PRESS RELEASE: Employee-owned Companies Burns & McDonnell and Garney Construction Work Together to Improve Wastewater Treatment Plant

For Immediate Release:

June 12, 2012

Home News PRESS RELEASE: Employee-owned Companies Burns & McDonnell and Garney Construction Work Together to Improve Wastewater Treatment Plant

(Cave Creek, AZ) Burns & McDonnell and Garney Construction have teamed up to improve the wastewater treatment plant in Cave Creek and increase six-fold the rated capacity of the old facility.  This partnership is 100 percent employee-owned, with both companies being S ESOPs, or “S corporation employee stock ownership plans”

Burns & McDonnell and Garney lead the planning, programming, architecture and engineering design and construction as the design/build project team. The team increased capacity and lowered the overall projected budget by nine percent.  The wastewater treatment plant will use 100 percent of the reclaimed water for beneficial use and can now accommodate up to 5,000 new residential connections. The successful project has also attracted new commercial establishments to the area.

Employee-owned companies like Burns & McDonnell and Garney have a strong work ethic that translates to a stronger bottom line. In fact, a study from the University of Pennsylvania found that S ESOP companies demonstrate higher productivity, profitability, job growth and job stability, generating a collective $19 billion in economic value that otherwise would not exist.

“Burns & McDonnell and Garney Construction demonstrate their commitment to local communities by coming together to improve the quality of life for the residents of Cave Creek,” said Greg Klein, chairman of the board of directors of the Employee-Owned S Corporations of America. “S ESOPs provide a culture of ownership that leads to increased productivity and quality service for everyone.”

Founded in 1898, Burns & McDonnell is a 100 percent employee-owned, full-service engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting services firm. Burns & McDonnell is currently the 23rd largest AEC firm in the Engineering News-Record Top 500 ranking. With the multi-disciplinary expertise of more than 3,400 professionals in more than 30 regional, national and international offices, Burns & McDonnell plans, designs, permits, constructs and manages facilities worldwide with one mission in mind — to make our clients successful. For more information about Burns & McDonnell, visit

Garney Construction is a 100 percent employee-owned construction company specializing in water and wastewater piping systems, concrete structures and water treatment facilities for the public, private and industrial sectors. Customers are served by a mobile, well-equipped, safety-conscious work force providing high quality, competitively priced, on-time performance through traditional or design/build procurement methods. Garney values the strong relationships developed with project owners, consultants, suppliers and subcontractors that have been built on integrity and a win/win philosophy.


The Employee-Owned S Corporations of America (“ESCA”) is the Washington, DC voice for employee-owned S corporations.  ESCA’s exclusive mission is to preserve and protect S corporation ESOPs and the benefits they provide to the employees who own them.  These companies have an important story to tell policymakers about the tremendous success of the S ESOP structure in generating long-term retirement savings for working Americans and their families.  ESCA provides the vehicle and the voice for these efforts.  ESCA represents employee-owners in every state in the nation.

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