Continental Refining Comp-any (CRC), the former Somerset Refinery, continues “fully operational” and, as of Monday, has 35 employees on the payroll, according to Missy Shorey, spokesperson for the refinery.

Shorey says CRC is in contract negotiations with regional suppliers for crude oil. This is in addition to an existing contract with Sonoco Partners Marketing and Terminals LP that assures a consistent supply of crude oil, she said.

CRC produces several products including 87 octane (regular) gasoline, kerosene, diesel and No. 4 and No. 6 (residual) heating oils. At this stage full production depends on supply.

“We add capacity as we go along,” Shorey noted.

The local refinery, one of two crude oil refineries in Kentucky, was an industrial backbone of Somerset during its growing years.

Somerset Refinery, beginning in the 1930s, prov-ided an important market for crude oil producers in nearby areas of Kentucky and Tennessee. Its affiliated Somerset Oil service stations, no longer in existence, were once familiar sights in the region.

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