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MPC's Marine Dept. Debuts New Parade Float

Marathon Petroleum's Marine Transportation group unveiled a new float for a local Memorial Day parade

The Ironton-Lawrence County Memorial Day Parade in Ironton, Ohio, claims the distinction of being the country’s longest-running Memorial Day parade, and this year Marathon Petroleum Corporation’s (MPC’s) Marine Transportation group debuted a new float for the festivities. The M/V American Freedom was the brainchild of Marine Motor Shop Supervisor Chris Moore and his wife Tina, who had in mind a true-to-scale towboat parade float. The float utilized salvaged steel from a marine trailer that no longer fit the needs of the business, and Moore enlisted the help of family, friends, and other Marine personnel to make the new float a reality. Construction of the float took place at Moores’ home in the evenings and on weekends.

In all, nearly 20 Marine employees helped decorate and then accompanied the M/V American Freedom along the parade route. The parade’s theme was “For Our Troops and Families,” and Marine’s extraordinary efforts earned themthe Best Theme recognition award within one of the parade’s divisions.

“This truly became a team effort from our entire organization, and the results were spectacular,” notes MPC Marine Repair Terminal Manager Jamie Alcorn, who championed and sponsored overall construction of the new float. “We were proud to be able to demonstrate MPC’s appreciation for our country’s military personnel, and we hope to see the M/V American Freedom in many other parades in the future.”

For comparison, the picture below is one of Marine Transportation's actual towing vessels, the M/V Kentucky.