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FHR History

Flint Hills Resources was born out of a desire to better compete and pursue opportunities in the refining and chemicals industries. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc., and has independent leadership and separate financial decision-making authorities. Flint Hills Resources was named for the Flint Hills of Kansas, an area that features lush tall grass prairies, pristine natural springs and beautiful vistas. The company’s headquarters is in Wichita, Kan., near the Flint Hills.

The following key dates are important in the company's more than six decades experience in the refining and chemicals businesses.

1940
Fred C. Koch and two partners form Wood River Oil & Refining Co. to build a small refinery in Illinois.

1946
Company buys the Rock Island Oil & Refining Co., owners of crude oil gathering system and small refinery in Duncan, Okla.

1959
Company acquires minority interest in the Great Northern Oil Company, owner of the Pine Bend Refinery in Rosemount, Minn. Acquisition includes an interest in the South Saskatchewan Pipeline Company, which became the company's first Canadian business interest.

1969
Company becomes majority owner of the Pine Bend Refinery.

1981
Koch Refining Company acquires Corpus Christi West refinery and a crude oil gathering system in South Texas. Chemicals Group established.

1995
Koch Petroleum Group acquires Corpus Christi East refinery.

1999
Koch Petroleum Group launches Blue Planet® earth-friendly gasoline, a low-sulfur fuel. Other Performance Fuels offered in Midwest and other areas.

2000
Koch Petroleum Group and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sign Clean Air Act Agreement.

2001
The Pine Bend and Corpus Christi refineries earn national certification from the Wildlife Habitat Council for conservation and reclamation efforts.

2002
Koch Petroleum Group is renamed Flint Hills Resources. The new logo is patterned after an 18th century chemist's symbol for oil.

$145 million investment in low-sulfur fuels in Corpus Christi.

Mississippi River cleanup in Minnesota sponsored by FHR. Largest in state’s history.

$250,000 for Texas State Aquarium’s discovery chair – environmental education.

2003
Coastal Bend Bays Foundation recognizes FHR as environmental and conservation award winner.

Corpus Christi Refineries earn NPRA’s Distinguished Service Award, its highest safety accolade.

Flint Hills Resources acquires interest in Excel Paralubes in Westlake, La. Begins marketing Group II base oils used in automotive, agricultural and marine products.

2004
$400 million capital project begins at Pine Bend to produce ULSD.

Flint Hills Resources earns Clean Air Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for reducing refinery flare time and emissions.

Flint Hills Resources Alaska formed; acquires North Pole refinery and products terminals in Fairbanks and Anchorage, Alaska.

Flint Hills Resources acquires chemical intermediates assets, including a production plant near Joliet, Ill.

TrueNorth Energy sold to UTS.

FHR announces pact with EPA to develop startup, shutdown, malfunction protocol that is ultimately shared with industry.

Pine Bend announces $150 million project to add capacity.

2005
Pine Bend earns Minnesota Environmental Initiative award.

$150,000 is donated to the Museum of the North at the University of Alaska.

Flint Hills Resources acquires asphalt terminal system from a sister Koch company and begins marketing asphalt produced at the Pine Bend Refinery in Minnesota.

$15 million committed to building jet fuel terminal in Bastrop, Texas.

Pine Bend Refinery celebrates 50 years of operations.

Brad Razook is named president, filling the role left when Dave Robertson was promoted to chief operating officer for Koch Industries, Inc.

2006
Pine Bend Refinery earns MnSTAR work site designation.

Project Green Fleet announced; FHR is one of the supporters to retrofit buses to use clean fuels.

FHR celebrates quarter-century of operations in Corpus Christi.

2007
FHR donates 57 acres to City of Rosemount for a recreation complex.

Continued support of Corpus Christi’s Texas State Aquarium with $258,000 contribution.

Flint Hills Resources completes acquisition of EPS and polymer assets from Huntsman.

Odessa site, which had been acquired from Huntsman, celebrates 50 years of operations.

Acquisition of Port Arthur site and associated assets finalized.

2008
Pine Bend receives Governor’s Award of Honor for safety.

Longview employees set safety record.

Terminals receive highest industry performance honor.

Corpus Christi announces largest capital project in 10 years.

FHR contributes $100,000 to the Southeast Texas Emergency Relief Fund following Hurricane Ike.

North Pole Refinery sets new safety record.

FHR announces closure of Odessa plant due to market conditions.

2009

$400,000 committed to develop mechanical engineering program at Texas A&M Corpus Christi.

Flint Hills Resources expanding use of domestic crude in Corpus Christi.

2010

Ethisphere names Flint Hills Resources as one of the world’s most ethical companies for the third consecutive year.

Wisconsin terminals earn awards for safety excellence.

Terminals earn industry’s “platinum” award for safe and excellent performance.

Two Iowa ethanol plants are acquired.

New fuel terminal in Caldwell County, Texas opens.

2011

Additional Iowa ethanol plants are acquired in Iowa Falls and Fairbank.

Company invests in Benefuels.

FHR acquires a Gulf Coast terminal to be retrofitted to handle more Eagle Ford crude.

Pine Bend donates $65,000 to Ducks Unlimited.

FHR finalizes long-term crude supply agreement with Anadarko Petroleum and Harvest Pipeline.

FHR announces plans to work with Plains All-American Pipeline to build a new Eagle Ford crude line.

FHR participates in dedication of Coastal Bend Veteran’s Cemetery; the company donated the property, worth $1.2 million, for the project.