The Torrance Refining Company LLC (TORC) welcomed more than 400 community visitors to the Torrance Refinery for the company’s Open House on September 29th.

Upon arrival, guests were welcomed by employee and family volunteers, including the Refinery’s Fire Brigade, whose fire trucks and emergency preparedness equipment were on display (pictured above). Next, guests entered the Refinery gymnasium for a “Refining 101” experience, where they visited more than a dozen informational and interactive exhibits facilitated by TORC employee and contractor volunteers.

TORC Process Design Manager Doug James (right) presenting “Refining 101” to Torrance Mayor Patrick J. Furey (left), 35th District State Senator Steven Bradford (second from left), Torrance Councilman George Chen (third from left), TORC Community Relations Manager Barbara Graham (fourth from left), and Del Amo Homeowners Association President Irene Ordaz (fifth from left).

Following the immersion in refining, guests were given the opportunity to take a guided Refinery tour to see and learn about the plant up-close. The tour was followed by a visit to TORC’s Community Relations display located in the Refinery’s park, where many of the Refinery’s community partners showcased their services. The visit concluded in the park with lunch, music, giveaways, and family-fun activities.

Torrance Education Foundation Executive Director Susan Swinburne at the Community Relations display.

Several notable community leaders attended the event, including California State Senator Steven Bradford, Torrance Mayor Patrick J. Furey, Torrance Councilmember George Chen, Torrance Librarian Hillary Theyer, Torrance Education Foundation Executive Director Susan Swinburne, Torrance-South Bay YMCA Executive Director Steve MacAller, and The Volunteer Center South Bay-Harbor-Long Beach President/CEO Sara Myers.

TORC enjoyed hosting the event and we extend our appreciation to all our neighbors and dignitaries who attended to learn about how the company operates safely, reliably, and environmentally responsibly, and the numerous ways it contributes to the overall well-being of the region.

Open House volunteer Saryna Montez, whose father Dino is a TOLC Supervisor, enjoying face painting in the park.