Garyville, Louisiana,
11:15 PM

Hear ye! Hear ye!

MPC's refinery in Garyville, Louisiana, presented with Parish proclamation

Throughout the year, employees at Marathon Petroleum Corporation’s (MPC’s) Garyville, Louisiana, refinery reach out to the community – participating in, supporting and sponsoring initiatives ranging from the annual Andouille Festival, Commissioner of Agriculture Gala and Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association (LMOGA) golf outing, to a long list of community-betterment, military and education-related projects and programs.

No one expects any kind of special recognition. The reward is in the partnerships developed in the community and the privilege of bettering lives in the area surrounding the refinery. However, St. John the Baptist Parish officials apparently did not think that was enough.

“We were asked to appear before the Parish President and Council to receive a proclamation recognizing our 2015 community commitment and achievements,” notes then-acting Community Relations Representative Leroy St. Pierre, who was accompanied by Garyville refinery General Manager Tracy Case and Diversity & Inclusion Manager Jaime De La Cruz. “Other parish officials were also in attendance, and the presentation was broadcast by the local television station.”

Specific initiatives emphasized by the proclamation include the:

  • Andouille Festival: MPC served as the first-ever presenting sponsor for the 42-year-old event.

  • Back to School Extravaganza: MPC volunteers provided 550 school kits.

  • Holidays: The company sponsored holiday events for children at the Garyville/Mt. Airy Magnet School and Childhood Development Center, took part in the Blessed be a Blessing toy drive and provided a holiday lunch for area seniors at the St. John Council on Aging.

  • East St. John Elementary: MPC donated $75,000 to the school after a fire on its campus.

  • Education: MPC is a Partner in Education with East St. John Elementary; the Garyville/Mt. Airy Math and Science Magnet School; East St. John High School; and South Central Technical College.

  • St. John Council on Aging: The refinery sponsored its quarterly lunch program.

  • St. John United Way: Through a partnership with the agency, MPC raised $428,000 toward support of United Way causes.

  • U.S. military: Employees shipped more than 350 care packages to Louisiana-based troops stationed overseas. MPC also sponsored the Annual Veterans Day Parade and a celebration at the Southeast Louisiana War Veterans Home.

“We are very proud of our employees’ commitment to the St. John Parish – along with that of our contractors and company,” says Case. “Going forward, our goal is to build on our successes in supporting St. John the Baptist Parish.”

“Community support is an integral part of our business, both here and across MPC,” adds Keith Hightower, Garyville refinery’s Human Resources manager. “We don’t expect any form of recognition, so what the parish did was appreciated and humbling.”