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October 3, 2021

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

October 2021

The NCEO’s 2021 Employee Ownership 100 list includes the nation’s largest companies that are at least 50% owned by an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) or other broad-based employee ownership plan. Many are 100% employee-owned. Employment includes all full- and part-time employees in the U.S. and worldwide.

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 US and worldwide. In 2021, the top 100 employee-owned companies employed more than 631,000 people. Data is collected from direct correspondence with companies, corporate websites, or, if these are not available, the most recent public data available. Companies marked with an asterisk are 100% employee-owned. Additions and corrections are welcome; please contact us at dguzinski@nceo.org.

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1 Publix Super Markets Lakeland FL ESOP & stock purchase 1974 Supermarkets 207,000
2 Penmac* Springfield MO ESOP 2010 Staffing 28,000
3 WinCo Foods* Boise ID ESOP 1985 Supermarkets 20,700
4 Amsted Industries* Chicago IL ESOP 1986 Industrial components 18,000
5 Brookshire Brothers* Lufkin TX ESOP 2001 Supermarkets 16,000
6 Houchens Industries* Bowling Green KY ESOP 1961 Supermarkets & other services 15,600
7 Parsons* Pasadena CA ESOP 1974 Engineering & construction 14,350
8 Davey Tree Expert* Kent OH 401(k) SOP & ESOP 1979 Tree & environmental services 11,000
8 W.L. Gore & Associates Newark DE ESOP 1974 Manufacturing 11,000
10 HDR, Inc.* Omaha NE ESOP 1996 Architecture & engineering 10,700
11 Black and Veatch* Overland Park KS KSOP 1998 Engineering & construction 10,600
12 Coborns* Saint Cloud MN ESOP 2006 Supermarkets 9,000
13 Burns & McDonnell* Kansas City MO ESOP 1985 Architecture & engineering 7,600
14 Rosendin Electric* San Jose CA ESOP 1992 Electrical contracting 7,000
14 Schreiber Foods* Green Bay WI ESOP 1998 Dairy company 7,000
16 Performance Contracting, Inc. Lenaxa KS ESOP 1986 Construction 6,400
17 Gensler* San Francisco CA ESOP 1987 Architecture 6,370
18 Scheels All Sports* Fargo ND ESOP 1982 Retail sporting goods 6,200
19 Austin Industries* Dallas TX ESOP 1986 Construction 6,000
19 Harp's Food Stores* Springdale AR ESOP 1988 Supermarkets 6,000
21 CDM Smith Cambridge MA Profit sharing 1996 Engineering & construction 5,920
22 Integrity Marketing* Dallas TX ESOP 2019 Insurance 5,500
22 KeHE Distributors Romeoville IL ESOP 2001 Food distribution 5,500
24 Terracon* Olathe KS KSOP 1991 Engineering/consulting 5,400
24 DAI* Bethesda MD ESOP 1975 US AID contractor 5,400
26 Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories* Pullman WA ESOP 1994 Engineering 5,350
27 EmpRes Healthcare Management* Vancouver WA ESOP 2009 Post-acute long-term care 5,300
28 Acadian Ambulance* Lafayette LA ESOP 1993 Ambulance services 5,000
28 Wright Tree Service* Des Moines IA ESOP 2002 Environmental services 5,000
30 McCarthy Holdings* St. Louis MO ESOP 1996 Construction 4,800
31 Graybar Electric St. Louis MO Stock purchase 1929 Electrical equipment wholesale 4,700
32 Chemonics International, Inc.* Washington DC ESOP 2001 International development 4,640
33 Swinerton Builders* San Francisco CA ESOP 1962 Construction 4,600
34 Lewis Tree Service, Inc.* Rochester NY ESOP 1998 Tree services 4,500
34 Robert W. Baird & Co. Milwaukee WI ESPP 1984 Brokerage 4,500
36 Hensel Phelps Construction Greeley CO ESOP 1976 Construction 4,350
37 KPH Healthcare Services, Inc.* Gouverneur NY ESOP 1944 Drugstores 4,200
38 ACCO Engineered Systems, Inc.* Pasadena CA ESOP 2007 Heating & air conditioning services 4,000
38 HNTB* Kansas City MO ESOP 2000 Architecture & engineering 4,000
38 Sammons Enterprises* Dallas TX ESOP 1978 Diversified holding company 4,000
41 Abt Associates* Cambridge MA ESOP 1975 Consulting & research 3,600
41 Homeland Acquisition Corporation* Oklahoma City OK ESOP 2011 Supermarkets 3,600
41 Miller's Health Systems Warsaw IN ESOP 2006 Nursing homes 3,600
41 Recology* San Francisco CA ESOP 1985 Waste management 3,600
45 Bi-Mart Eugene OR ESOP 2003 Discount stores 3,200
45 EVAPCO Inc. Taneytown MD ESOP 1984 Manufacturing 3,200
47 Westat, Inc.* Rockville MD ESOP 1977 Research firm 3,020
48 Challenge Manufacturing Company Walker MI ESOP 1987 Automotive manufacturing 3,000
48 Cianbro* Pittsfield ME ESOP 1980 Construction 3,000
48 JE Dunn Kansas City MO ESOP 2010 Construction 3,000
48 Krueger International, Inc.* Green Bay WI ESOP 1991 Furniture manufacturing 3,000
52 TD Industries* Dallas TX ESOP 1989 Engineering, construction & service 2,800
53 Border States Industries* Fargo ND ESOP 1984 Wholesale distributor 2,500
53 MyPath [was Oconomowoc Residential Programs, Inc.]* Oconomowoc WI ESOP 2002 Health & disability services 2,500
55 Buehler's Fresh Foods Wooster OH ESOP 2017 Supermarkets 2,400
55 Davis H. Elliot Company Lexington KY ESOP 2000 Electrical contracting 2,400
55 Jasper Engines & Transmissions* Jasper IN ESOP, profit sharing 2010 Engine & transmission remanufacturing 2,400
58 Barton Malow* Southfield MI Profit sharing 1952 Construction 2,300
58 Bradford White Water Heaters* Ambler PA ESOP 1992 Water heaters 2,300
58 Columbia Forest Products Greensboro NC ESOP 1977 Plywood 2,300
58 People Care Holdings, Inc. New York NY ESOP 2007 Healthcare services 2,300
62 Mulberry Street Management* Morgantown WV ESOP 2020 Home health care 2,275
63 Kleinfelder* San Diego CA ESOP 1989 Engineering 2,020
64 Cooperative Home Care Associates Bronx NY Worker cooperative 1995 Health care 2,000
64 George P. Johnson Auburn Hills MI ESOP 1998 Event marketing 2,000
64 Mayville Engineering Company, Inc.* Mayville WI ESOP 1959 Engineering & manufacturing services 2,000
64 Reasor's Tahlequah OK ESOP 2005 Supermarkets 2,000
64 Sundt Construction* Tempe AZ ESOP 1972 Construction 2,000
64 Symbria* Warrenville OH ESOP 2015 Health care services 2,000
64 The Burnett Companies Consolidated, Inc.* Houston TX ESOP 2010 Staffing services 2,000
71 Paladin Capital Nashville TN ESOP 2004 Freight transportation 1,920
72 Hypertherm* Hanover NH ESOP 2001 Engineering & manufacturing services 1,900
73 S&C Electric* Chicago IL KSOP 1989 Electrical equipment 1,880
74 Morton Buildings* Morton IL ESOP 1990 Fabrication & construction 1,800
74 SRC Holdings* Springfield MO ESOP 1983 Equipment remanufacturing 1,800
76 American Systems Corporation* Chantilly VA ESOP 1990 Engineering 1,790
77 KCI Technologies* Sparks MD ESOP 1988 Engineering 1,750
78 Brown and Caldwell Walnut Creek CA ESOP 1962 Engineering 1,700
79 Garney Company* Kansas City MO ESOP 1986 Water & wastewater piping systems 1,670
80 Yoke's Foods, Inc.* Spokane WA ESOP 1990 Grocery store chain 1,650
81 The North Highland Company* Atlanta GA ESOP 1997 Accounting staffing 1,610
82 Farmers Home Furniture Dublin GA ESOP 2012 Furniture retail 1,600
82 Holden Industries, Inc.* Deerfield IL ESOP 2007 Manufacturing 1,600
82 Johnson, Mirmiran and Thompson, Inc. (JMT)* Hunt Valley MD ESOP 1974 Engineering & architecture 1,600
82 Martin Resource Management Corporation* Kilgore TX ESOP 2012 Distribution & transportation 1,600
82 AlaTrade Foods* Guntersville AL ESOP 2021 Poultry processing 1,600
82 Price Cutter* Springfield MO ESOP 2004 Supermarkets 1,600
82 Roberts Hawaii* Honolulu HI ESOP 2006 Tour bus operator 1,600
89 CCMSI Holdings, Inc. Danville IL ESOP 1990 Third-party administration 1,570
90 Airborn Inc.* Addison TX ESOP 1996 Electronic connectors 1,500
90 American Cast Iron Pipe Birmingham AL Profit sharing 1982 Manufacturing 1,500
90 CPES Tucson AZ ESOP 1994 Human services 1,500
90 Martin & Bayley, Inc.* Carmi IL ESOP 1984 Convenience stores 1,500
90 Newport Harbor* Warwick RI ESOP 1995 Hospitality (Hotel & Restaurants) 1,500
90 Superior Consolidated Peoria IL ESOP 1988 Third-party logistics 1,500
96 Medicalodges* Coffeyville KS ESOP 1990 Long-term healthcare 1,430
97 Applied Research Associates Albuquerque NM ESOP 1993 Engineering research 1,400
97 Armstrong Garden Centers* Glendora CA ESOP 1980 Garden centers 1,400
97 D.A. Davidson Companies Great Falls MT ESOP 2016 Investment advising 1,400
100 Weston Solutions West Chester PA ESOP 1984 Environmental engineering 1,370

*100% employee-owned