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International Decorators Inc.
International Decorators is one of Northern Illinois’ largest commercial, industrial, and residential wall, ceiling and painting contractors.
International Decorators has sold common stock to the International Decorators Inc. Employee Stock Ownership Trust.
Founded more than 80 years ago, Talkaphone is the industry’s leading designer and manufacturer of security and life safety communication products and solutions for customers all over the world. Talkaphone manufacturers emergency communication systems, mass notification systems, area of rescue/refuge systems, and access control systems for educational. Corporate, commercial, and government needs.
Talkaphone was acquired by Capital For Business and Northcreek Mezzanine.
JBK Manufacturing & Development Co.
Founded in 1981, JBK Manufacturing & Development Co. is a supplier of precision tubular assemblies, machined parts and fabrications for aerospace, military, and other commercial applications.
JBK Manufacturing & Development Co. has sold common stock to the JBK Holding Company Employee Stock Ownership Plan.
Rampart Hydro Services
Rampart Hydro Services is the leading hydrodemolition company in the United States. Rampart performs concrete removal and surface preparation using specialty ultra-high water pressure equipment, along with vacuum debris removal and cleanup, and wastewater treatment and filtration services on infrastructure and other projects across the United States and Canada.
Rampart Hydro Services has been acquired by Structural Group
Tacoma Electric Supply
Founded in 1981 in Tacoma, Washington, Tacoma Electric Supply is a full-service electrical distributor with locations in Tacoma and Puyallup. Tacoma Electric is consistently listed in the top 200 largest distributors in the nation in Electrical Wholesaling magazine
Tacoma Electric Supply Inc., a portfolio company of Thompson Street Capital Partners has been acquired by Winsupply Inc.
Haver Analytics, Inc.
Haver Analytics, Inc., located in New York, New York, provides time series data for the global strategy and research community via proprietary database software.
Haver Analytics has sold common stock to the Haver Analytics Employee Stock Ownership 401(k) Trust.
Forsythe Technology, Inc.
Forsythe Technology, Inc., founded in 1971, is a leading enterprise IT Solutions provider for Fortune 1000 organizations.
Forsythe Technology has been acquired by Sirius Computer Solutions, Inc.
Bettcher® Industries is a leading developer and manufacturer of innovative precision cutting and trimming tools for the food processing and industrial manufacturing sectors. The company also manufactures food preparation equipment for restaurants and commercial kitchens in the foodservice industry.
Bettcher Industries, Inc. has been acquired by Morgenthaler Private Equity.
Southern Imperial, Inc.
Southern Imperial, Inc. is one of the industry’s leading designers and manufacturers of store fixture hardware and retail display solutions. Located in Rockford, Illinois, the company has factories in Centerville, Georgia and Xiamen, China.
Southern Imperial was acquired by FFR Merchandising.
Headquartered in Grand Island, Nebraska and founded in 1945, Kriz-Davis is a leading distributor of electrical products with 18 locations covering six states in the Midwest. As a full line electrical distributor, the Company has continuously served the electrical utilities, industrial/automation, electrical contractor, and data communications markets while delivering value and innovation to the growing needs of its customers.
Kriz-Davis Co. has been acquired by Border States Industries, Inc.
For over 50 years, Packard, Inc. is a master distributor in the HVACR industry. Headquartered in Kennesaw, Georgia, they have regional offices and independent manufacturers’ representatives from coast to coast.
Packard, Inc. has sold 100% of the common stock to the Packard, Inc. Employee Stock Ownership Trust.
Harlow-HRK Sales & Marketing, Inc.
For over 35 years, Harlow-HRK Sales & Marketing, Inc. and Affiliates has been a leader in providing sales, marketing, analytical, and retail support to manufacturers of natural and specialty food items. Harlow provides services to approximately 400 consumer packaged goods companies representing nearly 875 brands within the grocery, natural, multicultural, and drug & general merchandise market segments.
Harlow HRK Sales & Marketing, Inc. was acquired by Impact Sales LLC.
New Castle Stainless Plate, LLC
New Castle Stainless Plate is recognized for producing world-class specialty and standard grades of stainless steel. Its end markets include infrastructure, transportation, power generation, heavy chemical industries and the oil & gas sector. The Company, which employs 112, will continue to be based in New Castle, IN and will be managed and owned by the same successful senior management team that ran the business for the parent company.
The United States based stainless steel plate operations of Outokumpu Oy have been acquired by management and D’Orazio Capital Partners, LLC and renamed New Castle Stainless Plate, LLC
Novaspect Holdings, Inc.
Novaspect Holdings, Inc. (“Novaspect”), a leading provider of process management solutions, improves their customer’s performance through the innovative application of technology. Since 1936, they have been engineering, selling and servicing industrial process controls. Novaspect is an Emerson Automation Solutions Business Partner.
Novaspect Holdings, Inc. established the Novaspect Holdings, Inc. Employee Stock Ownership Trust.
McKinney Communications Corp.
McKinney Communications Corp., located in Birmingham, Alabama, is the holding company of several entities including Satellites Unlimited, Digital Electronic Supply and Pixsys Technologies.
McKinney Communications Corp. has established the McKinney Communications Corp. Employee Stock Ownership Trust.
Cornerstone Treatment Facilities Network
Cornerstone Treatment Facilities Network is a respected leader and innovator in the drug and alcohol treatment field, providing medical services for more than 40 years in New York. Cornerstone has been helping people change their lives by providing them with the tools for a healthy, happy and drug-free life.
Cornerstone Treatment Facilities Network established the Cornerstone Treatment Facilities Network Employee Stock Ownership Trust.
Van Horn Automotive Group Inc.
Since 1966, Van Horn Automotive Group has been a continuously family owned and operated dealer group serving the Wisconsin area. They are is driven to provide quality transportation and service at the best possible value to customers in their communities and around the country.
Van Horn Automotive Group established the Van Horn Automotive Group Employee Stock Ownership Plan.
BoDeans Holding Company
Headquartered in Le Mars, Iowa, BoDeans is the leading manufacturer of novelty ice cream cones, wafers and inclusions for the dairy pack channel. The BoDeans Baking Group includes Altesa, the largest ice cream cone producer in Mexico.
BoDeans Holding Company has been acquired by Joy Cone Company, Inc.
Door Engineering and Manufacturing, LLC
Headquartered in Kasota, Minnesota, Door Engineering designs and manufactures customized industrial, commercial, aviation and specialty doors. With over 10,000 door systems installed worldwide, Door Engineering’s door systems are built for not only long-lasting durability but also for low maintenance, speed and safety.
Door Engineering and Manufacturing, LLC, a portfolio company of The Mendota Group, has been acquired by Senneca Holdings.
Diedrich Drill, Inc.
Founded in 1973 and located in LaPorte, IN, Diedrich is a manufacturer of Diedrich Drill brand drill rigs and tooling for the geotechnical, environmental, geothermal and groundwater drilling industries. The Company manufacturers a range of drill rig models that will typically reach depths from 25 to 2,000 feet. In addition, the Company manufactures a variety of tooling including augers, drill rods, soil samplers, among other tooling used in underground site investigation and monitoring activities.
Diedrich Drill was acquired by Cape Kauri Partners, LLC
Harlow-HRK Sales & Marketing
For nearly 30 years, Harlow-HRK Sales & Marketing has provided comprehensive sales, marketing, analytical, distribution and retail support to manufacturers in the natural, organic and specialty food industry. Over 600 brands the company represents benefit from the strategic advantage such highly focused expertise affords.
Harlow-HRK Sales & Marketing has sold common stock to the Harlow-HRK Sales & Marketing, Inc. Employee Stock Ownership Trust.
Plastic Products Company, Inc.
Plastic Products Company, Inc. (“PPC” or the “Company”) is the 62nd largest plastic injection molding company in the U.S. providing outsourcing services for plastic, metal and ceramic injection molding throughout its 8 locations. It offers design, component sourcing, manufacturing, automation, decoration, packaging, fulfillment and distribution services. The Company serves the appliance, automotive, building products, consumer and other markets. PPC was founded in 1962 and is headquartered in Lindstrom, Minnesota.
In October 2013, the Company completed an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (“ESOP”) transaction for 100% of the Company’s stock.
Headquartered in Seattle, Synapse is a product development and consultancy firm that works with some of the best companies in the world, such as Nike, Disney and Microsoft, to solve complex engineering challenges that transforms brands and accelerates advances in technology. Founded in 2002, Synapse has grown to be a pioneer in the field of product development.
Synapse was acquired by Cambridge Consultants, a division of the Altran Group.
Oconomowoc Residential Programs
Oconomowoc Residential Programs, Inc. (ORP) is an employee-owned family of companies making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities. With service locations throughout Wisconsin and Indiana, their dedicated staff of more than 2,000 people provides quality services and professional care to more than 1,500 children, adolescents, and adults with significant needs.
Oconomowoc Residential Programs, Inc. has sold common stock to the Oconomowoc Residential Programs, Inc. Employee Stock Program.
D&S Manufacturing was established in 1965 when James Dougherty purchased a local welding and repair shop. D&S Manufacturing provides metal fabrications to original equipment manufacturers of construction, agricultural and railroad equipment, commercial air conditioning systems, military vehicles, wastewater treatment equipment and more.
D&S Manufacturing established the D&S Manufacturing Employee Stock Ownership Plan.
With a history dating back to 1927, Mapes LBH, Inc. & Subsidiaries is a leading processor and distributor of specialty enameling and electrical steel with significant steel toll processing, storage and transportation capabilities. The Company also manufactures transformer cores for the power distribution industry.
Mapes LBH, Inc. & Subsidiaries have been acquired by Mapes Holdings LLC.
Manchester Metals, LLC ("Manchester" or the "Company") operates a grey and ductile iron foundry focused on producing complex, multi-core casting serving an array of end markets including oil and gas, municipal water systems, industrial machinery, heavy transportation and construction. With a niche in short to medium volume production runs, the Company produces casting that weigh from less than a pound to 2,000 pounds. Manchester was founded in 1911 and is headquartered in North Manchester, IN.
Manchester Metals, LLC was acquired by United Stars, Inc.
Consolidated Lumber is a leading provider of residential and commercial building and construction materials. Founded in 1903, the Company operates out of 16 locations serving the Wisconsin and Minnesota markets.
Consolidated Lumber was acquired by Aiglon Capital Management
Nephi Rubber Products (NRP) is located in Nephi, Utah, and was originally opened in 1947. Over the years, the principal products manufactured at the Utah facility have been hydraulic hose and large diameter industrial hose. In addition, NRP is a leading manufacturer of high pressure rotary drilling and vibrator hose for land and offshore drill rigs.
NRP Jones has been acquired by Main Street Capital Corporation.
Headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Van Meter is Iowa’s largest distributor selling more than 800 brands of electrical and mechanical products to contractor, industrial and commercial customers nationwide, as well as internationally. The company owns a lighting distributor in Chicago and recently announced plans to open a location in Omaha. Van Meter’s offering encompasses lighting, data communications, utility, automation, renewable energy, core electrical components and more.
Miller Electric Supply has been acquired by Van Meter, Inc.
Galen E. Wilson Petroleum
Founded in 1926 in Saginaw, MI, Galen E. Wilson Petroleum Co. is a network of retail convenience stores serving the Mid-Michigan area. The company has 17 retail locations under the Express Stop Convenience Stores name.
Express Stop was acquired by Corrigan Oil Co.
General Employment has been in the business of finding career opportunities for people and people for career opportunities for over 100 years. They provide direct hire, contract, and contract-to-hire services in the Accounting, Engineering, and IT fields.
General Employment Enterprises, Inc. has sold a controlling interested to PSQ, LLC.
Brookshire Brothers is headquartered in East Texas and operates under nine distinctive retail brands – Brookshire Brothers, Brookshire Brothers Express, Cormie’s, David’s Supermarkets, David’s Express, Pecan Foods, Polk Pick-It-Up, Brookshire Brothers Pharmacy and Tobacco Barn.
Brookshire Brothers acquired Polk Pick-it-Up.
Atlas Energy, Inc.
Atlas Energy, Inc. operates as an independent developer and producer of natural gas and oil in the Appalachian, Michigan, and Illinois Basins.
Atlas Energy Inc. has been acquired by Chevron.
Strom Products Ltd. is an American food manufacturer in Bannockburn, Illinois best known for its “No Yolks” brand of cholesterol-free noodles made without egg yolks and WACKY MAC fun and colorful shaped pasta.
Strom Products brands No Yolks and Wacky Mac were acquired by New World Pasta.
Founded in 1975, Quadna, Inc. is in the business of selling and servicing pumps, mixers, edgestrips, and other equipment related to fluid and air handling. Pumps are sold primarily to customers in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming.
Quadna has been acquired by DXP.
Dynetics, Inc. provides responsive, cost-effective engineering, scientific and IT solutions to the national security, cybersecurity, satellite, launch, automotive and critical infrastructure sectors. Their portfolio features highly specialized technical services and a range of software and hardware products, including components, subsystems and complex end-to-end systems. The company of 1,500 employee/owners is based in Huntsville, Ala., and has offices throughout the U.S.
Dynetics has sold common stock to the Dynetics, Inc. Employee Stock Ownership Plan.
Country Curtains is a family and employee owned multi-channel company started in 1956 by Jane and Jack Fitzpatrick. They offer high quality ready-made curtains, accessories and accent pieces for the home.
Country Curtains has sold common stock to the Country Curtains Employee Stock Ownership Plan.
Founded in 1985 by Dale Carlsen, Sleep Train is the West Coast’s number one mattress retailer and number four nationwide.
Sleep Train has terminated the Sleep Train Employee Stock Ownership Plan.
Forsythe is a leading enterprise IT company, providing advisory services, security, hosting and technology solutions for Fortune 1000 organizations. Founded in 1971, Forsythe is privately held and 100-percent employee-owned, with nearly 1,000 employees in 40 locations and more than $1 billion in annual revenues.
Forsythe Technology, Inc. has sold common stock to the Forsythe Technology, Inc. Employee Stock Ownership Plan.
The Harpoon Brewery was founded by beer lovers, Rich Doyle and Dan Kenary. In 1986, Harpoon was issued Brewing Permit #001 by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts since it was the first brewery to brew commercially in Boston after a dormant period of about 25 years.
The shareholders of Harpoon Brewery have sold stock to the Harpoon Brewery Employee Stock Ownership Plan.
Iowa Insulation, Inc. is an award-winning mechanical insulation contractor located in central Iowa. They specialize in commercial/industrial/process mechanical insulation systems that save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Iowa Insulation has established the Iowa Insulation Employee Stock Ownership Plan.
Long Haul Trucking
Situated just outside of Minneapolis, in Albertville, Minnesota, Long Haul Trucking proves dependability is the shortest route to customer satisfaction with on-time delivery, thoughtful service, competitive pricing, careful cargo handling and financial stability.
Long Haul Trucking has established the Long Haul Trucking Employee Stock Ownership Plan.
Mathematica Policy Research
Mathematica Policy Research is a pioneering nonpartisan research organization dedicated to improving public well-being. Their 1,200+ experts conduct policy research, data collection and data analytics that meet the highest standards of quality and objectivity, working with decision makers across the public and private sectors.
Mathematica Policy Research has established the Mathematica Policy Research Employee Stock Ownership Plan.
MATT Construction is a family- owned general contractor that has built some of the most memorable buildings in the western states.
MATT Construction has established the MATT Construction Employee Stock Ownership Plan.
Ned Davis Research
Ned Davis Research helps investment management firms make better decisions with unbiased, insightful and risk appropriate market and global economic data and analysis. In 1980, Ned Davis founded a new investment research group based on his fundamental belief that making money was more important than being right.
Ned Davis Research was acquired by Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC. Prairie served as the exclusive financial advisor to the seller.
Paschall Truck Lines, Inc.
Paschall Truck Lines has developed an enviable reputation in the trucking industry with over 70 years of performance on America’s roads. Since the beginning, they have provided reliable, efficient and professional transport solutions throughout the United States.
Paschall Truck Lines, Inc. has established the Paschall Truck Lines, Inc. Employee Stock Ownership Plan.
Payzone Directional Services, Inc.
Payzone Directional Services is a full services directional company offering expertise in Vertical Control applications to Multi-Laterals, and everything in between. They have been delivering industry-leading service quality to energy partners since 2006. The company launched initial operations in the Rocky Mountain region, and has since branched out to service all major basins across the lower 48 states.
Payzone Directional Services, Inc. has established the Payzone Directional Services, Inc. Employee Stock Ownership Plan.
Rockwood Asset Management
Rockwood was founded in 2004 and is led by Scott Zajac, a veteran in the venture capital and private equity industry. Over the last 30 years, Mr. Zajac has executed on numerous transactions providing extensive and innovative funding solutions to companies in the Midwest and throughout the United States.
Rockwood Asset Management has established the Rockwood Asset Management Employee Stock Ownership Trust.
Shiel Sexton Company
In 1962, Shiel Sexton was founded on the principle that the value of a contractor should be based on more than the orchestration of manpower, materials and equipment. Shiel Sexton specializes in construction management, general contracting and design-build services.
Shiel Sexton Company, Inc. has established the Shiel Sexton Employee Stock Ownership Plan.
Shift Communications - SHIFT Communications is an award-winning, privately held national public relations firm that represents some of the best-known enterprise and consumer technology brands, including T-Mobile, PG&E, H&R Block and the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau as well as numerous groundbreaking startups. SHIFT Communications' 100+ employees are located in the Boston, San Francisco, New York and Austin metros.
Shift Communications has sold common stock to the SHIFT Communications Employee Stock Ownership Plan.
Sta-Home Health & Hospice
Sta-Home Health & Hospice is a Mississippi home health & hospice provider and serves 46 counties within Mississippi, including Newton, Scott & Lauderdale Counties. Their mission is to provide home health and hospice services that optimize patients’ independence, comfort, and dignity in the privacy of their homes.
Sta-Home Health & Hospice has established the Sta-Home Health & Hospice Employee Stock Ownership Plan.
State Bank of Cross Plains
Since 1908, the State Bank of Cross Plains has been dedicated to providing financial advice and dedicated service to the residents, businesses and communities of Dane County, Wisconsin.
State Bank of Cross Plains has established the State Bank of Cross Plains Employee Stock Ownership Plan.
For more than 40 years, Telligen population health management solutions have improved the quality and cost-effectiveness of healthcare for consumers and providers. Telligen serves commercial clients and government programs at the federal, state and local level, improving health outcomes for millions of people nationwide.
Telligen, Inc. established the Telligen, Inc Employee Stock Ownership Plan
DecisionPoint Systems, Inc.
DecisionPoint Systems, Inc. improves productivity and delivers operational advantages to its clients by helping them move their business decision points closer to their customers. They accomplish this by making enterprise software applications accessible to the front-line worker anytime, anywhere. DecisionPoint utilizes all the latest wireless, mobility, and software development technologies.
Decisionpoint Systems has merged with Comamtech Inc.
KeHE Distributors, LLC
KeHE Distributors is one of the oldest and most respected natural foods distributors in the industry. They were founded in 1953 and converted into an employee-owned company in 2001, are a state-of-the-art organization of 4,500 employee-owners and a vast 17 distribution center network across the U.S. and Canada.
KeHE Distributors has acquired Tree of Life.
Odell Brewing Company
Founded in 1989, Odell Brewing was started by Doug Odell, his wife Wynne, and his sister Corkie. Today, the culture of family and collaboration still thrives fostering a brewery full of beer-centric people.
Odell Brewing Company has established the Odell Brewing Company Co-Worker Stock Ownership Plan
Urschel Laboratories has been designing and manufacturing precision industrial cutting machinery since 1910 when inventor/founder, William Urschel, established the Company. Today, Urschel Laboratories is the largest food cutting machine manufacturer in the world.
Urschel Laboratories has established the Urschel Laboratories, Inc. Employee Stock Ownership Plan.
Steve Silver Co.
Steve Silver Company is a global low-cost leader in casual dining and occasional furniture. The company operates from a 500,000 square foot, state-of-the-art warehouse and distribution facility. The company is headquartered in Forney, TX, just outside Dallas, with extensive overseas sourcing and quality control expertise and more than 60 people on the ground in five different Asian offices.
Steve Silver Co. has established the Steve Silver Co. Employee Stock Ownership Plan.
Old Fort Banking
The Old Fort Banking Company is a locally owned and operated financial institution. Founded in 1916, by citizens of the village of Old Fort. Old Fort is an independent bank that operates through a community banking model that is the foundation for local decision making and provides the basis for client service that is reliable, responsive, competent and empathetic.
Old Fort Banking Company has established the Old Fort Banking Company Employee Stock Ownership Trust.
J&R Schugel Trucking, Inc
J&R Schugel Trucking, Inc. (J&R) was founded by Gerald (Jerry) and Richard (Rich) Schugel in 1974 and provided truckload carrier services in the upper Midwest region of the U.S. Today, J&R provides quality truckload carrier services nationwide.
J&R Schugel Trucking, Inc. has established the J&R Schugel Trucking, Inc. Employee Stock Ownership Trust.
Dienen, Inc. is the parent company of SureStep, LLC and Midwest Orthotic Services, LLC. SureStep is a leading manufacturer of custom-made orthotic devices and devices to assist children with a wide range of mobility challenges. Midwest Orthotic Services operates eleven clinics providing orthotic and prosthetic services primarily to the pediatric market in Indiana, Kentucky, Texas, Missouri, and Illinois. The Company was founded in 2000 and is based in South Bend, Indiana.
Dienen, Inc. has established the Dienen, Inc. Employee Stock Ownership Plan.
Armstrong Bros Holding Co.
Armstrong Bros. Holding Co. and its wholly-owned subsidiaries (comprised of Armstrong Manufacturing, Inc., Mangerton Trench Co. LLC, and ABHCO Transportation LLC) are engaged in the manufacture, sale and rental of trench shields and shoring products with production operations and administrative headquarters in Union City, Michigan. The Company also has sales offices & rental yards in four Michigan locations: Charlotte, Grand Rapids, Taylor, and Union City. The Company’s products are sold and rented to the construction industry under the brand names: Griswold Machine & Engineering (GME), Pro-Tec Equipment, and Shore-Tec.
GME and Pro-Tec has been acquired by Trinity Industries, Inc.
Alco Industries, Inc.
Alco Industries, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates in areas such as foundry industry, chemical blending, and environmental sciences. Alco Industries, Inc. was incorporated in 1983 and is headquartered in Norristown, Pennsylvania with manufacturing locations in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
US Chemical & Plastics, an operating company of Alco Industries, Inc. has been acquired by Quest Chemicals, Inc.
Telescoop, Inc. is a manufacturer and innovator of a revolutionary line of hydraulic expanding box plows used on loaders, tractors, backhoes and skid loaders. Headquartered in Waterloo, Indiana, Telescoop’s products are sold through dealers in four states.
Telescoop, Inc. was acquired by Meyer Products, LLC.
Shamrock Scientific Specialty Systems, Inc. and Drug Package, Inc.
Shamrock Scientific Specialty Systems, Inc. has been a leading innovator in labeling for healthcare and research since its inception in 1969. The Company's stock printed labels set the standard for hospital and laboratory usage. They are in use throughout today's healthcare community. Headquartered in Bellwood, Illinois, they also have satellite plants in O'Fallon, Missouri and Orange, California. Drug Package, Inc. has provided one stop shopping, quality products and excellent service to pharmacies nationwide for over 133 years. The Company manufactures top quality laser and thermal pharmacy labels designed to match their customer's specified needs. The Company continues to keep pace with changing technology and anticipated new product demands.
Shamrock Scientific Specialty Systems, Inc. & Drug Package, Inc. have been acquired by PS Capital Partners, LLC.
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