Stay Safe During the Storm!

October 28, 2012

Since we are located in New Jersey, the Universal Valve team is very aware of the impending arrival of Hurricane Sandy. This is a serious storm and we hope all our readers and customers stay safe.

Fuel can be very important during a storm like this. It’s important to make sure that your cars have full tanks of gas in case you have to evacuate. Before the storm starts you should also have plenty of gasoline and propane for use in generators or gas grills in the event of a power outage. Also make sure that the outdoor property at your home and business is secure and safe — loose furniture or dead branches can quickly turn into projectiles in heavy wind!

Here are some great links to help you stay prepared:
New Jersey OEM Hurricane Prep
National FEMA Hurricane Prep

Good luck to anyone in the storm’s path! Stay safe and we look forward to continuing to serve your business.




Universal Has Successful Outing at NACS Convention

October 21, 2012

Earlier this month the Universal Valve team went west to Las Vegas to participate in the annual PEI Convention, now held in conjunction with the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Convention.

Our booth at the 2012 PEI Show at the NACS Convention

The merger of PEI (Petroleum Equipment Institute) with NACS has made the annual convention a much larger affair and opened up some great opportunities for Universal to broaden our range of contacts. We made a lot of great new business leads and strengthened our existing relationships and friendships.

Held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the NACS Convention had a record number of attendees with 24,056, second-most all time. We were pleased to be among the 1,076 vendors

exhibiting at the event. This show was serious business!

The PEI portion of the show was particularly important to us and you can check out some video highlights and download presentations from the event here.

Manhole Covers for Your Every Need

October 9, 2012

Universal Valve stocks a complete line of manhole covers to fit in any space or location at your service station, industrial park or factory. Because uses vary, we offer multiple sizes and shapes including square and round, which are both available in standard or bolted rain tight. Our manhole covers are strong and never bend or wobble. We stand by our quality!

Our manholes come pre-assembled for ready to use convenience rather than knock down styles that require assembly prior to installation. Round covers feature convenient handles that lie flush with the ground surface to eliminate tripping hazards. Our galvanized skirts offer superior rust protection and a bottom concrete lock eliminates any loading onto the sump and tank caused by interference.

Square Standard (Part #67) or Square Rain Tight (Part #77)
– Pre-assembled
– No assembly at site required
– Cost efficient
– H-20 Load rating
– 3/8″ steel diamond plate cover
– 16 gauge galvanized steel skirt with 9″ depth

Round Standard (Part #68)
– Handle lies flush with surface
– Welded and reinforced for maximum strength and longevity
– Patented bottom flair locks in concrete
– H-20 Load rating
– Steel diamond plate cover

Round Rain Tight Gasketed (Part #78)
– Gasketed, bolted cover for total rain-tight service
– Handle lies flush with surface
– Welded and reinforced for maximum strength and longevity
– Patented bottom flair locks in concrete
– H-20 Load rating
– Steel diamond plate cover

Accidents Happen – Be Prepared

October 1, 2012

Universal Valve is proud to offer many products that will help your service station run more efficiently and safely. Given the human element of pumping gas into our vehicles, it’s possible that small spills will happen. And of course, occasionally, there are larger spills that require significant cleanup.

It’s important that service station owners do their best to contain and cleanup all spills, both to protect customers and staff and the environment. Universal Valve offers a complete line of spill response products, highlighted by our Ultimate 20 Gallon Emergency Spill Response Kit.

Our Spill Kit contains everything you need to contain and clean up spills, stored in a UN approved water and chemical resistant polyethylene container. It contains a variety of absorbent products such as Env Oil Sorbent pads and Slikwik Socs as well as protective gear including goggles and gloves. Our wide range of spill containment products can also be purchased separately.

Let us help you be prepared!

BumperBoard Signs Grab Customer Attention

September 24, 2012

Universal Valve can help you increase profits by utilizing your existing space in a simple and affordable way. Our BumperBoard signs conveniently attach to standard bumper guards that you likely already have installed at your pump.

Our BumperBoards measure 44″ high by 28″ wide and feature epoxy coated steel frames and heavy duty spring clips. Let us customize your sign inserts with custom graphics, text and logos.

Why BumperBoard?
– Utilize existing space by mounting to standard bumper guard
– The average consumer takes six minutes to fuel their car — undivided attention
– Customer’s cant miss the promotional sign as they pull up to the pump
– Easy front-loading frame
– Rounded corners available
– Also available as a SlideBoard for use with bollard poles on island forms

Protect Your Investment with Hose Retrievers

September 19, 2012

A reliable hose retriever is one of the most critical parts of your gas pump system. Keeping your hoses securely on the the pump will prevent injury to customers and damage to your property.

Our hose retrievers prevent tangles and kinking and protect hoses from the excessive wear and damage that results when they are left on the ground. It also helps reduce the tripping hazard that can injure your customers and staff.

Why Universal’s Hose Retriever?
– Equipped with a heavy duty base that eliminates the need to break concrete and bury pipe
– Installs on a 2″ pipe and reaches up to 10’6″ tall
– Head permits 360-degree rotation for total service in any direction
– Rugged cast iron body and weights (20 lb counterweight) and heavy-duty base and side bracket included

Don’t forget to purchase a hose bun to complete the setup. Our hose buns securely hold hoses at the top of the pump and prevent tangling and kinking.

Universal Valve Co. Returns to PEI Convention

September 14, 2012

ELIZABETH, N.J. — Universal Valve Company will once again exhibit at the annual Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) convention held in conjunction with the NACS Show on October 7-10, 2012. The show will take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev.

PEI has merged with the National Association of Convenience Stores event to bring together both the fueling and convenience sides of the service station industry. Visit the Universal Valve Co. at Booth 4831 at PEI.

The Universal Valve Co. is celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2012, commemorating 80 years of innovative products for the service station industry. Universal provides for all the needs of service stations including valves, fittings, manholes, spill containment, signage and more. While Universal Valve has adapted to today’s technology with 24-hour service through its website, it still holds the values of quality and dependability established in 1932.

For more information on the Universal Valve Co., visit our website at

For details on the PEI show at NACS, visit



Gas Station Safety Tips

September 6, 2012

In the rush of day-to-day life, many of us don’t take enough time to practice good safety at the gas pump. While hurrying to fill up our tanks, we might not always pay heed to the warnings and proper procedures at the pump.

It takes just a few steps to make sure you are being safe when filling up your car such as:
Always turning off your engine
Never smoking near the pump
Using the proper octane for your car (see owner’s manual or ask your dealer if you aren’t sure)

One of the more recent trends has been the push to “Stop Static” at the pump. While some claim that cell phone usage during fueling can cause fires, that has not been proven at all. The main culprit is believed to be the static energy that builds when a person returns to their car after starting fueling and gets back out again. PEI, the national authority on fuel and fuel handling equipment, has an easy to understand article and video about static.

This article from Yahoo gives a great overview on the common causes of accidents at the pump how you can keep yourself and your family safe.

Protecting Your Investments and Your Customers

July 27, 2012

Take a look at this video and see if you can tell us what’s missing?

Bollards? Pipe guards? Safety for our customers – service stations – and their customers  – consumers – is our priority at Universal Valve. We are committed to helping you outfit your station with top of the line safety products at an affordable price.

While virtually every service station installs pipe guards at the pump, many neglect to protect their storefronts and garages with bollards. This puts customers and employees at great risk of injury from cars like the one in the video above. Our bollards and customizable bollard covers are perfect for preventing devastating accidents.

Breathe Easy with Universal Air Towers

July 10, 2012

Universal Valve’s built tough air tower is designed to withstand the elements and keep your customers’ wheels spinning.

For service station customers, there is nothing more frustrating than seeing an “Out of Order” sign anywhere at the station. When someone needs gas, air, oil or other services, they usually need them right that moment and customers want to find those services ready to go or they won’t return.

Since low tire pressure can be dangerous and also affects gas mileage, it is critical that air towers remain in working order. Universal’s air tower is designed to operate in any conditions including high heat and freezing temperatures. Its 25-foot weather resistant hose is convenient for customers and durable. We also offer all replacement and customizable parts including colors and graphics to suit your station’s needs.

The Universal Model 1975 Air Tower will keep you confident and your customers rolling back into your station time and again.