Posted: Aug 8, 2013 4:30 PM by Adrian Pittman
Updated: Aug 8, 2013 5:56 PM
BATON ROUGE- ExxonMobil opened its doors to local officials and the media today to give a first-hand look at their operations.
"These kind of events are important to us because it gives us an opportunity to share with you about what we do," said plant manager Paul Stratford.
It's part of their annual tour given to the media and government officials. During the tour briefing, managers shared how the company is working to make a difference in the community while focusing on safety in the plant.
"I think sometimes we're a big complex and some people think it's an overwhelming complex, but really what we have here is 55,000 people that live in this community making products that are useful for our everyday lives," said Stratford.
Last year a malfunction caused a leak of more than 26,000 pounds of benzene. The company said they're working to prevent things like that from happening again.
"It's more than just personal safety, it's community safety, it's our environmental safety, it's all of that put together," Stratford said.