Koch Industries Inc



Koch Industries is a family-owned chemical and manufacturing company based in Wichita, Kansas. It is named after the founder who invented an efficient way to turn crude oil into gasoline and other products in the 1920s. Today it is one of the largest producers of nylon and polyester fabrics, a business that it acquired from Dupont and ICI. It also owns Georgia-Pacific, one of the world's largest producer of pulp and paper products. Koch Industries is projected to make a major profit off the Keystone XL pipeline between Canada and the U.S. from land leases for fracking as well as other petrochemical interests.


Asphalt, chemicals, commodities trading, energy, fibers, fertilizers, finance, minerals, natural gas, plastics, petroleum, pulp and paper, ranching.


Top 5 Offense Groups (Groups Defined)Penalty TotalNumber of Records
environment-related offenses$815,450,154236
employment-related offenses$88,540,75627
competition-related offenses$29,000,0003
safety-related offenses$2,200,955169
consumer-protection-related offenses$75,0001

(September 30, 2022)

Number of Records
Total Penalties
$935,266,865 (September 30, 2022)
Information in this section is drawn from the Violation Tracker database produced by the Corporate Research Project of Good Jobs First in Washington DC. It is the most comprehensive source of data on business violations of laws and regulations in the United States. For specific examples of misconduct, please click on the links.


Article Archive

Koch Industries Ramps Up Lobbying Against Clean Car Policies

Published by
Dana Drugmand

Koch Industries, the second largest privately held company in the United States, has significantly increased its lobbying spending this year, including efforts to influence policy on key climate and transportation issues and legislation. 

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Videos & Podcasts
Koch Industries' mysterious 'internal bank' in Switzerland
Koch LA Times Buyout Enrages Protesters: What We Saw at the "Save Our News" Rally


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  • Corporate Rap Sheet on Koch IndustriesCorporate Rap Sheets, which detail corporate wrongdoing by some of the world's largest companies, are written by Philip Mattera, who heads the Corporate Research Project of Good Jobs First in the U.S.


Recent & Ongoing Campaigns
Phoenix Voters 'Say Yes to the Future,' Rejecting Koch-Backed Effort to Ban Light Rail Expansion in Least Sustainable US City

Julia Conley | Common Dreams | August 28, 2019

The city of Phoenix dealt a decisive blow to a Koch Brothers-backed measure on Tuesday when voters rejected a proposition that would have banned any expansion of the city's light rail system.

Unions fight back against Kochs and allies since supreme court 'disaster'

Mike Elk | The Guardian | February 8, 2019

After decades of trying, the Koch brothers and their allies won a major battle last year when the US supreme court stripped public sector unions of their ability to collect “fair-share fees” from non-union members.

Major Investigations
& Lawsuits
Heckler & Koch must pay for illegal arms sales to Mexico

DW | March 30, 2021

Germany's Federal Court of Justice (BGH) upheld a 2019 lower court decision Tuesday, finding that employees at German arms manufacturer Heckler & Koch (H&K) knowingly falsified information as to the nature and destination of arms sold by the company in order to attain federal export licenses.

In Minnesota, Ellison Announces Climate Lawsuit Against Exxon, Koch, and API

Andrea Germanos | Common Dreams | June 24, 2020

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison filed a lawsuit Wednesday against ExxonMobil, Koch Industries, and the American Petroleum Institute for mounting a 30-year "campaign of deception" related to the climate crisis.

Environmental Impacts
2000 Press Release, Koch Industries Paid Largest Ever Civil Fine on an Oil Company: $30 Million for More than 300 Oil and Chemical Spills in Six States

Koch Docs | June 7, 2019

In this press release, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it was imposing the “largest civil fine ever imposed on an oil company under any federal law,” on Koch Industries in 2000. The fine was $30 million.

Koch Facility Leaked “Big Green Cloud” of Deadly Chlorine Gas

Connor Gibson | Green Peace | June 11, 204

A subsidiary of Koch Industries recently leaked about 15 pounds of toxic chlorine dioxide gas from a Florida mill following a 3AM power outage.

Koch Connection to West Virginia Chemical Spill Company

Tina Casey | Triple Pundit | January 13, 2014

A chemical spill in West Virginia last week cut off access to safe tap water across nine counties, and although it involved a chemical used by the coal industry, state officials have been pushing back strongly against suggestions by reporters that the disaster had anything to do with the state's dominant industry -- coal.

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Based on United States Environmental Protection Agency data ranking the top 100 worst polluters.

Employment Practices
& Relations
Amazon Hired Koch-Backed Anti-Union Consultant to Fight Alabama Warehouse Organizing

Lee Fang | The Intercept | February 10, 2021

Amazon is Bringing on a set of well-trained union suppression consultants in its high-profile fight to keep its massive warehouse workforce free of organized labor.

Koch Compliance: Georgia-Pacific Plants Have Troubling Health and Safety Record Including Seven Death

Don Wiener | | Center for Media and Democracy | March 15, 2018

Billionaire industrialist Charles Koch is known for extolling the virtues of his own management system, “Market-Based Management.” He credits this system, which he has trademarked and promoted in a series of books, as the key contributor to the success of Koch Industries, one of the largest privately held companies in America.


Corporate Headquarters
4111 E 37th St N, Wichita, KS 67220
Most Recent Gross Revenue
$115 billion | source
Most Recent Net Revenue
Privately Held | source
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      Tax Havens
      & Evasion
      “This is Extortion”: Koch Industries Gets Another Tax Break

      Don Wiener | PR Watch | November 14, 2019

      The Toledo, Oregon City Council voted 4-2 on November 6 to give Koch Industries' subsidiary, Georgia-Pacific, a 15-year property tax exemption in return for investment in an existing plant there.

      Koch Brothers Could Get Up To $1.4 Billion Tax Cut From Law They Helped Pass

      Americans For Tax Fairness | January 24, 2018

      A new analysis by Americans for Tax Fairness estimates that Charles Koch and David Koch and/or Koch Industries could save between $1 billion and $1.4 billion combined in income taxes each year from the Trump tax law―and that doesn’t even count how much the brothers might save in taxes ....

      How Koch Industries is scamming America: Investigation highlights a global web of tax avoidance

      David Dayen | Salon | May 17, 2016

      The Koch Brothers want to pull back on national politics, according to the National Review, because their business and public relations wings have grown weary of the spotlight. “Concerned about the damage being done to their corporate brand [and] increasingly bothered by their public vilification,”....

      Major Projects
      Koch Industries secures majority stake in St. James methanol project

      10/12 Industry Report | August 27, 2019

      A company owned by Koch Industries is now the majority owner and managing member of a $1.85 billion methanol production complex under construction in St. James Parish.

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