Catlettsburg, Ky.,
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July
2014
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05:09 PM
Europe/Amsterdam

MPC Volunteers Help Renovate Community Pool in West Virginia

Summary

Children in the Fairfield West section of Huntington, W.Va., recently celebrated the re-opening of the A.D. Lewis Community Center pool by jumping, diving and belly flopping into the water after a ribbon-cutting ceremony signifying repairs to the pool were complete. Much of the credit for the re-opening goes to volunteers from the Marathon Petroleum Company (MPC) refinery in Catlettsburg, Ky.

Children in the Fairfield West section of Huntington, W.Va., recently celebrated the re-opening of the A.D. Lewis Community Center pool by jumping, diving and belly flopping into the water after a ribbon-cutting ceremony signifying repairs to the pool were complete. Much of the credit for the re-opening goes to volunteers from the Marathon Petroleum Company (MPC) refinery in Catlettsburg, Ky.

It all began in January, with a phone call from MPC retiree Leon White, who was seeking expert advice on repairing the pool’s pumps. White’s call prompted a visit by refinery personnel to the center, accompanied by White, fellow retiree Jim Hoffman and city officials, to meet with its director.

After the initial meeting, several MPC supervisors and managers went to the center to determine what could be done to help. “We looked around and saw a lot of improvements were needed, not all of them involving the pool itself,” notes Ron O’Neal, rotating-equipment supervisor for the Catlettsburg refinery’s maintenance department. O’Neal returned to the refinery and called a meeting with his 12-member team. He described the needs at the center and asked, “Who’s in?”

“Nearly everyone, and even some of their wives, volunteered,” says O’Neal. “Refinery vendors and contractors also took part.”

Kenny Hatten, a maintenance coordinator, also quickly signed on. “Our church does a drug-free, sober living class in Fairfield West, so we already had some skin in the game,” explains Hatten, who was joined by his father and class members. An evaluation of the entire pool system identified a number of tasks for completion, including sandblasting and repainting the pool, cleaning the filter, replacing valves, repairing an underground water leak, replacing rotting wood on mounted benches with a composite material, and more.

“I feel proud to know we helped these kids and that my team members stepped up in the manner they did,” says O’Neal. “These kids don’t have a lot, and the pool gives them a safe place to play. It was the right thing to do.”

“Employees who work at the refinery are blessed to have a good job, and a way to show thanks is to reach out to the community,” adds Hatten. “A lot of big companies talk about what they do, but MPC walks the talk.”