Why would Koch want to participate inthe U.S. ethanol market? From all thatI read, ethanol in the U.S. cannot beproduced economically versus gasolineand only is used because of governmentsubsidy. Tis seems inconsistent with“growth through the economic means.”
Paul SnyderSenior sysems analys - INVISTA Chatanooga, Tenn.
Many Koch company employees have asked the samequestion ollowing Flint Hills Resources’ recent purchaseo ethanol plants in Iowa. For an in-depth analysis o thatdecision, see the story “Why buy ethanol?” on page 9.
Wilmington, Del., in 1901.Te
was re-launched in Cali-fornia in 2007 and later sailed throughthe Panama Canal. It is now based inNew England.Te historic restoration of the
is of particular importance to Coen andits sta, as we feel this brings us back toour roots. Coen was established in 1912with most of our early burner installa-tions aboard seagoing ships.Being a member of one of the Kochfamily of companies, we hope thispicture nds its way into the pictureportrait for Mr. Koch.
Mathew N. HallApplicaions engineer - Coen Co.,Woodland, Calif.
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was one o 11,088 imagesused to create Charles Koch’s 75th birthday portrait.For more about that portrait, see page 11.
I grew up in Oklahoma and received anAgEcon degree from OSU in 1992. Ihave known about Koch my entire life.But I’ve never actively researched you.In 2001, my husband and I moved toWestern Australia to start our own beef cale feedlot about two hours inlandfrom Perth. We invested our life savingsand built up our business to two-thirdsof its planned and approved design.Ten the state’s Department of Environ-ment and Conservation shut us downwhen we actively campaigned againstAustralia’s so-called Carbon PollutionReduction Scheme.We knew that this horrendous new tax would cause severe diculties forour business. We are now engaged in abale of epic proportions as we try tobring this out-of-control governmentbureaucracy into line.I hear that Al Gore promoted a demean-ing website about Koch Industriesbecause of its public stand on the sameissue. I have not visited that website, butI went straight to yours.I applaud your commitment to free mar-ket enterprise, and I commend CharlesG. Koch’s “Evaluating a president”article in October’s
.Your website is informative, excitingand honest. It was an absolute pleasureand a breath of fresh air to “tour” yourbusiness and your minds. I will besharing your website and Perspectivesarticles prolically.All the best for your continued success.
Jane H. ompsonNarrogin Beef ProducersNarrogin, Wesern Ausralia
In 2006, Coen Co. (part of Koch Chem-ical echnology Group) sold a burnersystem to Rentech Boiler Systems of Abilene, exas.Rentech then sold that system to Dr.Robert McNeil, who installed theequipment as part of his restoration of the steam-sail yacht
, built in
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FHR’s ethanol plant in Shell Rock, Iowa.About 60 FHR volunteers, including Lynn Kram andAmbrey Gartner, helped clean up a section o theMississippi River Blus near Pine Bend Refnery inOctober. This annual project is in its 11th year.