ESOP Transactions

Coeur d’Alene construction company converts to employee ownership

Rick Carlson and his wife, Shelley, started Inland Waterproofing Services Inc. at their kitchen table and grew the specialty construction company into a business with large commercial accounts. When Boeing built its 40-58 777X composite wing factory in Everett, the Coeur d’Alene company waterproofed 2 miles of tunnels underneath the facility. The company also waterproofed foundations for

North KC-based construction company becomes 100 percent employee owned

The last two private owners for Mega Industries Corp. agreed to sell their shares and make the company 100 percent employee owned. Founded in 1992 in North Kansas City, Mega Industries created an employee stock-ownership plan in 2006. However, CEO Brian Gordon and COO Craig Bridgeman still owned shares privately, outside the ESOP. They have sold those shares back

Transferring Ownership Of A Midsized Firm: How HdL Made Its ESOP Work

Some 70% of owners of small and midsized U.S. businesses will retire in the next 20 years, selling or passing on $10 trillion in assets (California Association of Business Brokers). Yet 58% of 200 such firms surveyed last year by Wilmington Trust don’t have an ownership transition plan for the business. That’s a recipe for trouble for

Flipkart Employees To Become Millionaires As Walmart To Buy ESOPs

Flipkart employees are expected to strike gold through the deal of acquisition of the e-commerce giant by Walmart. Flipkart has recently allowed its employees – if they want – to sell their stocks to its parent company. The employee stock options present at their disposal had their valuation increased as a result of the deal. The increase

Two linked KC companies go ESOP and announce rebranding

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

Sun Light & Power transitions to 100% employee-owned

After more than 40 years in business, California’s Sun Light & Power announced the implementation of an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) giving 100% ownership to the company’s 80+ employees. The transition supports the company’s belief in its greatest differentiating assets: its people. “For 42 years, I have proudly owned the company. Now, it’s time

Legend Seeds Now Employee Owned

As of Aug. 1, Legend seeds is an employee owned independent seed company. It was founded in 1990 by Glen and Janet Davis and had been family owned until this recent switch. Legend Seeds employs more than 100 people in the upper Midwest. The new Employee Stock Ownership Plan gives all employees ownership in the

Chicago-Based Verit Advisors® Completes ESOP Transaction for Max Auto Supply Company

Verit Advisors®, a Chicago-based investment banking firm, is pleased to announce the completion of the 100% sale of Max Auto Supply Company to an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).  Max Auto is the largest franchisee of Midas auto care and repair centers in the country with locations across Ohio, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and

Legend Seeds Transitions from Family Owned to Employee Owned

Legend Seeds proudly announces its transition from a family-owned independent regional seed leader, to an employee-owned independent regional seed leader through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) as of August 1, 2018. Founded in 1990 by Glen and Janet Davis, Legend Seeds has embarked on its 29th selling season in the seed industry serving dealers and growers across the

Business flows for employee-owned firm

Anyone who’s taken a swim in the Sheraton Waikiki's infinity pool, or driven past the fountain at the entrance to Kahului Airport or looked up at the corner of Auahi and Kamakee streets to see Anaha’s glass-bottomed pool cantilevered over the street is familiar with Pacific Aquascapes’ work. The locally owned company is one of

Cleveland’s Great Lakes Brewery to Become Employee-Owned

“Growing numbers of US companies are giving workers financial stakes via employee stock ownership plans,” writes Judy Stringer in Cleveland Crain’s Business. Now Great Lakes Brewing Company is poised to join their ranks. Bolstr, a small business crowdfunding site, listed Great Lakes as the number-one craft brewery in Ohio in a 2015 article and described the brewpub as follows: Great Lakes

Charleston|Orwig Inc. is now employee-owned.

Hartland-based strategic marketing and communications firm Charleston|Orwig Inc. is now employee-owned. The company’s owners, chairman and founding partner Lyle Orwig, chief executive officer Mark Gale, and president Marcy Tessmann, sold their 33 percent ownership stakes to an employee stock ownership plan trust on June 15. The company is now 100 percent owned by the ESOP, and all

ESOPs, a Heartland specialty, turn workers into owners

For Hal Gershman, the problem was one of succession: what to do with the North Dakota business that his father, “Happy” Harry Gershman, started in 1944, and that Hal took over and steered through multiple expansions starting in 1976. Hal’s daughter had her own career and wasn’t necessarily interested in assuming leadership of Happy Harry’s

Wood waste processing leader Bandit goes 100 percent employee-owned

Bandit Industries announced on June 7 they would sell 100 percent of the company to their employees in an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP).  Under the ESOP, Bandit, a maker of woodchippers and other wood waste processors, will retain its current leadership. The announcement comes after two previous attempts to sell Bandit Industries – once to

Bandit Industries to go 100 percent employee owned

Bandit Industries – Isabella County’s eighth-largest employer – announced on Friday it would become 100 percent employee-owned.  Announcement of the change, after several years of trying to find a buyer, comes two months after the Morey family that owns the firm began a $1.4 million expansion. Owners Mike Morey Sr., Dianne Morey and Jerry Morey said

Fenix Flames rises from the ashes of traditional employee ownership schemes

As the pay gap between CEO and median employee earnings continues to increase, African solar energy company Fenix International is burning the outdated rulebook on traditional employee stock options. It announced the first cash payout to its employees across Africa, with mid-level and low-level workers set to benefit. How successful will the scheme prove to

Tanimura & Antle adds more than $21 million to employee stock plan

Celebrating its first anniversary as an employee-owned company, Salinas, Calif.-based Tanimura & Antle has contributed $21.7 million to its Employee Stock Ownership Plan. Tanimura & Antle created the plan in February 2017, under Rick Antle’s leadership, to “recognize the company’s greatest asset, its employees,” according to a news release. “Tanimura & Antle was built on

Eastman Auto and Power Limited initiates employee stock ownership plan

Eastman Auto and Power Limited, one of the leading companies in energy storage and solar solutions has initiated an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) for its employees. An ESOP is a trust fund that owns the company, in which all full-time employees generally earn shares as part of their compensation. The objective of the initiative is to achieve organizational excellence through the valuable

ARGI Financial co-founder sells his shares in the company’s ESOP

Ron Butt, senior partner and co-founder of ARGI Financial Group, has sold his shares in the company. Butt agreed to allow other partners and the company's employee stock ownership plan, or ESOP, to buy him out of the company's ownership group, according to a news release. With this transaction, the ESOP now owns 28 percent of