Big Timberworks – Gallatin Gateway, MT

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Industry: Construction Location: Gallatin Gateway, Montana Number of employees: 14 Became employee owned: 1999 Assistance: ICA Group From the company https://www.bigtimberworks.com/ Learn more Project Equity – Big Timberworks Big Timberworks – Cooperative Approach (video) (2010) Northcountry Cooperative Foundation Center – Using Worker-owned cooperatives to enhance the economic well-being of rural residents (2004) Timber Framing Journal – […]

Messer Construction – Louisville, KY

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Industry: Construction Location: Ohio, Kentucky Number of employees: 1,100 Became 100% employee owned: 1990 Learn more Messer – Company History Lane Report – ESOP Can Spell Succession Success (2017) Dayton Daily News – Cincinnati-based Messer Construction pushes employee ownership bill (2016) Employee Owned Small Businesses in Construction Employee Owned Small Businesses in Kentucky

Restif Cleaning – Arcata, CA

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Industry: Cleaning Location: Arcata, California Number of employees: 30 Became employee owned: 1990 From the company https://restif.com/about-us https://www.facebook.com/RestifCleaning/ Learn more Beneficial State Bank – The employee ownership solution to the “silver tsunami” (2018) North Coast Co-op  – Celebrating Co-op Month (2016)   Employee Owned Small Businesses in Cleaning Employee Owned Small Businesses in California  

South Mountain Company – Martha’s Vineyard, MA

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South Mountain Company is a worker owned architecture, building, and energy firm located on Martha’s Vineyard. South Mountain was founded in 1975 by John Abrams and converted to a worker owned cooperative in 1986. Since its founding, South Mountain has grown substantially in size, service offerings, and revenue. The complexity of the company’s governance and […]

O&O Supermarkets – Philadelphia, PA

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This business has closed. Industry: Grocery Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Number of employees: 700 Became employee owned: 1982 Summary The O&O Supermarkets were a series of worker cooperatives in the Philadelphia area in the 1980s. The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1357, in partnership with Philadelphia Area Cooperative Enterprise (PACE), organized the first two […]

Workers Owned Sewing Company – Windsor, NC

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This business has closed. Industry: Manufacturing Location: Windsor, North Carolina Number of employees: 70 Became employee owned: 1979 Summary The Workers’ Owned Sewing Company was, at peak, a 70-worker democratic cut-and-sew factory that operated for 21 years in Windsor, North Carolina.  The company was founded in 1979 out of the bankruptcy of a 12 year-old form called […]

Plywood Cooperatives – Pacific Northwest

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These businesses have demutualized or closed. Industry: Manufacturing Location: Washington and Oregon Number of employees: 80 to 450 Became employee owned: 1921 From the industry PPA – From Penply to K Ply (2001) PPA – Vancouver-Plywood Company (1972) PPA – Veneer Products Company (1970) PPA – The Buffelen Lumber & Manufacturing Company (1968) Books Pencavel […]