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June 2008

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT - LEONARD HUFFMIRE

Another year is coming to and end. With the end of this year comes the end of my term as President of the Society of Fleet Supervisors. I would like to express my gratitude to the Members for your support during my tenure as president. There were many challenges to overcome and without the dedication and support of the Members and my Executive Board I would not have accomplished these goals. Again I need to give special thanks for all those who over the past two years pledged and donated money to support the many functions that are held each year. I know sometimes this may be repetitious, but a special thanks needs to go to my Executive Board, without your efforts, none of this would have been possible.

The Society of Fleet Supervisor was founded over sixty years ago. Much has changed during those years and looking into the future there will surely be many more changes to come. I have reached out every month over the past two years looking for help from the Members to expand the horizons of the organization. The Society still needs your help. Take the time; get involved, we can use you.

I would like to congratulate our new president for 2008/2009, Mike Cordiello and his Executive Board. I know Mike will give this organization 110% and with the help and support of the Membership he will accomplish his goals.

I hope everyone will or did have an opportunity to attend the Kiddy Picnic and Annual Golf Outing. These are some of our finest events.

In closing, thank you for the opportunity to serve as president of the Society of Fleet Supervisors. It was an experience I will never forget.

ARRANGEMENTS ? FRANK ALMONA

Please remember that there are no meetings scheduled for the summer and we will notify you on where we will be for the September meeting once arrangements have been made.

I hope to see you at the Golf Outing and have a great summer.

BYLAWS - TIM HARTE

Bylaw IV Duties of Standing Committees
Scholarship:
SOCIETY OF FLEET SUPERVISORS SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Add the following to the 2nd paragraph after the first sentence:
Scholarships to be awarded in the following order: Member, Member’s spouse, Member’s children, and Member’s grandchildren. Any remaining scholarships would then be awarded to Member’s nieces and nephews.
This Bylaw change proposal was defeated

Bylaw IV Duties of Standing Committees
Scholarship:
SOCIETY OF FLEET SUPERVISORS SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Rewrite the 3rd & 4th paragraphs to read:
Each individual must be a high school graduate and may apply for a maximum of (2) two scholarships while enrolled in any continuing education program, undergraduate or graduate study and no more than (3) scholarships per family in less than (5) five consecutive years.
This Bylaw change proposal was accepted

Bylaw IV Duties of Standing Committees
Scholarship:
SOCIETY OF FLEET SUPERVISORS SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Rewrite 1st paragraph, 1st sentence to read:
These scholarships would be awarded to eligible students who are related to any Member of the Society who is in good standing and who attends at least (15) of our regular monthly meetings or Executive Board meetings during the (3) three consecutive years prior to the cut off date of all applications, which is the November general Membership meeting.
This Bylaw change proposal was accepted

Article III
Section 2G Student Fleet Supervisor
Delete the second sentence in the section:
Membership in this grade shall be limited to the year prior to the students expected graduation from an approved program.
This Bylaw change proposal was defeated

 

DATA SERVICES - RICHARD CHAN

Pictures from the EXPO are up for viewing on our web site at www.sfsny.org.

Our present Membership is comprised of:
Members 106
Life Members 19
Editorial Members 0
Associate Members 35
Honorary Members 3
Original Equipment Manufacturer 3
Apprentice Fleet Supervisors 0
Student Members 11
Total Membership 177

Current CONSECUTIVE attendance records are:
Honorary Member Bill Misita, Retired – 99, 9/92 – 2/05
Member Robert Lagnese, Farmingdale University – 90, 1/97 –
Member George Pastor, H. John Davis, Inc. – 70, 5/94 – 5/03
Member Carl Orza, Advanced Fleet Maintenance – 70, 3/97 – 2/06
Life Member Nuno Tardo, Universal Ford – 63, 3/89 – 1/97
Member John Cigna, Retired – 50, 2/94 – 3/00
Life Member Nuno Tardo, Retired – 48, 1/02 –1/08
Member Robert Spiotto, Frank Siviglia & Co., Inc. – 47, 11/01 –9/07
Member Pat De Martino, Con Edison – 44, 10/90 – 2/96
Member Leonard Huffmire, Atlantic Express Inc. – 44, 11/02 –

Attendance at the May meeting:
Members 42
Guests 8
Total 50

EDUCATIONAL - CLEMENT DRUMMOND

So You Think Gas Costs a Lot?
By Matthew L. Wald (NYT, May 18, 2008)
INCREASING its longstanding appeal to mileage-conscious drivers, diesel fuel has for years cost less than gasoline, and even as recently as last summer the two were no worse than equal in price. Since then, a gallon of diesel has become more expensive than unleaded regular — now 16 percent more and poised to go higher still.

Both fuels are up steeply this year because of the cost of crude oil, which has doubled in the last year and is now around $3 a gallon. But why is the price of diesel, distilled from the same raw ingredient, growing faster?

It’s because higher prices affect demand for each oil product differently, and diesel is “the one product the world really wants,” said Lawrence J. Goldstein, a director of the Energy Policy Research Foundation, a nonprofit group financed by oil producers, refiners and marketers, with some government help.

The price spread has attracted the attention of Congress. This month, John Felmy, chief economist of the American Petroleum Institute, an industry trade association, testified before the highway subcommittee of the House Transportation Committee. “U.S. overall petroleum demand, including demand for gasoline, has flattened,” he said. “However, in the U.S., demand for diesel has remained strong.”

He added: “This follows a long-term trend here and around the world. Over the past five years, U.S. demand for highway diesel has been rising at triple the rate of gasoline.”

Part of the American demand for transportation fuel is met by refineries in Europe, a link that usually helps keep prices down. But demand for diesel is rising in Europe as passenger car ownership and use there grow; many of those newly purchased vehicles are diesel-powered, a choice that had been encouraged by tax policy there.

As a result, production at European refineries is geared toward processing crude oil to meet the demand for diesel. That produces surplus gasoline, which the refineries export to the East Coast of the United States, experts said. That does nothing for diesel supply here.

A related problem is that while American demand for gasoline and demand for diesel are fluctuating separately, the supply is linked.

Each 42-gallon barrel of crude oil yields about 19 gallons of gasoline, according to the Energy Department, and about 10 gallons of diesel fuel and heating oil combined. (The two are chemically similar.) Refineries can crack the big hydrocarbon molecules found in the heavier part of the crude oil feedstock into diesel, gasoline or other products, and thus have some flexibility, but there are limits to how much the ratios can be adjusted.

“There is some ability to do that, but it’s not by huge percentages,” said Ronald J. Planting, the manager of information and analysis at the American Petroleum Institute.

Diesel production was actually up for the first few months of this year compared with the period a year earlier, Mr. Planting said. But the outlook is cloudy. With gasoline prices high, demand has fallen; for March, April and the beginning of May of this year, inventories were running nearly 10 percent higher than a year earlier, according to the Energy Department.

Mr. Goldstein’s interpretation is that refineries have thus decided to process slightly less crude oil than they would otherwise have used, which would result in less production of diesel as well. It is as if sirloin had become so expensive that demand dropped, so farmers raised fewer cows, reducing the supply of hamburger — but hamburger remained as popular as ever.

Mr. Goldstein said that the increased production of ethanol was also pushing up diesel prices by offsetting some of the need for gasoline, because as refiners make less gasoline they produce less diesel as well. “Refiners, for more than 50 years, have been configured to make gasoline,” he said. “Their hardware is geared to make gasoline; that’s what they know how to do.”

He pointed out that several refineries had lost money in the last quarter and thus were cutting back operations, further restricting diesel supply, although gasoline inventories are ample.

Shifting to diesel engines had been promoted as one way to save oil and meet coming fuel economy standards; because diesel engines operate at higher cylinder pressures, they deliver more power for each B.T.U. of energy they use (and each gallon has more B.T.U.’s than gasoline). But while they may have a big edge in fuel efficiency, their cost efficiency, in cents a mile is shrinking.

The shift in fuel prices is coming just as automakers, after years of work to make diesel engines cleaner, are preparing to sell diesel-powered passenger vehicles. The strategy now looks iffy because diesel models cost more than the equivalent gasoline vehicles.

Automakers understand that high costs will make the vehicles harder to sell. “In the marketplace, the consumer has to have a compelling economic reason to put a premium on fuel economy, or any particular engine technology,” Greg Martin, a General Motors spokesman, said.

So is it a good idea to buy a diesel? “It’s a very good question when you consider the current price of diesel,” he said. For a car shopper to buy a diesel model, he said, the perceived benefit must always equal or exceed the cost. “Right now that would be problematic.”

Mercedes-Benz is slightly more optimistic. Customers may still buy because of the long range on a tankful — 700 miles in the E320 diesel sedan, the company said. And that model’s fuel economy — 23 in town and 32 on the highway compared with the gasoline-powered E350 at 17 and 24 m.p.g. — is enough of a gain that there is still a cost advantage, though smaller than in the past.

The diesel E-Class costs $1,000 more than the gasoline model, said Nicole Weiss, a spokeswoman. And “the luxury market typically lags behind in terms of reacting to changes in the economy,” she said.

Terry Slocum, director of the energy program at Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy organization founded by Ralph Nader, said the problem was that the oil industry, despite record profits, had not invested enough in refining capacity for diesel fuel. “There’s really no excuse why we’ve got this shortage of capacity, which in turn is driving prices far higher than for gasoline,” he said.

He added that the economic downturn should be depressing the demand for truck fuel, which should relieve strains on the diesel market. "But I haven’t really seen that,” he said. “I’m not convinced there’s justification for the level of diesel we’re seeing today.”

JOURNAL - MARK KODNER

The Journal Ad Committee hopes that all our Members and their families enjoy a safe, happy and healthy summer and we look forward to seeing you all in September at our next General Meeting.

We would also like to remind you that although the deadline to place a Journal Ad is about five months off, it's not too early to make your commitment. We have a long road to travel to meet the success of last years Journal.

Mike Cordiello the 2008 Member of the Year deserves our Members acknowledgement for his unselfish giving to our Great Society. Placing a Journal Ad in the 2008 Journal shows your thanks to Mike as well as your support of the Society allowing us to continue the great work that we do.

So, please take a minute or two and make your voice heard by filling out a Journal Ad Form (contained in this Newsletter) and sending it to the address noted on the bottom of the form or call me at the number listed on the form as well.

May I remind you that your payment does not have to accompany your commitment? You can be billed at a later date of your choice (as long as it is before November, 2008). All you have to do is write that request on the Journal Ad Form.

As always, thanks for your support and see you in September!

 

LEGISLATIVE - MICHAEL CALISE

INDUSTRY NEWS
Bridgestone debuts on/off-highway wide-base tire
Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire LLC (BFNT) is introducing the Bridgestone L315, an aggressive-traction on/off-highway wide-base radial the company said is engineered for long mileage, superior traction and outstanding flotation.

The Bridgestone L315 is designed for axles carrying extra-heavy loads, such as front-discharge cement mixers with front-wheel or all-wheel drive. This new wide-base tire is also ideal in job situations where superior traction is required, such as on dump trucks, specialty oil-field equipment and other on/off-highway construction vehicles.

The L315’s lug tread and open shoulder design provide hundreds of biting edges to dig into soft surfaces, which Bridgestone said promotes superior drive traction in mud and on gravel.

The wide-base design distributes footprint pressure for outstanding flotation while also allowing higher payload. The L315 has an “L” load rating, which its maker said allows it to carry 12,300 lbs. at 120 PSI.

The L315 has a 30/32-in. tread depth for long original tread life and tough tread compounds that resist cuts, chips, tearing and irregular wear. The enhanced compound also fights heat build-up so this on/off-highway tire can be used at sustained speeds to 65 MPH, according to the manufacturer.

To enhance retreadability, the groove walls are angled so they won’t retain stones that could pierce the belt package. Heavy-duty casing construction combats bruises and resists belt penetration for superior retreadability. And for more low-cost miles, L315’s casing is engineered to be retreaded for any axle position, with four full steel belts and an all-steel casing ply.

The L315 wide base tire is available in the 445/65R22.5 size in “L” load range. For more information on this new on/off-highway tire, ask your Bridgestone representative, contact any Bridgestone dealer or truck-stop, call 1-888-694-0469, or visit http://www.BridgestoneTrucktires.com.

DON’T BE MISLED BY BATTERY MUMBO-JUMBO
Not all cranking amps are created equal

CA (cranking amps) and HC (hot cranking amps) are two examples of ratings that can be misleading, according to Interstate Batteries engineers. Batteries displaying these ratings have probably been tested at higher temperatures, so the resulting numbers look higher. Because these batteries are not as powerful as you might think, what looks like a bargain may end up costing you money.

Remember that CCA (cold cranking amps, testing at 0°F) and RC (reserve capacity, the amount of time a battery can last without a charge) are the only valid automotive battery specifications that recognize true battery power. They also are ratings you’ll find in virtually all vehicle manuals.

Town Cars Destined for Fleets Only
The first Canadian-built Lincoln Town Cars are hitting the road, according to the National Post. Ford has shifted production of the big rear-wheel-drive sedan from its plant in Wixom, Mich., to its St. Thomas assembly plant. It will join two other rear-wheel-drive stalwarts, the Ford Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis, on the facility’s production line.

Effective with the 2008 model, the Town Car is being sold exclusively to fleet customers, primarily limousine services. The same limitation also applies to the Grand Marquis, while the Crown Victoria has been marketed only for fleet use such as taxicabs and police cruisers for several years. This means the entire production at St. Thomas, which totaled about 123,000 vehicles last year, will be destined for fleet customers; no retail consumer sales will be in the mix.

The plant, which has been operating with just a single shift since early last year, is building about 63 cars an hour, with every seventh one a Town Car.

GM Introduces Hybrid Produced in China
Shanghai General Motors, GM's biggest joint venture in China, unveiled its first China-made hybrid vehicle last week and pledged to deliver GM's E-flex electric drive system and a fuel-cell version of that system to China after 2010, the Detroit Free Press reported. Shanghai GM introduced the Buick LaCrosse Eco-Hybrid in Shanghai and announced plans to introduce three more green vehicles in 2008. The new Buick hybrid promises 15 percent better fuel economy than the standard model, the company said. GM added that the vehicle will be available for sale later this year. The Buick employs a so-called mild hybrid system, similar to the one used in the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid. GM said one of the new offerings will be a two-mode hybrid that provides 50 percent better fuel economy than a traditional gasoline-burning engine, the Detroit Free Press reported. GM has previously built and sold all its hybrid vehicles in North America. Shanghai GM said that from 2009 to 2012, it will offer 11 engines with improved fuel economy. In addition, the joint venture will introduce GM's E-Flex drive system and fuel cell E-Flex electric drive systems in China after 2010. GM has previously announced plans to produce E-Flex gas-electric plug-in hybrids by the end of 2010 in the U.S.

MEMBERSHIP - PAT DEMARTINO

We still are looking for potential Members and have not received many candidates in the last few months. Please, we need your help in recommending potential candidates to increase our Membership and support the Society.

I encourage all Members to speak to their co-workers, friends, customers and anyone in the industry who may benefit from joining the Society. If anyone is interested they can contact me for a membership application.

Also, we are looking for recommendations for Member of the Month. If you know of anyone who has showed outstanding performance in the Industry you should send their name to me or Life Member Richard Chan.

Remember being a Member is important, but we must attend meetings to support the Society.

Congratulations to Member Carl Orza on his retirement and election to Life Member status.

Inducted at the May meeting:
o Gary C. Bergin, Supervisor for KeySpan Energy of Hicksville, NY as a Member. Gary is responsible for the repair and maintenance in six repair facilities from Brooklyn to Long Island for a 4,700 vehicle utility fleet from small cars through heavy-duty cranes.

 

MEETING HIGHLIGHTS - BRIAN MARKSOHN

The winner of the Big Draw of $50.00 was Member Vanessa Mercado who donated her proceeds to the Scholarship Fund.

 

PROGRAMS - ALBERT BUEHLER Jr.

I want to thank Joshua Tabak of the NYSDOT Motor Carrier Safety Bureau for his interesting presentation on CDL requirements for licenses, fleets and regulations.

Our September program presentation will be presented by Jonathan Smith, Regional Sales Manager for Prestolite Electric on their product line of Leece-Neville starters & alternators.

 

SCHOLARSHIP - CARL ORZA

We have scheduled interviews with Member Robert Lagnese at Farmingdale University for the Hank Hasiwar Scholarships on Monday, June 9, 2008 at 6:00 PM.

We have received nine applications for the Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarships to date. Just as a reminder, we will be awarding eight $2,000.00 scholarships this year which means we may be going to a random drawing if all the applicants are eligible. Please remember that there is an attendance requirement to be eligible for a scholarship. Don’t let your applicant get disqualified because of your lack of attendance. Please attend the monthly meetings.

SPECIAL ACTIVITIES - MICHAEL CORDIELLO

As this Newsletter is printed before the Kiddy Picnic, I hope everyone had a great time. I’ll give a complete report in the next issue.

I wish everyone a great and safe summer!

WELFARE & EMPLOYMENT – RICHARD CHAN

Congratulations to Member Lenny Huffmire and wife Cindy on the marriage of their son Steve and Melissa on April 26, 2008.

Get well and speedy recovery wishes go out to Member Tim Harte who is recovering from back surgery on April 29, 2008

Our condolences and deepest sympathy go out to the family of Life Member Peter Pepe who lost his battle with emphysema on May 5, 2008.

Get well and speedy recovery wishes go out to Life Member Pat Taddeo who is recovering from gall bladder surgery on May 9, 2008.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes for our following Members and their spouses:
07/08 George Oristano (Linda McCabe)
07/09 Thomas Stagnitta
07/10 Sandy Dozis (John)
07/11 Maria Carpenter (Joseph)
07/11 George Pastor
07/12 Frank Fontana
07/13 Penelope Angelopoulos (Prodromos)
07/14 Clement Drummond
07/20 Margaret Consiglio (Henry)
07/21 Thomas Stagnitta
07/22 Laura Arbasetti (Gino)
07/22 Betty Johanson (Robert)
07/22 Sally Ann Logerfo (John)
07/26 Michael Rogers
07/28 Anne O’Sullivan (Mortimer)
07/29 Patricia Cohen
08/01 Ann Bruce (Michael)
08/01 Diana Cavuoto (Anthony)
08/01 Dennis Meehan
08/02 Liz Maher (Robert)
08/03 Anne Madden (Dennis)
08/05 Kathleen Meehan (Dennis)
08/06 Lori Vavrinec (Marty)
08/07 Daniel Coranoto
08/08 Sherrie Fauci (Robert)
08/08 Mary Ann Spiotto (Robert)
08/12 Albert Buehler Jr.
08/12 Greg Lent
08/12 Linda McCabe
08/12 Cindy White (Joseph)
08/13 Joseph Calderaro Jr.
08/13 James Fisher
08/14 Josephine Carpenter (Frank)
08/15 Leonard Ferrara
08/18 Garry Raff
08/20 Carole Costantin (John)
08/21 Anne Marie Mastros (Loucas)
08/23 Sue Ebert (Edgar)
08/23 Kathy Zaragoza (Nestor)
08/24 Wendy Crandall (Robert)
08/27 Eva Mandel (Martin)
08/29 Kenneth Wyman
09/03 Donna Lent (Greg)
09/03 Angela Schuler (Michael)
09/05 James Mastellone
09/08 Avi Mordekovich
09/11 Shirley Rosario (Eric)
09/14 Mitchell Blane
09/14 Robert Maher
09/16 Ann Marie Araujo (Victor)
09/19 Peter Clark
09/20 Kathy Iannotta (John)
09/21 Alfred Klingbeil
09/22 David Findley
09/23 Francis Dejana (Peter)
09/23 Michael Iannizzi
09/25 Yolanda Calderaro (Joseph)
09/25 Lynn Cordiello (Michael)
09/26 Jeffrey Kaye
09/27 Marilyn Gibbons (Dennis)
09/28 Peter Dejana
09/29 Teddy Moustakas
09/30 Lisa Ann Aull (Donald)
09/30 John Dozis
09/30 Kathy Orza (Carl)

 

 


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