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About Us Case Studies Petroleum Refinery Labor Strike Emergency Catering

Petroleum Refinery Labor Strike Emergency Catering

Loss Event: Labor Strike

Project Overview: As a result of a labor strike affecting a major petroleum refinery, much of the facility’s operation was threatened by a complete lack of access to meal service. Cotton was called in to temporarily alleviate this disaster with temporary facilities, full-service meal preparation, comprehensive snack and beverage options, and other support resources. After urgently arriving on site, we were able to begin service in under 3 days. During the four months of the strike, Cotton Culinary was able to successfully serve 500 to 700 meals daily, culminating in 46,483 meals total. Our crew leaders also managed complex dietary restrictions and picket-line concerns throughout our presence on the site. Ultimately, with Cotton’s quick response and comprehensive packages of around-the-clock meal solutions, the refinery personnel were able to keep the refinery’s process units online and fully operational during the strike which resulted in a lasting partnership with the refinery’s parent company.

Turnkey Services Provided:

  • Delivered and constructed temporary kitchen facility for meal preparation in under 48 hours
  • Facilitated full-service with staff in pre-existing dining room
  • Prepared 24-hour meal services for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and midnight meal
  • Regularly served 500 to 700 meals daily, reaching a total of 46,483 while onsite
  • Provided snack and beverage service for staff and third parties
  • Accommodated complex dietary restrictions including both keto diets and vegetarians
  • Coordinated national vendors for propane refill as local companies would not cross picket line
  • Contracted third party courier service to deliver food to site throughout stay

The Cotton Differentiator: 

  • Cooked and served 500 TO 700 MEALS daily
  • Crafted FULL-SERVICE MENU for four daily meals, snacks, and beverages
  • Managed complex dietary restrictions to meet CLIENT NEEDS
  • Organized NATIONAL SOLUTIONS for support services unable to be accessed as a result of picket lines
  • Supported refinery personnel in keeping process units FULLY OPERATIONAL and online during the entirety of the strike