Two linked Kansas City companies have become employee-owned — under a new brand name.

M.E. Group Inc. and Forte Building Science are now BranchPattern Inc. and have established an employee stock-ownership plan (ESOP), according to a release from BranchPattern. The company specializes in building construction consulting and is based in Overland Park.

“People are at the center of everything we create,” BranchPattern President Rick Maniktala said in the release. “Our decision to transition to 100 percent employee ownership will reward our people and empower them to serve others.”

Forte Building Science previously was a division of M.E. Group that specialized in “building physics, commissioning, occupant experience, and certification services,” according to the company’s website.

M.E. Group ranked No. 11 on the Kansas City Business Journal‘s List of minority-owned companies, with $11.8 million in revenue. The companies had been in the Kansas City area since 1991.

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