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Koch Industries challenges the status quo with 2017 EH&S Awards winners

September 22, 2017

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Koch companies challenge themselves every day to make products better, use fewer resources and mitigate operational risks in the United States and around the world, no matter what it takes. The Koch EH&S Awards recognize the groups and individuals who have made outstanding contributions to EH&S Excellence, and prioritizing EH&S Excellence enables us to reduce risks across our sites, ensuring that we are in business for the long-term.

With that spirit in mind, Koch Industries proudly presented its EH&S Awards to five teams of considerable achievement at the biennial banquet on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at its Wichita, Kansas, headquarters. Joining the recipients were Sheryl Corrigan, Director, EH&S; Brad Razook, KII Executive Vice President; David Dotson, Vice President, Operations & Compliance; and Charles Koch, Chairman & CEO, who also presented the awards.

“Whatever I’m working on, my starting point is to try and understand the underlying principles that make a difference,” Koch told attendees. “For EH&S that means the role of business in society, which is to create value for all of society. If you’re running an operation that is hurting people or the environment then you aren’t creating value for everyone.”

  • Award winners from Georgia-Pacific. (L-R) Dave Robertson, Matt Huggins (GP), Brice Chastain (GP), Charles Koch, Craig Lowe (GP), Lainee Bufkin (GP), Jim Mercurio (GP), Scott Light (GP)

  • Award winner from Koch Fertilizer. (L-R) Dave Robertson, Gregg Neahring (Koch Fertilizer), Charles Koch, Dave Dotson

  • Award winners from Koch Ag & Energy Solutions. (L-R) Dave Robertson, Evan Ballinger (Koch Ag & Energy Solutions), Lee Kilburn (Koch Ag & Energy Solutions), Charles Koch, Dave Dotson

  • Award winners from Flint Hills Resources pictured with Dave Robertson and Charles Koch.

  • Award winners from Koch Pipeline. (L-R) Dave Robertson, Bob O'Hair (Koch Pipeline), Mike Moore (Koch Pipeline), Charles Koch, Dave Dotson

  • Award winners from Koch Fertilizer and Koch Ag & Energy Solutions with Dave Robertson, Charles Koch and Dave Dotson.

Koch Industries must keep striving for better in EH&S and in all parts of the business, he noted. Apart from the economics of running a business, he continued, there is an important moral dimension as well.

“The moral dimension is if you run a business you have an obligation to do the very best to protect people and the environment. That’s a promise we make here at Koch,” Koch said.

Out of the 27 submissions for the distinction, the five awards were presented to teams of employees from:

  • Koch Ag & Energy Solutions, for its ammonium nitrate risk reduction in Brandon, Manitoba, and in the United Kingdom (accepted by Evan Ballinger, KAES Plant Engineer)
  • Koch Fertilizer’s facility in Enid, Oklahoma, for its implementation of a program to convert its raw water supply from potable water to the city’s wastewater effluent (accepted by Gregg Neahring, KAES Reliability Center Manager)
  • Georgia-Pacific, for its risk reduction of combustible dust across 36 facilities through performance-based design (accepted by Brice Chastain, Georgia-Pacific Manager – Safety and Health; and Matthew Huggins, Georgia-Pacific Regional Engineer)
  • Flint Hills Resources, for applying Market-Based Management® to anticipate risk, change the safety vision and eliminate high potential event occurrences at its Pine Bend facility (accepted by Jim Weir, Area Operations Manager)
  • Koch Pipeline, for minimizing risk around INVISTA’s anhydrous ammonia pipeline by rerouting a segment to protect a southwest Texas residential neighborhood and nearby communities (accepted by Mike Moore, Inspection Manager; and Bob O’Hair, Executive Vice President)

With these EH&S achievements, Koch Industries has demonstrated its commitment to innovation while responsibly managing its resources, but that is only the start.

“I’m proud of what we’ve done. We need to do better. We have to do better. We’ve made great improvements. But we cannot for one minute take our past victories for granted,” Koch said.