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Dekker Vacuum Technologies, headquartered in Michigan City, IN and established in 1998, is a leading provider of highly engineered vacuum pumps and systems used in mission critical applications. With a growing domestic and international installed base of pumps and systems, Dekker serves a variety of industrial end markets including aerospace, chemical, food, medical services, oil and gas, power generation, and wastewater.
Dekker Vacuum Technologies has been acquired by Atlas Copco.
Founded in 1984, metroConnections provides complete conference, event, stage production and transportation services for meeting and event planners nationwide. The company operates from its headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota and produces thousands of programs per year.
metroConnections, Inc. has sold common stock to the metroConnections Employee Stock Ownership Plan.
Morton Buildings is the leader in the post-frame segment of the construction industry, operating in 43 states with 103 construction centers and 8 manufacturing plants. The company specializes in constructing high-quality, long-lasting structures ranging from farm shops, equestrian facilities, hobby buildings, garages, churches, municipal buildings, airplane hangars, custom homes, commercial structures and general storage buildings.
Morton Buildings sold common stock to the Morton Buildings Employee Stock Ownership Plan to become 100% employee owned.
Berger Group Holdings, Inc. (“Berger”), is the parent of the group of companies including Louis Berger. Berger is a global professional engineering and construction services corporation that helps clients solve their most complex infrastructure and development challenges.
Berger Group has terminated their Employee Stock Ownership Plan in connection with the company acquisition by WSP Global Inc.
Founded in 2011, BCP is a small, rapidly growing trucking company that brings positive, hard-working people together to meet the needs of customers across the country. BCP provides local, regional and over-the-road trucking services.BCP Transportation has sold common stock to the BCP Transportation Employee Stock Ownership Plan.
Beemac Trucking is a premier trucking and logistics company providing asset-based trucking logistics, port, warehousing and specialized services to customers throughout North America.
Beemac Trucking has sold common stock to the Beemac Trucking Employee Stock Ownership Plan.
Omni Cable Corporation, headquartered in West Chester, PA and established in 1977, is one of North America’s largest redistributors of specialty wire, cable and ancillary electrical products selling exclusively to electrical distributors. Serving a diverse range of end markets, the Company has developed a leading platform with 13 strategically located distribution centers in the United States and Canada.
Omni Cable Corporation has been acquired by Dot Family Holdings
Founded in 1966, Grace Manufacturing is a globalized manufacturer and distributor of their own branded Microplane® cutting tools, Sweet Dreams & Gotcha Covered bedding products as well as a precision manufacturer of OEM medical products serving the orthopedic and urological instrument markets.
Grace Manufacturing has sold common stock to the Grace Stakeholder Investments Inc. Employee Stock Ownership Plan.
Shared Imaging was founded over 25 years ago to bring the best in diagnostic imaging technology to healthcare providers ranging from world-renowned medical centers to Critical Access Hospitals serving communities through the US.
Shared Imaging sold an equity stake to Lubar & Co.
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 operating under the Express Stop Convenience Stores name.
Express Stop was acquired by Corrigan Oil Co.
Trademark Concrete Systems, Inc. has been providing superior architectural concrete services to design professionals and contractors throughout Southern California since 1997. Through innovation, superior products, and quality craftsmanship, Trademark is the area's architectural and decorative concrete leader.
Trademark Concrete Systems, Inc. established the Trademark Concrete Systems, Inc. Employee Stock Ownership Trust.
Santanna Energy Services
Santanna Energy Services provides retail energy products to residential and small commercial customers in the Midwest. Santanna was founded in 1988, and was one of the pioneers in small industrial and commercial retail energy service in the state of Illinois. Santanna’s business strategy of nearly 3 decades, has been based upon methodical organic growth. Santanna currently serves more than 100,000 natural gas and electric customers in Illinois, Ohio, Indiana and Michigan, and will enter the Pennsylvania market in early 2017.
Santanna Energy Services established the Santanna Energy Services Employee Stock Ownership Trust
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, a majority ESOP-owned company, was acquired by Aiglon Capital Management
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.
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.
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, a majority ESOP-owned company, have been acquired by Mapes Holdings LLC.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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., a majority ESOP-owned company, was acquired by Impact Sales LLC.
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.
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., a majority ESOP-owned company, has been acquired by Border States Industries, 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.
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., a majority ESOP-owned company, has been acquired by Morgenthaler Private Equity.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 manufactures 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.
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.
Melink Corporation, founded in 1987, is a global provider of energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions for commercial buildings.
Melink Corporation has sold common stock to the Melink Corporation Employee Stock Ownership Plan.
Brian Tooley Racing, Inc. is an online auto parts retailer providing top quality performance parts.
Brian Tooley Racing has sold common stock to the Brian Tooley Racing, Inc. Employee Stock Ownership Plan.
Headquartered in Roselle, Illinois and founded in 1923, Sternberg Lighting has maintained its position as a leader in the architectural and decorative street lighting industry. With its unique combination of technological innovation and design, the Company serves diverse end-markets including municipal, education and commercial customers.
Sternberg Lighting, a majority ESOP-owned company, has been acquired by Lumenpulse Group.
For more than 80 years, Barry Company has offered customers the highest quality and widest selection of plumbing and piping products.
Barry Company Inc. has sold common stock to the Barry Company Inc. Employee Stock Ownership Plan
C&J Jewelry Co. is a fine jewelry manufacturing company with complete in-house process capability.
Narragansett Jewelry Company (d/b/a C&J Jewelry Co.) has sold common stock to the Narragansett Jewelry Co., Inc. Employee Stock Ownership Trust
Headquartered in Bloomington, IL and founded in 1990, The Lifeguard Store is the largest supplier of lifeguard equipment, aquatic safety products, and lifeguard swimwear in the U.S. The Company is also a leading outfitter of swimwear, swim gear, and equipment to the competitive swim team market. The Lifeguard Store offers the top brands in the market including Speedo, TYR, Adidas, Dolfin and Nike as well as its own Rise Aquatics private label line.
The Lifeguard Store has been acquired by Adolph Kiefer & Associates.
ComGraphics, Inc. is a leading Chicago-based provider of transactional print and mail services, data and print management, document production, digital archival, disaster recovery and marketing support services. Founded in 1980, the Company delivers a broad portfolio of integrated services across the entire document life cycle and provides effective document outsource solutions to a wide variety of industries.
ComGraphics, Inc. has sold common stock to the ComGraphics, Inc. Employee Stock Ownership Plan
For more than 25 years, millions have turned to Kathy Davis to find just the right words to offer comfort, share joy and celebrate life with the ones they love. Kathy Davis, the company founder established KDS with the mission to “create a life you love” and set out to design and license her unique artwork for use in the creation of greeting cards and other lifestyle design products.
Kathy Davis Designs, Inc. was acquired by American Greetings Corporation.
Infoverity is a leading systems integrator and global professional services firm that provides MDM and PIM Strategy and Implementation, Data Governance and Analytics, Content Management, Data Integration, Enterprise Hosting and Managed Services that help large enterprises in the retail, consumer goods, manufacturing, financial and healthcare sectors to simplify and maximize the value of their information.
Infovertity has sold common stock to the Infoverity, Inc. Employee Stock Ownership Plan.
Musselman and Hall Contractors is a leading contractor in architectural concrete, asphalt paving, structural concrete, concrete flatwork, railroad construction and maintenance.
Musselman and Hall has sold common stock to the Musselman and Hall, Inc. Employee Stock Ownership Plan.
DariFill is a manufacturing and distribution company serving the ice cream industry since 2003. The company designs and builds state-of-the-art equipment to help their customers.
DariFill has sold common stock to the Darifill , Inc. Employee Stock Ownership Plan.
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 specific 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.