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A new chapter begins for Shell in Deer Park as it focuses solely on the 100% owned Deer Park Chemicals facility which will produce low carbon offerings to meet the demands of our customers for a sustainable product.

Description: Video footage of Shell and Deer Park employees, and community members, at an event recognizing Shell’s history in the community. Shell announced more than $2 million in funding for projects benefitting the community.

Shell Deer Park – $2 Million in Funding benefitting the community Transcript

[Background music plays]

Bright, uplifting music

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Guy Hackwell stands at a podium on stage.

[Guy Hackwell]

Today’s really about recognizing our community. We are pledging just over $2,000,000 in funding for projects benefiting the community.


Illustrated graphic of people visiting the History Museum.

[Guy Hackwell]

The first donation, we are donating $800,000 to the city of Deer Park’s History museum.

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Jerry Mouton stands next to illustrated graphic on a stand.

[Video footage]

Guy Hackwell is filmed speaking in front of the camera, inside the venue.

[Text displays]

Guy Hackwell

Shell Deer Park General Manager

[Guy Hackwell]

Shell, and Deer Park have been inextricably linked since 1929. I think it’s really good for people to be able to see what has happened in their community over the years, and also have a, a venue for them to be able to plot what is going to change over the next few years as well.

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Large photo exhibit at the Shell History Museum.

Jerry Mouton is filmed speaking in front of the camera, inside the venue.

[Text displays]

Jerry Mouton

City of Deer Park Mayor

[Jerry Mouton]

We’re reaching an aspect now, in well excess of a hundred years, where a lot of the younger generation is not going to understand the history. So it’s, it is really important to us to preserve that.

[Video footage]

Nathan Levin stands at a podium on stage.

[Nathan Levin]

Looking forward, one of Shell’s goals is to power lives and livelihoods through our activities. We’re donating $1,000,000 to partner with BakerRipley in their Pathways to Possibilities program.

[Video footage]

Nathan Levin is filmed speaking in front of the camera, inside the venue.

[Text displays]

Nathan Levin

Shell Deer Park Incoming GM

[Nathan Levin]

The impact of our donation to the community will make a huge difference for them in terms of opportunities to continue their post-secondary education.

[Video footage]

Claudia Aguirre is filmed speaking in front of the camera, inside the venue.

[Text displays]

Claudia Aguirre

BakerRipley President/CEO

[Claudia Aguirre]

We’ve been going through a very hard time as the world has the last 18, 19 months. At the end of the day, it’s all about jobs. And this partnership, this investment is going to get all of these people, all of our neighbors into a job, that gives them a livable wage.

[Video footage]

Dr Brenda Hellyer is filmed speaking in front of the camera, inside the venue.

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Dr Brenda Hellyer

San Jacinto College Chancellor

[Dr Brenda Hellyer]

We know Shell is a resource for us. They provide not only jobs, but they’re here to make sure that we’re, we’re a safe community and a community that has a good partner.


Illustrated graphic of people at a park connecting to WIFI.

[Video footage]

Pan from Jose Jimenez to Jessica Blackmore as she stands at a podium, on stage.

[Jessica Blackmore]

So our final grant that we’re announcing today, we are partnering with Precinct2gether with a $300,000 donation to address the digital divide, through the Partnership Park Internet Equity Program.

[Video footage]

Jessica Blackmore is filmed speaking in front of the camera, inside the venue.

[Text displays]

Jessica Blackmore

Shell Deer Park CR Advisor

[Jessica Blackmore]

What this project really does, it addresses a need that we really saw amplified during the COVID-19 pandemic, where folks who don’t have reliable access to internet services were really impacted. Having this project move forward will allow them to regain access.

[Video footage]

Jose Jimenez is filmed speaking in front of the camera, inside the venue.

[Text displays]

Jose Jimenez

Sr Director of Neighborhood Servicess

[Jose Jimenez]

Shell has been a tremendous partner to, Precinct2gether in Harris county Precinct 2 throughout the years. And we’re really excited about this donation to the community today.

[Video footage]

Nathan Levin stands at a podium on stage.

[Nathan Levin]

Today’s announcements underscores the commitment to the community, both in recognizing our past and growing a positive, inclusive future together.


Shell logo on white background.

[Text displays]

Copyright, Shell International Limited 2015

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Shell honors history, builds future in Deer Park.

Shell announced more than $2 million in funding for projects benefitting the community, including $800,000 for the City of Deer Park History Museum, $1 million to BakerRipley’s Pathways to Possibilities program, and $300,000 addressing the digital divide in Harris County Precinct 2. The site recognizes its history in the community and looks forward to a bright future powering progress as Deer Park Chemicals.


An agreement between Shell Deer Park and the University of Houston Libraries makes it easier for scholars and the public to learn more about that relationship, as historical documents, photos and artifacts from the plant become part of the library’s Energy & Sustainability Research Collection.

Deer Park's 125th anniversary in 2019

The celebration also included a musical, An Evening with Simeon West.

Deer Park celebrates 125 years.


Hurricane Harvey hits the Texas Gulf Coast.

Shell loans pumps to the city to help prevent flooding.


Paris Agreement signed with goal to combat climate change.


Shell begins the HERO program, double matching employees’ personal contributions in the community.


Since its inception, the Strides for Schools Fun Run presented by Shell has raised more than $1 million for education grants in Deer Park.


Lynn Elsenhans becomes first female CEO of a major U.S. refining company at Shell Deer Park.

Deer Park education foundation logo


Deer Park Education Foundation is founded.


Shell forms a joint venture with PEMEX, Mexico’s state oil company, to modernize the Shell Deer Park refinery and manufacture clean fuels.


The Deer Park Community Advisory Council forms with the first meeting held at Shell Deer Park.

First Community Advisory Council Meeting Notes.


The Local Emergency Planning Committee forms as a joint effort between local industry and City of Deer Park.

Wally Wise Guy


Ribbon cutting at Shell Deer Park Historical Society opening.

The Shell Deer Park collection dates back to the 1930s and was organized in the 1980s by the Shell Deer Park Historical Society, made up of plant employees and retirees, and displayed in a small museum on plant grounds. When post-9/11 security provisions restricted access, the company preserved the artifacts and periodically made them available to the public through pop-up installations before donating the collection to the University of Houston Libraries’ Energy & Sustainability Research Collection in 2019.


Shell Houston Refinery and Houston Chemical Plant become Shell Deer Park Manufacturing Complex.


Shell Oil Company relocates corporate headquarters to Houston from New York City.


Clean Air Act is passed to control air pollution on a national level.

News clipping image of the moon landing in 1969


Moon landing “Houston… The eagle has landed”

Coleta Hendricks examining moon shot chart.


Shell constructs the first sulfur recovery plant on the Gulf Coast, reducing emissions.


Following incorporation, Deer Park elects its first mayor, Earl E. Dunn, a Shell employee.

News clipping image of Earl Dunn elected the first mayor of Deer Park Texas


World’s first synthetic glycerin plant opens at Shell Houston Chemical Plant.


Shell shares 100-octane technology to meet war plane fuel demand following U.S. entry into WWII.


San Jacinto Monument, a New Deal project, opens.

1933 - 1938

New Deal programs and reforms enacted in response to the Great Depression.

Women working during World War 2

During World War II, women were hired in great numbers at the Shell Houston plants to replace the men serving in the war.

Shell Houston Chemical Plant opens and brings online the first U.S. full-scale butadiene plant, creating synthetic rubber.


Stock market crash signals the beginning of Great Depression.


Site construction began shortly after the first engineers set foot on the land on Thanksgiving Day 1928. It was plagued by rain, mules and mud. Nevertheless, our people persevered, and operations began with a staff of 600 in August of 1929.


Deer Park establishes an independent school district.

News clipping image of Headstone found in 1928


When Shell purchased the original site, early surveyors discovered a broken headstone dating back to 1834.

The headstone was later relocated to Dow Park in Deer Park as the site expanded.

Dow Park Headstone found in 1928

Family Day is a long-standing tradition at Shell Deer Park.

Shell Family Day in 1930 Group Photo


The Shell Pipe Line Corporation, established in 1919, began building its pipeline and pump station from McCamey, Texas, to Deer Park.

Men on vehicle in 1919


Shell begins operations in the United States.


The Deer Park Hotel was built by Simeon West on the northeast corner of Highway 225 and Center Street.

In 1928, Farmer Brown’s house, the former Deer Park Hotel, served as temporary quarters for construction workers building the Shell Refinery. The Deer Park schoolhouse served as the headquarters for Shell engineers.

Deer Park Hotel
Simeon West Portrait


Deer Park is founded by Simeon West.