BWC Terminals News Flash January/February 2021

Photo taken at Texas City Terminal

Employee Engagement and DEI Survey

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Employment Engagement and DEI Survey! Your feedback will help shape BWC Terminals for years to come!

Did you indicate we need to improve on Communication? Would you like to join a focus group to help us correct this? Already in a focus group? Don't worry you can be in more than one focus group!

Who started Black History Month?

Carter G. Woodson, known as the “Father of Black History,” developed Black History Month. Woodson, whose parents were enslaved, was an author, historian and the second African American to earn a Ph.D. at Harvard University.

Why is Black History Month in February?

Woodson chose the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass, a famed abolitionist who escaped from slavery, and President Abraham Lincoln, who formally abolished slavery.

Feb. 1 is National Freedom Day, the anniversary of the approval of the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery in 1865. Richard Wright, who was enslaved and became a civil rights advocate and author, lobbied for the celebration of the day.

Looking for a book to read? Check out one of these excellent books written by black authors.


  • Becoming by Michelle Obama
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race, an anthology edited by Jesmyn Ward
  • Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine


  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  • The Sellout by Paul Beatty
  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  • Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

Famous black inventors who impacted our everyday life....

Elijah McCoy - "the Real McCoy" - most famous for developing a "lubricating cup" to automatically drip oil where needed on the train track.
Dr. Shirley Jackson, the first African-America women to earn a doctorate in nuclear physics at MIT, invented touch-tone telephone, the portable fax, caller ID, call waiting, and the fiber-optic cable.
Marie Van Brittan Brown, a full-time nurse, invented the first home security system.
Otis Boykin is famed for circuit improvements to the pacemaker, the development of IBM computers, burglar-proof cash register, chemical air filters, and an electronic resistor used in controlled missiles and other devices.

Construction Update

Houston Jacintoport

Late December, the Operations team completed preparing Jacintoport Terminal for the first customer. This huge accomplishment took several team members from across the organization to transition the facility from a construction site to an operating facility.

Truck rack pump and pipelines

BWC wants to thank everyone who participated in getting the agency plans and site inspections approved by various government agencies. The team consisted of several different groups, including HSEQ - Jen Tomas, Ken Shoemake, Candace Winton; Operations - Tommy Bankhead Sr., Joe Gilmore, Oscar Ayala; IT - Tony Bencivenga, Wayne LaFleur; and, Engineering - Brandon Melerine, Mike Irish, and Kara Febles.

TDS Automation

Terminal News

Winter Weather Impacts BWC

Top Row - Riverdale - Enrique Mendoza blowing through snow to keep operations going after 12 inches of snow one day and 14 more inches the next day. Bottom Row - Baltimore - Ice storm left its mark on a valve handle.

Texas City Terminal

Texas City Terminal consists of 68 carbon steel tanks ranging in size from 8,000 barrels to 200,000 barrels with a total capacity of 2.8 million barrels.

The terminal stores acrylates, acids, VLSFO oil, fuel oil blend stocks, vacuum gas oil and crude oil.

Control Room

Texas City is a proud participant in OSHA Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) which recognize employers and workers in the private industry and federal agencies who have implemented effective safety and health management systems and maintain injury and illness rates below national Bureau of Labor Statistics averages for their respective industries.

Employee News

Welcome to BWC Terminals!

Shannon Asbeck - CSR - Magnolia Park, Taylor Jenkins - Terminal Operator - Manchester, Nick Schrig - Terminal Operator - Philadelphia

5 years - Sean Orr - CFO - Corporate

15 years - Paublo Soto - Terminal Operator - Manchester, Ronnie Legget - Terminal Manager - Brunswick


Stay Focused in everything we do!

Benefit Information

Virtual Visits through MDLive

Virtual care (also known as telehealth, or telemedicine) is the use of technology to connect with a provider by video or phone using a computer or mobile device. You can connect with board-certified medical providers and licensed therapists online using a phone, tablet, or computer.

Talk directly to board-certified providers 24/7 by video or phone for help with minor, non-life-threatening medical conditions. Medical virtual care for minor conditions costs less than ER or urgent care center visits, and maybe even less than an in-office Primary Care Provider (PCP) visit.

Types of conditions treated:

  • Allergies
  • Sore Throat
  • Bronchitis
  • Cold and flu
  • Pink eye
  • Earaches

Activate your account by:

  • Call MDLive at 888-680-8646
  • Go to MDLive.com/bcbstx
  • Text BCBSTX to 635-483
  • Download the MDLive app


The 24/7 Nurseline is staffed by bilingual registered nurses who are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When a health problem pops up late in the day or in the middle of night, it can be hard to know how serious it is. Should you go to the emergency room? Urgent care? Or can it wait until you can see your regular doctor? The 24/7 Nurseline can help answer your health questions, day or night, and help direct you on where to go if additional medical attention is needed.

Call the Nurseline at 800-581-0368

IT Security

Thank you! Stay Safe!


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