Need we say they are not boastingâ€”or, I suppose, even thinking aboutâ€”the twenty million pounds per year of new air pollution to be expected?
For Release: Immediately [June 1, 2010]
Contact: Brian Selander 302-252-7860
Opportunity Returns to Shuttered Valero Plant
Markell Welcomes Delaware City Refining Company and the Promise of Jobs it Brings
Delaware City, DE — With the ceremonial turning of a large valve at the refinery, Governor Jack Markell and PBF Energy CEO Thomas O’Malley today announced that the shuttered facility formerly owned by Valero is now open under new ownership. Today’s announcement follows seven months of effort to save several hundred direct jobs and many more indirect jobs surrounding the facility. Formerly owned by the Valero Corporation, the facility now belongs to the Delaware City Refining Company, LLC (DCRC), which is a wholly owned subsidiary of PBF Energy Partners, LP.
"This was a team effort to bring both energy and opportunity back to this site," said Governor Markell. "We faced a challenge that seemed like a long shot, and people came together to respond and respond quickly. Labor and management, business and government, across industries, across agencies, across our state-when it comes to jobs, Delaware makes teamwork a priority. Today is the culmination of that work."
Governor Markell joined other representatives of government, labor and business to officially kick off the renovation process.
"This is the greatest example I’ve seen of labor, management and government working together to create jobs and provide renewed strategic strength in our country," said Thomas O’Malley, the CEO of PBF Energy.
PBF announced that it plans to invest $130 million to refurbish the refinery, with an estimated 700 people working onsite during the initial maintenance period. The plant may be back to full production as early as April 2011, employing roughly 500 full-time workers and 175-200 permanent contractors.
"We have our members returning to work," said Harry Gravell, President of the Delaware Building Trades Council. "’Overjoyed’ is probably the best term for this â€“ let’s get to work." United Steel Workers (USW) International Vice President Gary Beevers called the deal good, fair and honest.
"Having PBF Energy acquire Valero’s refinery in Delaware, investing heavily in it and eventually bringing it back to life will save hundreds of good-paying manufacturing jobs," said Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.). "And, in the end, this cleaner, more efficient plant will be more readily competitive in the global economy."
"This is an incredible day," said New Castle County Executive Chris Coons. "After the closure was announced, our neighbors approached me to ask for help because it was a disaster for their families and our community. Today, help has come and hope has returned to Delaware City."
Senator Dori Connor and Representative Valerie Longhurst both shared moving stories of their neighbors who lost their jobs when the Valero plant was shuttered. They expressed hope and optimism for the economic benefits the factory should bring to Delaware, and thanked the coalition of management, labor and government that made today’s announcement possible.