New Hall of Fame Inductee Announcement – Paul Trask Sr.July 20, 2021
Congratulations, Paul Trask Sr., 65 Years and Counting!
We’re excited to welcome Paul Trask Sr. into the EMARI Hall of Fame. His impressive career and lasting impact on our industry is a true accomplishment.
About Paul and His Story in the Industry
Paul Trask Sr. has been involved in the industry his entire life. His uncle Edwin Trask ran a successful petroleum equipment business out of Boston, MA and his father Joe Trask moved their family to Warwick, Rhode Island and established his own business, JM Trask, in 1938. Paul grew up at the family home/office/repair shop at 459 Post Road, Warwick RI. Even family vacations revolved around the industry, many times visiting the Hannay family or stopping by the Roper pump, Brodie, and other manufacturers’ facilities along the way.
After high school, Paul put himself through college by introducing and selling automatic nozzles to the industry. Back then, this was the latest and greatest transfer of product to vehicles. After graduating from Northeastern University, Paul entered the Army and served as an officer before continuing with the family business. In 1968 Paul was reactivated in the Army as a captain and after he served his country, Paul returned to the family business. In 1976, Paul and his wife, Sharon, bought the company from his father. Paul gives much credit to his success to Sharon, his true partner in life. Paul then renamed the family company Trask Petroleum Equipment Co. In 1996, Paul purchased Hall Equipment in Quincy, MA and in 2016 purchased Zack Tank and Chassis.
Paul has been a longtime member of the Energy Marketers Association of Rhode Island, NEFI, as well as other state organizations in support of the industry. He centered his business on the sales and service of oil trucks to better serve and streamline the delivery process. Paul’s depth of knowledge of the industry and product needs were a natural transition to servicing private terminals or bulk plants. His customers have looked to him for their metering and product transport needs for more than 50 years. Paul has spent his time committed to the industry’s improvement in technology.
Paul has always been a champion for cutting-edge technology to further truck meter registration. His companies have focused on the installation of state-of-the-art components in oil trucks and bulk plants. Early on, Paul led in developing technology like electromechanical registers, then the Mid:com 6501, the LC Lectro-Count, in addition to many other cutting-edge bulk plant technologies. Product transport and bulk plant involvement have led his companies into other industries including propane, chemical, and industrial solutions. Today his companies continue to work with his leadership transitioning, like the industry, to better product blends and designing blending capabilities in plants. The companies work closely with manufacturing partners to continue to improve delivery technology. Paul also stood out in equipment rebuilding or reutilization of equipment. The words “He always has the part in stock!” or “Paul Trask Sr. will know where to get it!” are echoed throughout the industry. Paul believes in his product lines, and more importantly, he backs them up with technical support after selling them.
His companies are a resource for energy equipment, oil truck equipment, and bulk terminal equipment throughout New England and across the United States.
Join us in congratulating Paul on his many achievements and induction into the EMARI Hall of Fame!
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