ExxonMobil Joliet Refinery marks 40th anniversary in 2012
The ExxonMobil Joliet Refinery, celebrating 40 years, is a major economic factor locally that far beyond its production of various petroleum products. Emplyees, contractors, business partners and their families all live, work, volunteer and contribute th
Much has changed since the ExxonMobil Joliet Refinery first started up in 1972. What began as a 160,000 barrel-per-day refinery has grown its capacity to 240,000 barrels per day on the same footprint, and is one of the most energy-efficient refineries in the world.
The Joliet Refinery is the second newest in the United States and is “young” by refinery standards. It serves the Midwest market and produces gasoline, diesel fuel, aviation fuel, asphalt and petroleum coke. There are 630 full-time employees and a minimum of 300 contractors on-site every day. Those numbers increase dramatically to support capital projects and turnarounds (refinery maintenance). The refinery has invested upwards of $800 million in environmental controls in the past five years, which benefits regional air quality and the economy in Will County.
Joliet Refinery employees and contractors live in the communities surrounding the refinery and bring their commitment to safe operations and improving the quality of life in our area to work every day.
ExxonMobil has been the second largest contributor to the United Way of Will County for many years and it was proud to work on its first — but not last — Habitat for Humanity house in 2010.
In 2007, the refinery hosted the first “Shoot for A’s in Math and Science” (www.shootforas.org) as an annual fundraiser to benefit math and science programs in local middle schools. A long list of local companies and individual supporters has joined the effort, and together with the refinery has raised more than $250,000 that is distributed directly to teachers to help inspire and enthuse students about math and science. The 2012 event is scheduled for June 2 at the Downers Grove Sportsmen’s Club in Morris.
You can also find ExxonMobil employees and retirees involved in scores of volunteer activities, from youth sports to veterans support initiatives to hospice and more.
With every 20 hours of service per quarter, volunteers qualify for an additional $500 grant from the ExxonMobil Foundation for the organization they support.
ExxonMobil is a proud member of the Joliet community and looks forward to the next 40 years of safe operations and community service.
— Provided by ExxonMobil Joliet Refinery