Tips for Keeping Your Site Sanitized During COVID-19

Convenience Stores Stay Vigilant on Gas Pump Sanitation

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I am sure by now you have all been hammered with emails and posts in regards to COVID-19.  It doesn’t matter where you are on the planet, there is something posted or being said about it and for good reason!

Gilbarco has shared this blog post in regards to sanitizing your site against COVID-19 with information from the CDC and Consumer Reports. CDC - Centers For Disease Control and Prevention I would say the CDC is the best source of general information seeing that is where it all flows from.  The Gilbarco blog past also contains more specific and relevant cleaning information for specific equipment and components found in fuel retailing locations.  It also includes other links to posts and articles as to how we can all help one another deal with this global crisis.

And here are the highlights from the Gilbarco blog post:

Advice for Retailers:

There are many recommendations on solutions for cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces, but some chemicals are too harsh and can damage fuel dispensers. Ammonia-based cleaners weaken and damage bezel doors, screens, and other vital dispenser components.

Consumer Reports also advises against using ammonia-based solutions.

We suggest using a diluted household bleach solution, as recommended by the CDC.

  • Clean the dispenser with soap and water, then disinfect with the bleach solution
    • Prepare a bleach solution by mixing:
      • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water or
      • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water

Other cleaning considerations for retailers:

  • Do not use fuels or acetone
  • Do not use any cleaner or polish with a citrus element
  • Do not use cleaners containing ammonia, sodium hydroxide or acids. Things like glass cleaner contain ammonia and will cause damage to dispensers
  • Do not use strong solvents
  • Do not spray any cleaner or water into the card reader, receipt printer, cash acceptor or displays

Advice for Consumer:

Using a gas pump is no different than opening a freezer door at the grocery store. Businesses are taking unprecedented steps to make their businesses safe for consumers. Still, people operating gas pumps should exercise caution, giving them similar treatment to a grocery store shopping cart.

  • If possible, wipe the nozzle handle, buttons and keypads with a sanitizing cloth.
  • During the pandemic, wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. If this isn’t possible, use hand sanitizer after operating a gas pump.

I highly recommend you check out the full Gilbarco blog post as well as the information from the CDC and Consumer Reports websites.

We WILL get through this together!

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions at 1.800.451.4021 or visit us online at for all your petroleum equipment needs.
The John W. Kennedy Company appreciates your business and continued support!



COVID-19 Updates From Around the Industry Along With Helpful POS Cleaning Tips


Due to the ongoing risks from the corona-virus, in an effort to keep both our employees and customers as safe as possible, we are asking that all orders be phoned in or those with online accounts can place orders at  We will put your order together and bring it out to your vehicle.  

Call in Your Pickup Orders to:
RI: 1.800.451.4021          FL: 1.877.835.8885          ME: 1.888.667.0667
NJ: 1.888.786.7077          VT: 1.800.754.2413


Previously Posted:

This will be a synopsis of what we’ve heard from around our industry in regards to how the virus is impacting day-to-day business.

First and foremost, we wish everyone the best as they deal with getting through this crisis and we WILL get through it because the human spirit is strong in the worst of situations!  And while many of us may feel we fall outside the high risk category, we all have someone near and dear to us who is at risk and we just need to keep that in perspective.

CDC - Center For Disease Control and PreventionWhile this doesn’t have anything to do with petroleum, it sure does on a human level and it is helpful information regardless. This link for the CDC – Center for Disease Control and Prevention will provide the best information with what is going on with the virus and how to protect yourself on a personal and business level.  You should also check with local and state authorities as well.


Gilbarco Veeder-RootGilbarco has released a video with instructions on how to clean your Passport screen of COVID-19, the coronavirus:


All  Kennedy locations are still operating under normal business hours and as we get word in from around the industry, many of the manufacturers are as well.  We have not heard from anyone who has shut down at this point.  The biggest impact is on the various representatives who travel, with many businesses adhering to the restrictions on travel.  There may also be some lead times impacted for large orders and special order items. 

As we all know, this is an extremely fluid situation with changes occurring throughout the day, every day.  If situations change, we will do our best to get word to you as quickly as we can.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at 1.800.451.4021.

We wish you all the best at getting through this global crisis.

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



Universal Valve: Which Is Really Better – Cross-linked or Linear Polyethylene?

Are you providing your customer with the safest and best long term performance spill container?




Universal Valve 69RT and 71CD spill containers are equipped with a Cross-Link Polyethylene Bellow. Research shows that Cross-Link Polyethylene is far superior to Linear Polyethylene.
An Environmental stress test (ASTM method D-1693 for polyethylene plastics) shows that Cross-Link Polyethylene can hold up for thousands of hours with 0 failures as opposed to linear polyethylene’s only, hundreds of hours.Universal 69RT & 71CD Interchangeable Covers

  • Cross-Link Polyethylene Bellows
  • Bolted bellows to ring and base – no band clamps to slip off.
  • Available with or without a drain
  • SP version easily retrofitted from a rain-tight lid to a water-tight lid (69RT)
  • Equipped standard with grounding screw. Important when using a fiberglass riser pipe!
  • Easily Hydro or vacuum testable to meet all new EPA testing regulations
  • Built and tested in the U.S.A. !



And don’t forget to check out the hottest web specials offered by Universal Valve on our website!Universal Valve's Hot Savings

Be Safe, Be Sure, Be Universal!


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

Latest “Let’s Be Frank” Podcasts from Franklin Fueling

Let's Be Frank with Kali Kinziger

Here are the latest episodes from Franklin Fueling’s 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.




Here are 4 more episodes from Kali and Let’s Be Frank:


FFS PRO with Loren SwalheimWith over a decade of experience on jobsites all over the world, Loren Swalheim (Director, Technical Services) has pretty much seen it all. In this episode, we explore the FFS PRO® suite of services that are powered by Franklin Fueling Systems’ technical expertise and break down how distributors and installers can utilize the tools to make their jobs easier.

UL 2447 with Anna OgurekWhat is UL 2447? How does it affect your business? Anna Ogurek and I talk about what this UL certification means, the products it effects, and how Franklin Fueling Systems provides the widest offering of UL 2447 listed products in the industry.

Carbon Series with Anna OgurekThis week I sit down with Anna Ogurek to talk about our new Carbon Series(TM) single and double wall fiberglass dispenser sumps. Hear how the new manufacturing techniques and interstitial monitoring options are making them the most versatile dispenser sumps in the industry.

NOTE:  The Carbon Series Dispenser Sumps will be featured in the Franklin Fueling booth at the John W. Kennedy Company’s Forging Relationships Trade Show on March 27th & 28th.

You can also find Franklin’s Carbon Series dispenser sumps and accessories on the Kennedy eCommerce website here.

Regulation Navigation with Gary SaltzThis week’s theme is Regulation Navigation! The Underground Storage Tank Federal regulations by the EPA went into effect on October 13th, 2018. Are you complying? Gary Saltz and I navigate through these regulations to help you understand what your options are and how to stay in compliance.




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

Responding to a Leak in an Underground Storage Tank

In our previous blogs, we discussed in detail how to prevent and detect UST leaks at gas stations and other UST facilities.

But what should you do if a leak happens?

What immediate actions should you take? Who should you contact? How should you proceed to managing and controlling the leak? Continue reading

OPW New England UST EVR Certification Class – Official Invitation ( December 12, 2018 )


OPW UST EVR Training Certification

OPW invites you to attend their UST EVR Training Certification class.

Description: The OPW EVR live certification course provides attendees a hand’s on opportunity to install and service all of the OPW UST EVR Phase One System Components listed on the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Executive Order. Attendees will use the tools provided in class while performing basic installation and routine maintenance of phase one components. There is no experience necessary and the class is free. There will be an open book test at the conclusion of the class and with a passing grade you will receive a 2 year certification.

When: Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Where: Hilton Garden Inn  – 800 Hall of Fame Ave. – Springfield, MA 01105


IMPORTANT:  Please contact us at 1.800.451.4021 or email us here ASAP to reserve a spot with the attendee name, company name & email address. Please note: all (3) bits of information are needed in order to officially register the attendee for the training class.

Enrollment will be on a first come first serve basis. If registration is low there is a possibility that training sessions may be cancelled.


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


3 Things Every Retailer Needs to Know about the 2018 EPA Regulations

Our friends at OPW would just like to kindly remind everyone that the EPA’s new Environmental Testing Regulations go into full effect on October 13, 2018, and OPW has a full line of products that are compatible with the 4 major regulatory requirements for new and existing Underground Storage Tank (UST) systems.

Watch the video below and learn more at!


Check out our blog post from August 2018, Are You Ready?? The Cost of Non-Compliance: You Can’t Afford It, containing OPW’s infographic that covers the history of UST Regulations.

You can find many of OPW’s great products in our web store and if you don’t find what you are looking for there or have any questions, feel free to contact us at 1.800.238.1225. 

Click on the logos below to explore OPW products online:






OPW Retail Fueling Components




OPW Fuel Management Systems





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


What you need to know to be EPA compliant by the Oct. 13, 2018 Deadline

OPW - EPA CompliantOPW’s Guide To 2018 EPA Regulations

Get compliant and avoid fierce penalties!

OPW has put together a quick reference guide for everything you need to know to be compliant with the new EPA testing requirements.

Download OPW’s EPA Regulations guide to gain access to information from brochures, videos and articles to help you prepare for the October 13, 2018 compliance deadline.  Please be sure to indicate the specific OPW EPA-Compliant testable products for which you would like to receive additional information.

7 Ways Your Underground Fueling System can Save You MoneyAside from getting some background on why the new regulation exists, who and what it affects, specifics about testing and what happens for non-compliance, it also includes 7 Ways Your Underground Fueling System Can Save You Money.

So download your copy of OPW’s EPA Regulations guide today!

Please feel free to contact us at 1.800.451.4021 with any questions about compliance, OPW’s guide or to order OPW products!

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


NJDEP Outlines UST Training Requirements for Class A & B Operators

UST / AST Examination
NJDEP UST Training for Class A & B Operators

The EPA has established new minimum training requirements for designated Class A, Class B, and Class C operators to ensure that those who own and operate regulated underground storage tanks understand how to operate and maintain their UST systems properly. The federal regulations dictate that all operators must be trained by October 13, 2018.

How can you become a Class A or Class B Operator?

 In order to become a Class A or Class B operator you will need to attend a class at Rutgers  that will be administered by the NJDEP and pass an ICC examination.  Click here to see view the NJ State’s document for details and links for the Rutgers’ classes and ICC examination.


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



Questions And Answers About The 2015 Underground Storage Tank Regulation As Of May 2017


Check out the May 2017 updated version of the EPA’s  PDF document :

Questions and Answers about the 2015 Underground Storage Tank Regulation

And please be sure to call us at 1.800.451-4021 for all your underground storage tank needs.

We appreciate your continued business and support!