Congratulations to SIGMA’s Pay It Forward Scholarship Recipient: Kaitlyn Harden

Kaitlyn is the daughter of Chris and Christy Harden of Ringgold, Georgia and was recently chosen as a recipient of SIGMA’s Pay It Forward Scholarship. She attended Heritage High School and graduated in 2019 at the top of her class with honors and a 3.96 GPA.
Kaitlyn is currently a sophomore at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biology. She is a Brock Scholar at UTC’s Honors College and is working towards her Medical Assistant Certification so that she can gain medical experience while obtaining her undergraduate degree.

She plans to graduate in 2023 and thereafter attend graduate school to further her education. At UTC, she is a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Council where she represents outreach on the leadership board. She is also a member of UTC’s Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Team. Kaitlyn hopes to volunteer at Erlanger Hospital this year.

In high school, Kaitlyn was involved in many extracurriculars. She was a member of the prestigious Legion of Generals Marching Band for four years, and also held a leadership position in band, HOSA (Future Health Professionals), and National English Honor Society. Other clubs that she was involved in were the National Honor Society, Beta Club, Science Club, and she participated in a Mock Trial her senior year. Outside of school, Kaitlyn spent hundreds of hours volunteering at Peavine Baptist Church in various positions. She was also a summer intern at Peavine in 2019.​

Parman Energy Group, LLC Announces New President

Nashville, TN – Effective October 1, 2020 Robert E. Giffin will be named President of Parman Energy Group, LLC (PEG).  Most recently Giffin held the title of Chief Operating Officer for PEG.

Parman Energy Group is a provider of quality refined petroleum products and services with 7 distribution facilities in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Minnesota.

Giffin will report to Stephen L. Moore, Chief Executive Officer of Parman Holdings Corp; a 100% employee owned diversified holding company.  In addition to PEG, Parman Holdings also owns the assets of Nashville based Parman Tractor and Equipment, LLC (PT&E), where Charley Crichton is President.

Moore said; “Robert will be responsible for revenue generation and all operations of PEG.  He is uniquely qualified to lead this team of incredibly talented employee owners.”  Giffin has been a key part of PEG’s leadership since September 2003 and is intricately involved in Supply Chain and Logistics, Sales, and Operations. In his years prior to PEG, he had a successful career in transportation services focused on sales and logistics.

Parman Energy Group was recently recognized as the 31st fastest growing company in Nashville and the 38th largest privately held company in Nashville by The Nashville Business Journal.

How Oil Analysis Can Save You Money

By Kevin Thompson, CLS & OMA-1 (STLE), MLT-1 (ICML)

Taking care of high value assets in a manufacturing operation is like taking care of our own bodies. When the systems break down, we break down and cannot perform at our peak levels.  We go to the doctor and the first thing they do is poke us and take a blood sample. Why? Because our blood provides 90% of the data needed to accurately diagnose and prevent downtime in our bodies.

Oil sampling is the same thing. When was the last time you remember sampling your oil? Was it recent, or do you need to scratch your head for a minute? If it took you a minute or two, you are not alone. Many manufacturing, industrial and processing facilities are constantly looking at ways to lower costs, cut expenses and reduce downtime, all while keeping output and performance at peak efficiency. Many decision makers assume the race to efficiency and reliability is a sprint, but, it is truly a marathon. Short term vs. Long term, up-front costs vs. Cost of ownership as the old sayings go. Your company isn’t in a race that is over in a day, so why treat your Reliability program that way…?

The best way to start is with small steps and simple tasks. Plant reliability begins by taking samples of critical machines that drive performance in your operation. Your team can do this, or you can have a partner skilled in Plant Reliability perform these services. The sample data will give you the information needed to diagnose and prevent non-catastrophic failure events inside your operations. Why treat the flu if you have data that says you have another ailment? Same holds true for your equipment – why change the oil, for example, when the issue might be controllable with less expensive measures?

If you want to take full advantage of the programs and expertise available with a partner like Parman Energy Group, contact us today.

Engine Technology is Changing

By David Howard, Installed Specialist

Over the last few years there have been many changes in the oil industry. Let’s dive into changes in technology.

Think about how much vehicles have changed in the past few years. What may come to mind are all the new electronics, smart sensors, assisted driving features and more, but what’s less noticeable are the significant changes taking place under the hood.

Engine technology is evolving rapidly in response to three factors:

  • Legislated and social pressure to reduce carbon emissions
  • Consumers’ desire for lower fuel consumption which leads to cost savings
  • Demand for more engine power while still fulfilling numbers one and two.

By 2025, U.S. federal mandates call for a Corporate Average Fuel Efficiency (CAFE) of 54.5 miles per gallon. That doesn’t mean every car has to meet that standard, but that every manufacturer must meet that as an average across their entire fleet, which may span a range of vehicles from large SUVs and pickups to small hybrids and electric cars. (For comparison, the average today is 35.5 mpg.)

Author: David Lee, Chevron Corporation

What does this mean for you? There are a couple takeaways worth noting:

  • The growth of hybrid vehicle manufacturing will most assuredly impact the formulation of motor oils in the future.
  • The demand for full synthetic lubricants will continue to increase over the next 5 years and beyond.

Parman is dedicated to providing you with the products your customers need. If you have any questions or would like to request a quote contact us today.

Getting Your Fleet Prepared for Winter

The extreme conditions your fleet faces during the winter months can cause significant wear and hurt your bottom line. The good news is that there are steps you can take to protect equipment and reduce downtime.


Just because it’s cold out doesn’t mean you don’t have to worry about the cooling system. In addition to checking radiators, belts, and hoses, make sure the coolant itself is up to the task. Parman can help you find the right coolant for your application.


DEF begins to freeze at 32 degrees Fahrenheit. This means you need to operate vehicles to keep it circulating and prevent freezing. Avoid letting equipment sit unused for extended periods of time.


If left untreated, diesel fuel can gel when in very cold temperatures. There are additives that prevent this, but you need the correct blend for your fleet. Our experts can help you determine what will work best for you.

Washer Fluid

With cold weather, comes snow, ice, and freezing rain. Prepare for the worst weather with a windshield washer fluid that will reduce icing and increase visibility.

The most important thing you can do is make sure that you’re performing all of the necessary preventative maintenance. With the experts at Parman on your team, you can keep running even during the coldest temperatures.

Chevron’s New Delo 600 ADF with OMNIMAX is a Game Changer

At Parman, we’re dedicated to bringing you best products available, which is why we’re so excited about Delo 600 ADF. This new line features an ultra-low ash formulation (0.4%) unlike anything else on the market.

What does that mean for you?

Based on the millions of miles of testing Chevron has conducted, it means a drastically increased diesel particulate filter (DPF) service life of up to 2.5x. It also means lower emissions and up to a 3% increase in fuel economy – which is good for the planet, and for your bottom line.

Chevron holds the exclusive patent on this new formulation, so you won’t find any other HDMO that performs at this level.

The new line will include Delo 600 ADF 15W-40 and Delo 600 ADF 10W-30. It will be available in December 2019. Talk to your Parman representative today to learn more about Delo 600 ADF with OMNIMAX.

Not a valued Parman customer yet? Let us know how to we can connect with you so we can get you set up to partner with us!

DEF-inite Improvements for Parman North

Parman Energy Group uses dedicated DEF trailers, like this new one in Minnesota.

Mid-September marked a big step in the right direction for our DEF business in Minnesota with the addition of a dedicated DEF trailer.  Having the ability to buy and pick-up in bulk has enabled us to offer our customers a more efficient level of service and increase our route capacities.

Mike Anderson making a 1100 gallon delivery. Previously – this stop would have taken over an hour to complete – Mike made this delivery in 25 minutes.

In the past, DEF was delivered off our dual-delivery units via totes. These DEF totes were taking up a large portion of the available trailer space and the driver’s time with moving totes and stingers throughout the day.  Deliveries made off the dual delivery trailers were pumped via a DEF cart at approximately 35 gallons minute vs the new trailer at 60 gallons per minute…. Almost double!

With the new unit, we have already adjusted our routes to be able to deliver a 5,200-gallon load to an entire market area in a 9-hour period.  Previously these stops wouldn’t have all fit on one trailer, making deliveries take longer. Improvements like these will allows us to continue to deliver TOCS to our customers. At Parman Energy, we are always seeking ways to improve the level of service we can provide to our customers. We are looking forward to expanding our DEF business in the MN area with fast and reliable delivery!

Parman Holdings Corporation Acquires Cumberland Tractor & Equipment


NASHVILLE, APRIL 22, 2019 Parman Holdings Corporation is pleased to announce the acquisition of Cumberland Tractor & Equipment; a division of Cumberland Companies.

Parman Tractor & Equipment (PTE) will continue to provide the high level of service and support that the construction and agriculture customers of Cumberland Tractor and Equipment have come to expect. The Sales, Service, Parts, and Rental Departments remain intact as will the extensive product offering. New Holland Agriculture, New Holland Construction, Linkbelt, Takeuchi, Hitachi, and Sakai are some of the top brands available from PTE.

With over 35 years combined service to Parman Energy Group, Charley Crichton will serve as President of Parman Tractor and Equipment and Colin Hockenberger will be General Manager.

About Parman

The Parman name has been synonymous with premium petroleum products and reliable service in Middle Tennessee since the mid-1930s. Parman Energy Group currently operates from locations in Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Minnesota and continues to look for ways to evolve and grow. As of 2015, Parman Holdings Corporation is 100% employee-owned.

Steve Moore, President and CEO of Parman Holdings Corporation, said; “Since selling Parman to our employees in 2015 I have thought that the ESOP platform would be well suited to support a diversification of assets.  Cumberland Tractor and Equipment is a well-run company furthered by Cumberland Company’s past stewardship. It is well positioned for further growth in Middle Tennessee and beyond. We are pleased to welcome their 33 employees to the Parman family of companies.”


Parman Energy Group Acquires Island Energy LP’s Fuel Sales and Delivery Business


NASHVILLE, APRIL 1, 2019 – Parman Energy Group (PEG) is pleased to announce the acquisition of Island Energy LP’s fuel sales and delivery business. Island Energy President J. Hardy Thompson said; “Island Energy plans to focus on and expand its propane operations in northeast Arkansas.”

Jeff Wilson will join PEG, working out of its Blytheville, AR location, which will serve Island Energy’s heritage fuel customers. PEG is proud to provide our newest customers with technology, industry-leading customer support and on time deliveries.

Like all PEG customers, those coming to us from Island Energy can expect to receive Totally Outrageous Customer Service (TOCS). Mark Spaniol, PEG’s Senior VP of Sales said; “we’re excited about the opportunity and look forward to providing best-in-class customer service to our new customers in Arkansas.”

About Parman Energy Group

Parman Energy Group has ties to Middle Tennessee dating back to the mid-1930s. Today, it is one of the largest distributors of lubricants, fuel and DEF in the region. Parman Energy Group, along with it’s parent company Parman Holdings Corporation is an employee owned company.