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CountryMark
www.countrymark.com / HQ: Indianapolis /Specialty: Oil exploration, production, refining and
marketing / David Austin, operator: "I think everyone has become more patient with the system."

Midwest

New Perspective

indiana oil refinery countrymark has bolstered its success with a new
process for scheduling preventive maintenance. by chris petersen

countrymark's fuel is used by nearly
65 percent of farmers and 60 percent
of schools in indiana, illinois,
michigan, ohio and kentucky.

Conventional wisdom holds that
if "it isn't broke, don't fix it," but that's
an oversimplification, especially for
an operation as complex as CountryMark's. The Indiana-based oil refinery
processes approximately 28,000 barrels of crude oil each day and produces
nearly 450 million gallons of gasoline
and diesel fuel each year for the farmers that make up its cooperative.
Although CountryMark is successful, leadership determined that it was
necessary to drive down costs and
improve the reliability of its refinery
even further. That's why Country68

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Mark recently implemented what it
calls its WorkPlace Excellence Program, and the company says its success has been based on the principle
that if the company eliminates failures through preventive maintenance
and reliability engineering, it becomes proactive instead of reactive.
CountryMark is one of only two oil
refineries in Indiana, and the fuel it
produces is used by nearly 65 percent
of farmers and 60 percent of school
corporations within its service area.
That service area includes Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky.

As of 2015, CountryMark was ranked
as the 10th-largest private company
based in Indiana, and it has been operating as a cooperative since 1919.
In addition to refining crude oil at
its facility in Mt. Vernon, Ind., CountryMark also specializes in oil exploration and production. The company
manages nearly 1,400 oil wells in six
states that produce about 2,500 barrels of oil a day. The company's full
integration is one of its strongest advantages, providing it with the ability
to supply its customers consistently
and effectively.


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