Marathon Petroleum


Detroit, Michigan

  • Site: Located in southwest Detroit on approximately 250 acres
  • History: Built in 1930 by the Aurora Gasoline Company and purchased in 1959 by MPC (then The Ohio Oil Co.) from the late philanthropist Max Fisher. It is the only petroleum refinery in the state of Michigan today. In 2012, the company completed the Detroit Heavy Oil Upgrade Project (DHOUP), that enabled the refinery to process up to an additional 80,000 barrels per day of heavy sour crude oils, including Canadian crude oils.

Through a property purchase program, MPC purchased many of the residential properties in a neighborhood adjacent to the refinery and maintains the area as a green space available for public use.

  • Refining Capacity: 139,000 barrels per calendar day
  • Crude Oil Supply: Sweet and heavy sour crude oils
  • Operations: Crude distillation, catalytic cracking, hydrotreating, reforming, alkylation, sulfur recovery and coking
  • Products: Gasoline, distillates, asphalt, fuel-grade coke, chemical-grade propylene, propane, slurry and sulfur
  • Product Distribution: Pipeline, transport truck, rail and barge
  • Employment: Approximately 540 employees
  • Safety & Environmental Stewardship: MPC was the first U.S. refining company to adopt a proprietary, third-party audited management system company-wide to ensure continual improvement in our health, safety, environmental and security performance. MPC is an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR Partner company, demonstrating commitment to energy efficiency.

At Detroit:

  • DHOUP expansion completed with a world-class safety record: over four years and 9.6 million man-hours with zero lost-time incidents and only seven minor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordable injuries.
  • 2010-present: Michigan OSHA Voluntary Protection Program Star Site
  • First refining facility in the world to receive Responsible Care 14001 certification for its health, environment, safety and security systems
  • 2010 ACC Energy Efficiency Award
  • 2010 and 2012 American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers Distinguished Safety Award
  • 2010 Norfolk Southern’s Thoroughbred Chemical Safety Award
  • 2007-2012: U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR facility
  • 2012 Michigan OSHA Platinum Award winner for safety
  • 2011-present: Behavior-Based Safety Program certified by the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies
  • Maintains a forest habitat certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council

Community Involvement:

  • Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision Community Builder Award
  • United Way for Southeastern Michigan
  • Mark Twain Elementary School Adopt-A-School program
  • Angels’ Night
  • Rouge Rescue Days n Community Advisory Panel
  • Mutual aid for fire and other emergencies n Emergency response training with city of Detroit and local emergency responders
  • Michigan OSHA Joint Training
  • Earth Day celebration n Southwest Detroit Business Association Partner
  • Salvation Army bed and bread truck
  • Life Remodeled
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