Employment and Jobs

ESOPs in the Manufacturing Industry

April 8, 2024  • Douglas Kruse

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In this fact sheet, we provide some updated statistics regarding employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) in manufacturing in total, and, separately, for ESOPs in publicly traded corporations and closely-held corporations. Manufacturing ESOPs represent 21% of all ESOP corporations, 23% of all active ESOP employees, 34% of all ESOP retired employees, and 42% of all ESOP assets in the US.


We are pleased to present this brief as part of the Employee Ownership Ideas Forum, a two-day convening bringing together leading policymakers, practitioners, experts, and the media for a robust discussion on how we can grow employee ownership for the shared benefit of American workers and businesses. The Forum is co-hosted by the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program and the Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing at Rutgers University.