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Marathon GM addresses Ashland Rotary

ASHLAND, Ky. — Marathon Petroleum Corp. refinery general manager Brad Levi gave Ashland Rotarians a look into the company on Monday.

Marathon runs seven facilities, including the Catlettsburg refinery, which Levi said has a Tri-State economic impact of $2.4 billion.

There are 750 Catlettsburg employees, in which about three quarters reside in Kentucky, said Levi. He also touched on the production of the refinery, saying it first started out running 1,000 barrels a day in 1922. Now the refinery runs about 272,000 a day.

Levi explained Marathon is a “fully integrated downstream system.”

“We don’t pull oil out of the ground, but once it comes out of the ground, we take it for crude oil all the way to where you can buy it as a finished transportation fuel or a feedstock in the petrochemicals industry,” said Levi.

He said half of what is made is gasoline, while a third is diesel and the remainder is asphalt and a few specialty products.

Levi also mentioned the refinery’s new central control facility that had its groundbreaking last August. The facility will improve safety for the operators who cannot abandon their post if there is an issue.

There are currently multiple control rooms for the operators, but the new facility will allow them to all work together in one location.

“At the end of the first quarter next year that building will be done and we’ll be moving into it beginning the second quarter,” said Levi.

Levi also applauded Marathon’s employees for their community involvement, saying they are active on 50 boards throughout communities in the Tri-State.

In addition, he said he wanted the employees to make a difference, which he explained they have, adding they’ve increased their participation with the United Way.

He also gave Rotarians a peek into the success of Marathon’s recent golf outing fundraiser for the organization, saying totals are still being calculated.

“I’m going to go out on a limb and say it will be a record and it will be the largest individual fundraising event the United Way has ever had,” he said.

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