Burns & McDonnell Named 2012 ESOP Company of the Year by The ESOP Association

WASHINGTON, May 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Burns & McDonnell Engineers-Architects, an employee-owned company headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, was named the 2012 ESOP Company of the Year by The ESOP Association. The award was presented at the Association's 35th Annual Conference in Washington, DC.

Founded in 1898 by Clinton S. Burns and Robert E. McDonnell, Burns & McDonnell is a full-service engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting solutions firm with regional offices across the country. The company celebrated 25 years of employee ownership in 2011 and is a 100% employee owned. The company, and the employee owners, believe employee ownership is what differentiates them from competitors. The company culture is driven by employee ownership and is part of everything they do from branding, advertising, to employee training. For more information on Burns & McDonnell, please visit: http://www.burnsmcd.com/.

Burns & McDonnell is a strong supporter of employee ownership and The ESOP Association. Employee owners of Burns & McDonnell participate in the Association's Heart of America Chapter, are actively involved in Chapter events, presenting at conferences and seminars, and sharing insights about being a successful ESOP with companies in their area. The employee owners participate in government affairs activities --- reaching out to 26 members of Congress to share information on employee ownership and the value of ESOP companies in the last year. The company constantly shares information about the ESOP, holds regular meetings to talk about the ESOP, hosts events for employee owners to share information, and offers educational information to nurture the company's employee ownership culture.

"I've had the pleasure of visiting Burns & McDonnell and it was an amazing experience. I'm thrilled to be able to present the employee owners of Burns & McDonnell with the 2012 ESOP Company of the Year Award," said ESOP Association President J. Michael Keeling. "The employee owners of Burns & McDonnell strive to make their company stronger each day. The company works to communicate the ESOP concept not only to the employee owners but to the ESOP community at large." 

The ESOP Association is the national trade association for companies with employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) and the leading voice in America for employee ownership. The core cause of The ESOP Association is the belief that employee ownership will improve American competitiveness, increase productivity through greater employee participation, and strengthen our free enterprise economy. More information: website - www.esopassociation.org and blog – www.esopassociationblog.org.

SOURCE The ESOP Association



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