A JOINT INDUSTRY FORUM PRESENTED BY
The Petroleum Quality Institute of America, together with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD), is pleased to announce a joint Forum to bring together lubricant manufacturers and marketers, regulatory representatives from State weights and measures, and others to learn about, and discuss regulations, compliance, practices, and issues and challenges around quality and labeling in the lubricants business.
The objective of the forum is to advance efforts to improve the consistency of quality and product integrity of lubricants in the market. Doing so will enhance buyer confidence in the lubricants they purchase and promote fair business competition.
The Forum will take place at the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Heffron Metrology Laboratory in Williamston, Michigan. There is no fee to attend and it is open to lubricant manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and regulatory representatives.
SPACE IS LIMITED – REGISTER ONLINE NOW TO SECURE YOUR SEAT!
Promoting a Cooperative Spirit and Encouraging Group Effort
Mark Griffin’s keynote address, “Promoting a Cooperative Spirit and Encouraging Group Effort,” will speak to some of the issues and challenges petroleum marketers and convenience stores face to assure the quality of products they sell, and how the MPA/MACS works with state regulators to look after the interests of its members and those of consumers.
Mark has considerable experience in lobbying, marketing, publishing, communications, finance, and operations. In addition, he has successfully worked with industry and state regulators to support constructive legislation beneficial to the petroleum industry and convenience store businesses, and oppose that which is detrimental to that industry and those businesses to the extent not contrary to the public interest.
Our Quest for Quality
Thomas Glenn, President of the Petroleum Quality Institute of America. Well known industry thought leader who has appeared on several national televised news channels and is published monthly in columns with Lubes ‘n’ Greases and JobbersWorld. Glenn will provide a summary of PQIA’s findings in the market, hot spots of concern, actions and impacts, and suggestions and recommendations to help assure the quality and integrity of lubricants in the market.
MDARD’s Oil Monitoring Program
Robert DeRubeis, Program Manager Weights and Measures Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. DeRubeis will provide insights on the state of Michigan’s oil monitoring program and how the program is working to help assure conformance to the method of sale and labeling of lubricant sold in the state. In addition, DeRubeis will address some of the challenges the program faces and how Michigan and the lubricants industry can work together to enhance the effectiveness of its program.
Missouri’s Oil Monitoring Program
Ron Hayes, Director, Missouri Department of Agriculture, Division of Weights, Measures and Consumer Protection; and the Vice-chair of the National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) Fuels and Lubricants Subcommittee. In addition to providing information and insights on Missouri’s oil monitoring program, Hayes will speak to the actions the state has taken with regards to obsolete tractor hydraulic fluid (THF), and the position of the state and the NCWM with regards to such fluids.
Other Speakers to be Announced
The panel will be in an interactive format with an in-depth Q & A discussion facilitated by a moderator. It will focus on how we as an industry, together with state regulators, can advance efforts to improve the consistency of lubricant quality and integrity in the market to protect consumers and promote fair business competition.
The PQIA will be sending out a questionnaire to all registered attendees prior to the conference. The questionnaire will look to determine the issues and concerns on the minds of those planning to attend and to provide the panelist with an opportunity to prepare thoughtful responses and proposals as to how such issues are being, or can be addressed.
More Information to Come