The Valero McKee Refinery began operations in 1933 with expansions and developments to the present total feedstock throughput of 200,000 barrels per day. Unit age varies throughout the refinery with a few older units dating to the 1950s while other units were constructed in the 2000s. Situated in the heart of the Texas Panhandle, the McKee refinery has access to crude oil from northern and west Texas, Oklahoma, southwestern Kansas and eastern Colorado through an extensive network of crude oil pipelines, making it one of the most well-connected plants in Valero's system. The refinery is joined by third-party pipelines to major crude oil centers in Cushing, Oklahoma, and Midland, Texas. The McKee refinery also has pipeline access at Wichita Falls, Texas, to major third-party pipelines that transport crude oil from the Texas Gulf Coast and from major West Texas oil fields into the mid-continent region.
**Recent upgrades including revamps and additions to allow Tier II gasoline and diesel production
**One of six refineries acquired in the purchase of Ultramar Diamond Shamrock in 2002
**Produces a wide variety of refined petroleum products including gasoline, jet fuel, diesel, asphalt, carbon black oil, sulfur, sulfuric acid and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), which it markets through six main pipelines servicing customers across the southwestern United States; additionally, local customers served by truck and others by rail
**Located on 5,000 acres 45 miles north of Amarillo, Texas; a major employer for the region with 475 full-time personnel