INVISTA PARENT COMPANY DONATES $1 MILLION FOR TEXAS DISASTER RELIEF
WICHITA, Kan. (September 19, 2008) - Koch Industries, Inc., parent company of INVISTA, announced today it is donating $1 million for Hurricane Ike relief efforts in four Southeast Texas counties: Hardin, Harris, Jefferson and Orange.
Mindful of all the Koch companies with employees and assets that have been affected by this natural disaster, Koch Industries’ donation will be directed to relief efforts in Hardin, Harris, Jefferson and Orange counties. The funds will be directed to the Texas Disaster Relief Fund established by Gov. Rick Perry, Salvation Army, and American Red Cross.
INVISTA operates sites in Orange and La Porte, located in Orange and Harris counties, respectively.
“Ike’s devastation will be felt for years, but we hope this gift from Koch companies will offer some immediate relief as people begin rebuilding their lives,” said Dave Robertson, president and COO of Koch Industries, Inc. “These are our employees, neighbors and friends, and they are in our thoughts and prayers.”
“Our employees prepared well for the hurricane, and we are grateful to have weathered it without any injuries or casualties among our employee force. However, our facilities and these communities have hard work ahead of them to restore infrastructure; clean up damage; and rebuild homes, schools and other facilities,” said Dave Dotson, senior vice president of operations for INVISTA.
“We hope this contribution from our parent company, along with the direct work we’re doing to assist our employees and restore our operations in the area, will help speed relief and recovery efforts in these communities,” said Dotson.
Working directly with employees most severely affected by Hurricane Ike, particularly at its Orange site, INVISTA has distributed food, fuel, generators and cleaning supplies, and is providing computer access for employees applying for FEMA aid. INVISTA has also rented recreational vehicles for emergency housing, as needed, while teams continue with assessments and clean-up efforts at the plants.
This donation comes on the heels of another Koch company, Flint Hills Resources, LLC, which announced Wednesday it will donate $100,000 to the Southeast Texas Emergency Relief Fund for disaster relief in Hardin, Jefferson and Orange counties. Flint Hills Resources operates a chemicals plant in Port Arthur in Jefferson County.
In total, Koch companies employ about 1,400 people in Southeast Texas. Koch Pipeline Company, L.P. operates area pipelines that serve Flint Hills Resources’ plant, including a storage facility in Hardin County. Koch Industries, INVISTA, Flint Hills Resources, Koch Supply & Trading, and Koch Chemical Technology Group have offices or manufacturing sites in Houston and greater Harris County.