At gas stations, convenience stores and fuel terminals throughout the Northeast, thousands of employees of Global Partners LP have been helping people get the goods, food, and fuel they need throughout the COVID-19 crisis. It is essential work that is keeping communities up and running.
Global was looking for a creative and personal way to thank these employees for their service. The answer? Creating more than 3,000 handcrafted family meals and provision boxes for its frontline employees.
“We were thinking, ‘How is it that we can take care of all of those associates and terminal operators that have been on the frontline since the start of the whole COVID crisis?’” said Eric Slifka, Global Partners’ CEO. “It’s really about finding ways to make a difference and delivering that difference to everybody that we work with.”
The meals come in addition to a $2-per-hour raises and monthly gift cards that Global began offering to retail associates in March. Combined, all of the efforts aim to express the company’s gratitude for the employees who are helping Global help the community.
“I just want to thank everybody who comes out and goes to work every day and really delivers to the community that they’re serving,” Slifka said, “because without you, we wouldn’t be able to help those in need.”
We know this is a challenging time for our community. The operations of our terminal may be far from top of mind these days. However, we want to provide a brief update on Global’s terminal and our work in South Portland. We recently mailed this letter to our neighbors. Feel free to contact Orion Breen, our Community Liaison with any questions you might have, Orion.Breen@globalp.com.
Global Partners today announced a set of actions, responding to issues
raised by neighborhood members in South Portland. Concerns voiced by members of
the community have to do with air quality issues and odors.
“As part of the community in South Portland, we want to make it a better
place for everyone,” said Eric Slifka, Global Partners CEO. “That’s why we are
taking these steps.”
A broad range of factors – from traffic to a variety of industries –
affect air quality in the area, according to recent air quality reports from
the state. Based on publicly available emissions data Global’s potential impact
is relatively small compared to other sources. “We want to do our part at all
our facilities to help meet community concerns,” said Slifka. In addition to
taking steps at this facility, the company will also contribute to a broader
solution by helping finance air monitoring efforts.
The actions Global announced include:
Adding enhanced odor control technology at its facility. Global has committed to install a mist
eliminator to control odor from tanks. In addition, Global will now install an
active dry scrubber to further reduce odors potentially coming from heated
tanks storing No. 6 oil and asphalt. Construction on the controls will begin
Odor Reporting Form at www.GlobalSouthPortland.com. Odor concerns have mainly been raised in the
last year. The website will give neighbors a way to contact the company
amount of product that is allowed to be shipped through the facility.
On an annual basis, the company will publish
emissions to its website after they are reported to the state DEP, to encourage
$15,000 to local air monitoring efforts. Discussions with Maine DEP will help
determine the best way to make that contribution. Global will work closely with
the city and state on ongoing air monitoring efforts.
Global has already begun implementing the terms of a settlement with
EPA. Once the settlement is finalized, the company will complete