Koch’s 2019 Year in Review

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January

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January 4

Announcement that Koch’s Wichita campus earned Silver Conservation Certification from the Wildlife Habitat Council.

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January 23

Koch Disruptive Technologies makes $160 million investment in Desktop Metal, a leader in 3D metal printing.

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January 31

INVISTA completes the sale of its Apparel and Advanced Textile business, including the LYCRA® spandex brand.

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February

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February 1

Koch Business Solutions begins an enterprisewide migration from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams as part of KBS’s Vision for transforming intra-business communication.

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February 15

Koch launches a video series promoting the most recent winners of its Environment Health & Safety awards.

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February 26

Announcement of Koch’s new partnership with mikeroweWORKS, including a series of 12 videos about the dignity of work called Unpacking the S.W.E.A.T. Pledge.

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March

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March 21

Koch brings together more than 70 military veterans and spouses, HR employees and hiring managers from across the enterprise to learn more about Koch VETS – a comprehensive program to recruit and retain military veterans and spouses.

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March 8

Organizational changes: Mark Holden moves to a new role focused on addressing major social problems; Ray Geoffrey succeeds Holden as VP and general counsel for KII; Mark Leutters is named VP of Ag & Energy Solutions for KII.

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March 28

Steve Case, co-founder of America Online, speaks to Koch employees about transformation and the “Third Wave” at a KDT-sponsored Speakers Series event.

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April

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April 3

Charles Koch and the president of the Charles Koch Foundation, Brian Hooks, speak at the Global Philanthropy Forum.

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April 17

FHR celebrates its first-ever Film Fest with a screening of five employee-produced videos highlighting MBM® concepts in action.

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April 29

Koch executives help celebrate the grand opening of a new building in Bangalore, India, that houses a Koch Technology Center and Molex Global Business Services.

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April 8

Koch creates and sponsors a series of nine “Highlight-Warmup” spots on Twitter promoting the company during the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, including the Final Four.

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May

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May 8

KDT announces its investment in an autonomous vehicle company — an investment made possible thanks to knowledge-sharing from a GP employee working on better warehouse transportation technology.

May 22

After receiving almost 1,000 applications, the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation announces 238 Koch Scholarship Award recipients.

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May 22

The Seminar Network founded by Charles Koch announces it has changed its name to Stand Together, reflecting its focus on social entrepreneurship.

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June

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June 3

David Dotson, president of Koch Chemical Technology Group, announces that, as part of its transformation, KCTG is changing its name to Koch Engineered Solutions.

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June 18

The INVISTA team in Orange, Texas, shares knowledge via a new video about how advanced process controls can help transform operators’ roles and productivity.

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July

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July 8

Koch announces its latest nationwide ad campaign with a theme of “We Make That.”

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July 19

Koch’s legal capability announces a new Vision designed to promote more seamless integration of legal services for businesses and capabilities.

August

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August 6

KES announces two major deals: the signing of a joint development agreement between Genesis Robotics and Demaurex SA, and Koch-Glitsch’s acquisition of Montz.

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August 6

After leading a Series D funding round for Ibotta, the leading mobile rewards app in the U.S., KDT announces special rewards and incentives for Koch employees.

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August 13

The Washington Post publishes an op-ed by Brian Hooks and Charles Koch regarding how to help more people from all walks of life self-actualize.

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August 23

David H. Koch dies at the age of 79 after battling prostate cancer for 27 years.

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September

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September 15

More than 100 employees from Guardian and SRG Global collect almost 45,000 pounds of fresh food from a local farm to help feed needy families in the Detroit area.

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September 22

To celebrate Founder’s Day, Charles Koch shares a message with employees about some of the lessons we’ve learned from our mistakes and the importance of correctly applying MBM.

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September 27

Guardian Industries shares the story of its remarkable glass house in the middle of Spain’s Gorafe Desert, an energy-efficient building featured in the Netflix show, “Black Mirror,” and several fashion ad campaigns.

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October

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October 4

Photos provided by employees help Koch Newsroom tell the story of how Koch is working with the Wildlife Habitat Council to preserve Monarch Butterfly migration from Canada to Mexico.

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October 19

At the 19th annual Leadership Institute, sponsored by the Thurgood Marshall Foundation, leaders from several Koch companies help college students understand how to build effective professional relationships.

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October 4

Koch shares the stories of middle-schoolers who were winners of Koch’s Young Visioneer Award. They received all-expense-paid trips to Koch sites, where they learned more about innovation and transformation.

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November

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November 1

After acquiring Eco-Tec, an ion exchange company based in Canada, Koch Membrane Solutions announces it is changing its name to Koch Separation Solutions.

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November 11

Koch company offices in Wichita and Atlanta celebrate Veterans Day/Armistice Day by hosting a special event for all military employees, including veterans, those still serving and their families.

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November 22

KDT leads a $109 million Series D financing round for Vayar Imaging, the global leader in 4D radar imaging sensor technology.

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December

December 2

Rollout of the new myHR, Koch’s first-ever global, enterprise-wide human resources system.

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December 22

Koch company employees conclude a holiday season of giving that included food and clothing donations, gifts for thousands of children, and countless hours of volunteer labor.

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December 10

Koch volunteers at a Wichita elementary school help students learn about coding – just one of many STEM initiatives sponsored by Koch nationwide.

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