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Recent Research:

In March 2017, research by Matrix Global Advisors CEO Alex Brill found that S ESOP job growth exceeded that of the private sector as a whole since 2002. Yet, the study also finds that S ESOPs make up only a fraction of current U.S. business transitions, despite offering unique benefits including greater firm longevity, higher wages for workers, and better job security. Brill concludes that “it would be a positive development if more private business owners choose this exit strategy when it is a viable one for them and their company and if policies to promote wider adoption of S ESOPs were pursued.” Click here to read the full study.

S ESOP 101

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ESOPs in Your State

Nearly 500,000 employee owners work in approximately 3,000 S corporation ESOPs across in 50 states.

S ESOP companies flourish in industries as diverse as manufacturing, health care, retail trade, finance, construction and more, employee-owners are essential to the fabric of economies at the local, state, and national level.

In total, S ESOPs account for $93 billion in direct economic output, and as a group America’s S ESOPs experienced 60 percent employment growth from 2001 to 2011. (Source 1, Source 2)

ESCA members include over 150 companies, with representatives in every state. See the map to the right for more state-by-state details on ESCA companies and employee-owners.

Learn more about Employee-Owned S Corporations of America (ESCA)


It definitely makes a big difference to own a part of a company
Greg Mundy, Inland Truck Parts Company
Every day I see how our ESOP
changes lives.”
Susan Enlow, Lifetouch
My folks worked . . . until they weren’t able to work. It is nice to know that I won’t be in that position.”
Paula Weeks and Noelia Gracia, WinCo Foods

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