KATY/HARRIS COUNTY (Covering Katy News) – Katy’s St. John XXIII College Preparatory received a donation of furniture from SABIC which will soon be locating its corporate headquarters in the Katy area.
On Friday, Nov. 16, of a truckload of donated, nearly-new furniture from SABIC arrived at the school. The organization, currently located in Houston on City West Blvd., found itself with surplus furniture from a previous project and wanted to put it to good use.
“This is what our company is all about,” said Kevin Wright, senior manager of Finance, SABIC Americas, who met St John XXIII’s Principal Tim Gallic and President Father Steve Sellers at the school for the delivery. “We want to make a positive impact where our employees work and live. We had this furniture and wanted to put it to good use.”
SABIC, the third largest chemical company in the world, intends to eventually be a corporate neighbor in the Katy area as well. On April 7, the organization announced the initiation of the final scoping and design for a new Americas Region Head Office, which would be located on land the company owns in Katy/Harris, not far from St John XXIII.
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The proposed Americas Region Head Office, if it moves forward, would include an innovation center and administrative offices with capacity for approximately 1,000 professionals.
Among the donated items were desks, bookcases, corner and computer tables, stackable chairs, bookcases, and file cabinets. According to Principal Gallic, St John XXIII — stating on its website that it is dedicated to developing and inspiring the mind, body, spirit, and imagination of students by providing a traditional Catholic education — can put the furniture to good use.
“I’m excited about the prospect of our future neighbors and hope to collaborate with them in the future,” he commented. “Our students thrive at our school not only because of their dedication, family involvement and the faith we share but because of the support of our community. We are grateful to SABIC for being a part of that community, now and in the future.”