ACQUIRES FIT TINGS;INC.
Bridgestone HosePower, a wholly owned indirect
subsidiary of Bridgestone Corp., is expanding its hose solu-tions business in the Pacific Northwest by acquiring Fit-tings Inc., the company announced July 10.
Fittings Inc. is a Seattle-based hydraulic and industrial
hose sales and service company.
According to the agreement, Fittings’ 16 employees
will be offered positions within HosePower, including two
of the three former owners, President Douglas Kennedy
and Murray MacLean.
The Fittings acquisition brings Bridgestone HosePower
to 40 U.S. locations and one in Mexico.
PEI HIRES OPS DIREC TOR,
NAMES NEW EDITOR IN CHIEF
The Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) recently
hired Melinda Whitney as director of operations and
promoted Kristen Wright to editor in chief.
“Melinda brings association executive experience to
PEI’s new director of operations role, and we’re excited
to welcome her to our leadership team,” said Rick Long,
executive vice president of PEI. “And the PEI Journal is
in excellent hands as Kristen takes over the chief editor
position from me.”
Whitney joins PEI after serving 14 years at the Inter-
national Liquid Terminals Association in Arlington, Vir-
gina. She served the past three years as ILTA president.
Whitney is PEI’s only Spanish-speaking staff member.
She is from Tulsa, Oklahoma, originally.
Wright joined PEI in 2015 as managing editor of the
PEI Journal after working 12 years as a magazine and
textbook editor with Penn Well Corp. Her background
includes print, digital and broadcast journalism.
UNIVERSAL VALVE APPOINTS
LUCAS FORD ASSOCIATES SALES REP
turer Universal Valve
Co. appointed Lucas
Ford Associates Inc. its
exclusive sales representative for four southeastern states, the
The Atlanta-based company will be responsible for sales
to petroleum equipment distributors in Alabama, Georgia,
Florida and middle Tennessee.
Universal Valve Co. products include valves, fittings, manholes, pipe guards, island forms, service station accessories, air
towers and signage.
Lucas Ford Associates has represented C-store and petroleum equipment manufacturers since 1973.
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