My name is Dennis Araujo and I was the 4th generation in my family to have been fortunate enough to have a career with the Exxonmobil corporation. After 37 years of service I retired from Exxonmobil in 2011, my father retired from Exxon in 1986 after 22 years of service, his father retired from Humble in 1955 after 33 years of service. My maternal great grandfather retired from Humble in 1947 after 30 years of service. My wife was a 2nd generation employee and my brother also was a 4th generation. As you can see, Exxonmobil has been a way of life in my family.
We all experienced a very successful career with a company that took care of its employees. None of us had college degrees but still had respectable and value added jobs. "The company" showed us the value of dependability, honesty, integrity and safety. I grew up in a house my grandfather procured from "the company". It was located just a stones throw and across the tracks from the Asphalt Plant. My grandfather lived two houses down Magnolia Street from us; my great grandfather's house was on Airhart St. diagonally across from the Asphalt Plant.
Through the years certain groups have tried to paint a black eye on Exxon by suing them for environmental infractions. During my tenure I personally witnessed projects initiated by "the company" designed to reduce NOx emissions to the atmosphere and projects designed to ensure waste water released into the ship channel was clean enough to sustain marine life. Also there was a continuous effort to formulate gasoline and diesel fuel to burn cleaner and more efficient. There were too many other projects to mention here.
During my life time I have seen Exxon come to the rescue of GCCISD. From land donations for schools to taking responsibility of the Carver clean up to buying out the original Baytown Junior school after the fire. I can't count the times I open the Baytown Sun to see a photo of an Exxon representative donating a check to the Sterling Library, Stuart Career Center, Baytown summer youth work force, Nature Center, United Way, Special Olympics, etc, etc. "The company's" effort to beautify Baytown included the nature area along Airhart St. and the buying out of Bush Terrace and Wooster area. Also the large berms along Decker at Rollingbrook. Their generosity is exceeded only by the number of barrels of oil they refine. I don't know of anyone who worked for Exxonmobil that was not happy at the the end of his/her career. "The company" embraced the diversity of the local community and gave them jobs. Exxonmobil is and always has been good for Baytown and good for the community.