- At the annual Industry Appreciation Day in Kenai Alaska, Marathon Petroleum’s Kenai refinery was named Outstanding Business in Oil & Gas; Maintenance Supervisor Dustin Moore received the Outstanding Individual award.
- Marathon Petroleum employees, including members of the Women’s employee network chapter in Kenai, volunteered at the free event for thousands of community members and leaders.
- Volunteers handed out swag and prize tickets, grilled food and shared information about the refinery and job opportunities.
Marathon Petroleum’s Kenai, Alaska, refinery took home two awards at the annual Industry Appreciation Day, a free community event held in August that recognizes the importance of the local industries in the Kenai Peninsula Borough. Industries in Alaska include oil and gas, medical, commercial fishing and tourism. The Kenai refinery was named the 2023 Outstanding Business in Oil & Gas.
“The Kenai refinery has safely and reliably used Alaska’s crude oil to produce quality fuels that have moved Alaska since 1969. Our employees take great pride in knowing that what they do provides an important service to their neighbors across our great state,” said Scott Rosin, Maintenance Manager at the Kenai refinery who accepted the award. “We also support our thriving community through grants and community investments that make a difference in the lives of others.”
The Kenai refinery supports programs on the Kenai Peninsula like Caring for the Kenai, KPBSD Upstream Academies, Challenger Learning Center, Boys & Girls Clubs, Kenai Peninsula Food Bank and the Alaska Maritime Training Center.
The Kenai refinery’s Maintenance Supervisor Dustin Moore was also presented with the Outstanding Individual in Oil & Gas award for accomplishments in his field. Moore graduated from Kenai High School and attended Washington State University. He returned home to begin his career at the refinery in 2012. He started as an operator and is now the Site Supervisor for Turnarounds and Construction.
“Turnarounds increase the reliable operation of our refinery, which plays a critical role in the well-being of our surrounding area,” said Moore. “I was born and raised in this community and can speak firsthand to the positive impact a successful turnaround has on the residents of the Kenai Peninsula. While it is an honor to accept an award like this, it is truly recognizing the combined efforts of my mentors, peers and teammates.”
At the event, representatives from IT, Administration, Maintenance, Engineering and other departments volunteered their time to meet with attendees and share more about the refinery. Three employees volunteered to grill thousands of burgers for attendees. The Women’s employee network chapter at the Kenai refinery ran the joint Kenai Peninsula Borough and Marathon Petroleum booth and handed out Marathon-branded giveaways and tickets to kids for the chance to win a bicycle.
“I really enjoyed meeting people from around the community and sharing about the refinery,” said Sarah Hollier-Pellegrom, Advanced Senior Designer at the refinery. “I don’t think people realize all the wide-ranging types of jobs we employee and by volunteering at this event it gave our network a chance to talk about our Operations, Environmental, Engineering, Maintenance, and IT professionals. This event was a fantastic way to share a variety of opportunities around the refinery and gave our network a great way to give to the community.”
Thousands of people attended the event, including Alaska’s federal and state delegations, community leaders and local elected officials. Marathon Petroleum was a gold sponsor at the event, donating $1,000 plus volunteer time.