Press Release

Monday, October 7

AWB Honors Phillips 66 with Manufacturing Excellence Award

Ferndale refinery recognized for energy efficiency, safety performance

SEATTLE — The Association of Washington Business today honored the Phillips 66 Ferndale Refinery with the 2019 AWB Manufacturing Excellence Award for Green Manufacturing.

The refinery was recognized for its work to maximize energy efficiency, exceed regulatory requirements and minimize waste from the production process. Green manufacturing is one of four Manufacturing Excellence Awards issued by AWB each year. Applicants are judged by fellow members and winners are selected following a competitive review process. 

The refinery was founded in 1954 and employs 275 people and approximately 200 contractors. The refinery also received an Elite Gold Safety Award from the Association of Petroleum Manufacturing last year, and EPA Energy Star certifications five out of the last six years.

“Phillips 66 is a vitally important energy producer for Washington and the Pacific Northwest,” AWB President Kris Johnson said. “Our state’s manufacturing sector and transportation networks rely on high-quality, affordable fuels to make great products, move freight and help people get to work every day.”

AWB is touring the state to highlight the nearly $59 billion in economic output and more than 287,000 good-paying jobs of Washington’s manufacturing sector.

AWB’s tour bus began the day at Alcoa’s Intalco Works, a global supplier of aluminum. The tour also covered Sedro-Woolley, Everett Community College, Monroe and Leavenworth.

“AWB’s third Manufacturing Week bus tour is a celebration of Washington’s incredible manufacturing sector,” AWB President Kris Johnsons says. “Manufacturing means good jobs, great products and a solid foundation for the economic health of our state. We’re proud to represent such extraordinary employers, from some of the world’s biggest companies to thousands of family firms.”

Manufacturing has a big impact on Washington’s working families and communities.

More than 287,000 people worked at 7,636 manufacturing firms in 2017. The average compensation was more than $88,000 per year. Many of these jobs offer training and career opportunities without a traditional four-year college degree and are popular with those seeking to avoid student loan debt.

Today’s tour covered Whatcom, Skagit and Snohomish counties, where a combined 73,188 people worked in manufacturing in 2017, the state Employment Security Department reports. Average annual wages were highest in Snohomish County, at more than $89,000 a year.

The tour begins again Tuesday in Wenatchee, and the rest of Washington through Oct. 11.

This year’s tour is expected to include several dozen employers and cover more than 1,400 miles.

Follow AWB’s 2019 Manufacturing Tour in real time on AWB’s Olympia Business Watch blog, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts, and Vimeo channel.

For high-resolution photos from AWB’s Manufacturing Week tour, including print-quality photos from each tour stop, visit AWB’s Google Photos account. All photos are available for media use in print and online. Contact AWB Photo Editor Brian Mittge ( with technical questions about photos.

For B-roll of any event during the tour, contact Brian Temple ( or Andrew Lenderman (

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