Local center upgrades benefit entire community
Two years ago, employees, retirees and contractors representing Marathon Petroleum Corporation’s (MPC’s) Catlettsburg, Kentucky, refinery delighted area children with the snip of a ribbon – indicating swimming pool repairs at the Huntington, West Virginia, A. D. Lewis Center were complete.
That was just the beginning. Refinery representatives have since completed other projects at the center, ranging from new kitchen cabinets to replacing basketball backboards/rims for the gym, adding a new door for the weight room, providing new sporting equipment, repairing a fence surrounding the facility and replacing aging, jagged-edged trash bins.
Catlettsburg Maintenance Reliability Project Coordinator Kenny Hatten donated a foosball table, and contractor Don Salyers built new shelving in the center’s library. The refinery also recently presented a $5,000 check to the center, earmarked for upgrades to the computer lab and security system.
Twelve refinery employees/Inclusion Team members have taken part in a mentoring initiative at A. D. Lewis. “Mentoring activities range from formal tutoring sessions and helping students with homework to shooting hoops and discussing potential career options in terms of the energy sector – specifically, refining,” notes Catlettsburg Senior Human Resources Consultant and Inclusion Team member Josh Mallonee.
With a team led by Operator Byron Shropshire, Mallonee co-facilitates and champions the A. D. Lewis Center projects with Lab Supervisor Amanda Collins.
“In total, there are 35 Inclusion Team members, representing a mixture of refinery departments, levels and areas of responsibility,” explains Mallonee. “The A. D. Lewis Center is just one focus of the Inclusion Team,” he says. “We reach out externally to help improve quality-of-life for friends and neighbors – and strive internally to create an environment where employees and contractors work well together.”