For those of you that work at Calumet Montana Refining or visit CMR on a regular basis, you may have noticed the newly constructed wall on Smelter Avenue as a visual upgrade for the Refinery. The wall has dual purpose, as it provides a sound barrier for the community from the hustle and bustle of our facility and it serves as added security for CMR. There is also a crash wall that has been constructed behind the wall to address the safety of the public around the substation. State of the art energy efficient "green" lighting has been put in place and these lights will illuminate both sides of the wall. This is beneficial to the community as well as the refinery as it provides significant safety improvements for pedestrians and staff. Poles are up that will have street cameras on them. The activity will be monitored in our control room and will provide additional compliance with homeland security.

This is the first step of many that are planned to improve the Refinery's appearance within the community. The existing barbed wire fence was donated to the local Black Eagle ballpark to fence their ball field. Greenery has been added along the wall and we are in discussion with the city about adding a bus stop along it as well.

In addition to the wall, there are notable enhancements that have been done along Rivers Edge Trail by the Refinery. These enhancements include landscaping and a restroom facility. The Rivers Edge Trail is a high traffic area that a number of community members utilize. Our work in beautifying this area along the Refinery has enhanced the aesthetics for all users.


   Smelter Avenue Wall and Trail

MRC Community Involvement on Earth Day

Calumet Montana Refining’s Senior Environmental Engineer, Mike Raile, spent time on Earth Day educating 2nd and 3rd graders at the Valley View Elementary School in Great Falls. His presentation targeted CMR’s commitment to protecting the environment and the practices CMR has implemented to minimize their impact on the environment in regards to air, waste and water. The students also learned about the refinery process, products that are produced, what occurs during a turnaround and what our Spill Response Team is able to accomplish.

The students had a variety of questions for Raile ranging from "Why does it smell?" to "How much money do you make?". Overall Raile said he "tried to emphasize that we try our best to minimize our emissions, maximize the utilization of our resources and that our employees are the most valuable asset we have. I then showed pictures from turnaround (Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit reactor replacement, bundle cleaning, etc.). I also discussed that the flare was used to safely vent process streams during a process upset, or shutdown. The final slideshow was a few pictures of what our spill response team does during training, so that we can be ready if a spill occurs."

  Earth Day Presentation

  Spill Response Team Photos

Donations within the Community – Community focused through sponsorships and charitable donations

Calumet Montana Refining is community oriented and provides support to numerous groups throughout the local area. Promotion of a better community and drug awareness is achieved through television advertising. We are involved with our community through a leadership program and we have had several of our employees participate in the program. This is a two year commitment for the employees that go through this class. We offer refinery tours for school groups as well. Other groups that we support within the community include:

  • Great Falls Voyagers – minor league baseball team
  • Little league teams
  • Local schools
  • C.M. Russell Museum
  • Blues & Brews which helps fund the River’s Edge Trail
  • Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Great Falls
  • Casa Can
  • Children’s Museum
  • Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center
  • Shrine Circus
  • Easter Seals/Goodwill
  • Kiwanis Club
  • American Cancer Society
  • The Great Falls Symphony
  • Montana Council Boy Scouts of America
  • Association of Montana Troopers
  • Crimestoppers
  • Montana State Fair
  • Neighbor Works of Great Falls
  • Great Falls Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Cascade County
  • Deputy Sherriff’s Association
  • Special Olympics Montana
  • Life Way Pregnancy Services
  • Great Falls Community Ice Foundation
  • Great Falls Optimist Club