Findlay, Ohio,
08:31 PM

Celebrating back-to-back excellence

On May 12, 2016, Marathon Petroleum Corporation’s (MPC’s) Terminal, Transport & Rail (TT&R) organization celebrated winning the 2015 President’s Award for Responsible Care®. This not only marks TT&R’s second year of winning the award, but is also the first time a department has been named a back-to-back winner.

The President's Award for Responsible Care® is MPC's most distinguished award. It is granted annually to recognize excellence in health, environment, safety, security, product quality, diversity and business integrity. The winning organization is presented with an engraved crystal trophy, an award celebration ceremony and a $10,000 community outreach grant to be donated to a local non-profit organization of their choice.

Each year, the criteria for the President’s Award change and evolve to drive further performance improvement in our company. Achieving success in the metrics associated with the President’s Award requires commitment to continual improvement from all levels of employees within the competing organizations. Each year performance is driven to new levels of success, but the bar never stops moving up. As the bar moves up, so does the performance of the company.

Dave Whikehart, MPC vice president of Environment, Safety and Corporate Affairs, recognized TT&R for their high scores in the 10 categories, noting that it was a dominant performance, with the scoring summed up in two words: no weaknesses. TT&R General Manager Tim Aydt addressed the jovial crowd, welcoming them to the celebration and recapping highlights from the year.

“By essentially every measure, 2015 was certainly our best year ever,” he said. “We had our best product quality performance, we had our best environmental performance, we had our best process safety performance, and the last four years have been our safest four years in our history.”

In appreciation for the 138 veterans in the department, TT&R voted to allocate half of the $10,000 grant funds to Disabled American Veterans and half to TT&R’s adopted charity, Cancer Patient Services in Findlay, Ohio.

Gary Heminger, MPC chairman, president and CEO, acknowledged the employees as passionate leaders who embrace the company’s culture of success. He encouraged TT&R’s new goal of becoming the first three consecutive year winner.

“As a company, we are very, very proud of what you have accomplished,” he said. “I will be proud to stand up here next year, if you are fortunate enough to be here.”

Following the ceremony, the trophy hit the road to visit all of TT&R’s 80 terminal locations and to allow the nearly 1,000 employees to join the victory celebration.