6/20/2014 2:02:00 PM Refinery wins fourth President's award
President and Chief Executive Officer of Marathon Petroleum Corporation Gary Heminger, right, and Senior Vice President Refining Rich Bedell, left, present Robinson Refinery Plant Manager Kevin Bogard with the Illinois Refining Divisionís fourth award of the Presidentís Award for Responsible Care, during a lunch ceremony Wednesday in the Robinson High School gym. (Tom Compton photo)
The Illinois Refining Division of the Marathon Petroleum Company, Robinson Refinery, has been awarded their fourth President's Award for Responsible Care for 2013.
The award was presented Wednesday at a special ceremony in the Robinson High School gym. This is the fourth award for the Robinson Refinery since it was created in 2000. No other division has won four of the awards and none have won back-to-back awards.
The award is based on personal and process safety, environment, product quality, health and wellness, stakeholder relations, auditing and outstanding metrics.
Presenting the award was President and Chief Executive Officer of Marathon Petroleum Corporation Gary Heminger, Senior Vice President Refining Rich Bedell and Vice President HES and S John Swearingen to Robinson Refinery Manager Kevin Bogard.
In his opening remarks, Bogard credited the employees by pointing out that everybody has the same equipment; crackers, tanks and pipes, but not everyone has the same people. "Our people are what makes the difference," said Bogard.
The award program was started in 2000. The Illinois Refining Division has won the award in 2002, 2005, 2011 and the current 2013.
Swearingen, who won the award while he was plant manager, said he was very proud of this year's achievement as he interned at the Robinson refinery in 1980 and went on to be its plant manager. He also pointed out how hard it is to "sustain the excellence" to qualify, which Robinson has done 10 of the 13 years, let alone win four times.
Heminger opened his remarks by saying how proud he was to have lunch with a Gulf War veteran and of the companies veteran program, and the discipline, skill and passion they bring to the company.
Heminger credits the company's success on the "culture" that has been created, not just from the top down, but from the grass roots up. "It is the people in charge of the individual tasks that create that culture," said Heminger. "Culture, that is what we have here."
He also noted that employees are not just at their best at work, but in the community also.
After receiving the award, Bogard, with the assistance of Heminger, presented four MPC Community Outreach Grants totaling $10,000 to local organizations. The Oblong Children's Christian Home received $3,000, Nutrition on Weekends Program, $3,000, Robinson Food Pantry, $2,000, and Palestine Community Food Bank, $2,000.
Bogard closed the ceremony by emphasizing this years goal to "Strive for Five" and alluded to future plans for the refinery in their "Vision for 2017."
The company also sponsored a free concert with country singer Chris Lane Wednesday night in the RHS gym, as a thank you to the employees, their families and community.