CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: Grillo's Pickles

If you haven't been to the Grillo's Pickles website, you should. There, you'll find the fantastic story of how this company began. We've copied part of it here to save you a click.

Grillo's Pickles began with a pickle cart, just a small wooden stand in downtown Boston, where Travis Grillo and his friends would sell two spears for one dollar. Travis would make the pickles by night using his family's 100-year old recipe - one he'd memorized from making pickles every summer as a kid. In the morning, Travis would bike to the Boston Common and set up the cart with his buddies. They'd hang out all day, urging people to try the simple Grillo family pickle. It was a small business but Travis worked hard for it. He made more pickles, biked more miles, and slept less hours than he ever had before.
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CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: Factory Five Racing

Factory Five Racing was founded in 1995. Over the years they have grown from a start-up business in a small garage to become the world's largest manufacturer of "build-it-yourself" component car kits. They employ a full-time crew of about 40 people, and are located in Wareham, Massachusetts (about an hour south of Boston). They make their products right here in the USA, in the heart of New England where American manufacturing was born.
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Fred and Danny Magnanimi grew up watching their father create beautiful, handcrafted jewelry in the family's Cranston, RI jewelry manufacturing business. When the boys grew up, Fred moved to New York and began working on Wall Street as an investment banker, while younger brother Danny, still enamored by the family business, stayed home. Increased competition from overseas businesses created significant challenges for the business, but Danny was confident he could find a way for the family business to evolve and thrive. This was his mission, this was his passion.
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        Time to Revisit Your UST Protocols!

        On July 15, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) published final revisions to its Underground Storage Tank (“UST”) regulations. This publication represents the first time in 27 years that the EPA has significantly revised these rules.  The changes reflect improved technologies, address outdated requirements, and place a stronger emphasis on UST operations and maintenance.  For example, the regulations require that designated operators be trained in certain areas of operation (depending on the operator class) and possibly retrained if the UST system is found incompliant.  That requirement, in addition to the requirements for routine UST inspections and testing, must be implemented within three years of the effective date (October 13, 2015) of the regulations.  Within 180 days of the effective date, owners and operators must install secondary containment and under-dispenser containment for all new and replaced UST systems (with certain limited exceptions).  Other requirements, such as updating technology for vent lines and internal lining and notifying implementing agencies of UST ownership changes, are effective immediately on October 13, 2015.


        Notably, the rule gives all states with a state UST program (and RI and MA each have a UST program) three years after the effective date to incorporate the new federal standards into their state regulations.  In the meantime, owners and operators in these states (such as in RI and MA) are subject to state and revised federal regulations.

        The EPA’s UST page provides a link to the full Federal Register publication and a detailed chart comparing the revised 2015 UST Regulations with the earlier 1988 UST Regulations.  For more information on how these revised regulations may impact your business or UST protocols, feel free to give us a call.