Employee Ownership

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Why The Boss At HB McClure Sold The Company To His Employees

When Bob Whalen became president and CEO of HB McClure back in 2008, the employees were nervous. He was taking over from the grandson of Herbert Bassett McClure, who had founded the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning firm in 1914. The company, which serves both commercial and residential customers, had been profitable for a

Survey Shows ESOP Workers Have Higher Retirement Savings

A recent survey shows Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) offer higher retirement savings than other retirement plans. The survey, released by the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO) shows ESOP participants have more than twice as much in their retirement accounts compared to non-ESOP companies with defined contribution plans. An ESOP is a type of

What to consider when planning for an exit and an ownership transition

As business owners evolve in their life cycle, moving on from the business they built becomes top of mind. But what form that takes, and whether or not the end ultimately serves the owner’s retirement goals, are important questions to answer. Jim Altman, Middle Market Pennsylvania Regional Executive at Huntington Bank, says that’s why owners shouldn’t

Infoverity Becomes 100% Employee-Owned Through Employee Stock Ownership Plan

Infoverity, a leading systems integrator and global professional services firm, announced today that it has completed a transaction that will transition the company to a 100% employee-owned organization. With the implementation of an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), Infoverity founder and owner, Matt Wienke, will sell and transfer stock to a qualified retirement trust that

Why Mandy Cabot Chose Not To Sell Dansko For $150 Million

In 2005, Mandy Cabot was set to sell Dansko, known for its closed-back wooden clogs, to Timberland for $150 million. She and her Danish husband, Peter Kjellerup, had built the company from scratch starting in 1990, importing clogs from Denmark and marketing them to customers in the U.S. who appreciated the shoes’ comfort, durable construction and

To make companies moral, make the employees the owners

In the minds of many entrepreneurs, taking a company public, with shares trading on a public stock exchange, represents the pinnacle of success–a dream come true. For EA Engineering founder Loren Jensen, that dream proved a nightmare. Located in Hunt Valley, Maryland, EA Engineering, Science and Technology is an environmental consulting firm with 500 employees and $140

Heath Ceramics made its employees into owners. Should you?

In 2015, Robin Petravic and Catherine Bailey, co-owners of iconic California ceramics brand Heath, were looking ahead to the 15th anniversary of their tenure. Over the last decade, the couple had transformed the company from a struggling legacy brand into a thriving enterprise that recently celebrated its 70th anniversary. Moreover, they had done it with a tightly held set

Making a Case (and Chairs, and Desks) for Employee Ownership

Employee-owned businesses tend to outperform their competitors, a growing body of research shows. According to the National Center of Employee Ownership, businesses with employee ownership models grow sales and employment at a faster rate than businesses without such programs. Employee-owned firms also perform better than their counterparts during recessions, per research from Georgetown University. For

Bandit Industries Goes Employee Owned

Bandit Industries in Isabella County, MI, has been looking for a buyer for nearly five years. After all that time, they settled on a solution, turn the company over to their employees. The wood chipper manufacturer is shifting to an Employee Stock Ownership Plan, giving every employee shares in the company that can be paid

Rettew employees achieve full ownership of company via ESOP

Rettew Associates recently completed a seven-year transition into being entirely employee-owned through an employee stock ownership plan. Rettew is a Lancaster-based engineering and environmental consulting company with 350 employees. It marks its 50th anniversary this year. The process was completed when the ESOP bought out the stakes in Rettew held by George R. “Hank” Rettew,

Support for Employee Ownership Climbs Nationally

Last year’s Main Street Employee Ownership Act, which authorized firms seeking to convert to employee ownership to access Small Business Administration partially-guaranteed loans of up to $5 million, was the first pro-employee ownership law passed by Congress in more than two decades. But, according to Rachel Cohen of the Intercept, the law may presage a larger wave

Could Expanding Employee Ownership Be The Next Big Economy Policy?

TWO LIKELY DEMOCRATIC presidential contenders in 2020 have made quiet strides in recent years to bring into vogue a little-known policy that could reduce economic inequality — one that harnesses current law to expand workers’ ability to become owners in their place of employment. Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., have worked to advance legislation

Bandit completes shift to employee ownership

Bandit Industry’s transition from family-to-employee ownership is complete. The highly anticipated move was completed Nov. 1, according to a press release from the company. It came after two previous attempts at ownership change failed. Over the course of the summer, ownership of the company was transitioned into an Employee Stock Option Plan. While that means

Setting A Company On The Right Path

(This column concludes the fictional story of Ben, a company president who has faced some tough decisions. The first installment in the series can be found here. With our next column, in January, we will forgo the appeal of fiction and return to our customary mixture of reportage, analysis, and business advice. We hope you will

AmeriBen becomes employee owned

AmeriBen, which employs hundreds of people in Meridian, is shifting its management model to be employee-owned, the company announced Tuesday. AmeriBen became employee-owned Oct. 31 by establishing an employee stock ownership plan, a release from AmeriBen said. Along with roughly 700 employees at its new building in Ten Mile Crossing, AmeriBen has 150 staff members

Bandit Industries completes ESOP sale to employees

Bandit Industries, Remus, Michigan, announced that it finalized its transition to a 100 percent employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) company on Nov. 1. Former owners Mike Morey Sr., Dianne Morey and Jerry Morey announced their intention to sell the company in an ESOP over the summer of 2018—a move that was celebrated by Bandit’s employees

Employee Stock Ownership Plans: Can They Close the Wealth Gap?

Much has been written about the growing trend of income inequality in the US; we hear less often about the wealth divide, which is even more stark. While the top 10 percent of US households today own 51 percent of the country’s wealth, the bottom 50 percent own one percent. With no savings to fall back on, families

Employee Stock Plan Could Brew Up Productivity For Great Lakes

There’s a tradition at Cleveland’s Great Lakes Brewing Company. Each day around 4 o’clock, employees gather in the brewpub for a complimentary “shift beer.” It’s a chance to celebrate the fruits of their labor. Soon though, the employees at the 30-year-old company will be getting a new perk, probably worth a lot more than a

Workers in ESOPs Have Double the Retirement Savings

S Corporations are likely to be fully employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) owned, and S Corporation ESOPs, in particular, tend to prepare workers much better for retirement than other types of workplace retirement savings plans, according to the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO). ESOP participants have an average retirement balance of $170,326, more than

Callahan & Associates announces 100 percent employee-ownership model

After more than 30 years of contributing to the credit union movement, Callahan & Associates announces a new ownership model designed to allow the firm to continue to help credit unions build member value. By becoming 100 percent employee-owned, the organization solidifies its ongoing commitment to its employees and the credit union industry it serves.