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July 27, 2020

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

July 2020

The NCEO’s 2020 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.

The great majority (96%) of the companies on this list have ESOPs, and several of them have more than one plan. Other vehicles for employee ownership on this list include profit sharing plans invested in company stock, stock purchase plans, 401(k) plans, and a worker cooperative.

Seven companies have been added to this year’s list, and the companies featured collectively more than 620,000 people worldwide. This year the smallest companies on the list have 1,260 employees. Several companies from last year’s list have been removed as a result of smaller employee counts or changing ownership structure, and two employee-owned companies from the 2019 list were sold since our last publication.

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 Director of Culture and Engagement Dallan Guzinski at dguzinski@nceo.org.  We encourage companies on the list to contact their local and trade media to tell their stories. We have sample press material available; contact Dallan Guzinkski.

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1 Publix Super Markets Lakeland FL ESOP & Stock Purchase 1974 Supermarkets 202000
2 Penmac* Springfield MO ESOP 2010 Staffing 28000
3 WinCo Foods Boise ID ESOP 1985 Supermarkets 19000
4 Amsted Industries* Chicago IL ESOP 1986 Industrial components 18000
4 Houchens Industries* Bowling Green KY ESOP 1961 Supermarkets & other services 18000
6 Parsons* Pasadena CA ESOP 1974 Engineering & construction 16000
7 Black & Veatch Overland Park KS KSOP 1998 Engineering & construction 11000
8 W.L. Gore & Associates Newark DE ESOP 1974 Manufacturing 10800
9 Davey Tree Expert* Kent OH 401KSOP & ESOP 1979 Tree & environmental services 10500
10 HDR, Inc.* Omaha NE ESOP 1996 Architecture & engineering 10000
11 Graybar Electric St. Louis MO Stock purchase 1929 Electrical equipment wholesale 8700
12 Schreiber Foods Green Bay WI ESOP 1998 Dairy company 8000
13 Brookshire Brothers* Lufkin TX ESOP 2001 Supermarkets 7200
14 Rosendin Electric* San Jose CA ESOP 1992 Electrical Contracting 7000
14 Travel and Transport, Inc. Omaha NE ESOP 1991 Travel management 7000
16 Burns & McDonnell Engineering* Kansas City MO ESOP 1985 Architecture & engineering 6650
17 Performance Contracting, Inc. Lenexa KS ESOP 1986 Construction 6300
18 EmpRes Healthcare Management* Vancouver WA ESOP 2009 Post-acute long term care 6200
18 Scheels All Sports Fargo ND ESOP 1982 Retail sporting goods 6200
20 Harp's Food Stores* Springdale AR ESOP 1988 Supermarkets 6010
21 Austin Industries* Dallas TX ESOP 1986 Construction 6000
21 Gensler* San Francisco CA ESOP 1987 Architecture 6000
23 KeHE Distributors Romeoville IL ESOP 2001 Food distribution 5500
24 Wright Service Corp. Des Moines IA ESOP 2002 Environmental Services 5300
24 Schweitzer Engineering Laboraties* Pullman WA ESOP 1994 Engineering 5300
26 Terracon* Olathe KS KSOP 1991 Engineering/consulting 5000
26 Acadian Ambulance Lafayette LA ESOP 1993 Ambulance services 5000
26 CDM Smith Cambridge MA Profit Sharing 1996 Engineering & construction 5000
26 Chemonics International, Inc.* Washington DC ESOP 2001 International development 5000
30 Robert W. Baird & Co. Milwaukee WI ESPP 1984 Brokerage 4370
31 Hensel Phelps Construction Greeley CO ESOP 1976 Construction 4340
32 Cianbro* Pittsfield ME ESOP 1980 Construction 4200
33 Lewis Tree Service, Inc.* Rochester NY ESOP 1998 Tree services 4000
33 Sammons Enterprises* Dallas TX ESOP 1978 Diversified holding company 4000
33 KPH Healthcare Services, Inc.* Gouverneur NY ESOP 1944 Drugstores 4000
33 Swinerton Builders* San Francisco CA ESOP 1962 Construction 4000
37 Recology* San Francisco CA ESOP 1985 Waste management 3800
37 Abt Associates Cambridge MA ESOP 1975 Consulting & research 3800
39 Miller's Health Systems Warsaw IN ESOP 2006 Nursing homes 3600
40 HNTB Kansas City MO ESOP 2000 Architecture & engineering 3500
41 Homeland Acquisition Corporation* Oklahoma City OK ESOP 2011 Supermarkets 3410
42 Bi-Mart Eugene OR ESOP 2003 Discount stores 3200
43 Challenge Manufacturing Company Walker MI ESOP 1987 Automotive Manufacturing 3000
43 Mayville Engineering Company, Inc.* Mayville WI ESOP 1959 Engineering & Manufacturing services 3000
43 EVAPCO Inc. Taneytown MD ESOP 1984 Manufacturing 3000
43 Krueger International, Inc.* Green Bay WI ESOP 1991 Furniture manufacturing 3000
47 McCarthy Building Company* St. Louis MO ESOP 1996 Construction 2720
48 TD Industries* Dallas TX ESOP 1989 HVAC supplies 2710
49 S&C Electric* Chicago IL KSOP 1989 Electrical equipment 2600
50 MyPath (formerly Oconomowoc Residential Programs, Inc.)* Oconomowoc WI ESOP 2002 Health & disability services 2500
50 Border States Industries* Fargo ND ESOP 1984 Wholesale distributor 2500
52 Jasper Engines & Transmissions* Jasper IN ESOP, Profit Sharing 2010 Engine & transmission remanufacturing 2400
53 Paladin Capital Nashville TN ESOP 2004 Freight transportation 2350
54 Davis H. Elliot Company Lexington KY ESOP 2000 Electrical Contracting 2320
55 People Care Holdings, Inc. New York NY ESOP 2007 Healthcare Services 2300
55 Bradford White Water Heaters* Ambler PA ESOP 1992 Water heaters 2300
57 Barton Malow* Southfield MI Profit Sharing 1952 Construction 2200
58 Westat, Inc.* Rockville MD ESOP 1977 Research firm 2170
59 Buehler's Fresh Foods Wooster OH ESOP 2017 Supermarkets 2100
59 Columbia Forest Products Greensboro NC ESOP 1977 Plywood 2100
61 Reasor's Tahlequah OK ESOP 2005 Supermarkets 2300
61 Symbria* Warrenville OH ESOP 2015 Health care services 2000
61 Cooperative Home Care Associates Bronx NY Coop 1995 Health care 2000
61 George P. Johnson Auburn Hills MI ESOP 1998 Event Marketing 2000
61 The Burnett Companies Consolidated, Inc. Houston TX ESOP 2010 Staffing services 2000
66 Hypertherm* Hanover NH ESOP 2001 Engineering & manufacturing services 1840
67 Sundt Construction* Tempe AZ ESOP 1972 Construction 1800
67 Kleinfelder San Diego CA ESOP 1989 Engineering 1800
69 Morton Buildings* Morton IL ESOP 1990 Fabrication & Construction 1740
70 SRC Holdings Springfield MO ESOP 1983 Diversified holding company 1720
71 Medicalodges* Coffeyville KS ESOP 1990 Long-Term Healthcare 1710
71 Johnson, Mirmiran and Thompson, Inc. (JMT)* Hunt Valley MD ESOP 1974 Engineering & architecture 1710
73 Martin Resource Management Corporation* Kilgore TX ESOP 2012 Distribution & transportation 1700
73 Farmers Home Furniture Dublin GA ESOP 2012 Furniture retail 1700
73 Brown and Caldwell Walnut Creek CA ESOP 1962 Engineering 1700
76 Price Cutter Springfield MO ESOP 2004 Supermarkets 1670
77 Gareney Company* Kansas City MO ESOP 1986 Water & wastewater piping systems 1620
78 The North Highland Company Atlanta GA ESOP 1997 Management consulting 1600
78 Dynetics* Huntsville AL ESOP 1988 Engineering, science, information technology services 1600
78 Roberts Hawaii* Honolulu HI ESOP 2006 Tour bus operator 1600
81 Yoke's Foods, Inc.* Spokane WA ESOP 1990 Grocery store chain 1590
82 CCMSI Holdings, Inc. Danville IL ESOP 1990 Third-party administration 1510
83 Airborn Inc.* Addison TX ESOP 1996 Electronic Connectors 1500
83 American Cast Iron Pipe Birmingham AL Profit Sharing 1982 Manufacturing 1500
83 CPES Tucson AZ ESOP 1994 Human Services 1500
83 Martin & Bayley, Inc.* Carmi IL ESOP 1984 Convenience stores 1500
83 Superior Consolidated Peoria IL ESOP 1988 Third-party logistics 1500
83 Travel and Transport, Inc.* Omaha NE ESOP 1991 Travel management 1500
83 Holden Industries, Inc. Deerfield IL ESOP 2007 Manufacturing 1500
90 American Systems Corp. Chantilly VA ESOP 1990 Engineering 1485
91 Armstrong Garden Centers Glendora CA ESOP 1980 Garden centers 1400
91 D.A. Davidson Companies Great Falls MT ESOP 2016 Investment Advising 1400
91 CCMSI Holdings, Inc.* Danville IL ESOP 1990 Third-party administration 1400
91 West Monroe Chicago IL ESOP 2013 Management consulting 1400
91 McNaughton-McKay* Madison Heights MI ESOP 2006 Wholesale distributor 1400
96 North State Grocery Cottonwood CA ESOP 2006 Supermarkets 1350
97 Royal Technologies Hudsonville MI ESOP 2007 Components manufacturing 1300
97 Applied Research Associates Alburquerque NM ESOP 1993 Engineering research 1300
99 Thrifty White Pharmacy* Plymouth MN ESOP 1976 Retail Drugstores 1290
100 Riesbeck Food Markets St. Clairsville OH ESOP 1986 Supermarkets 1260

*100% employee-owned