Success at the North Pole

Williams Alaska Petroleum Inc.'s North Pole refinery outside Fairbanks in North Pole, Alas., recently celebrated its 25-year anniversary.Bob Hook, operations manager, has been at the refinery since its inception."We truly started out as a grassroots refinery in August 1977," said Hook during a recent trip to Houston. "The vision for it was to utilize the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) to provide heating oil to the people of the interior of Alaska, Fairbanks in particular. And from that thought process and that risk-taking has grown this wonderful service that we now have."The original entity was known as North Pole Refining, a division of Earth Resources Co. of Alaska, and employ...

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