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Up close: Working with diverse suppliers in the United States

ExxonMobil seeks to build constructive, long-lasting and mutually beneficial relationships with our suppliers. Two of our suppliers in the United States, Valdes Engineering and Cole Chemical, have been working with ExxonMobil for many years.

Valdes Engineering, a Hispanic-owned company, began working with Mobil Oil in 1994. The company provides project development, execution and off-site detailed engineering services for ExxonMobil’s Joliet (Illinois) Refinery. Valdes Engineering has grown its business by focusing efforts on learning about the culture of safety, a commitment to quality and an expectation of high performance standards from ExxonMobil and other companies. By incorporating these values into its business model, Valdes has grown from 10 employees to more than 200 today.

Throughout its 20-year history with ExxonMobil, Valdes Engineering has completed nearly 1,000 company jobs, ranging from general engineering support to major capital projects.

Photo — Robert (Bob) Valdes, president, Valdes Engineering Company.

Cole Chemical is a distributor of chemicals, lubricants, fuels, resins and specialty gases, with blending, warehousing and custom-packaging capabilities for domestic and international markets. Since Cole Chemical’s start in 1980, the company has been a supplier to ExxonMobil. The company began blending, drumming and warehousing chemicals for ExxonMobil’s operations in Beaumont, Texas, and has now expanded to sales of additional chemical supplies.

  • Donna Fujimoto Cole

    President and CEO, Cole Chemical & Distributing Inc.

    “ExxonMobil was one of my first four clients when I began in 1980. They have constantly challenged us to evolve and improve with them and are a big reason we now generate revenues of $85 million per year.”

Cole Chemical is a minority- and women-owned company with a commitment to hiring and including minorities and women in its own supply chain, in direct alignment with ExxonMobil’s values and goals.