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Wichita Habitat For Humanity and Koch Partner on Sixth Home

Wichita Habitat for Humanity (WHFH) announces its sixth partnership with Koch Industries, Inc. as they continue to work together to build affordable homes in the Wichita community. Construction on the Toledo-Reartes family’s home is set to begin June 6 thanks to Koch’s financial support and employee participation.

In addition to underwriting construction costs for the project, 430 volunteers from several Koch companies will participate in the construction process, which continues through June 27. Koch will also furnish the home with STAINMASTER® carpet from its subsidiary INVISTA. In keeping with Koch’s efficient “get it done” mentality, Bill Bauck, Wichita Habitat Blitz Builder, has developed a special blitz build schedule that will allow completion of construction in 12 days, rather than WHFH’s typical 20-day schedule.

Koch companies volunteers will work in four-hour shifts, for a total of 1,720 hours for the project. Koch’s extensive experience with Wichita Habitat allows for this aggressive approach, and will help the Toledo-Reartes’ dream of homeownership become a reality just in time for summer. 

The June 6 construction kick-off will be celebrated with a 9:30 a.m. wall-raising in Wichita Habitat’s Stewart Village. The build site is located at 4401 S. Victoria, one block west of 43rd Street South and Hydraulic. On hand at the festivities will be the Toledo-Reartes family, WHFH officials and staff. Susan Addington, manager, community relations and company volunteers will represent Koch at the celebration.

About Koch Industries, Inc.

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, 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 67,000 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

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 FOR HUMANITY INTERNATIONAL HEADQUARTERS 121 Habitat Street, Americus, GA 31709-3498 USA (800) 422-4828 fax (229) 928-8811