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ESOP Association Announces 32 Companies Receive Silver ESOP Award for Plan Longevity

Oct. 25, 2017 (Washington, DC)
 – As part of its celebration of Employee Ownership Month, The ESOP Association is proud to announce that this year 32 companies have earned the prestigious Silver ESOP Award.

The Silver ESOP Award has been in existence since 2008 and honors companies that have maintained their ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) for 25 years or more. Including this year’s 32 honorees, 418 companies have earned the Silver ESOP Award.

Combined, these Silver ESOP companies represent 10,450 years of ESOP company management.

“The large number of companies that earned the Silver ESOP Award this year confirms what independent, rigorous researchers have found—that ESOPs are more likely to remain in business than conventionally-owned businesses, and more likely to keep their employees working,” said ESOP Association President J. Michael Keeling. “Overall, ESOPs are a boon to American employees, providing both a stable source of employment, and a valuable source of retirement savings.”

Employees who participate in an ESOP enjoy a unique relationship with their employers, Keeling noted. “When business owners sell their stock to an ESOP, the plan—and its trustees—are required to act in the best interest of the employees. What other arrangement exists that is tasked with pursuing the best interests of employees?”

The recipients of the 2017 Silver ESOP Award are:

Anchor Paper Company 

Ben Tire Distributors, Ltd.

Boyer Ford Trucks

Bremer Trust

Building Materials Distributors

Chatsworth Products, Inc.

Coast Heat Treating Company

DHC Supplies, Inc.

Durham & Bates Agencies Inc.

Eastern Shore Associates, Inc.


Gray Hodges Corporation

Hansen Plastic Corporation

Industrial Spring Corporation

Jacobsen Construction Company, Inc.

Jedmed Instrument Company

Kelley Manufacturing Company

Meadowvale, Inc.

MSA Professional Services, Inc.


Robert Peccia & Associates

Roush Equipment, Inc.

Royal State Group

Russ Davis Wholesale, Inc.

Southern Refrigeration Corporation

Stern Brothers Valuation Advisors

Strand Products, Inc.

Systems Technology, Inc.


Travel and Transport, Inc.

Waterfront Services Company

Western Contract

About Employee Ownership Month
Employee Ownership Month is an annual celebration of the ESOP model. If features numerous educational and community outreach activities conducted by The ESOP Association’s roughly 1,600 corporate members. Employee Ownership Month activities can be tracked on Twitter via the hash tag #EOMESOP.

About the ESOP Association
The ESOP Association is America’s largest employer-sponsored advocacy and education association focused on employee stock ownership plans. Founded in 1978, the Association seeks to enhance federal laws governing ESOPs, provide members with expert information, and fund research via the Employee Ownership Foundation (an affiliate).

The ESOP Association is a national non-profit organization with 18 local Chapters. Its members include ESOP companies, companies considering an ESOP, and service providers that assist in setting up and maintaining ESOPs.




For More Information:

Patrick Mirza

Communications Director

The ESOP Association

(202) 293-2971