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Maxine Herr | Shale Plays Media Contributor
Her strawberry blonde curls and cheerful disposition challenge the perceptions of a rugged, male-dominated industry, but the Dakota Prairie Refining (DPR) plant near Dickinson seems to benefit from a woman at the reins.
“It’s still a bit of a man’s world, but I do think women bring something to the table,” plant manager Mary Trost says. “We seem to be a calming influence. And you really need that in this type of environment.”
It seems appropriate for DPR to boast a leader just as non-traditional as erecting a new oil refinery – something unheard of in the U.S. in nearly 40 years. The plant, which processes 20,000 barrels of Bakken crude daily to meet regional diesel fuel demand, is owned and operated jointly by WBI Energy, a subsidiary of MDU Resources Group Inc., and Calumet Specialty Products Partners. Working with oil produced locally is a refreshing change for Trost since her previous experience was at Washington and Texas coastal refineries.