Tierra Wools – Los Ojos, NM

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Industry: Manufacturing Location: Los Ojos, New Mexico Number of employees: 23 Became employee owned: 1983 From the Company https://www.handweavers.com/ https://www.handweavers.com/our-story Learn more Southwest Contemporary – New Mexico Women: Maria Varela (2019) New Mexico Mercury – Friday Voyage: Tierra Wools (2014) New Mexico Magazine – Dyed in the Wool (2013) The Journal – History eyes miracle […]

Collective Copies – Florence, MA

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Industry: Printing Location: Boston, Massachusetts Number of employees: 11 Became employee owned: 1983 Financing: Cooperative Fund of New England From the company https://www.collectivecopies.com/ https://www.collectivecopies.com/about-us/history/ Trott – The Story of Collective Copies (2008) Learn more Christian Science Monitor – Who’s the boss? In worker-owned cooperatives, everyone is. (2019) Valley Advocate – Surprise! It’s a Co-op. Any business […]

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 […]

Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-op – Port Townsend, WA

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Industry: Manufacturing Location: Port Townsend, Washington Number of employees: 43 Became employee owned: 1981 From the company www.ptshipwrights.com Learn more Filson Journal – For The Love Of Wooden Boats: Port Townsend’s Shipwrights Co-op (2020) Peninsula Daily News – Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-op, port swap land (2020) Port Townsend Leader – Shipwrights Co-op buys Townsend Bay Marine (2019) […]

Sunshine Propane – Port Hadlock, WA

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Industry: Energy Location: Port Hadlock, Washington Number of employees: 12 Became employee owned: 1980 Learn more www.sunshinepropane.com Peninsula Daily News – New caregiving co-op now in operation in Port Townsend (2016) Quimper Grange – Building a More Cooperative Economy (2014)   Employee Owned Small Businesses in Washington

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 […]

Fedco Seeds – Clinton, ME

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Consumers own 60% of this cooperative and worker members own 40%. Industry: Farming Location: Clinton, Maine Number of employees: 60 Became employee owned: 1978 From the company https://www.fedcoseeds.com/ https://www.fedcoseeds.com/about_fedco.htm Fedco – Fedco Seeds – A 60%:40% Consumer/Worker Cooperative (2009) Learn more Lancaster Farming – Seed Company Founded During Maine’s ‘Back-to-the-Land Movement’ (2019) University of Maine […]

Once Again Nut Butter – Nunda, NY

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Industry: Food and Beverage Location: Nunda, New York Number of employees: 80 Became employee owned: 1976 Assistance: Center for Community Based Enterprise From the company Once Again Nut Butter – Our History Learn more Livingston County News – Gillibrand to announce legislation partly inspired by success of Once Again Nut Butter (2018) Livingston County News […]

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 […]