As with many rural areas today, and the world in general, global competition has changed the way business is done. The forestry industry, which provides jobs in rural areas, has been promoting the ESOP as a way to help companies in this industry grow and maintain stability.
At the University of Wisconsin – Madison, a program is in place to promote the ESOP as a way to keep businesses local and maintain a competitive edge. You can read about the program on the University’s website here.
Additionally, you can download a copy of their ESOP manual – Competitiveness through Employee Ownership in the Forestry Industry.
An watch a webinar – Employee Ownership: Keeping Wood Manufacturing Local.
Go take a look at this innovative program.