Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick met with NewAge‚Äôs employee-owners to discuss why ESOPs are option for small business owners wishing to help retain American job.
Online PR News – 30-July-2014 – Southampton, Pa. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick visited NewAge Industries last month to hear about the workings of an ESOP company directly from its employee-owners. NewAge, a 60-year-old manufacturer of plastic and rubber tubing, high purity Single-Use fluid transfer systems for the biopharmaceutical industry, and RFID products, employs over 100 people. The Congressman, who represents Pennsylvania‚Äôs 8th congressional district in the southeastern part of the state, took part in a town hall style meeting to discuss the benefits of ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) companies and their potential to help other Pennsylvania businesses.
NewAge team members from several departments and with various levels of seniority, job responsibilities and length of employment‚ÄĒfrom two to twenty-five years‚ÄĒtook part. They discussed the mindset of being an owner and not just an employee. The group displayed a thorough understanding of how their day-to-day decisions affect the future of everyone in the company.
‚ÄúThe ESOP has given us a new view on retirement,‚ÄĚ said Jeff Johnson, Director of Software Solutions and a 23-year employee. ‚ÄúMany of us have talked about how the balances in our ESOP retirement accounts have outpaced our 401(k)s. And the 401(k) plan has been around for over twenty years. The ESOP is only eight years old.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúRetirement security is a big issue,‚ÄĚ stated Congressman Fitzpatrick. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre living longer, and healthcare is getting more expensive. If you‚Äôre trying to retire on Social Security alone, it‚Äôs going to be difficult. Very few companies offer pensions today, and that‚Äôs another reason why ESOPs are an important option.‚ÄĚ
NewAge‚Äôs ESOP benefits the company and its employee-owners both before and after retirement. Before retirement, the plan helps generate a pride-of-ownership culture, where each team member recognizes the value of every customer. Employee-owners understand that a customer is not merely a company name and an account number; there‚Äôs a person behind each inquiry and order. Knowing this makes everyone more conscious of the actions they take to keep a customer well satisfied.
Team members receive an annual statement showing their ownership in the company in shares and dollars. David Greer, Director of Information Systems and an ESOP trustee, 23 years, noted that ‚ÄúEveryone looks at that statement and says ‚ÄėI‚Äôm going back to work!‚Äô‚ÄĚ It‚Äôs quite an incentive for doing one‚Äôs job well.
Marty Golin, Technical Sales Representative, 11 years, looks forward to retiring in two years. Golin commented that although he has increased his 401(k) contributions since his children have graduated college and his expenses have subsequently lessened, years of less-than-ideal contribution amounts are a challenge to overcome.
‚ÄúThe ESOP will mean the difference between struggling and not struggling when I retire,‚ÄĚ said Golin.
NewAge‚Äôs employee-owners feel that ESOP retirement plans can be a good option for Pennsylvania businesses. When previously employed at other companies, some current NewAge team members experienced the sale and subsequent dissolution of those companies. Other current employee-owners work with companies whose owners are aging, and there‚Äôs concern that the leadership teams of those companies simply haven‚Äôt considered an ESOP as a viable business transition.
‚ÄúThe owners of many small companies are unaware that they have this opportunity to receive money from the sale of their company while keeping the company intact,‚ÄĚ said Cathy Wallace, Director of Purchasing and Materials, 25 years. ‚ÄúThe owners may simply sell the company to a competitor, venture capitalist or multi-national firm, putting their employees and American jobs at great risk.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúThe best way to take care of a company‚Äôs employees during a sale is to make sure the employees themselves own the business, not somebody else,‚ÄĚ added the Congressman. ‚ÄúThere‚Äôs a real opportunity to use NewAge as an example and say ‚ÄėLook how well it‚Äôs working, and it can work for you, too.‚Äô Let‚Äôs make it easier for ESOPs to be created and beneficial to transition ownership to employees.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs our responsibility to teach team members and other businesses about the value of ESOPs,‚ÄĚ stated Ken Baker, CEO. ‚ÄúYes, it‚Äôs more complex than selling a company outright. But the benefits‚ÄĒcontinued business operations, stability, employee loyalty, retirement earnings, maintaining American jobs‚ÄĒfar outweigh the intricacies.‚ÄĚ
Wallace added, ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre able to compete as an American manufacturer because we have an ESOP strategy. We‚Äôre all business owners, and we‚Äôre heavily invested in the future of NewAge.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúYou‚Äôre obviously very proud of this company,‚ÄĚ said Congressman Fitzpatrick, ‚Äúand you should be.‚ÄĚ
For more information on NewAge Industries, its ESOP and its successes, contact the Fluid Transfer Specialists(R) at NewAge Industries, Inc., 145 James Way, Southampton, PA 18966; phone 800-506-3924 or 215-526-2300; fax 800-837-1856 or 215-526-2190; e-mail: email@example.com; or visit http://www.newageindustries.com/esop.asp.
About NewAge Industries
In business since 1954, NewAge Industries manufactures plastic and rubber tubing in both reinforced and unreinforced styles. The company offers an overall product quality rating of 99.8%, provides custom extrusion and fabrication capabilities, and services customers worldwide. NewAge Industries maintains a large inventory and prides itself on same-day shipment of 99% of orders for its core product lines. In 2006, NewAge initiated an ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) for the benefit of both its employees and customers.
The AdvantaPure(R) division of NewAge Industries is ISO 9001:2008 certified and specializes in high purity tubing, hose, single use process manifolds and systems, and other molded components for the pharmaceutical, biomedical, food, beverage, and chemical industries. All products are manufactured, stored, and shipped using the cleanest methods possible to ensure unsurpassed product purity. Automated product identification systems, including gamma stable RFID tags and labels, are offered by NewAge‚Äôs Verigenics(TM) division.
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