Sasol in Society

STEM Children’s Museum and Nature Center

Sasol contributes $1 million to Lake Charles STEM Children’s Museum and Nature Center in a public-private collaboration with City of Lake Charles and the State of Louisiana

Sasol joined Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, the City of Lake Charles, the Children’s Museum of SWLA and other local leaders in a groundbreaking celebration for Port Wonder, which will house a STEM-based Children’s Museum and a Science and Nature Center.

From left: Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter. Brad Griffith, Executive Vice President of Sasol Global Chemicals. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards. Allyson Montgomery, Interim Director, Children’s Museum of SWLA. Calcasieu Parish Police Jury President Brian Abshire

Sasol’s $1 million contribution to Port Wonder is the company’s largest single community investment in the United States. “Sasol is proud to be a partner in this public-private collaboration – one that will be an exciting addition to Southwest Louisiana – a place our employees call home, a place Sasol calls home and hopes to do so for a long time,” Brad Griffith, Executive Vice President of Sasol’s global chemicals business, said.

Sasol has focused recent community investment on STEM education initiatives with the goal of strengthening a local, diverse workforce development pipeline in the region – a critical asset for the company’s sustainability in Southwest Louisiana. “It is this model of collaboration both with Port Wonder and through the challenges of the last year that we have grown to value and appreciate from this community. In fact, it’s a quality we attribute a great deal of our business success to here in Lake Charles,” Griffith said.

Executive Vice President of Sasol global chemicals Brad Griffith speaks at the Port Wonder groundbreaking event

Sasol completed the commissioning of its new Lake Charles facility, which is now fully operational, in 2020. Sasol hired 860 new employees, spent more than $4 billion with Louisiana businesses, supported 6,500 construction jobs and contributed over $200 million in taxes, infrastructure improvements and other benefits to the Southwest Louisiana community and the state of Louisiana. Over the last several years, Sasol has contributed more than $7 million to community projects focused on local STEM education and small business development.

Read more about our investment in the people of Southwest Louisiana.