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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 Purchase1974Supermarkets182500
2Lifetouch*Eden PrairieMNESOP1977Photography21000
3Penmac*SpringfieldMOESOP2010Staffing20420
4CH2M HillEnglewoodCOStock Incentive & Purchase Plan2000Engineering & construction20000
5Houchens Industries*Bowling GreenKYESOP1961Supermarkets & other services18000
6Amsted Industries*ChicagoILESOP1986Industrial components17000
7WinCo FoodsBoiseIDESOP1985Supermarkets15200
8Alliance Holdings*AbingtonPAESOP1995Holding company14700
9Parsons*PasadenaCAESOP1974Engineering & construction14000
10Black & VeatchOverland ParkKSESOP1998Engineering11350
11HDR, Inc.OmahaNEESOP1996Architecture & engineering10000
11W.L. Gore & AssociatesNewarkDEESOP1974Manufacturing10000
13Davey Tree Expert*KentOH401KSOP & ESOP1979Tree & environmental services8620
14Graybar ElectricSt. LouisMOStock purchase1929Electrical equipment wholesale8300
15Schreiber FoodsGreen BayWIESOP1998Dairy company7500
16Austin Industries*DallasTXESOP1986Construction7000
16Brookshire Brothers*LufkinTXESOP2001Supermarkets7000
16MWH GlobalBroomfieldCOESOPN/AEngineering & consulting7000
16Janus Global OperationsLenoir CityTNESOP2002Security & munitions services7000
20The Burnett Companies Consolidated, Inc.*HoustonTXESOP2010Staffing services6790
21EmpRes Healthcare Management*VancouverWAESOP2009Post-acute long term care6570
22Scheels All SportsFargoNDESOP1982Retail sporting goods6100
23Burns & McDonnell Engineering*Kansas CityMOESOP1985Architecture & engineering5300
24CDM SmithCambridgeMAProfit Sharing1996Engineering & construction5000
24Gensler*San FranciscoCAESOP1987Architecture5000
24Rosendin Electric*San JoseCAESOP1992Electrical contracting5000
27People Care Holdings, Inc.New YorkNYESOP2007Healthcare services4700
28KeHE DistributorsRomeovilleILESOP2001Food distribution4500
29Schweitzer Engineering*PullmanWAESOP1994Engineering4300
30Harp's Food Stores*SpringdaleARESOP1988Supermarkets4070
31Acadian AmbulanceLafayetteLAESOP1993Ambulance services4000
31Cianbro*PittsfieldMEESOP1980Construction4000
31Sammons Enterprises*DallasTXESOP1978Diversified holding company4000
34HNTBKansas CityMOESOP2000Architecture & engineering3880
35Chemonics International, Inc.*WashingtonDCESOP2001International development3840
36Recology*San FranciscoCAESOP1985Waste management3800
37Terracon*OlatheKSESOP1991Engineering/consulting3600
38Homeland Acquisition Corporation*Oklahoma CityOKESOP2011Supermarkets3500
38KPH Healthcare Services, Inc.*GouverneurNYESOP1944Drugstores3500
38Lewis Tree Service, Inc.*RochesterNYESOP1998Tree services3500
41Robert W. Baird & Co.MilwaukeeWIESPP1984Brokerage3300
42McCarthy Building Company*St. LouisMOESOP1996Construction3290
43Wright Service Corp.Des MoinesIAESOP2002Environmental services3050
44Bi-MartEugeneORESOP2003Discount stores3000
44Krueger International, Inc.Green BayWIESOP1991Furniture manufacturing3000
44Miller's Health SystemsWarsawINESOP2006Nursing homes3000
44Reasor's*TahlequahOKESOP2005Supermarkets3000
48Hensel Phelps ConstructionGreeleyCOESOP1976Construction2690
49American Cast Iron PipeBirminghamALProfit Sharing1982Manufacturing2600
50Challenge Manufacturing CompanyWalkerMIESOP1987Automotive manufacturing2500
50S&C ElectricChicagoILESOP1989Electrical equipment2500
52Guckenheimer EnterprisesRedwood CityCAESOP1987Food distribution2500
53RPCS, Inc.*SpringfieldMOESOP2004Supermarkets2480
54Hollister IncorporatedLibertyvilleILProfit Sharing1973Medical supplies manufacturer2400
55Oconomowoc Residential Programs, Inc.*OconomowocWIESOP2002Health & disability services2400
56Abt AssociatesCambridgeMAESOP1975Consulting & research2300
57Border States Industries*FargoNDESOP1984Electrical supplies2200
58TD IndustriesDallasTXESOP1989HVAC supplies2200
59Medicalodges*CoffeyvilleKSESOP1990Nursing homes2140
60Round Table Pizza*ConcordCAESOP1984Pizza franchise2130
61Martin Resource Management Corporation*KilgoreTXESOP2012Distribution & transportation2060
62Symbria*WarrenvilleOHESOP2015Health services2050
63Columbia Forest ProductsGreensboroNCESOP1977Plywood2000
63Cooperative Home Care AssociatesBronxNYCoop1995Health care2000
63KleinfelderSan DiegoCAESOP1989Engineering2000
63TPI Hospitality*WillmarMNESOP2014Hospitality (Hotel & Restaurants)2000
63Westat, Inc.RockvilleMDESOP1977Research firm2000
68David S. Elliot CompanyLexingtonKYESOP2000Electrical contracting1900
68Jasper Engines & Transmissions*JasperINESOP2010Engine & transmission remanufacturing1900
70Mayville Engineering Company, Inc.*MayvilleWIESOP1959Engineering & manufacturing services1870
71Roberts HawaiiHonoluluHIESOP2006Tour bus operator1800
71The North Highland CompanyAtlantaGAESOP1997Accounting staffing1800
73Sundt Construction*TempeAZESOP1972Construction1750
74STV Group*DouglassvillePAESOP1981Engineering & architecture1700
74Thrifty White Pharmacy*PlymouthMNESOP1976Drugstores1700
76Dynetics*HuntsvilleALESOP1988Engineering, science, & information technology1600
76Enercon Services, Inc.*KennesawGAESOP1992Engineering1600
78Armstrong Garden CentersGlendoraCAESOP1980Garden centers1500
78Brown and CaldwellWalnut CreekCAESOP1962Engineering1500
78CPESTucsonAZESOP1994Human services1500
78Kelly-Moore PaintsSan CarlosCAESOP1998Paint manufacturing/retail1500
82D.A. Davidson CompaniesGreat FallsMTESOP2016Investment advising1450
83Hypertherm*HanoverNHESOP2001Engineering & manufacturing services1440
83American Systems Corp.ChantillyVAESOP1990Engineering1400
85Appvion, Inc.AppletonWIESOP1984Paper products1400
85Barton Malow*SouthfieldMIProfit Sharing1952Construction1400
85Bradford WhiteAmblerPAESOP1992Water heaters1400
85George P. Johnson Experience Marketing*Auburn HillsMIESOP1998Event marketing1400
85Martin & Bayley, Inc.*CarmiILESOP1984Convenience stores1400
85SRC HoldingsSpringfieldMOESOP1983Equipment remanufacturing1400
85Travel and Transport, Inc.*OmahaNEESOP1991Travel management1400
92C SpireRidgelandMSESOP1999Telecommunications1350
92Paladin Capital (DBA Quickway)NashvilleTNESOP2004Trucking1350
94Airborn Inc.*AddisonTXESOP1996Electronic connectors1310
95Holden Industries, Inc.*DeerfieldILESOP2007Manufacturing1300
96Riesbeck Food MarketsSt. ClairsvilleOHESOP1986Supermarkets1260
97CCMSI Holdings, Inc.DanvilleILESOP1990Third-party administration1190
98ACCO Engineered Systems, Inc.*GlendaleCAESOP2007Heating & air conditioning services1180
99S&MERaleighNCESOP1995Engineering1120
100Garney Holding Company*Kansas CityMOESOP1986Water & wastewater piping systems1100
100Swinerton Builders*
San FranciscoCAESOP1962Construction1100
44WestonWest ChesterPAESOP1984Environmental services1100
*100% employee-owned

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