On Wednesday, May 9, CITGO President and CEO Asdrúbal Chávez, alongside his executive team, visited the CITGO Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex, located along the banks of the Calcasieu Ship Channel in Louisiana, to meet and spend time with employees and to highlight the company’s 2017 safety performance achievements. The visit was part of the CITGO facilities safety tour, which focuses on safety excellence across company operations.
Early in the morning, CITGO Lake Charles Refinery Vice President and General Manager Jerry Dunn welcomed Mr. Chávez, who led a discussion with the refinery’s senior leadership on special projects currently undertaken, as well as future efforts at the facility.
After the strategic meeting, Mr. Chávez met with key partners in the region including City of Lake Charles Mayor Nicholas Hunter, City of Sulphur Mayor Christopher Duncan, McNeese State University President Daryl Burckel, and Civil Air Patrol Col. Rock Palermo.
After the meeting with local partners, Mr. Chávez met with the refinery’s leadership to provide an overview of the company’s Driving Toward Zero safety initiative, and to ask them to continue the company’s industry-leading work in all areas of safety. Mr. Chávez then presented a recognition plaque to VP GM Jerry Dunn and Lake Charles HSSE Manager Ray Hill, who accepted this honor on behalf of all CITGO Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex employees and contractors. In addition to highlighting the company’s 2017 Safety Index of 0.10, Mr. Chávez noted the various awards the refinery received over the previous year, which reflected not only the refinery’s commitment to safety, but also its diligence to act as a socially responsible company in Southwest Louisiana. In 2017, CITGO Lake Charles employees and their families donated more than 3,500 volunteer hours to important local causes.
“I am proud to be the President and CEO of this great company with such great people. Thank you for your extraordinary work, and for your commitment and contributions to our corporation and our communities,” said Mr. Chávez.
During his address to the leadership team, Mr. Chávez also presented a commemorative safety pin to mark last year’s record-setting Safety Index, as per his visits to the Corpus Christi Refinery, Lemont Refinery and Cicero Lubricants Plant.
After the safety presentations, Mr. Chávez met with the longest serving CITGO employee on record, Della Gary, and presented her with a bouquet of flowers as a small gesture of the company’s deep sense of gratitude for her valuable contributions and continued service to CITGO. A native of Louisiana, Ms. Gary has more than six decades working at the refinery in the Payroll Division. Shortly after the special visit with Ms. Gary, Mr. Chávez participated in a luncheon with employees that featured many of Louisiana’s famous local dishes.
After lunch, Mr. Chávez took part in a fun softball game with employees at the refinery’s very own field, CITGO Park, which concluded Mr. Chávez’s visit to the Lake Charles region. Mr. Chávez will continue with this special safety CITGO facilities tour in the weeks ahead.