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The Employee Ownership 100: America's Largest Majority Employee-Owned Companies

August 2016
To be on the list, companies must be at least 50% owned by an ESOP or other qualified plan or by one or more other kinds of plans in which at least 50% of full-time employees are eligible to participate. Employment includes all full- and part-time employees in the U.S. and worldwide. In 2016, the top 100 employee-owned companies employ more than 619,000 people. Data is collected from corporate Web sites, direct correspondence with companies, or, if these are not available, the most recent public data available. Companies marked with an asterisk are 100% employee-owned. When more than one company has the same number of employees, they share the same rank, and the next rank is numbered as if the previous companies were numbered consecutively (e.g., 16, 17, 17, 17, 20). Additions and corrections are welcome; please contact us at research@nceo.org.
We also produce a dataset that compiles data on the characteristics of all the ESOPs in the U.S.

1Publix Super MarketsLakelandFLESOP & Stock Purchase1974Supermarkets182,500
2Lifetouch*Eden PrairieMNESOP1977Photography21,000
3Penmac*SpringfieldMOESOP2010Staffing20,420
4CH2M HillEnglewoodCOStock Incentive & Purchase Plan2000Engineering & construction20,000
5Houchens Industries*Bowling GreenKYESOP1961Supermarkets & other services18,000
6Amsted Industries*ChicagoILESOP1986Industrial components17,000
7WinCo FoodsBoiseIDESOP1985Supermarkets15,200
8Alliance Holdings*AbingtonPAESOP1995Holding company14,700
9Parsons*PasadenaCAESOP1974Engineering & construction14,000
10Black & VeatchOverland ParkKSESOP1998Engineering11,350
11HDR, Inc.OmahaNEESOP1996Architecture & engineering10,000
11W.L. Gore & AssociatesNewarkDEESOP1974Manufacturing10,000
13Davey Tree Expert*KentOH401KSOP & ESOP1979Tree & environmental services8,620
14Graybar ElectricSt. LouisMOStock purchase1929Electrical equipment wholesale8,300
15Schreiber FoodsGreen BayWIESOP1998Dairy company7,500
16Austin Industries*DallasTXESOP1986Construction7,000
16Brookshire Brothers*LufkinTXESOP2001Supermarkets7,000
16MWH GlobalBroomfieldCOESOPN/AEngineering & consulting7,000
16Janus Global OperationsLenoir CityTNESOP2002Security & munitions services7,000
20The Burnett Companies Consolidated, Inc.*HoustonTXESOP2010Staffing services6,790
21EmpRes Healthcare Management*VancouverWAESOP2009Post-acute long term care6,570
22Scheels All SportsFargoNDESOP1982Retail sporting goods6,100
23Burns & McDonnell Engineering*Kansas CityMOESOP1985Architecture & engineering5,300
24CDM SmithCambridgeMAProfit Sharing1996Engineering & construction5,000
24Gensler*San FranciscoCAESOP1987Architecture5,000
24Rosendin Electric*San JoseCAESOP1992Electrical contracting5,000
27People Care Holdings, Inc.New YorkNYESOP2007Healthcare services4,700
28KeHE DistributorsRomeovilleILESOP2001Food distribution4,500
29Schweitzer Engineering*PullmanWAESOP1994Engineering4,300
30Harp's Food Stores*SpringdaleARESOP1988Supermarkets4,070
31Acadian AmbulanceLafayetteLAESOP1993Ambulance services4,000
31Cianbro*PittsfieldMEESOP1980Construction4,000
31Sammons Enterprises*DallasTXESOP1978Diversified holding company4,000
34HNTBKansas CityMOESOP2000Architecture & engineering3,880
35Chemonics International, Inc.*WashingtonDCESOP2001International development3,840
36Recology*San FranciscoCAESOP1985Waste management3,800
37Terracon*OlatheKSESOP1991Engineering/consulting3,600
38Homeland Acquisition Corporation*Oklahoma CityOKESOP2011Supermarkets3,500
38KPH Healthcare Services, Inc.*GouverneurNYESOP1944Drugstores3,500
38Lewis Tree Service, Inc.*RochesterNYESOP1998Tree services3,500
41Robert W. Baird & Co.MilwaukeeWIESPP1984Brokerage3,300
42McCarthy Building Company*St. LouisMOESOP1996Construction3,290
43Wright Service Corp.Des MoinesIAESOP2002Environmental services3,050
44Bi-MartEugeneORESOP2003Discount stores3,000
44Krueger International, Inc.Green BayWIESOP1991Furniture manufacturing3,000
44Miller's Health SystemsWarsawINESOP2006Nursing homes3,000
44Reasor's*TahlequahOKESOP2005Supermarkets3,000
48Hensel Phelps ConstructionGreeleyCOESOP1976Construction2,690
49American Cast Iron PipeBirminghamALProfit Sharing1982Manufacturing2,600
50Challenge Manufacturing CompanyWalkerMIESOP1987Automotive manufacturing2,500
50S&C ElectricChicagoILESOP1989Electrical equipment2,500
52Guckenheimer EnterprisesRedwood CityCAESOP1987Food distribution2,500
53RPCS, Inc.*SpringfieldMOESOP2004Supermarkets2,480
54Hollister IncorporatedLibertyvilleILProfit Sharing1973Medical supplies manufacturer2,400
55Oconomowoc Residential Programs, Inc.*OconomowocWIESOP2002Health & disability services2,400
56Abt AssociatesCambridgeMAESOP1975Consulting & research2,300
57Border States Industries*FargoNDESOP1984Electrical supplies2,200
58TD IndustriesDallasTXESOP1989HVAC supplies2,200
59Medicalodges*CoffeyvilleKSESOP1990Nursing homes2,140
60Round Table Pizza*ConcordCAESOP1984Pizza franchise2,130
61Martin Resource Management Corporation*KilgoreTXESOP2012Distribution & transportation2,060
62Symbria*WarrenvilleOHESOP2015Health services2,050
63Columbia Forest ProductsGreensboroNCESOP1977Plywood2,000
63Cooperative Home Care AssociatesBronxNYCoop1995Health care2,000
63KleinfelderSan DiegoCAESOP1989Engineering2,000
63TPI Hospitality*WillmarMNESOP2014Hospitality (Hotel & Restaurants)2,000
63Westat, Inc.RockvilleMDESOP1977Research firm2,000
68David S. Elliot CompanyLexingtonKYESOP2000Electrical contracting1,900
68Jasper Engines & Transmissions*JasperINESOP2010Engine & transmission remanufacturing1,900
70Mayville Engineering Company, Inc.*MayvilleWIESOP1959Engineering & manufacturing services1,870
71Roberts HawaiiHonoluluHIESOP2006Tour bus operator1,800
71The North Highland CompanyAtlantaGAESOP1997Accounting staffing1,800
73Sundt Construction*TempeAZESOP1972Construction1,750
74STV Group*DouglassvillePAESOP1981Engineering & architecture1,700
74Thrifty White Pharmacy*PlymouthMNESOP1976Drugstores1,700
76Dynetics*HuntsvilleALESOP1988Engineering, science, & information technology1,600
76Enercon Services, Inc.*KennesawGAESOP1992Engineering1,600
78Armstrong Garden CentersGlendoraCAESOP1980Garden centers1,500
78Brown and CaldwellWalnut CreekCAESOP1962Engineering1,500
78CPESTucsonAZESOP1994Human services1,500
78Kelly-Moore PaintsSan CarlosCAESOP1998Paint manufacturing/retail1,500
82D.A. Davidson CompaniesGreat FallsMTESOP2016Investment advising1,450
83Hypertherm*HanoverNHESOP2001Engineering & manufacturing services1,440
83American Systems Corp.ChantillyVAESOP1990Engineering1,400
85Appvion, Inc.AppletonWIESOP1984Paper products1,400
85Barton Malow*SouthfieldMIProfit Sharing1952Construction1,400
85Bradford WhiteAmblerPAESOP1992Water heaters1,400
85George P. Johnson Experience Marketing*Auburn HillsMIESOP1998Event marketing1,400
85Martin & Bayley, Inc.*CarmiILESOP1984Convenience stores1,400
85SRC HoldingsSpringfieldMOESOP1983Equipment remanufacturing1,400
85Travel and Transport, Inc.*OmahaNEESOP1991Travel management1,400
92C SpireRidgelandMSESOP1999Telecommunications1,350
92Paladin Capital (DBA Quickway)NashvilleTNESOP2004Trucking1,350
94Airborn Inc.*AddisonTXESOP1996Electronic connectors1,310
95Holden Industries, Inc.*DeerfieldILESOP2007Manufacturing1,300
96Riesbeck Food MarketsSt. ClairsvilleOHESOP1986Supermarkets1,260
97CCMSI Holdings, Inc.DanvilleILESOP1990Third-party administration1,190
98ACCO Engineered Systems, Inc.*GlendaleCAESOP2007Heating & air conditioning services1,180
99S&MERaleighNCESOP1995Engineering1,120
100Garney Holding Company*Kansas CityMOESOP1986Water & wastewater piping systems1,100
100Swinerton Builders*
San FranciscoCAESOP1962Construction1,100
100WestonWest ChesterPAESOP1984Environmental services1,100
*100% employee-owned

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