Weekly business briefing (Dec. 25)


Six Koch companies’ sites received Wildlife at Work certification from Wildlife Habitat Council for environmental stewardship and habitat conservation.

Koch Industries’ subsidiaries Flint Hills Resources, Georgia-Pacific, Invista and Matador Cattle Co. were recognized at Wildlife Habitat Council’s annual symposium last month in Baltimore. The certification is part of WHC’s international accreditation program in which companies create and employees volunteer to maintain wildlife habitat areas on corporate land.


Emprise Bank partnered with the Kansas Food Bank for a 10-week weight loss challenge to encourage health and wellness among employees, and to raise funds for the food bank. Emprise staff from across the state donated $5 to the Kansas Food Bank to join in the Pound 4 Pound Challenge, with Emprise Bank contributing $1 for each pound lost. At the end of 10 weeks, participants lost more than 550 pounds, adding up to a contribution of $2,000 from Emprise and its employees. Cargill will match Emprise’s contribution.

Union Pacific Railroad donated $15,000 to the Kansas National Guard’s Military Emergency Relief Fund. The fund was set up to provide emergency financial aid to help military families with the cost of food, housing, utilities and medical services incurred while a member of the family is on active military duty.

Tractor Supply Co. raised $763,283 during its Paper Clover Campaign, a 10-day national in-store fundraiser for the National 4-H Council. Fifteen stores in Kansas raised $6,776 for 4-H programs statewide.

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