BWC Terminals News Flash May 2021

Photo from Cincinnati Terminal

Memorial Day

Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.

The Civil War, which ended in the spring of 1865, claimed more lives than any conflict in U.S. history and required the establishment of the country’s first national cemeteries.

By the late 1860s, Americans in various towns and cities had begun holding springtime tributes to these countless fallen soldiers, decorating their graves with flowers and reciting prayers.

Did you know? Each year on Memorial Day a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time.

It is unclear where exactly this tradition originated; numerous different communities may have independently initiated the memorial gatherings. And some records show that one of the earliest Memorial Day commemorations was organized by a group of formerly enslaved people in Charleston, South Carolina less than a month after the Confederacy surrendered in 1865. Nevertheless, in 1966 the federal government declared Waterloo, New York, the official birthplace of Memorial Day.

More than 1.3 million Americans have lost their life protecting our nation and our freedom.

This Memorial Day, take a moment to remember those who lost their lives fighting for our freedom.

Welcome to BWC Cincinnati Terminal

Thank you Shana Connolly for preparing the information for Cincinnati Terminal!

The Cincinnati Terminal has a total of 24 employees (which includes Shawn Wolfe, a Regional HSEQ Manager)

Average volumes moved per month from Jan – April 2021

Trucks – 1190 or 117,310 barrels Railcars – 41 or 20,220 barrels Barges – 14 or 100,959 barrels

Terminal Successes

  • New LED Lighting switchover in the office to reduce our energy usage and lower replacement costs.
  • No Employee recordable injuries/lost work time for a total of 2,245 days or 6.15 years.
  • BASF ISO loading project completed.
  • Olin capital project completed, most recently the rail siding fall protection.

Thank you to our Cincinnati Volunteers!

Shana Connolly, Customer Service Manager - Volunteers at several benefits each year, helping to raise money for local foundations including Cystic Fibrosis, Wish Kids, Dragon Fly, Shriners, Backpack Kids, and the Jewish Hospital mobile Mammogram.

Brian Messinger, Control center/Operator – Coaches his daughters 14U Select Girls Fast pitch softball team year-round, every weekend for practicing, along with traveling for out-of-town tournaments.

Michele Scheidt, Customer Service Representative – has recently signed up to volunteer at her local Animal Adoption Foundation to help with daily operations on Sundays.

Employee Spotlight

Shawn Blaser, Operator since July 2014

Shawn has been married for 10 years, his wife is a 4th grade teacher, and they have 5 children, 3 sons and 2 daughters ranging in ages from 7 to 25. Within the last 2 years both daughters have graduated from college, one a Psychologist, and the other a Medical Scientist. His oldest son, age 21 is currently working on his apprenticeship as an Iron Worker and his 2 younger sons ages 7 & 9 are currently big into gaming.

What do you do for fun?

Shawn and his wife own property in Indiana where they have a permanent campsite complete with a travel trailer with an attached deck that he and his family enjoy camping on the weekends. He and his family also enjoy travelling to the beach for vacation at least once a year.

Congratulations on the wonderful additions to your families!

Troy Miller, Operator – Harper Jo Miller born August 8, 2020

Brian Schaller, Operator – Levi Joseph Schaller born May 5, 2021

Thank you to our Veteran Rick Putnick!

Rick served in the Marines as a Sniper for 6 active duties and 4 inactive duties. He started working at this terminal in 1987 and worked through 2008, he then left for 2 years and was re-hired in 2010 for a total of 32 years that he has worked at this terminal location. Thank you for your service Rick, in both the Marines and at this Terminal!

Meet the Cincinnati Team

Customer Service / Control Center Operators

Pictured above Left to Right. Back row: Michele Scheidt, CSR – Shannon Lavender, CSR

Front Row: Chris Carmichael, CS/Control Center Operator – Shana Connolly, Customer Service Manager – Brian Messinger, CS/Control Center Operator


Pictured above Left to Right. Troy Miller, Brian Schaller, Craig Jantzen- Supervisor, Jaxson Pruitt, Jeremy Sanford, Hunter Ballinger, Greg Lavender, Sean Carmony, Dustin Scheidt - Supervisor, Daryl Brownfield – Maintenance Manager (not pictured – Joe Gastineau, Matt Dietz)

Pictured Left to Right: Frank Lyall, Gary Kumpf - Maintenance, Shawn Blaser, Carl Harry

And last, but not least, James Troxell - Terminal Manager

Construction Updates

Port Allen

We are growing in Port Allen!

Congratulations to the Commercial Team for securing a 10 year contract to store 213,000 barrels of Base Oil!

Project includes new dock, truck, and rail lines; new 35,000 barrel tank; and new power transformer! Project will be operational later this year!


Our Jacintoport Terminal is operational with product in the tanks!

Employee News

Welcome to BWC Terminals!

Brady Beene - Terminal Operator - Manchester, Dillon Delaney - Terminal Operator - Texas City, Rogelio Rebuelta - Terminal Operator - Texas City, Jaron Guillot - Terminal Operator - Port Allen (Transferred from Harvey)


Take a break for Mental Health!

Know your Plan - BCBSTX

Get the most from your coverage by understanding how it works and what your care options are. Learn how to benefit from the no-cost and low-cost benefits you get, from telehealth to discount programs – and even a cost estimator so you know what you’re paying before you go to the doctor.

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