The first Koch company to deal with the pandemic directly was Molex. It has the most employees of any Koch business, including 14,000 in China, 160 of whom work in Wuhan, where COVID-19 originated.
“In mid-November 2019 we started making plans to be in Wuhan for our business review and Lunar New Year celebration in late January,” said Doug Busch, the business unit leader for the optical solutions group. “But during the first week in January — even before the government or global news media started reporting anything specific — our team had become very concerned with what was happening there. “Thanks to good knowledge systems and a lot of sharing, we postponed our visit and quickly shifted our efforts into developing a plan for dealing with this unexpected challenge. About the only thing we knew for sure was that we had to move quickly and figure out ways to be agile in case working remotely became necessary.”