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2906, 2018

Employee Spotlight: Meet Mike Mitchell Jr.

Mike Mitchell Jr., affectionately known as “Mitch” to his friends and colleagues, works as a Process Safety Representative for the Refinery’s United Steel Workers (USW) Local 675, which represents certain Operations and Maintenance employees at Torrance Refinery.

Mitch and his family have a long history with the Torrance Refinery, as he is a fourth generation employee. Mitch’s father worked at the Refinery for more than thirty years, instilling a strong work ethic in his son, along with an early desire to work at the plant. His grandfather and an aunt also worked at the Refinery for a number of years. Mitch takes great pride in the fact that his grandfather was the second African-American hired at the Refinery in 1942, during World War II.

Mitch began his career at the Torrance Refinery as a contractor, providing maintenance and facilities support. Three years later, he responded to the call of duty by serving in the United States Army. Of that experience, Mitch says, “Serving in the military was personally rewarding. The Army taught me professionalism and ways to communicate with people from different walks of life and backgrounds.” Upon leaving the military to focus on his family life, Mitch returned to the Refinery where he has now worked as a full-time employee for more than 17 years, noting that, “I returned here [to the refinery] because this is home for me.”

To re-energize his career, Mitch started as an Operator at the Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) Unit, a process unit that converts heavier oil into lighter, highly-valued products like gasoline. Over time, he successfully progressed to become the unit’s Head Operator.

“We trained for many hours before we were assigned to our unit; and once there, we experienced more unit-specific training before even starting our jobs,” said Mitch. “As Operators, we make ‘rounds,’ meaning we literally walk throughout the unit, using our training and senses to monitor unit performance. If necessary, we take action to prevent any potential issues to maintain safe operations.”

In addition to being Head Operator and USW Process Safety Representative, Mitch volunteers as a member of the Torrance Refinery Fire Brigade, trained in various aspects of industrial firefighting. He also participates in joint training with the Torrance Fire Department to maintain his emergency response preparedness skills and abilities.

Mitch has seen a positive change over the past two years since the refinery was acquired by new owners. “We truly have been learning as an organization since we became the Torrance Refining Company [a subsidiary of PBF Energy]. Here at the Refinery, our people really do care, so we actively work to keep one another and the community safe. I know some people may not always believe it, but I know that safety truly is a priority for us. We do care about the environment, and always try to do better to keep this business sustainable for all – our workers and the community.”

2906, 2018

Reminder: Community Alert Siren Test on Wednesday, July 4, 2018

The monthly test of the Community Alert Sirens will be conducted on:

Wednesday, July 4, 2018
(at approximately 11:30 a.m.)

THIS IS ONLY A TEST !

Shelter in Place: Shelter. Shut. Listen


The monthly t
est is described as followsOne-minute “all-clear chimes” will precede and follow a two-minute “siren tone.” Total testing time will not exceed five minutes. It is important to note that the “siren” tone carries a greater distance. It may be heard in areas beyond the reach of the “chime.”

During a real emergency, when you hear the sirens“Shelter. Shut. Listen.”

Shelter in Place means to:

If at home:

  1. Go indoors;
  2. Close all vents, windows and doors;
  3. Listen for instructions on local cable and radio.

If driving:

  1. Continue driving;
  2. Close windows and vents;
  3. Turn your radio to 1620 AM CitiSOUNDS.

If in a parked car:

  1. DO NOT start the engine;
  2. Close windows and vents;
  3. Turn your radio to 1620 AM CitiSOUNDS.

Listen for the “chimes” sound that will signal the “all clear.

Refinery Sponsors Annual Torrance Fire Department Awards

Torrance Refining Company LLC is proud to have sponsored this year’s Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce Torrance Fire Department (TFD) Appreciation and Awards event held on May 2. The event recognized civilians, staff and firefighters [...]

By | May 11th, 2018|Categories: In the Community|0 Comments

Torrance Refinery Employee Volunteers Support North High Special Olympics

Athletes and Refinery employee volunteers in action! Refinery Employee Volunteer Team In partnership with Special Olympics Southern California, North High held its second annual Special Olympics track meet on April 20th [...]

By | April 23rd, 2018|Categories: In the Community|0 Comments

Torrance Refinery Sponsors Annual Police Awards

Refinery Fire Chief Joe Alvarez provides words of appreciation. Torrance Refining Company LLC (TORC) sponsored the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Torrance Police Department Awards and Appreciation Luncheon. The event was held [...]

By | March 30th, 2018|Categories: In the Community|0 Comments

Refinery Engineers Participate in Torrance High’s “Girl-Powered STEM Fair”

Farideh Mehrdad (Top Row, Center Left) and Jessica Demeyer (Top Row, Center Right) with the Torrance High STEM Club and other guest speakers. Torrance Refinery Engineers Farideh Mehrdad and Jessica Demeyer attended Torrance [...]

By | March 1st, 2018|Categories: In the Community|0 Comments

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