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Based in Wichita, Kan., Koch Industries, Inc. is one of the largest private companies in America according to Forbes magazine. It owns a diverse group of companies involved in refining and chemicals; process and pollution control equipment and technologies; minerals; fertilizers; polymers and fibers; commodity trading and services; forest and consumer products; and ranching. Koch companies have a presence in nearly 60 countries and employ about 70,000 people. Since 2003, Koch companies have completed more than $32 billion in acquisitions and investments, and nearly $11 billion in capital expenditures.
More than 40 years ago Koch companies began trading crude oil, a business that has grown to include daily trades of about 50 types of crude around the globe. Today, they have expanded their trading operations to include dozens of other commodities and sophisticated risk-management tools, positioning Koch companies and their customers to respond to ever-changing global markets. Koch companies have traders or originators in Wichita, Houston, New York, Canada, Cayman Islands, France, India, the Netherlands, Singapore, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. They also move products through hubs in the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East.
In Asia Pacific, Koch companies employ nearly 3,000 people involved in manufacturing, trading, marketing and sales.
In Canada, Koch companies employ about 2,400 people involved in manufacturing, trading, marketing and sales.
In Europe, Koch companies employ nearly 8,500 people in sales, trading, marketing and manufacturing.
With about 2,300 employees in Kansas, the company’s Wichita headquarters, a 1.2 million-square-foot office complex houses specialized capabilities such as human resources; environmental, health and safety; information technology; public affairs; risk management; legal services; tax and audit services; and business development.