MALTA — Stewart's Shops said Tuesday it distributed an additional Employee Stock Ownership Plan dividend to its participating employees. The amount represents 4.5 percent of employees' ESOP balance at the end of 2019.

The company said the employees, which it calls Partners, can either take the dividend as a cash payout or roll it over into their ESOP account. Stewart's said that 90 employees companywide have ESOP balances exceeding $1...


A local software company is now owned by its employees.

Caesar Creek Software, a Miamisburg-based firm that provides research and development services to the federal government and defense contractors, has been sold to an employee stock ownership plan, or ESOP. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The sale means Caesar Creek staff have an ownership stake in the company, which could help bolster the firm's efforts to retain and recruit...


When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Orem, Utah-based Mountainland Supply President and CEO Brent Anderson quickly went on the offensive.

And the No. 1 goal: Keep Mountainland Contractors Supply Group (the holding company that Mountainland Supply is part of) and its 470 employee [owners] strong so it can continue providing top-notch service to customers throughout the distributor's 25 locations in Utah, Idaho and Wyoming.

A prime example, Anderson notes, included a senior-management...


After the bruising crises we're now going through, it would be wonderful if we could somehow emerge a fairer nation. One possibility is to revive an old idea: sharing the profits.

The original idea for businesses to share profits with workers emerged from the tumultuous period when America shifted from farm to factory. In December 1916, the Bureau of Labor Statistics issued a report on profit-sharing, suggesting it as a way to reduce the "frequent and often violent disputes" between...


A Memphis-based third-party logistics provider is now fully run by its employees.



The principals of Pilot Hill Advisors, a national ESOP advisory firm, are pleased to announce that a Long Island-based client successfully completed a second-stage ESOP buyout.

Our client completed a 30% ESOP sale several years ago to begin his ownership transfer. He decided to start with a small ESOP sale to first "see how it worked." After repaying the debt associated with this initial transaction, he sold another 40%, taking the ESOP's ownership up to 70%.

The sale was...


Fewer than one in 200 American companies are eligible to join Certified EO.

KENT, Ohio – The Davey Tree Expert Company recently announced that it has partnered with Certified Employee-Owned (Certified EO), a certification program for employee-owned companies in America.

"As one of the oldest employee-owned companies in North America, Davey Tree is excited to partner with Certified EO," said Pat Covey, Davey's chairman, president and CEO...


Doug Bawel, Jasper chairman and CEO, announced a new all-time record year in revenue, income and EBITDA. He thanked all 3,000+ associate owners for making the past year such a great success.

A total of $17+ million in new shares were distributed to over 2,500 eligible associate-owners. Over the last 10 years, a total of $191 million in stock has been given to associate owners.

The share value continued its upward growth since the...


Design Workshop, an international landscape architecture, planning and urban design firm, is pleased to announce today that it is now 100% Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) owned. Under this plan, ownership of the company is held in an ESOP Trust, is funded entirely by company contributions, and all employees participate. This is designed as a long-term retirement benefit, with the employees' accounts increasing as the value of the business increases.



The agreement requires Wilmington Trust to pay $80 million to 21 employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) for which it served as trustee.

The Secretary of Labor has reached an agreement with Wilmington Trust requiring it to pay a combined $80 million to 21 employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) for which it served as trustee and $8 million to the government.

Wilmington Trust has also agreed to reimburse sponsors of the ESOPs for legal costs and expenses advanced in connection with...


Back at the turn of the new year, few people imagined the havoc that the COVID-19 outbreak would cause during the first quarter of 2020. The broad financial outlook has worsened, and the valuations of many companies might be dramatically affected. Where ESOPs are concerned, this means that the 12/31/19 valuation—the value communicated in 12/31/19 participant statements and used to report the fair market value of employer securities on 2019 Form 5500—does not account for the public health...


On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law a massive $2 trillion stimulus bill, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the CARES Act or the Act), aimed at shoring up the U.S. economy in light of the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to the widely discussed individual stimulus payments, the CARES Act contains extensive provisions expanding unemployment insurance, extending tax relief to individuals and employers, adopting healthcare measures,...


A common concern about ESOPs is their potentially higher level of risk for participants than a diversified 401(k) plan. As the argument runs, investments in a single company's stock carry more uncertainty than the same amount of investment in a diverse portfolio, and this risk is compounded when the company is also the investor's employer. Critics of ESOPs point to spectacular failures like Enron, where thousands of employees lost their retirement savings, ignoring that participants...


The workers used an employee benefit plan that gives them ownership interest in the company for whom they work

As of Jan. 1, Loftness Specialized Equipment became 100 percent employee-owned.

Using an American financial tool called an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), the 85 employees bought all Loftness shares.

Located in Hector, Minnesota, Loftness manufactures a big list of farm equipment. The ESOP they used is an employee benefit plan that gives...


DPI was recognized last night with one of only three Excellence Awards. Presented with the "Excellence in Employee Relations" by Plastics News for our ESOP status and overall employee engagement.

Plastics News was on site to interview DPI and its employees. They were able to witness first-hand the dedication and team environment that DPI prides itself on.

DPI was originally nominated for Plastic New's Processor of the Year Award, which was ultimately awarded to Intertech Plastics...