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Changing Veterans' Lives, One Pro Bono Case at a Time


Ron Potempa spent his career in the United States Navy ensuring “good order and discipline” as an officer in the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps. He enjoyed his job, but every now and then, Ron wished there was something more he could do to help a sailor caught up in the naval justice system.

Improving Our Workflow: Georgia-Pacific Mill Reduces Water Use by 40% in 10 Weeks


The processes for making paper have evolved over hundreds of years, but one ingredient has stayed the same: water. The precious natural resource is vital to creating every sheet of paper in existence, from napkins to notebooks to cardboard boxes.

Paying It Forward: How Mentors are Helping Open Career Doors at Koch


Felipe Lopez faced a number of speedbumps in college that threatened to impede his efforts to earn a degree. He worked three jobs to pay tuition, making it harder to focus on classes. As the first in his family to attend college, there was no one to show him the ropes, so he learned about internships, networking and how to write a resume through trial and error.

A Source for Good: Recycling is Just the Start for a Paper Mill and Its Community

Recycling, energy from biomass, reducing landfill initiative. How one Georgia-Pacific facility is transforming itself and the community.

“This is the heartbeat of a 50-mile area,” Shawn Williams says from a corner of Georgia-Pacific’s Naheola mill on a cool morning. “If you live in the community, this is where you want to work.”

Why Second-Chance Hiring Benefits Society


When businesses provide opportunities to those seeking another chance to turn around their lives, the benefits are mutually felt. That’s the message from John Buckley, Koch Industries’ director of outreach in a new Washington Examiner op-ed.

Inside Koch's Second-Chance Hiring Strategy Making Positive Impact in Communities


Koch Industries’ “Creating Second Chances” strategy to recruit and hire more individuals with criminal records is already making a positive impact, KAKE News reports.

Proving Innocence: Koch Pro Bono Initiative Lends Unmatched Support to Midwest Innocence Project

The State of Missouri sentenced Ricky Kidd to life. The Midwest Innocence Project helped him take it back.

On March 24, 1997, an injustice was committed against Ricky Kidd. The 21-year-old was robbed of his freedom when the State of Missouri convicted him of a double homicide he didn’t commit. The jury’s words hung heavy as they crossed the courtroom that day in March. His sentence: life without the possibility of parole.

“It sounded like I was in a movie,” Ricky says. “Tears were streaming down my face, and I could not fully process it, to be honest.”

No Experience Necessary: New Koch Collaboration with Catalyte Removes Barriers to Transformative Careers


After unsuccessfully seeking a software developer job for months last year, Brock Lubbers realized he needed more than a high school programming class on his resume. A self-taught coder, the 22-year-old couldn’t meet the minimum requirements for an entry-level position. He wasn’t sure how to get over the twin barriers of lacking both experience and a college degree.

Koch Industries Joins Coalition to Advance Second Chance Employment


Nearly 70 million Americans – about 1 in 3 adults – have a criminal record. The restrictions that come with a conviction not only make it hard for employers to identify and hire qualified individuals but also leave otherwise qualified candidates on the sidelines of the economy. Research shows that having a record can reduce the chances of getting a second interview by 50%.

Violet Defense and Koch Bring Joint Vision to Future of UV Disinfection Solutions

Press Release

May 11, 2021 /3BL Media/ Violet Defense announced today its plans to further their partnership with  Advance Concepts Studios, a Koch Industries incubator, to accelerate their shared vision for a complete spectrum of UV disinfection solutions specifically to address the problems and needs of critical front line workers.


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