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Employee Ownership

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100% Employee Owned

Employee Owned Construction Company in Kansas City

Aligning everyone to achieve the same goal means Employee ownership fosters a dynamic and cooperative atmosphere, sparking innovative and forward-thinking ideas to conquer challenges. For both employees and clients, this ensures that everyone enjoys the rewards of a successful building experience.

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What is an ESOP?

McCownGordon is proud to be 100% employee-owned.

An ESOP is an employee ownership structure that works similarly to a 401k, meaning it is a qualified retirement plan. Employees receive ownership of company stock, with additional shares distributed gradually. Each employee holds their shares in an individual account. This ownership model attracts top talent, enhances productivity and fosters long-term commitment among employees at McCownGordon. When an associate becomes fully vested, we proudly add their name to a custom handcrafted ESOP wall.

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Enhancing the McCownGordon culture

As a 100% employee-owned company, our people and service to our clients make the difference. Employees adopt an owner mindset, striving to meet the highest expectations. With a collective stake in the company’s success, we collaborate to achieve our goals. Our shared objective is to enhance our workplace for the benefit of ourselves and our clients. Embracing a culture of continuous improvement, we take joy in celebrating achievements through activities like share price reveals, company picnics and holiday parties. These endeavors empower everyone to make a meaningful impact at McCownGordon.

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What does it mean for clients?

Employee ownership yields significant benefits for both associates and clients. Evolving methods and processes necessitate a company’s embrace of change and innovative thinking. Failure to adapt poses the risk of falling behind. In a 100% employee-owned culture, every associate is empowered to contribute new ideas and challenge the status quo.

Studies indicate that staff at all levels are more engaged when they have a stake in the company’s success. According to the Gallup survey, over 98% of associates are engaged—demonstrating their understanding of expectations, belief in the importance of their work, receipt of regular recognition and access to growth opportunities.

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Building long-term relationships

Employee owners often remain with a company for numerous years, if not their entire career, establishing enduring relationships with clients. Recognizing the challenges in the construction journey for our clients, at McCownGordon, we pledge to simplify and streamline the process. Our accessible and supportive team prioritizes the construction of authentic, long-term relationships.

As an employee-owned construction company in Kansas City, we consistently uphold our customer experience commitment. In fact, over 70% of our projects come from repeat clients.

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