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Marcus Hook, Pa. Prepares To Deal With Sale Or Loss Of Refinery

MARCUS HOOK, Pa. (CBS) — Sunoco’s announcement that it is getting out of the refinery business has residents of Marcus Hook more than a little worried.

They call themselves “The Cornerstone of Pennsylvania.”  But how is this Delaware County borough, home to a huge Sunoco operation, dealing with the impending change?

Well, this town of 2,400 people has been through a lot over the years, and mayor James Schiliro says they’ll deal with this.

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(Marcus Hook mayor James Schiliro. Credit: David Madden)

“I’m optimistic that there’ll be a buyer,” Schiliro (right) tells KYW Newsradio. “I have meetings set up for next week with the heads of the refinery over there and, hopefully, we can get some answers by then (on) exactly what the future holds.”

The plant could close down next summer if there’s no buyer (see related story), which could be bad news for Connolly’s Pub, where Bill Maitland (at right in photo below) tends bar.

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(Credit: David Madden)


“It’s gonna knock everybody’s taxes up,” Maitland says. “It’s gonna put people out of work.”

But patron Jerry Reeder (at left in photo) is cautiously optimistic.
“I’m sure someone’s gonna purchase this company,” he says.  “I think it might be BP, or maybe even Conoco might want a hand in that.”

More than 400 could lost their jobs should a shutdown of the refinery occur. And Sunoco’s taxes — employee and corporate — represent a third of the borough’s budget.

Reported by David Madden, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • gsm-valero

    PBF will buy the refinery after you guys shut down. If it’s running when sun shuts it down then they can write off the full value, maybe a billion. Then with everybody on the street PBF can get union concessions. I went thru this nightmare when Del-City closed in 09. Get a long call back right on your close contract, 2-3 yrs. Then everybody get your employee records including performance reviews before sun shuts it down. This is very important, PBF will want everybody to apply for your jobs again, with no records they can call back who they want. Of 400 employees about 125 got “NO” letters, mostly maintenance. This old man has done this everywhere he goes, he buys shutdown or shuts them down and lays-off about 20% of the work force ,mostly maintenance. He had Tosco when he bought trainer BP. looked what happened there. At del-city he’s already started to hire off the street both for ops and maintenance. But he won’t call us back, because the union voted and gave him the seniority so he could call back junior men first to start up the refinery. The truth was they listened to the old refinery management and they coming from the trade halls, beat us down to get kicks from 74 and 313 and so on. 125 good men and women won’t get there jobs back, most never did anything wrong. DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR FOR THIS TROJAN HORSE ! VOTE NO, and you all will return because PBF will buy it anyway.

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