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Koch Industries donates $1 million to Oklahoma tornado relief

By Victoria Advocate
May 22, 2013 at 12:22 a.m.


Koch Industries Inc., owner of Invista, donated $1 million to support relief efforts in Oklahoma following the tornadoes that devastated the cities of Moore and Shawnee and affected other areas of the state this week.

Half of that amount will go to the OK Strong Disaster Relief Fund established by Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin in coordination with the United Way of Central Oklahoma, according to an Invista news release. The other half will go to the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army to help affected families with their most urgent needs, including housing, transportation, clothing and more.

Georgia-Pacific, another Koch company, also donated six truckloads of products from its Muskogee, Okla.; Fort Smith, Ark.; and Naheola, Ala., facilities, including bath tissue, paper towels, cups, plates and napkins.

"Koch has deep roots in Oklahoma, and we want the communities of Moore, Shawnee and others throughout the state to know we stand with them and pray for them as they begin the difficult process of rebuilding their lives," Dave Robertson, Koch Industries' president and chief operating officer, said in the release.

Several Koch companies have a presence in Oklahoma, including Georgia-Pacific, Koch Nitrogen Co. and John Zink Hamworthy Combustion, with a combined total of nearly 2,000 employees.

Also, Invista is affiliated with a number of Stainmaster Flooring Center and Stainmaster Showcase retailers throughout Oklahoma.

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