Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs)

The Scrap Exchange

Founded in 1991 to create a sustainable supply of high-quality, low-cost materials for artists, educators, and other creative people, The Scrap Exchange is a nonprofit focused on promoting creativity, environmental awareness, and community through reuse.  In 2016, the nonprofit helped divert 266 tons of reusable materials from the waste stream and served 477,154 people at its Creative Reuse Center, which includes its retail store, an art gallery, classrooms, and a community garden.  The Scrap Exchange is currently re-developing a 12.5 acre under-utilized shopping mall into the Reuse Arts District, a site it envisions housing new Scrap Exchange facilities and arts programs, as well as community gardens, a sculpture park, affordable housing, and other amenities.

Collins Plumbing Inc.

Founded in 1979, Collins Plumbing Inc. (CPI) is a certified-minority plumbing contractor serving public and private entities in the San Diego region.  In 2007, CPI transitioned to employee ownership.  The company has about 60 worker-owners.

Recon Environmental

Based in San Diego, Recon Environmental provides environmental consulting services to projects located across the Southwest.  Founded in 1972, the company became 100 percent employee owned in 2010 and now has about 190 worker-owners.  Through its RECONnect initiative, Recon partners with Balboa City Schools and Ocean Discovery Institute to inspire diverse youth to pursue careers in the environmental sciences by offering student internship/job-shadowing opportunities, native plants for gardens and restoration efforts, leaders for field trips, and speakers for classroom and field presentations.