Detroit, Michigan,
08:12 PM

Detroit employees enjoy a summer Family Day

A gloomy summer weather forecast didn’t keep Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) refinery employees and their families away from Detroit Family Day last summer, and even when severe storms hit the area, it didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits. More than 670 employees and family members attended the event, the first of its kind at MPC's Detroit refinery.

“The purpose of Family Day is to continue building on the family atmosphere here at Detroit,” said refinery Tech Services Manager Jeremy Theiss, who organized the event. “The employees here take a lot of pride in their work, and it’s important that they share that with their family.”

Detroit Family Day provided a lot of entertainment for kids, spouses and others. Activities included bounce houses, face painting and balloon making, and food was provided by local food truck services. The biggest attractions were the tours of the refinery and lab, as well as the fact that the event took place at the refinery’s new Administration building, just completed in July. Employees were able to show their families not just where they worked, but also a little about what they do.

“We had refinery department displays set up inside the building,” said Theiss. “Employees created the displays and demonstrations to explain what each department does within the refinery, and the kids received passport books to stamp as they went from display to display throughout the new building.”

“It was heartwarming to see everyone’s families having such a good time and learning about what we do here day in and day out,” said Refinery General Manager Dave Roland. “The employees who organized the event really went all-out on making this a success, and I saw a lot of pride in everyone’s eyes about where they work. We’re looking forward to the next one.”