TEXAS CITY If BP had to sell it s refinery to any one company, Mayor Matt Doyle was sure glad it was a company that already had a presence in his city.

I hate that (BP) is leaving, and I fully understand the reasons why, but I am so glad that it s a local (company) that s buying the refinery, Doyle said.

The Ohio-based Marathon Petroleum isn t exactly local, but given that it s been operating a refinery in Texas City since 1962, that s close enough in Doyle s book.

Marathon is an up-and-coming company, Doyle said. I m glad for the working men and women of Texas City and am glad because I think it will be good for Texas City.

The speculation of who would buy the nation s fourth-largest refinery had taken its toll on workers and government officials alike ever since BP announced in February of 2011 it was looking to sell its largest U.S. refinery.

Buyers from China, Royal-Dutch Shell, Valero, private investors and even airline companies were rumored to be contenders to buy the refinery.

I think it s positive, C.T. Roberts, a BP machinist with 14 years on the job, said as he returned to the refinery from lunch Monday. Two major reasons. One, (Marathon) is an American company, no more orders from London. Second, they are a union company. That means a lot to many of us because it s the same union.

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