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Refinery owner pledges smooth transition

The new owner of the St. Paul Park refinery says it expects no job cuts and wants the ownership transition to be seamless. It also plans no major changes to newly acquired SuperAmerica service stations and the SuperMom's food brand.

Northern Tier Energy's $935 million acquisition of Marathon Petroleum Co.'s refinery and retail operations was finalized last week. A Northern Tier Energy executive said the company views the refinery and retail operations as a "growth opportunity," and nearly all employees will stay on.

"We've communicated to many of the employees that it's business as usual," Christine Carnicelli, a Northern Tier Energy vice president, said in an interview after the deal closed Dec. 1. "It's a fine-run refinery. It's safe. It's reliable. We need everybody (working) there to continue to work there."

See the upcoming print edition of the South Washington County Bulletin for more on this story.

Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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