Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs)

Trinidad Benham Corporation

Worker-owned with 500 employees, Trinidad Benham Corporation is a merchandising, packaging, trading and distribution company.  It is the largest independent marketer of dry edible beans and rice in the United States and the leading packager of household and food service foil products.

GH Phipps

Founded in 1952, GH Phipps is a full service Construction Manager/General Contractor, involved in the medical, education, religious, high-tech, commercial, and public arenas. With revenues exceeding $240 million and over 100 employee owners, GH Phipps is one of Colorado’s largest contractors and was responsible for constructing Invesco Field, home of the Denver Broncos, at Mile High.

CH2M Hill

With more than 24,000 employees and $5.4 billion in revenue, CH2M Hill, Inc. is a majority employee owned global engineering and operations business.  It has also won numerous awards for its environmental sustainability approach and for having an excellent employee work environment. In 2014, Engineering News-Record voted CH2M Hill to its Top 100 Green Buildings Design Firms and to its Top 200 Environmental Firms Sourcebook. The company has been named on FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list four times.

Star Leasing Company

Star Leasing Company is owned 100% by its employees and was formed as an ESOP in 1988, originally being founded in 1974. Star Leasing’s headquarters and founding location is in Columbus. Star Leasing had revenue of $65 million in 2007 with estimated annual revenue of up to $75 million. As a semi-trailer leasing company, they have expanded up to 12,000 trailers in their fleet by 2007. Read more about Star Leasing Company...

Plastic Suppliers, Inc

Plastic Suppliers, Inc. is an employee-owned plastics film manufacturer that has annual revenue of $100 million and a staff of 250. Founded in 1949, Plastic Suppliers has grown to be an international market leader in the manufacture and distribution of plastic films. Read more about Plastic Suppliers, Inc...

Ketchum & Walton Co.

Ketchum & Walton Co. was founded in 1948 as a manufacturer’s representative firm representing industries in Central Ohio with their headquarters in Columbus. In 1999, the Ketchum & Walton Co. became a 100% employee-owned organization. The ESOP has annual revenue of $5-10 million and a staff of 15. Read more about Ketchum & Walton Co....

Allied Mineral Products, Inc.

Allied Mineral Products, Inc., a refractory manufacturer, was founded in 1961 and has annual revenue of $75-200 million as an ESOP. Allied Mineral Products has its worldwide headquarters in Columbus. Read more about Allied Mineral Products, Inc....

Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs)

Beyster Institute

The Beyster Institute's mission is to advance the use of entrepreneurship and employee ownership to build stronger, higher performing enterprises nationally and internationally. Launched in 2002 by the Foundation for Enterprise Development, the Institute is now part of the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego, and is the nation's only university-based center to integrate both employee ownership and entrepreneurship.

Capital Ownership Group

The Capitol Ownership Group (COG) is an on-line think-tank that works to promote the advancement of broad-ownership systems, specifically employee ownership, and the raising of social and wage standards on an international level through policy proposals and advocacy.

CasePlace.org

Created by the Aspen Institute's Center for Business Education, CasePlace.org is a resource that provides teaching material on business and sustainability- from corporate governance to sustainable development. With the recent addition of the Curriculum Library on Employee Ownership, the site is home to the largest collection of teaching materials on employee ownership.

Center for Economic and Social Justice

The Center for Economic and Social Justice is a non-profit, non-partisan education and research organization dedicated to promoting economic justice on a global scale by expanding capital ownership to a broader segment of society.

National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO), Electronic Reference Desk

In the articles and research section of its website, NCEO maintains a wide range of resource materials on employee ownership, employee stock ownership plans, and broadly-granted stock options.

Owners at Work

Published on a quarterly basis by the Ohio Employee Ownership Center, Owners at Work is a leading periodical examining issues facing employee ownership both in Ohio and throughout the United States.

Owners at Work

Published on a quarterly basis by the Ohio Employee Ownership Center, Owners at Work is a leading periodical examining issues facing employee ownership both in Ohio and throughout the United States.

National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO), Electronic Reference Desk

In the articles and research section of its website, NCEO maintains a wide range of resource materials on employee ownership, employee stock ownership plans, and broadly-granted stock options.

Center for Economic and Social Justice

The Center for Economic and Social Justice is a non-profit, non-partisan education and research organization dedicated to promoting economic justice on a global scale by expanding capital ownership to a broader segment of society.

Capital Ownership Group

The Capitol Ownership Group (COG) is an on-line think-tank that works to promote the advancement of broad-ownership systems, specifically employee ownership, and the raising of social and wage standards on an international level through policy proposals and advocacy.

CasePlace.org

Created by the Aspen Institute's Center for Business Education, CasePlace.org is a resource that provides teaching material on business and sustainability- from corporate governance to sustainable development. With the recent addition of the Curriculum Library on Employee Ownership, the site is home to the largest collection of teaching materials on employee ownership.

Beyster Institute

The Beyster Institute's mission is to advance the use of entrepreneurship and employee ownership to build stronger, higher performing enterprises nationally and internationally. Launched in 2002 by the Foundation for Enterprise Development, the Institute is now part of the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego, and is the nation's only university-based center to integrate both employee ownership and entrepreneurship.

Oswald Companies

The original Oswald Company was formed in 1893. In 1985, the insurance broker company established an employee stock ownership plan for its employees. Oswald's 100-plus workers now own 30 percent of the company. Read more about Oswald Companies ...

Tap Packaging Solutions

Tap Packaging Solutions was recently established to consolidate The Chilcote Company's operating divisions. The company, established in 1906, produces a variety of photography, printing, and presentation-related products and has annual sales of $55 million. Chilcote's 200-plus employees own a 33 percent share in the company.  Demonstrating its commitment to environmental stewardship, Tap uses recycled/recyclable materials whenever possible and recycles over 600 tons of material annually.

Kennicott Brothers

Kennicott is one of the oldest continuing operating businesses in Illinois. Dr. John A. Kennicott founded The Grove Nursery in 1836 and Kennicott Brothers Company, which incorporated in 1881, became the first wholesale florist company in the Midwest. In addition to its store in downtown Chicago, it now operates 16 other locations servicing 10 states. In May 2000, Kennicott became a 100 percent employee-owned company when the Kennicott family used an ESOP to transfer ownership to the firm's employees.  The firm now has over 300 employee-owners.

Herbst, Lazar, Bell, Inc.

Herbst LaZar Bell Inc. is an employee-owned, product design consulting firm with nearly 100 employees. Founded in 1963 in Chicago, the firm opened a second office just outside Boston in 1991; and a third in LA in 2001. In 1996, HLB became the first 100% employee-owned product design firm in the country. Read more about Herbst, Lazar, Bell, Inc....

Osmose

Osmose is a majority employee-owned private corporation specializing in all areas of wood preservation technology as well as Utility and Railroad asset management. With more than 1200 employees, Osmose maintains a network of supplies and customer throughout the United States and in more than 70 countries around the world. Read more about Osmose...

Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs)

Employee stock-ownership plan (ESOP) companies are for-profit entities in which employees own part or all of the businesses for which they work. ESOPs are created through a pension plan with two unique features: 1) most of the employee pension money is invested in the company where the workers are employed, and 2) workers may borrow against future corporate earnings to purchase company stock. Money or stock the business contributes to fund the plan is tax deductible. Read more about Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs)...