Greg's Petroleum Service COVID-19 Mitigation Response

At Greg’s Petroleum Service, we continue to take proactive steps where possible to ensure our employees are safe and to ensure the continuity of business operations including no disruption in supply and deliveries of our products or quality of service and support to our customers.

As many of you know, Governor Gavin Newsom has declared a California statewide “Shelter-in-Place.” This will affect many companies and people across our state, however, Greg’s Petroleum Service is exempt from the “Shelter-in-Place” order because we are considered an “Essential Business.”

We have implemented several precautionary measures for both employees and visitors to reduce the risk of exposure to our workforce and the community.

Our office is in process of transitioning to service all customers primarily from remote, home offices with no in-person meetings. We will still be running business as usual, but we will be doing it from home with limited staff on-site. Please be prepared for more phone, email and video communication until further notice during these uncertain times. If you have any questions, please give us a call. If no one answers, follow the prompts and you will be directed to the person you need.

While we work on transitioning, we are practicing social distancing, consistent sanitization and minimal in-person contact in order to protect our staff, our customers and our families.

Please rest assured, we do not expect any disruption to our services. We remain committed to providing exceptional reliability and are taking several actions to help continue meeting your supply expectations.

Product Deliveries

  • Delivery services will continue to operate as normal.
  • Please contact your Sales representative or call our Warehouse to place orders.

Customer Pick-up Protocol

  • We will be limiting in-office visits, please call ahead for pick-up orders.
  • Dispatcher will issue pick-up time.
  • Order will be staged and ready for pick-up.
  • Customers should call us to notify when they arrive for the pick-up.
  • Greg’s Petroleum Service employee will load the order.
  • Customer will sign.
  • Greg’s Petroleum Service employee to follow standard sanitary procedures after each transaction is complete.

CFN Cards

  • For the time being, all CFN cards will be mailed directly to the customer.

We are part of an essential industry, and outside of health and safety, we take the servicing and support of our customers as our top priority. As always, please reach out to me directly or one of our team members if you have any questions or concerns.

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues, and there is increasing concern and questions, Greg’s Petroleum Service will continue to keep communication high where necessary to avoid any concern or questions related to our business as there is enough to worry about already.

Stay safe and please let us know anything we can do to assist during this challenging time.

Sincerely,

Ron Mariani
President
Greg's Petroleum Service

Make your bulk fuel and lubricants last longer with these storage techniques

Greg’s Petroleum Service started as a California Fuel and Lubricant supplier nearly fifty years ago. So we know how difficult it can be to grow a business. There are ebbs and flows, years of lean profit margins, and risky ventures followed by exponential growth.

Right now, many of our clients are facing a difficult time as they weather the COVID-19 pandemic. Many businesses, already facing thin profit margins, are now grappling with further economic uncertainty. That’s why it’s more important than ever to get the best return on investment for your business, especially for your bulk fuels and wholesale lubricants.

One way to get the best investment return on your wholesale lubricants is to implement a lubricant storage system. Lubricant contamination is all too common. Replacing contaminated lubricants costs time and money, and if the lubricants aren’t replaced, you could be facing equipment breakdowns and costly maintenance. That’s why the right system is so important to prevent contamination. We have a few tips to help.

First, let’s focus on oil storage. Storing oil the right way can save your business a great deal of money. We do our best to make sure that your delivery arrives with as little contamination possible, but storage is up to you. Here’s what you need to know about storing oil.

  • Oil storage containers should be made out of stainless steel or polyethylene. Regular steel will rust and corrode, which can cause contamination. All containers must meet UL SU2258 standards for aboveground storage. They should be properly labeled and comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Right to Know Federal Law. Traditional oil drum storage (i.e., kegs, jugs, or drums) is possible, but be aware that these containers are more susceptible to contamination, inaccurate inventory control, and residual waste.
  • Portable oil storage containers are ideal for transporting oil to remote areas or for equipment use. Make sure they can be used with pumps and hose reels to prevent spillage and contain onboard filtration. Always follow safety standards and precautions when transporting oil to prevent spills.
  • Invest in an oil dispensing system. There are a variety of oil dispensing systems you can use. Bulk oil and bulk fuel dispensing systems can be installed to prevent waste and increase safety.

A secure system should include:

  • Color coding tanks and hoses to prevent cross-contamination
  • Pressurized dispensing taps
  • Spill containment equipment
  • Pumps and filters for each tank
  • Hosing that is rated MSHA CFR30 with auto-shutoff and tank isolation valves
  • Proper storage tanks made from polyethylene or stainless steel
  • Desiccant breathers
  • Beta filters
  • Multiple configurations that you are able to change to meet your bulk fuel or bulk oil needs

Storing your bulk fuel and oil with the right tools is just the first step. You also need to implement a system for keeping your supply fresh and free of contaminants. This starts with dedicated bulk fuel and bulk lubrication storage space. You can’t just store your materials in a shed.

Here are five practices you should put in place to start proper lubrication storage.

  1. Create a dedicated lubrication/bulk fuel storage space. Bulk fuel and lubricants are hazardous materials, so you need to have the right safety procedures and equipment. It’s easier to inspect and refresh your inventory, clean up spills, and prevent cross-contamination if everything is in one place.
  2. Install proper dispensing equipment. The number one cause of contamination occurs when dispensing lubricants and fuels. Make sure you have a proper dispensary system in place for refills. When you are out using the lubricant on equipment, make sure to follow the recommended amounts. Investing in a single point lubricator can save you time and money when lubricating your equipment. This is a great guide to help you find the right equipment for your needs.
  3. Rotate your bulk fuel/lubrication storage. Regularly rotating your inventory can help you make sure you are using fresh supplies. The longer a fuel or lubricant sits in storage, the more likely it is to become contaminated or oxidized.
  4. Follow proper labeling procedures. Damaged or missing labels can be a huge headache. Make sure to affix your labels with an anti-warping solution or label the shelf itself. Make sure to keep detailed records of your inventory for reference.
  5. Regularly test your product. Contamination and oxidation can happen with even the best storage practices. Make sure to regularly test your supplies before you use them in your equipment to prevent damage. If you need help, we offer an oil analysis program to test your samples for you.

Properly storing your oil and lubricants is a great way to protect your equipment, but it’s not the only way. If you want to ensure that you are getting the best quality lubricants and fuel, you need to order the right supplies. This is where we can help. Our team is highly experienced in evaluating your lubrication needs and recommending the right products for your operation. We offer a wide variety of bulk fuels and wholesale lubricants for many types of equipment. Some of our top sellers come from trusted brands such as Chevron, Valvoline™, and Havoline®.

Here are a few you might want to try in your shop.

  • DELO® 400 Heavy Duty Engine Oil: This line of heavy-duty oils from Chevron is built for machinery that works hard. It offers 35% better oxidation control, 68% better wear protection, 64% better piston deposit control, and 60% better component durability. This line of oil is designed for a variety of conditions to keep your engines running.
  • Valvoline™ Daily Protection Motor Oils: This line of oil features high-quality additives to prevent wear and tear. Modern engines run hotter and faster, making it easier for deposits to form in the engine. These oils offer added protection, as well as increased fuel efficiency. Start using these oils in your business fleet, and you’ll see a difference.
  • Havoline® High Mileage motor oils: This Chevron brand of oils is designed to keep your aging business fleet on the road. Don’t worry about replacing older vehicles. Start using these oils to extend your engines’ lives even while your mileage ticks higher. It protects against deposits and contains additives that have cleaning and sealing conditioning agents to cut back on oil leaks.

These are just a few of the top products customers are already ordering. We have a large inventory that can meet your lubrication and fuel needs. It isn’t cheap to keep your vehicles and equipment in proper working order but investing in quality oil and lubricant storage practices can make all the difference. Don’t flush your money down the drain. Get your money’s worth with these practices.

New In-Network CFN Diesel Site and Unbranded Fuel Station in Bakersfield are Now Open – Union Village Truck Stop!

Located at 2201 S Union Ave in Bakersfield, Union Village Truck Stop is now open! This location includes a CFN diesel Island with 5 full size truck lanes, an unbranded fuel island, a convenience store and several quick service restaurants.

The full-size unbranded station provides safe, reliable fuel products including regular, plus and supreme gasoline at affordable costs.

The convenience store offers all the best convenient, grab-and-go items that will satisfy your cravings. It even has multiple quick service restaurants to allow you to grab meals on-the-go including Chester’s Chicken and Express Chinese Food.

There is also a truck wash conveniently located next door adding to this truck stop’s curb appeal. This location offers truckers a place to eat, rest and refuel on their way to delivering supplies and products to our nation.

If you're in the area, be sure to check out this new location!

New In-Network CFN Diesel Site and Chevron Station in Goshen are Now Open – Valley Fuel Travel Plaza!

Located just north of Hwy 198 in Visalia at Betty Ln and Hwy 99, Valley Fuel Travel Plaza is now open! This state-of-the-art center includes a CFN diesel Island with 7 full size truck lanes, a Chevron branded fuel island, a large convenience store and multiple quick service restaurants.

The location boasts easy access from either side of 99, and easy in/out for any size of vehicle. Other services include DEF at the pump, truck wash, and truck lube on premises. There is also overnight parking and showers on site for those drivers who have a long route ahead of them.

The full-size Chevron fuel island provides safe, reliable fuel products that help maximize mileage, improve acceleration, minimize emissions, protect engine parts, and more. The unbeatable cleaning power is in every grade – regular, plus and supreme.

Lastly, the modern convenience store offers all the best convenient, grab-and-go items that will satisfy your cravings. It even has multiple quick service restaurants to allow you to grab meals on-the-go including Subway, Chester’s Chicken, Pizza and a Starbucks Drive Thru.

If you're in the area or if your route includes driving up the 99 past Visalia, you’ll want to be sure to check out this new location!

Cyber Safety is Key to Protecting Our Children Online

Now more than ever, it’s important that parents be aware of the possible dangers their children face online. Your child’s online activity can provide easy access including their location to potentially dangerous online predators.

That’s why Greg’s Petroleum and KGET have teamed upped to make protecting children online a priority. The goal of this Cyber Safe program is to help keep kids safe from cyber threats, human trafficking, sexual advances, bullying and more.

Each week we are providing information and resources to help protect your children from online dangers. Go to KGET.com and click on Cyber Safe to learn more. Help us keep our kids and our community safe!

Why does summer gasoline cost more?

As a bulk fuel delivery company, we work hard to support local businesses with the fuel they need. We all know that the price of fuel, especially in California, has been steadily climbing for years. Fuel prices fluctuate based on a variety of factors such as supply and demand, global oil prices, and even seasonal weather. During the summer, gasoline prices tend to rise. This price increase is because summer blends of gasoline are refined differently to endure the heat. Let us show you how this works.

First, there is a fundamental concept you must understand, called Reid Vapor Pressure or RVP. Every fuel has an RVP rating. This rating is a measurement of how quickly the fuel evaporates at specific temperatures. It is measured in pounds per square inch or PSI. The more volatile gasoline is, the higher the RVP rating will be. Based on this principle, adjustments have to be made to gasoline fuels for summer temperatures to lower the overall RVP rating. Often this is done through additional fuel additives and different refinery processing. Many refineries schedule a ‘shutdown’ in the spring or early summer to switch over the manufacturing processes for summer fuel blends. These shutdowns are also a factor in the increased price of gasoline fuel in the summer.

Reducing the RVP rating of gasoline in the summer has an environmental effect too. The reduced volatility helps to lower emissions and smog levels, especially on sweltering days. Every state has different gasoline blend guidelines to meet state and federal standards. These guidelines are designed to control the release of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are released when gasoline is burned and are measured as part of the RVP rating. The EPA mandates that summer-grade fuel must be between 9.0 PSI and 7.8 PSI. These standards are typically in effect from June 1 to September 15. Some areas are approved for relaxation of these standards by the EPA while other regions have individual guidelines based on local temperatures and climate.

In California, gasoline producers must follow the Reformulated Gasoline program. This program sets stringent standards for emissions from gasoline-powered vehicles. It was first introduced in 1991. Under phase two and three of this program, refiners are required to meet eight specifications to reduce air pollution from the use of gasoline in vehicles. One of these regulations is a reduced RVP rating. In 2007 this rating was updated to a limit of 7.0 psi for oxygenated fuels and 6.9 psi for non-oxygenated fuels. These standards are subject to geographical areas. In California, the various air basins are categorized for summer fuel standards at different times. Based on this map, in southern California, summer fuel rules are typically in place from April 1 to October 31.

As a bulk fuel delivery company, we know that rising summer prices hurt our clients. Summer is often the busiest time for many of our clients, so it’s when they use the most fuel. That’s why we offer Chevron fuels to our customers. Chevron fuels are produced with Techron, an additive that helps keep your engine clean and protected from deposit build-up. A cleaner engine reduces emissions and will improve the performance of your vehicle. We also offer bulk fuel delivery of a wide variety of gasoline blends for our customer’s individual needs. Speak to our ordering team if there is a specific product you need.

If rising fuel costs are continuing to hurt your bottom line during the busy summer months, check out our fleet fueling program. Using this program, your company can lower the cost of your monthly fuel budget by cutting back on unnecessary fuel expenses, restricting mileage, and using our card lock fueling sites. As part of this program, you will gain access to hundreds of 24/7 cardlock fueling sites across the country. Your team will be able to fill up when needed using their fleet card, and you will be able to track your fuel expenses with itemized reports. Many of our clients who have signed up for this program find that it’s an excellent way to reduce costs and track fuel consumption. Learn more here.

Despite the rising cost of fuel, we all still need it. Many of our clients require on-site fueling or are gas stations. Those tanks need to be filled no matter what time of year it is. That’s where we come in. We offer prompt and safe delivery of wholesale gasoline and diesel for our customers. Our delivery team is highly trained to provide excellent petroleum service. To prepare for your next fuel delivery, we have a few tips to help things run smoothly.

  • Make sure the offload area is clear of debris and that drivers will have easy access to the tanks. For many of our gas station customers, this is relatively easy. But if you require fuel at a remote location or a construction or farm site, please take precautions to ensure that our delivery team has space to offload the fuel safely.
  • Ensure your above-ground tanks are appropriately labeled. Mislabeled containers are hazardous. If our team accidentally offloaded a product into the wrong tank, it would be very dangerous and costly.
  • Verify that your order is correct. We do our best to make sure that every order we deliver is the correct amount and the right product. If you happen to catch a mistake or if an item is missing, please let us know, and we will do our best to correct it quickly.

We have been operating as a bulk fuel delivery provider for over fifty years now in the Southern California area. We’ve seen many of the California fuel standards come into effect and have helped our customers adjust to the new demands. If you ever have questions about the fuel costs, please ask us. Our team actively tracks the many factors that go into the pricing of our nation’s gasoline supply and would be happy to explain any price changes to you. Every business needs fuel, and we are here to help make sure that you get it at the right price and that it is delivered safely. Thank you for choosing Greg’s Petroleum Service for your fuel needs!

5 Ways to Promote Your Business During COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis has hit small businesses hard. In Southern California, small businesses are the lifeblood of the economy. Nearly 80% of all jobs created in the state over the past decade were in low-end service businesses. Now, almost 90% of companies say they have been severely affected by the pandemic, and half have seen their revenues fall by at least 50%.

Many of the businesses that are struggling were forced to close during the lockdown because they weren’t deemed essential. Other companies have lost significant sales and profits as people have turned away from their services.

Small businesses have had to make some significant changes to promote their offerings. In a recent Nola.com podcast episode, local shop owner Bill Floyd discusses the changes he has made to his quick lube shop, Lucas Oil Center, to survive this crisis. It’s a great listen for any business owner. Here are a few of the main takeaways you might want to try for your own business.

  • Be aware of your customer’s needs. Bill shares how one of the first things he focused on was the health and safety of his employees and customers by putting into place proper sanitation and health practices. Then he made sure to promote what he was doing to his customers and employees. One specific example he shared was his point of sale system. Many of his customers expressed that they felt uncomfortable scanning a credit or debit card at the machine, so he made sure to offer touchless payment transactions. It helped bring peace of mind to his customers and showed them that he cared about their health and safety.
  • Be transparent with employees. Bill’s business has been affected by the pandemic, and that has had severe economic consequences. He’s done his best to mitigate the damage by looking for ways to cut back his budget and expenses but sacrifices still had to be made. Many of his employee’s hours had to be cut back, as well as store hours to reduce costs and to keep everyone safe. Throughout this challenging process, Bill stressed that he has tried to be as transparent as possible with his team. It hasn’t been easy, but his transparency has helped his team understand why these changes were necessary for his business.
  • Show the value of what you do. As a quick lube business, Bill struggled at the beginning of the pandemic because his company wasn’t declared an essential business. The closure was tough as Bill felt that making sure his customers had reliable service for their vehicles was necessary. He worked hard to showcase to his customers how essential proper vehicle maintenance is and the value of the service he offers. Using social media to promote his business has been a crucial part of his strategy. If your business is struggling, it may be an opportunity to focus on the value that you can offer customers. Use social media platforms to educate your customers on what you do and why they need your services. Everyone is tightening their belts right now as the economic consequences of COVID-19 continue to take a toll. You have to make sure that your customers think your services are worth it. Make sure you also use social media to promote any changes your business may be experiencing, such as a change in hours or the need for customers to wear cloth facial coverings.
  • Look for help. There is help to be found if your business is struggling. Research available government assistance programs or talk to your financial institution if your business is struggling to make ends meet. There is no shame in asking for some help during these unprecedented times. Seeking assistance may be the thing that makes the difference between your business staying open or having to close. Do everything you can to keep the lights on.
  • Be creative. No one knows how long this pandemic will continue or what the long-term effects of it may be. We do know that how we interact with one another is changing. Contactless options and online sales may be here to stay for a while yet. Customers are changing their habits, and we can’t expect to go back to the way things were before. Bill has found that being creative and willing to try new things is a vital part of pivoting your business during this crisis. If you work hard, you may just find that there are opportunities for your business to succeed in different ways. Be willing to try new ways of doing things, offer promotions to your customers and new services.

As a family-owned business for over fifty years, we’ve seen a lot of changes and difficulties. The crisis facing our community now is one of the most difficult. As a community, we need to band together to support local businesses so that they can survive this difficult time.

Many of our customers are small and family-owned businesses that support the local economy. We would hate to see them close. If your business is struggling, try some of these tips. If you are fortunate to be surviving this crisis, do your part to support the community by shopping local and promoting your favorite local businesses to family and friends. Together we can make it through this.

Don't let your engine overheat, try Chevron's Delo coolants!

Summer is in full swing, and so is working in the heat. We hope that you and your crew are staying safe during this hot weather. It is easy to overheat, and that can lead to sunstroke and illness. Take proper precautions, drink plenty of water and try to find some shade when you have a break.

Your crew isn’t the only thing you have to worry about breaking down in the summer heat. Your vehicle fleet is also susceptible to mechanical failures and overheating. That’s why it’s so important to make sure you are using a suitable coolant to keep your vehicles and equipment in good order. Make sure to choose the right coolant for your engine type, especially if your equipment has a CAB brazed aluminum radiator.

CAB brazed aluminum is a relatively common component of vehicle and equipment manufacturing today. More and more vehicles are being built using aluminum because it’s lighter, which can help improve mileage. The problem is that aluminum is a weaker metal, so joints are often weak. CAB brazing was introduced to help counteract this problem. Brazing is a type of welding. The process of CAB brazing uses a chemical agent or a flux to clean the metal before the brazing occurs. This process helps provide superior joint strength even with weaker metals like aluminum.

The problem many fleet managers face is that radiators in their vehicles produce using CAB brazing and are often susceptible to a few issues. The chemical agent used during the brazing process interacts with the coolant. This chemical reaction only occurs on the inside of the radiator as the external components exposed to air naturally become oxidized and form a protective coating. This process can lead to a few issues, including:

  • Incompatibility with coolants: Coolants that are introduced with the radiator will react with the unoxidized aluminum, especially if they contain nitrates. This reaction can cause a breakdown of the coolant, and it will not perform as needed.
  • pH changes: Another issue that can occur is a lower or higher pH level in the coolant. pH changes in your coolant can cause corrosion and equipment damage.
  • Formation of deposits: The interaction between the coolant and the aluminum can also cause the formation of deposits. These deposits, especially in tight areas like the radiator, can clog the system and cause equipment failure.
  • Formation of ammonia:The chemical reaction between the coolant and the aluminum can also create ammonia. It will cause a sour smell in the engine and lead to damage.

These are just a few of the issues that can occur in an engine with a CAB brazed aluminum radiator. Luckily, we know how you can prevent these issues from occurring in your fleet. We recommend Chevron’s Delo® ELC Advanced Coolants.

Chevron Delo® ELC Advanced coolants are designed to address the issues that come with CAB brazed aluminum and coolant use. It offers superior aluminum protection even during high temperatures, better pH stability and helps prevent gel or deposit formation so that you can get optimal cooling system performance. This coolant is approved for use in a variety of fleet equipment.

High temperatures can wreak havoc on an engine. Many fleet managers have attempted to solve the problem of overheating in their equipment with CAB brazed aluminum radiators using a variety of methods such as replacing the radiator with something more compatible or treating the equipment with a conditioner to protect the aluminum. Chevron solved this problem by creating a coolant that works with aluminum and protects against damage. Try the Delo® Advanced ELC coolant in your equipment this summer. It will keep your engine cool and protected in the seasonal heat.

Summer heat isn’t the only reason you may experience equipment breakdowns. We’ve worked with many different fleets over the years, supplying them with the fluids and fuel they need to perform. We know what works best for a variety of conditions and types of equipment. If your fleet is facing a particular problem, let our order team know. We will help you find the appropriate fluids to help fix the problem. Don’t waste time on equipment breakdowns and maintenance during the busy summer season. Let us help you keep your fleet moving!

Help Us Clear the Shelters in Kern County

Once again, the City of Bakersfield Animal Care Center is teaming up with KGET 17 NBC to find loving homes for pets in need with the Clear the Shelters pet adoption campaign. We are proud to announce we are a supporter of the cause and hope you help us bring a little happy to our community!

To help individuals and communities continue to practice safe social distancing measures, the month-long “Adopt & Donate” effort will feature virtual pet adoptions and make it easy for people to donate online to participating shelters and rescues. The process will be simple. Pick your pet, fill out the application, then once you are approved, they will arrange a time to come pick up your pet. So join the online party and help us Clear the Shelters!

The campaign runs from Aug. 1 through Aug. 31, 2020. Help us find forever homes for animals in need!

Greg’s Petro Direct Contacts to Handle all Your Fuel & Lubricant Needs


As you know, many of us at Greg’s Petroleum Service have been working remotely from home the past few months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time, we temporarily implemented an auto-attendant phone system to help handle calls with limited staff.

Well now, we’re back! We wanted to let all of our customers know that our team is back in the office. You will no longer receive our auto-attendant when you call our main line. We’re here and ready to direct you to the right place.

To get service even more directly, please use this directory to immediately reach the individual relevant to your inquiry!

Inquiry Contact Phone Number
Fuel Orders/Dispatch Bob Harris 661-535-4901
Bakersfield Oil Orders/Dispatch Jon Adams 661-535-4903
Delano Oil Orders/Dispatch Luis Vaca 661-535-4920
Fresno Oil Orders/Dispatch Jeremiah Speer 559-293-3477
Pay a Bill, Invoice Inquiries & Cardlock Questions Tristan Regan 661-535-4999
Request a Credit App & New Account Setup Patricia Helvaci 661-535-4907
Safety, Compliance and Equipment Inquiries Todd Hall 661-535-4904


Since 1961, our commitment to deliver value through customer service, high quality products, reliability, and safety has set us apart. We hope by providing you with a direct line to your go-to person within our Company will help expedite your process of connecting with us!

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