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...


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...


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...


An Employee Stock Ownership Plan, or ESOP, gives employees a stake in the company through stock allocation.

Long Beach, CA, Feb. 17, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SCS Engineers, a leading national environmental consulting and construction firm, recently achieved a significant milestone when it completed a transaction to become 100% employee-owned through its employee stock ownership plan (ESOP).

SCS Engineers established its ESOP in 1986,...


If Bob Moore is any example, doing what you love for a living and sharing your wealth with employees will keep you vibrant and happy well into your 90s.

Moore, who turns 91 this month but sounds like an exuberant man half his age, founded the whole grain flours and cereals company Bob's Red Mill in 1978 with his now deceased wife, Charlee.

He still works full-time as the company's president, having handed over the CEO title two years ago...


PLYMOUTH, MA — Tricia Mackey and Mark Strangie are locked in lighthearted conversation at Tech-Etch Inc. in Plymouth. When they finally part, the flexible circuit technician says, half-jokingly, to the vice president of sales and marketing, "OK. Get back to work!"

While said in jest, there is a ring of reality to her retort: Mackey is one of the owners of Tech-Etch, a high-technology manufacturing company that supplies precision-engineered parts to the medical device, aerospace and...


Memphis, TN – Memphis-based third-party logistics provider, Cornerstone Systems, Inc. announced that it is now a 100 percent employee owned company as Founder/Chairman Rick Rodell sold his last 51 percent.

In 2013, Cornerstone officially became an ESOP when Rodell sold 49 percent of his shares to the newly created ESOP.

"When you're 49% ESOP, you're in deep," President/CEO Tim Clay said. "When we first started this, we thought we'd...


AURORA, Colo. — Cassie Larimer is the assistant director of Happy Ladybug Early Learning, a child care center and preschool tucked into a one-story brick building in this city east of Denver. But her new business cards, emblazoned with a cheery ladybug logo, just say "owner."

Larimer isn't technically an owner — yet. The new business cards reflect the ambitions of the center's cofounders, Elvan Goksu and Umit Kaya, who hope to turn Happy Ladybug into a worker-owned cooperative —...


ESOP company boards and ESOP trustees both have fiduciary obligations under ERISA to act in the best interests of employees as shareholders. It is very important that the board and trustee understand their own and each other's duties as well as how they need to work together on the following issues:

Trustees need to assess whether the board is acting to protect and enhance shareholder value. That may include making sure the board has the right people and they take...


Thanks largely to Jimmie Gipson, many of Bowling Green-based Houchens Industries' employees have been able to enjoy comfortable retirements. Now Gipson is ready to join them.

"Everybody has to retire sometime," Gipson said Tuesday afternoon, just hours after the announcement that he was retiring at the end of March after 55 years with Houchens, the last 27 as CEO. "I've never been excited about retiring because I'm excited about what I do. I plan to be here every day until it's time to...


GreenScapes Landscape Company Inc. is the latest in a line of Columbus companies to transition to employee ownership.

The landscaping company has transitioned to an employee stock ownership plan, or ESOP, placing control in the hands of its 90 employees, a succession plan initiated by founder Bill Gerhardt. Since opening in 1977, the company has expanded to a full-service landscape and design company for both commercial and residential real estate, as well as snow and ice management in...


On January 14, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a per curiam order in Retirement Plans Committee of IBM v. Jander[1] ("Jander"), a closely watched case regarding the pleading standard for corporate stock-drop and disclosure claims under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act ("ERISA"). The Court vacated the Second Circuit's decision below and remanded for further proceedings, but otherwise declined to address the merits of the case. The Supreme Court's remand order instead directs...


CLEVELAND, OHIO, Jan. 7, 2020 -- Palmer Holland, a North American specialty chemical and ingredient distributor of raw materials, converted to a privately held Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) with an ownership team made entirely of employees.

While Palmer Holland was a private company prior to the transition, this move solidified the organization's goal to remain an independent specialty chemical and ingredient distributor for the long term. While others in the sector have sold to...


GREEN, OH — Kovatch Castings Inc. (KCI), located at 3743 Tabs Drive, has adopted an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).

Company CEO Doug Kovatch recently informed employees he is selling 100 percent of the business to the ESOP and will be staying on as the company's CEO.

Also, Tom Planz, who joined KCI in December 2014 as director of operations and has 38 years of experience in the investment casting industry, will take on...


NAPA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--One of the largest suppliers of wine to the world's airlines and cruise ships has become 100 percent employee owned.

Intervine, headquartered in California's Napa Valley, became 100 percent employee owned through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). ESOP's were established by the United States Government nearly 50 years ago as part of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).

According to...