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Dansko Shoes

Dansko was founded in 1990 by Mandy Cabot and Peter Kjellerup after finding inspiration for their signature clogs on a trip to Europe. Based in West Grove, PA, this comfort footwear company sets the standard for excellent shoes for people who demand quality and comfort.  Dansko employs more than 150 people and is 100% employee owned.

“This transition to 100% employee ownership marks the continuation of Dansko’s commitment to its employees, its community, and its values.”

“Through our employees, Dansko will learn, evolve, and regenerate itself virtually forever, ensuring that we are able to deliver our brand promise today, tomorrow, and for generations to come.”

-Mandy Cabot, co-founder and CEO

Tech Met, Inc.

Tech Met is a company that does specialty chemical processing for high performance metals and metals alloys, for a whole range of industries, requirements, and customers – both military and commercial. Tech Met has been around since the late 1980s and transitioned to a 100% employee owned company in 2015. They have facilities in Glassport and Donora, PA.

“In just the 4 years since the ESOP was formed, the number of employees at Tech Met has almost doubled, from 23 to 42. The value of the company has more than tripled…The largest reward has been this commitment of the employees into the growth and success of our corporation. Tech Met is not just a place where they work, rather, the work that they’re doing everyday is a reflection of who they are and what they bring to the table, collectively as a company.”

-Mike Vidra, CEO

Voodoo Brewery

Voodoo Brewery is a quirky brewery headquartered in Meadville, PA.  When Voodoo transitioned to an ESOP in 2016, they became one of the smallest employee owned companies in the country with only 17 employees.  In the following two years, Voodoo grew to more than 80 employees and opened 5 new pub locations. Voodoo Brewery says their increased employee engagement has played a crucial role in the growth and expansion.

“It’s not a sense of ownership, it’s genuine ownership – the employees have a completely different mentality. Employee rollover is essentially non-existent.  We’ve got career chefs, career cooks, career bartenders.”

– Matteo Rachocki, CEO

Pin Up Posters Courier Collective

Pin Up Posters Courier Collective is a worker-owned, bike-based poster distribution service for cultural and community events in the city of Pittsburgh.  This worker cooperative was incorporated in 2011 and is made up of five co-owners who distribute flyers for a variety of clients, from museums to individuals.  They believe in the autonomy that a worker cooperative provides members and that as a business model worker cooperatives strengthen communities, the local economy, and workers. 

“Having a personal investment in your work is really important for longevity. Turnover at low-wage, hierarchical jobs is so high because people don’t care about their work and they’re not given a reason to care.” 

-Hannah, co-owner

LB Water

LB Water Service, Inc. quadrupled in size in 15 years. Take 53 seconds to watch their incredible story.

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