Popular Mechanics — Inside the Koch Brothers’ Industrial EmpireOctober 22, 2015 4:09 am
The Koch brothers are famous (or infamous) for their political affiliations but most of us don’t know what their company actually does. I had no clue that the average American uses a Koch Industries-manufactured product 2 to 8 times per day. Even Barack Obama, at his 2009 presidential inauguration, took his oath of office standing on a carpet made by Invista, a company that’s just one of the seemingly endless subsidiaries of the Koch conglomerate. In August I was sent by Popular Mechanics to photograph the factories and workers of five manufacturers that each make completely different things. From a toilet paper factory in the bayous of Louisiana to a biodiesel plant surrounded by corn fields in Nebraska, I got a firsthand look inside one of America’s biggest and most controversial corporations. Below I’ve included images from all five plants, and I also recommend reading Michael Mooney’s fascinating article in the November issue of Popular Mechanics.
Many thanks to Photo Editor Allyson Torrisi and Popular Mechanics.