Blue Book Building & Construction Network Transfers Ownership to Employees

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Coincides with celebration of 100th anniversary and introduction of new products and services

The Blue Book President Rich Johnson presents a symbolic “Certificate of Ownership” to two of the company’s most tenured employees: (L to R) Meg Hillmann, The Blue Book Network’s Manager of Paid Order

This is a very exciting and awesome moment for all of us.

The Blue Book Building and Construction Network, publisher of targeted company, contractor and project information for the commercial construction industry, recently announced the successful sale of the previously family-owned company to an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) in conjunction with the celebration of the company’s 100th year in business.

Founded in 1913, The Blue Book Network kicked off its anniversary celebration with a company-wide meeting in December to inform all 500 employees of their shared ownership of the company. In his announcement at the celebration kick-off, President Richard Johnson communicated the wishes of current Chairman and previous owner Jim O’Malley, that the company be sold to the employees to ensure it would live on with the people who helped build it along with the passion that Mr. O’Malley knows is critical to the company’s long-term success.

“This is a very exciting and awesome moment for all of us,” said Mr. Johnson. “The Blue Book Network employees now own the company and the ESOP enables them to control their own destiny. With the investment of a little hard work and an unbeatable team of employees, the ESOP will help steer The Blue Book Building and Construction Network into the future!”

Over the course of its 100-year history, The Blue Book Network has consistently grown in revenue, number of employees, and products and services offered. Despite recent economic conditions which severely impacted three of the industries that the company is involved with, construction, advertising and publishing. The Blue Book Network has not laid-off a single employee, maintaining its 100-year tradition of no layoffs.

For 2013, The Blue Book Network will continue in its mission to advance the industry, focusing on education through its latest offering, and continuing to develop web-based solutions to streamline workflow from the design phase through maintenance and renovation.

About The Blue Book Network: For 100 years, The Blue Book Building & Construction Network has published information on the construction industry that helps companies and contractors share information about people, products and projects. The company maintains a nationwide industry search engine and publishes 28 regional directories annually. In addition, the Network provides a complete suite of marketing, workflow and education resources for the industry.

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