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CINCINNATI, OH – June 11, 2018 – DeanHouston, Inc., a leading full-service, business-to-business, integrated marketing communications firm, will celebrate its 30th anniversary as an agency this year.
Since launching in the summer of 1988, DeanHouston has undergone a significant transformation mirroring that of the rapidly evolving business landscapes in which it operates. With co-founders Dale Dean, Greg Houston and Pam Houston at the helm – and also as the only staff members – their small technical products-focused boutique agency quickly developed into a fully integrated organization that today employs more than 70 talented marketing professionals operating from the company’s offices located in Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Chicago and Shanghai.
The company boasts a full range of integrated marketing services, beginning with strategic marketing followed by traditional and digital marketing strategies, brand development, graphic design, web design and development, media and publicity, video production, and 3D animation. DeanHouston is also at the forefront of virtual and augmented reality, which is rapidly being embraced in the technical products service industries.
TORONTO, Ont. - We have turned the corner on harsh winter weather, and spring is here.
Spring is a time of renewal and refreshment as nature comes back to life, giving friends and family the opportunity to spend more time outdoors. As we trade icicles for flowers and snow angels for pool loungers, the warmer weather brings sights and smells that brighten up our day. Smells of lavender, vanilla, citrus and eucalyptus are just a few of the familiar and inviting scents gifted to us by spring.
Even though scents of nature fill the springtime air, some people may have too much on their to-do lists to truly relax and enjoy the outdoors. Armor All is now bringing the natural scents of spring directly into your car. The new Essential Blends air fresheners are infused with essential oil blends of lemon bergamot, eucalyptus mint, pink grapefruit, citrus pomegranate and vanilla lavender, giving you the scents of spring wherever you go.
"The inspiration behind Essential Blends came from looking at the average person's daily to-do list and thinking of how we could make those little in-between moments relaxing," says Megan Currie, Spectrum Brands director of marketing for Armor All. "A lot of people are in their cars for a good portion of their day, whether they are commuting to work or doing errands. We wanted to transform that daily routine into a comforting experience."
Essential oils are known for their refreshing and restorative properties. Helping to relieve headaches, relax the mind or even energize the body, the benefits from essential oils are endless.
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The same holds true for fuel retailers as they prepare their sites for the inevitable onslaught of winter’s chill. The ones who successfully emerge in spring with a site that has stayed operational throughout the cold, dark winter months are those that have taken every precaution to ensure that the equipment used in their fuel-dispensing systems is capable of withstanding the extreme conditions.
This means that completing a thorough top-to-bottom or above- to-below-ground – evaluation of the equipment to determine whether or not it will be able to handle whatever Mother Nature intends to dish out is critical prior to the harsh winter months. Any interruptions in service will be detrimental to the bottom line and the site’s reputation as a reliable provider of motor fuel to the driving public, no matter the weather conditions. Here are six areas to evaluate now:
Let’s start with the most obvious manifestation of the driver-retailer relationship: the fueling nozzle. Granted, nozzles are subject to abuse no matter the conditions, but as the temperatures tumble there is an increased risk that they will malfunction. Winter gasoline formulations can also contain different additives than the summer version, which will affect nozzle operation. That’s why nozzle manufacturers have developed what are known as extreme cold versions of their products. These nozzles are UL Canada (ULc) listed and approved for use with winter fuel formulations and in temperatures as low as -54ºC (-65ºF). They also maintain the operational benefits that denote a reliable, durable and versatile nozzle, including compatibility with gasoline, diesel and 10 per cent ethanol blends, no fuel flow allowed until the system is properly pressurized, automatic shutoff, and advanced hold-open-clip technology.
2. SWIVELS AND BREAKAWAYS
Like nozzles, swivels and breakaways are under constant assault from the elements. Therefore, it is recommended that retailers use ULc-listed swivels and breakaways that have also been approved for use in cold-weather climates. A recent advancement in breakaway design and operation is the reconnectable model. In the event that the breakaway should disconnect, such as during a drive-off incident, it can be easily reconnected through push-twist-click technology: simply realign the valve, push in and twist until you hear the audible click. This simplifies the reconnection process, which means less time spent in the cold by the operator, while also increasing safety since fuel flow is stopped automatically when the breakaway separates.
3. EMERGENCY SHUT-OFF VALVES
A pulled-over or dislodged dispenser will likely result in damage to the unit’s emergency shut-off valves. In extreme cold, frost heave can cause movement of dispensers and piping, which can lead to the formation of hairline cracks in the valve’s body, which will create potential leak points. Newer emergency shut-off valve designs surround the valve body with a bladder that is designed to contain any fugitive fuel. This capability helps reduce the risk of fire, explosion, personal injury, property damage, environmental contamination, product loss and cleanup costs, all of which can occur no matter the weather conditions.
4. MANHOLE COVERS AND MULTIPORTS
When the snow falls, the snowplows roll, and while they play an important role in ensuring that the fuel site is accessible to drivers, they can also do significant damage to the manholes and multiports that dot the forecourt’s surface. A new generation of manhole covers and multiports can eliminate the potential for snowplow-caused damage. These components have been designed to be entirely flush with the forecourt surface when installed, which lowers the risk that a plow blade can catch on them. Their watertight seal also reduces the chance that there will be ice buildup on the lip or frame where the cover sits, which will prevent water from intruding into the spill-containment area.
Manufacturers have also found great success in constructing their newer manhole covers of lightweight fiberglass composites, instead of traditional steel. One of the major benefits of fiberglass is that it has a lower coefficient of thermal expansion than steel. In other words, after many years of use in widely varying weather conditions, steel covers will tend to become bowl-shaped. In the winter, this allows water to gather on the cover and freeze, creating a slip-and-fall hazard. With fiberglass composites, on the other hand, the coefficient of thermal expansion is much more forgiving, with every change in temperature of 1ºC resulting in a negligible expansion or contraction of the cover by 0.0000054 centimeters. This makes fiberglass-composite covers ideal for use at fueling sites with temperatures as low as -50ºC (-58ºF).
5. SPILL CONTAINERS
Next-generation double-wall spill containers have obvious benefits in preventing fuel leaks or spills from turning into catastrophes. Their design also gives them advantages when used in cold-weather installations. If damaged by a snowplow, the ring that supports the container’s sealable cover at the forecourt surface can simply be removed and replaced with a new one in a matter of minutes, rather than forcing the operator to replace the entire spill container, which is the case with older technologies.
6. UNDERGROUND FUELING SYSTEMS
New fueling sites will continue be built in winter and existing ones will need to be maintained or upgraded. This creates opportunities for site owners to consider installing a completely integrated, environmentally secure underground fuel-delivery system. These so-called loop systems feature pre-fabricated, factory-assembled components that require dramatically less labor time (hence, less time spent in the cold) and associated costs, while reducing the chances that installation errors will occur. The integrated piping-system design facilitates easy inspection, identification and repair of any problems that may develop, which also creates enhanced leak-prevention capabilities.
The task for fuel retailers is the same no matter what time of year: keep the site operating at its highest level of efficiency, effectiveness and availability. It can be harder to achieve that state of operational nirvana during the winter, when the weather can undoubtedly affect the operation of above- and-below-ground fuel-dispensing equipment and systems. Therefore, it would be wise for fuel-site operators to consider upgrading their systems with components that have been designed to ward off winter-based attacks, whether they be from an Alberta Clipper storm or an overzealous snowplow driver.
Ed Kammerer is the director of Global Product Management for OPW, based in Cincinnati, OH, USA. He can be reached at email@example.com. OPW is leading the way in fueling solutions and innovations worldwide. OPW delivers product excellence and the most comprehensive line of fueling equipment and services to retail and commercial fueling operations around the globe. For more information on OPW, please go to OPWGlobal.com.