and Arabic (in truth, he knew enough to curse and order a beer), and served in U.S. special operations in Laos and Vietnam, with fierce fighting and heavy troop loss in Khe Sanh."

That's the beginning of a St. Louis Character story on Husky Corporation's president, which appeared in the St. Louis Business Journal. We are offering a link to the entire article here, as usually a subscription is needed for this publication. Here are a few pictures of the photo shoot by the publication. They also recorded a few video comments, which we will share when available.





We  hope you find this article as interesting as we did. One quote about G.G. Sutcliffe we found particularly insightful is this: “He’s smart as a whip, persistent, innovative and fearless, as anyone who has competed with him in business or sport knows.”


 
 

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Husky Brings to Market Two Environmentally-Friendly Products to their Family of Products at the same time that their Technical Service Engineer adds to his Family

This article about Oil Baron and Oil Baron Plus was written and shared with a variety of news outlets by American Media Distribution.


Husky, that already has a fine line-up of complimentary products, just
added two more: Oil Baron and Oil Baron Plus. Like a student who loves
chemistry class, Paul Nilsen, Husky’s Technical Service Engineer assigned
to these new products, is excited to demonstrate how they work using
something called microbial action. He, along with Brad Baker, Husky’s
Executive Vice President, are nothing short of giddy when they talk
about the two new Oil Baron products.

Paul could not wait to squeeze some oil onto a granite sample board and
then add a diluted amount of Oil Baron. The mixture started to bubble
and pop. Carbon Dioxide was released into the air and water remained.
When the bubbling stops, no special hazardous waste disposal is
required for what was left over. A simple concept with far-reaching
ramifications. Oil Baron is used to clean unsightly, unsafe or hazardous
messes using floor scrubbers, pressure washers or mops. The product is
also great for use in an Emergency Spill kit -- because it makes a gas spill
non-flammable very quickly.

As we moved on to the Oil Baron Plus product, Paul coolly checked his
phone. He had an important reason to stay connected: his wife was
about ready to give birth to their child. Although he was allowed go
home to be with her, he wanted to finish the demonstration albeit at a
record pace.

Paul explained that Oil Baron Plus removes the toughest hydrocarbon
(oil, gas/diesel, tar) stains on most hard, industrial surfaces. Paul warned
that one must be careful when using this product as it will turn an asphalt/gravel road into just gravel and, if it gets on your car, will dissolve
the paint.

Key market segments for these products include the petroleum
dispensing industry (gas stations, convenience stores, truck stops,
petroleum product distributors, airports, etc.) and the automotive repair
industry (car repair businesses, truck/auto dealers or service centers, oil
change shops, etc.) and any other commercial/residential application
where petroleum messes are an issue.

More detailed information is at the company's web
explanation videos and technical specifications.

Husky Corporation is a leading manufacturer of equipment for the
petroleum dispensing industry, which has been growing organically and
through acquisitions of companies and products in related industries and
has been in business for also 70 years, based now in Pacific, Missouri.

Congratulations to Paul and his wife who, a short time after our
interview, brought a healthy baby girl into this world. A world that now
contains a way to turn spilled hydrocarbons into harmless carbon dioxide
and water. Someday she will be proud of her Daddy for, in his own way,
helping to make the world a cleaner place