PRESS RELEASE: Garney Construction and Burns & McDonnell honored for financial performance, innovation and community involvement

For Immediate Release:

May 18, 2012

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S ESOP structure proves successful at the Kansas City Business Journal’s annual Champions of Business

The Kansas City Business Journal honored two ESCA members for their continued dedication to the gold standard for financial performance, innovation and community involvement. Winning companies Burns & McDonnell and Garney Construction were honored at the Champions of Business luncheon and featured in a supplement published by the Kansas City Business Journal.

Both companies have had continued success and growth, due in part to their dedication to an S ESOP Corporate Structure, which is an employee stock ownership plan. The employees at Garney Construction and Burns & McDonnell have the privilege of saving for a secure retirement through the employee ownership model, where the success of the company directly benefits their retirement savings accounts.

“The accolades for  these two companies and their employee-owners demonstrates how influential the S ESOP structure can be in hard-working places throughout our country like Kansas City,” said Greg Klein, chairman of the board of directors of the Employee-Owned S Corporations of America. “These employee-owners work hard to be innovative and competitive, generating a high performing environment but also jobs and economic activity in their community.”

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 their clients successful.

Garney ( specializes in the construction of water and wastewater pipelines, treatment facilities, pumping stations, water storage tanks, and industrial/heavy civil projects. Garney was established in Kansas City in 1961 and has regional offices in Denver, Atlanta, Nashville, Orlando, and Phoenix. The company is 100 percent employee-owned with approximately 750 current employee-owners.


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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