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VILLANOVA, Pa. – American Refining Group Inc. (ARG) Chief Executive Officer and Board Chairman Harry Halloran Jr. passed away Dec. 18 at home, surrounded by his family.

“My father lived an extraordinary life,” his son, Neil Halloran, said. “He was a businessperson, a philanthropist, a husband and a father. He was a big thinker and a kind soul. He pursued so many interests, launched so many ventures and impacted so many lives.”

Harry purchased the historic Bradford facility from Witco in 1997 when, after acquisition by Sun Oil Co., the refinery had lost its brand.

     “In Pursuit of the Greater Good: Community, Continuity and the ARG Refinery,” the book that recounts that fateful story, quotes Harry, “It was very exciting to walk through this complex refinery – twenty times more complex than anything I had seen in all my years in the transmix business.

“From that first visit,” he recalled, “we had a gut sense about the people we met, the town of Bradford, and the need to keep this small refinery alive.”

In 2017, when ARG marked 20 years’ ownership of the Bradford refinery, the company renamed a private road for Harry. Formerly Brad Penn Way, the road running in front of ARG’s Main Office and Research & Development buildings just off North Kendall Avenue in the city of Bradford is now known as Halloran Way.

ARG President and Chief Operating Officer Jon Giberson said, “It’s the Halloran Way – not only the way ARG’s refinery does business, but also the road that runs through it. The designation recognized Harry’s commitment to ARG, its employees, all of its partners and the community.”

The refinery, established in 1881, will mark its 25th anniversary as ARG in 2022.

“Anyone who shared time with my father – even a short interaction – probably witnessed his extraordinary positivity,” Neil said. “His capacity to see a bright future during the most trying of times allowed him to see the potential in this refinery when he purchased it 24 years ago, and to push forward during the years when so many predicted it would be shut down.”

Effective immediately, Neil assumes leadership as ARG Chairman of the Board. Neil explained the plan for him to gradually take on this role has been in place for some time. When Harry suffered a stroke four years ago, Neil was named lead director and he began working closely with Harry and the ARG leadership team.

Neil said, “It is the aim of the Halloran family, the board and the leadership team to maintain continuity in the company’s management.

“Despite the difficulties of these past years, Dad was able to pass on knowing that ‘the little refinery that could’ was stronger than ever and pushing ahead at full steam.”

Harry was a dedicated philanthropist and, in that spirit, ARG encourages its employees’ community involvement, generosity and volunteerism. Brian Fernandes-Halloran, another of Harry’s four sons (Mark and Kevin), is executive director of Halloran Philanthropies, established to promote human wellbeing and to create “The World We All Want.”

Corporately, ARG donates thousands of dollars annually, and thousands more are contributed through its employee-donation-matching program to other local non-profit organizations and relief efforts. The matching-gifts program allows for any donation made to a 501(c)(3) organization to be matched, dollar for dollar (up to $500 per request, per year), by the company.

ARG focuses its charitable giving on education, economic development, human services and health care. The company advances its community development efforts through a commitment to keeping its dollars local and to giving back at every feasible opportunity.

The company employs more than 350 people in its Ohio, Bradford and Pittsburgh offices and maintains relationships with local contractors and providers of other goods and services. The refinery acquires more than 3 million barrels of light, sweet, paraffinic crude oil annually, the majority of which comes from suppliers in Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio.

ARG’s was the first refinery to achieve Made in USA certification, having successfully completed the rigorous, third-party supply chain audit to verify compliance with strict standards. ARG proudly bears these trust marks today as an integral part of its heritage and its future.

Harry’s full obituary will be shared when available.

For more information about ARG, visit www.amref.com or follow the refinery on Facebook and LinkedIn.


Media contact:

Sara Furlong

Executive Communications Coordinator



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BRADFORD, Pa. – American Refining Group Inc. (ARG) in 1997 purchased the Bradford refinery formerly owned by Witco Corp. and, before that, Kendall Refining Co. Ray Saunders, 95, former Kendall general manager at the refinery, passed away this week. In a note to employees this morning, current ARG President and COO Jon Giberson shared the news of Saunders’s passing.

We learned today that Ray Saunders, 95, former general manager of the Bradford refinery under Kendall Refining Co., passed away in his sleep Tuesday, April 13.

Ray was general manager of Kendall Refining Co. from 1971 to 1981 and remained a member of our Quarter Century Club. The Penn Brad Oil Museum recognized Ray with its 2019 Yellow Dog Award for his service to the local oil industry and the Bradford community. That same year I had the chance to meet Ray shortly after taking the helm here for ARG. We enjoyed a pleasant conversation during which Ray’s incredible memory was on full display as we compared notes from careers shared in this industry and at this refinery. You may remember the Summer 2019 edition of the Yellow Dog Gazette recounting our visit and Ray’s story in greater detail.

I was truly honored to meet Ray; he was a kind, intelligent man whose leadership of this refinery we all benefit from today. It’s for Ray that our Main Office’s American flag will fly at half-staff during the next few days. We offer sincere wishes for peace to Ray and his family at this time.

We recall this proverb every year, but it bears repeating: “If you think you are too small to make a difference, you haven’t spent the night with a mosquito.”

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BRADFORD, Pa. – American Refining Group Inc. (ARG) announced this week Mike Kozminski’s recent promotion to vice president – research and development.

ARG President and Chief Operating Officer Jon Giberson said, “We are thrilled to announce Mike’s progression to vice president of research and development.

“Mike’s technical expertise regarding the chemistry of our refinery’s products and processes is unparalleled,” Giberson stated. “Further, Mike is the epitome of servant leadership, as everyone’s go-to for assistance with all things chemistry at ARG.”

Kozminski succeeds former VP – R&D David Krantz, who retired in January after a decade of service to ARG.

“We certainly thank David for his contributions to ARG during the last 10 years,” Giberson said.

As ARG’s VP – R&D, Kozminski plans and directs all aspects of R&D policies, objectives and initiatives, demonstrating expertise in the field’s concepts, practices and procedures. To assist leadership in maintaining ARG’s competitive, profitable position, he directs the development of new lubricant formulations and new-process development; plans capital expenditures and maintains expense budgets for the R&D and Quality teams; directs product registrations and licensing; and must be able to lead at all levels and simplify complex concepts.

In planning and executing new research and development proposals, Kozminski must define the project’s purpose and costs as well as equipment and HR requirements. The newest member of ARG’s leadership team, some additional key responsibilities include strategic vision communications, tactical planning and execution, consulting, executive-level problem solving and incident investigation.

“I’ve had the opportunity to work with Mike a number of times during our careers,” Giberson recalled. “In fact, on the very first call I ever made as a salesman, Mike and I were together. His incredible knowledge of petrochemicals and how they perform in various applications was critical to our closing that first sale.”

Kozminski re-joined ARG June 1, 2007, as manager of R&D. Giberson said he was especially instrumental to the Kensol® drilling-mud project in 2011 and more recently the bright stock hydrotreating efforts, both of which resulted in sales of a new product. Kozminski earned promotion to director of R&D on Aug. 3, 2014. Having worked previously at the Bradford refinery, he has picked up nearly 30 years of industry experience.

Kozminski has co-/authored several technical papers published in peer-reviewed journals. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. He and his wife Dawn reside in Lewis Run. The couple are active in Bradford’s Catholic community; Mike serves as a lector and is a member of St. Francis of Assisi’s finance committee.

For more information about ARG, visit www.amref.com or follow the refinery on Facebook and LinkedIn.

BRADFORD, Pa. – ARG announced this week Charlotte Layton’s promotion to director of quality and product development.

ARG President and Chief Operating Officer Jon Giberson said, “We are happy to acknowledge Char’s increased scope of responsibility with this promotion. She has served the Bradford refinery for many years, making significant contributions to our company.”

Most recently, Giberson said, Layton was instrumental in two critical projects, first in achieving ARG’s certification to the latest ISO 9001:2015 quality standard and then in reviewing and updating or confirming technical specifications and data sheets for all refinery products.

As ARG’s director of quality and product development, Layton leads ARG’s entire Quality staff and is responsible for planning and directing quality assurance policies, programs and initiatives as well as process and product testing to ensure production standards are met.

Some key new responsibilities are creating, implementing and overseeing product development strategies; interacting with customers, suppliers and others to understand challenges and opportunities; and researching, planning and executing complex experiments in support of new products, ideas or technology. Layton reviews new ideas and collaborates cross-functionally to determine alignment with our business model and customer needs. Her expanded role requires extensive technical knowledge in multiple areas of petroleum technology in order to assist leadership in making significant business decisions.

Layton holds a Bachelor of Science in physical science and a Bachelor of Science in organic chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. She is an American Society of Quality, Certified Quality Manager/Operational Excellence. She serves as auditor for the Allegheny Mountain ASQ section’s board of directors and has been a member of the American Chemical Society for 35 years. Layton has served in many positions in the Penn-York section including chairman, program director and historian. She is an ISO-certified internal auditor trained in root cause analysis.

Layton has served the Bradford Refinery since June 22, 1981, when she was hired as a chemist I in Witco’s Analytical Services group. She progressed to R&D chemist II in Lubricants Development in 1988, to quality supervisor in 1991 and to quality manager in 1993. She was named Director of Quality in 2016. Layton is ARG’s Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) administrator.

Originally from Johnsonburg, Layton lives in Bradford with her husband Lanny and her great-niece Alexandria Morton.

For more information about ARG, visit www.amref.com or follow the refinery on Facebook and LinkedIn.