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NewAge Industries announces 100% employee ownership

At a company-wide meeting held on 5 September, it became official: NewAge Industries is now entirely owned by its employees through its ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan). The event was the culmination of a plan first considered by CEO Ken Baker more than two decades ago. “I’ve had a lot of other business owners ask

Ownership of Yankee Publishing to Transfer to Employees

Yankee Publishing Inc., a family-owned business for 84 years, announced the sale of 30% of its shares to the company’s employees through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan or ESOP. The company, with 85 employees based in offices in Dublin and Manchester, New Hampshire, publishes Yankee, The Old Farmer’s Almanac, New Hampshire Magazine, Family Tree Magazine,

Summers Trucking employees meet new owners: themselves

Summers Trucking employees gathered for breakfast Saturday morning at the Ephrata American Legion. After ham and eggs and all the fixings, the 91 employees learned that the Summers family owners, Becky, John and Ken, had transferred their shares in the business to an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP). With that move, the Summers management triad

How employee stock ownership becomes a succession plan

As succession strategies go, the employee stock ownership plan might be the ultimate twofer. For Joe Reeves and Ron Butt, co-founders of Louisville, Kent.-based ARGI, the pursuit of a viable succession plan for their $2.6 billion financial planning firm was the original objective, but the ESOP provided the added bonus of giving all employees a potential stake in the RIA's

Make Your ESOP Work for YOU

Congratulations. You’ve completed your paperwork, met the Department of Labor criteria and successfully established your employee stock ownership plan (it took a while, didn’t it?). You’re now half the way there. In order to perform better and reap the clear benefits an ESOP can generate, you must couple employee ownership with employee engagement. It starts with

Billionaire-Owned Hearing Aid Maker Faces Lawsuit Over Employee Stock Plan

Three former employees of America’s largest hearing aid manufacturer, Starkey Hearing Technologies, are suing the company and a group of its current and former executives for failing to uphold their fiduciary duties tied to an employee stock ownership program. The suit, filed in Minnesota district court on Monday, alleges that the program lost nearly $37

Sharing profits and ownership with workers not only make them happier, it benefits the bottom line too

Near-record low unemployment has companies fumbling to find the best ways to recruit and retain workers. Our research suggests a sure-fire way to do just that: give them a real stake. By that we simply mean sharing some of the profits and even ownership with the men and women who are fundamental to their companies’ success. Most Americans say

Making it in Vermont: $140 million firm takes employee ownership seriously

You know the entrepreneur who can fix anything on the place with the materials at hand? That’s Proctor-based Carris Reels Inc., only on a different scale. Although the premise of the reel company is simple (“we make squares into circles,” as CEO Dave Ferraro puts it) there are parts involved, and most of those parts

Unprecedented Political Consensus Found in Employee Ownership

Research released today by the Employee Ownership Foundation (EOF) and the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations at The ESOP Association's 42nd National Conference in Washington, DC shows that employee owned businesses enjoy uniquely broad support among Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. Nearly three-fourths of respondents (72 percent) to the General Social Survey would rather work for an

Wilson Electric is now 100% employee-owned

Wilson Electric Services Corp. announced that the company’s ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) has purchased the balance of the company shares, making it 100 percent employee-owned. Wilson Electric, a leader in the electrical contracting industry, has been a partial ESOP since 2005, with employees owning 47 percent of the company’s overall shares. On May 21,

The business of the future is ethical, sustainable, and employee-owned

You may not know it, but when you’re buying clothes from Eileen Fisher, you’re buying from an employee-owned company. Fisher founded the company in the early 1980s, but instead of going public, she sold 30% of the company to her own employees in 2006 (they now own 40%). That’s helped her keep the brand’s principles

A seat at the table

Silos tend to form as companies grow. You’ve got your office and field silos. Then, there are operations and sales silos. There are silos of executive leadership, department managers and field supervisors. Field labor has a silo of its own, too. “We have been really fortunate in our 30 years of business that we have

Employees who want to buy Jet Airways should first look at America’s United

Regular flyers and employees of India’s oldest private airline, Jet Airways, are now stepping in to rescue the temporarily grounded carrier. A group of frequent flyers of Jet has approached the airline’s key lenders—including the State Bank of India (SBI) and ICICI Bank—with a buyout plan, the news agency IANS reported on May 05. The plan also

How a growing manufacturer became an ESOP

A fabricator’s roundtable at this year’s Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Annual Meeting, held in March in Nashville, brought up myriad topics, from the impact of fiber laser technology to advances in software. But near the end of the conversation, most roundtable participants agreed that success in fabrication doesn’t hinge on having a particular laser cutting

Series A stage startups give more weightage to ESOPs to retain talent

The element of talent plays a critical role in the growth trajectory of startups, and companies are increasingly leveraging the tool of Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOPs) to retain the best of their employees. A study by Trifecta Capital, a venture debt firm, says more than 50 percent of Series A startups have an ESOP

How Massachusetts is working to get retiring business owners to let their employees take over

Like every state in the U.S., Massachusetts is worried about what will happen when the baby boomer owners of thousands of small to midsize businesses reach retirement age, in what is being called the “silver tsunami.” Fewer and fewer small business owner now expect to pass their enterprise onto their children and many older entrepreneurs, concerned

Employees buy prominent Cleveland architecture firm

The namesake founder and owner will be retired, but the Richard L. Bowen + Associates architecture and engineering firm will keep the name as employees conclude their purchase through an employee stock ownership plan. "There's a brand there. Why would we want to change it?" said Allan Renzi, the prominent firm's new president. The transfer of

KI Industries driven by employee ownership, engagement

Berkeley, Ill.-based KI Industries Inc., a supplier of decorative plastic and die-cast components, is driven by its employees in the form of an ESOP, or employee stock ownership plan. Since the ESOP inception in 2012, the organization has grown more than 500 percent, making a significant contribution to employee retirement plan accounts. With 65 employees

ESOPs Offer Additional Business Opportunity for Retirement Plan Advisers

A true employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) is one in which all eligible employees—from rank and file to managers and owners—have a piece of ownership of the company through the ESOP, which only has company stock—except for a little cash—as an investment. However, with frequent company stock lawsuits against 401(k) plan sponsors and Department of Labor (DOL) litigation