Franklin Fueling Sets an Industry First with Their Let’s Be Frank Podcasts!

Let's Be Frank with Kali Kinziger


Franklin Fueling Sets An Industry First With Weekly, Let’s Be Frank podcasts!

Hosted by Kali Kinziger, Let’s Be Frank podcasts are perfect to introduce newbies to the petroleum equipment industry; from the latest products, new technology, install and maintenance tips and tricks to brushing up on the latest industry trends.




How To Hear Let’s Be Frank Podcasts:

  1. Directly on the Let’s Be Frank Website –
  2. Apple Podcasts –  Search “Franklin Fueling Systems”
  3. Spotify – Search “Let’s Be Frank” or Franklin Fueling Systems



Let's Be Frank Episode 1: Cable Tight


In the premier episode Kali talks with Allan Busch, Franklin Fueling Systems Piping and Containment and Wire Management Systems Product Manager as to how Cable Tight™ is changing the game for electrical and data wire conduit and what people have to say about the electrofusion welding process.





Let's Be Frank Episode 2:


In episode two, Kali sits down with Nicole Keppy, Franklin Fueling Systems Service Station Hardware Product Manager to chat about how spill containment and overfill prevention valves (OPV) work and what the new UST regulations mean for your existing equipment.




The John W. Kennedy Company appreciates your business and continued support!

How to Properly Clean Gilbarco Dispensers

Gilbarco Encore 700

Every so often we get asked, “what’s the proper way to clean a dispenser?”  Like anything exposed to the elements, it is going to get dirty and using the improper cleaning techniques or cleaning agents could lead to further damage.    Just like washing your car will extend the luster and life of your vehicle, so will periodically cleaning your dispensers!

Technicians are not responsible to clean dispensers on service calls as this is typically a task that is performed by the station owner/manager.  But it is important that a technician recognize when improper cleaning agents and procedures being implemented by the station show the signs of chemical attack or damage so they can then inform the customer that their methods are doing more harm than good..


Gilbarco has put together a document, Proper Cleaning of Dispensers that you can view and download here.

View the full maintenance instructions from MDE-3893 Encore and Eclipse Owner’s Manual here.

It is always extremely important you follow the manufacturer’s recommended procedures, replacement parts and cleaning agents to properly maintain your dispensers to keep them in the most optimal working condition and looking good!  Not only will it cut down on your repair expenses but proper maintenance and cleaning will in crease traffic to your location when it’s looking good and working like a charm.

You can also find and buy replacement parts for your Gilbarco Dispensers in our web store.

Whether you are looking to maintain your station or build one from the ground up, we carry a complete line of products from the top manufacturers in our industry. Thousands of products can be found online at and if you don’t find what you are looking for there, call us at 1.800.238.1225.



The John W. Kennedy Company appreciates your business and continued support!


Is Your Gas Station Prepared for the Storm Season?

The storm season is nearing. Is your gas station prepared?

From May 6 to May 12, 2018, the National Weather Service will be celebrating National Hurricane Preparedness Week.

It’s a weekly program held every year to educate people on how to better prepare themselves for a potential hurricane or land falling tropical storm.

So, is your gas station prepared for the upcoming storm season? Continue reading

FFS PRO TECH UPDATE – OPV Drop Tube Calculation

NEW FFS PRO E-Forms Available for Download!

FFS OPV Interactive Calculation Form

OPV Drop Tube Calculation

Franklin Fueling Systems has a new interactive and electronic version of the Defender Series® Overfill Prevention Valve Installation Worksheet that you can download here.  This worksheet can be downloaded and completed by typing values and calculations directly into the form. It does not automatically perform the calculations but does provide typical values in some of the fields that can be adjusted in accordance with local regulations.  You can then save the completed worksheet as a digital file or print it out for a clean and legible worksheet.




Defender Overfill Prevention Valve Inspection Guide & Checklist


There is also a step-by-step inspection guide and checklist. The Defender Series® Overfill Prevention Valve allows inspection without removal from the tank as explained in the Tech Update you can download here.  Like the calculation worksheet, you can enter all the information directly into the form on the screen then print or save the file digitally.  Again, it will not automatically perform the required calculations necessary to complete the form.



You can find the Defender Series Overfill Prevention Valve, OPV Remote Testing & Roll Crimping Tools directly on our site:
Defender Series Overfill Prevention Valve


Defender Series® Overfill Prevention Valve : You will find the most common configuration on our site with others available. You can see a complete list of the current available choices here.


Defender OPV Remote Testing Tool



708-534-901 OPV Remote Testing Tool

Defender OPV Roll Crimping Tool



708-535-901 OPV Roll Crimping Tool




Franklin Fueling Systems provides you with the technical information you need to be efficient and accurate in the office or out in the field.  Be sure to visit the FFS PRO Univeristy Campus online today for more technical news, tips and tricks!


Please feel free to contact us  at 1.800.238.1225 with any further questions about the Defender Series® overfill protection valves, Franklin Fueling System products or any other refueling equipment questions or needs you currently have.


The John W. Kennedy Company appreciates your business and continued support!


FFSPRO Tech Update – Free Online EVO Training & FMP-LL3 Digital Probe Backward Compatibility

FMP-LL3 Digital ProbesThe Campus Tech UpdateFMP Digital Probe Wiring Options

Franklin Fueling System has one of the best online resources for documentation, videos and online training.


Did you know Franklin Fueling Systems’ new FMP-LL3 Series probes are backwards compatible with most of their existing ATGs? If you did, you are pretty well informed and must be utilizing those online resources Franklin Fueling has to offer already.  If not, head on over to The Campus for details on the proper wiring methods and learn more by clicking here!



As the saying goes, “If it’s for free, it’s for me!”  That means you should really check out Franklin Fueling Systems’ new EVO™ 200 and EVO™ 400 automatic tank gauge model training in wiring, installation and programming. Learn more by clicking here!

Be sure to explore both of the above links provided to see what other technical offerings Franklin has to offer.  Great resources to have on hand when you have questions in the field.

The John W. Kennedy Company appreciates your business and continued support!


Graco Safety Alert – Vented Air Ball Valve 110225


Between January 1, 2017 and January 10, 2018, Graco 110225 ball valves were not manufactured correctly  by Graco’s supplier! 

The incorrect valves do not have a vent hole, and as a result will not vent pressure when turned to the closed position. Air pressure can then become trapped downstream of the valve potentially causing serious injury due to unexpected movement of equipment. 

Here is a a list of affected products:

Part Number Description Part Number Description
 244641  SYSTEM, BULK GREASE    

Your safety is Graco’s and our highest priority. All incorrect valves in inventory and in use must be removed, quarantined and replaced.


Graco 110225 Ball Valve AlertThe correct valve has a vent hole and is marked with a directional arrow and the number 250.
The incorrect valve does not have a vent hole and the markings are different.

If you have identified that you purchased any of the affected valves and/or equipment packages between 1/1/2017 to 1/10/2018, here are the required actions to follow:

  1. Inspect the valves and packages for the incorrect valve
  2. You must REMOVE or QUARANTINE the incorrect valve
  3. If you can not remove the valve from use immediately, it is extremely critical that you find a method to relieve trapped air pressure before cleaning, inspecting or servicing the equipment
  4. Contact  us at 1.800.451-4021 to replace the incorrect valves
    1. A warranty claim will be created
    2. the incorrect valves must be returned to Graco to receive credit for the incorrect valves
    3. UPDATE as of 2/8/2018 – Graco WILL reimburse for labor on a case by case basis!

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  If you have any further questions or require assistance, please call us at 1.800.451.4021.

The John W. Kennedy Company appreciates your business and continued support!


JWK Online Exchange: Your Home for Rebuilt Replacement Components & Assemblies

PMPblue      The Kennedy Company has always prided itself on partnering with vendors who only offer top quality products they stand firmly behind and when it comes to rebuilt products and assemblies,  we scrutinize them even more.  While nobody can rebuild their own products like the original equipment manufacturer, we also partner with the top rebuilders in the industry such as PMP Corporation of Avon, CT.

Tokheim Pumping Unit      We have decades of experience rebuilding equipment ourselves and have learned where the best products for the task at hand come from.  The last thing anyone wants is to use rebuilt components that constantly fail or look of an inferior quality right out of their package.

PMP has proven to be one of the best rebuilders of petroleum equipment components from all the major manufacturers such as Bennett, Blackmer, Franklin Fueling, Gilbarco, Southwest/Schlumberger, Dresser-Wayne and Veeder-Root along with electronics components and printers from Citizen, Epson, IBM, Okidata and Star to name a few.  They are constantly refining and improving their techniques and offerings, even manufacturing some of their own new replacement components in place of the (usually much more expensive) OEM versions. Check out a fraction of what the Kennedy Company has to offer from this top quality rebuilder through our eCommerce site with more coming online and ready to buy every day!Valve

Board      We try to maintain on-hand inventory for the most in-demand rebuilt replacement components being used in the field today from hydraulic components such as pumping units, meters and valves to electronic components such as displays, CPU/Logic boards, power supplies, printers and other electronics found in pumps, dispensers, intercoms,  ATG, POS and FMS systems. And the Kennedy Company will ship all in-stock orders received by 3PM Eastern time the same day!

And if we don’t have it on our shelf?  Don’t worry, top rebuilders like PMP can ship 85% of their offerings the SAME DAY for orders they receive by 3PM Eastern Time as well while the remaining 15%  will ship the next business day! And for products that require the core up front? Most times, quality rebuilders like PMP will repair/rebuild and ship the same day they receive your core!

If you have already checked out some of the links above to our eCommerce pages, you will see we show you the EXCHANGE price.  This will be the final price you pay after we receive the Gilbarco DisplayTLSKeyboardrebuildable core of your old component.  When you order any exchange item, you will also receive a Core Return Kit with instructions on how your core should be prepared and packaged to return to us.  The kit includes return instructions, a UPS return label and for those cores that have product run directly through them, a plastic bag with absorbent pad square to seal your core in prior to packaging.  The bag and pad are a backup for any residual fuel that may seep during shipment back to the Kennedy Company but it is your responsibility to drain any remaining fuel from the core prior to packaging for return! We give you a maximum of 30 (thirty) days to return the core to receive your core credit unless otherwise noted.

When you click on  a particular product to view the detail on the Kennedy eCommerce site, you will see on all the exchange products we offer, the outright price you pay at time of checkout, what you will receive for a core credit upon the Kennedy Company’s receipt of your rebuildable core and what the final price you end up paying after receiving your core credit.   And unlike many online retailers, we do not take weeks to process returns and credits.  If there are no problems or questions, WE PROCESS RETURNS AND CREDITS UPON RECEIPT!


Mechanical ComputerPrinter



Service TechsAnd for you service techs and organizations, look for our coming Exchange Products section on our eCommerce site in the coming weeks that will cover all the exchange products we have to offer.  And our products offerings expands by the day!  If you can’t find what you are looking for or would like to speak with someone more in depth about our exchange product offerings, we invite you to contact us at 1.800.238.1225 or email us with your inquiry.

We appreciate your continued business and support!