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Wichita Habitat For Humanity and Koch Industries Dedicate Family’s New Home

Thanks to a smooth partnership between Wichita Habitat for Humanity and Koch Industries, Inc., Analia Toledo and Marcial Reartes will join the ranks of Wichita’s newest homeowners, moving into a home that they and their three children helped build. Construction of the home was completed in just eleven and a half days by the Toledo-Reartes family and 430 volunteers of Koch companies working a total of 1,965 hours.

A special dedication ceremony will take place July 25th at 10:00 a.m. and will include a ribbon cutting, key presentation and tour. The home is located in Wichita Habitat for Humanity’s Stewart Village, one block west of 44th Street South and Hydraulic.

Ann M. Fox, Wichita Habitat for Humanity Executive Director stated, “Koch employees have an incredible work ethic. We generally plan a build for 20 days, but for this sixth partnership with Koch, we challenged them to build a four bedroom, two bathroom home in twelve days. Wouldn’t you know it? They finished in eleven and a half days; and it might have been quicker if there hadn’t been one rainy day that slowed things down a bit.”

Many of the materials used in the construction of the home were products manufactured by Koch companies, including INVISTA STAINMASTER® carpet and Georgia-Pacific building products. As a housewarming gift, GP also donated a selection of paper products - Brawny® paper towels, Angel Soft® tissue and Dixie® plates and cups.

“This truly was a team effort by the many volunteers of Koch companies,” said Dale Gibbens, vice president of human resources at Koch Industries. “I know I speak for everyone involved with this build when I wish the Toledo-Reartes family much happiness and good fortune in their new home.”

Who: Wichita Habitat for Humanity and Koch Industries
What: Home Dedication Celebration
Where: WHFH Stewart Village (one block west of 44th St. S. & Hydraulic)
When: Wednesday, April 25th at 10:00 a.m.

Representatives and Habitat homeowner family available onsite for interviews and photos.


About Koch Industries, Inc.

Based in Wichita, Kan., Koch Industries, Inc. is one of the largest private companies in America. It owns a diverse group of companies involved in refining, chemicals and biofuels; 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 about 60,000 employees. Since 2003, Koch companies have invested about $45 billion in acquisitions and other capital expenditures. Koch companies directly employ nearly 50,000 people in 43 states and the District of Columbia.

About Wichita Habitat for Humanity

Wichita Habitat for Humanity (WHFH), an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, is a nonprofit Christian organization dedicated to building homes, communities, and hope. Habitat for Humanity brings together people with resources and people in need to build affordable houses. The houses are sold to those in need at no profit. Founded in 1986, WHFH has served 175 families in the Wichita community. For more information visit www.wichitahabitat.org

About Habitat for Humanity International

Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built, rehabilitated, repaired or improved more than 400,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than two million people. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit Habitat.org.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY INTERNATIONAL HEADQUARTERS 121 Habitat Street Americus, GA 31709-3498 USA (800) 422-4828 fax (229) 928-8811 publicinfo@habitat.org www.habitat.org