MWH Global One of America’s Largest Majority Employee-Owned Companies

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Company ranks 15th largest majority employee-owned company in the U.S., according to the National Center for Employee Ownership’s (NCEO) new Employee Ownership 100 list.

"MWH Global is an extraordinary company with many talented employees who all contribute to our continued success," Chief Financial Officer David Barnes.

MWH Global today announced that it is the 15th largest majority employee-owned company in the U.S., according to the National Center for Employee Ownership’s (NCEO) new Employee Ownership 100 list. To be on the list a company must have a majority of its stock owned by an employee stock ownership plan or other broad-based employee ownership plan. MWH Global, the wet infrastructure sector leader and provider of strategic consulting, environmental engineering and construction services, has grown from small beginnings nearly 200 years ago to one of the largest water-infrastructure firms in the world.

Companies appearing on the NCEO list range from super markets, technology and photography services to engineering and construction firms, dairy companies and manufacturing operations. The top 100 listed companies employ more than 673,000 people, and many are 100% employee-owned. Publix Supermarkets, the largest company on this year’s index, has 159,000 employees.

There are currently about 10,900 companies with ESOPs or other broad-based employee ownership plans in the U.S., an estimated 40% of which own a majority of their companies stock. ESOP companies employ 10.3 million people and have just under $900 billion in assets. Research shows that employee-owned companies grow significantly faster, have much lower turnover, and are much more financially stable than comparable conventional companies.

According to Chief Financial Officer David Barnes, MWH has experienced significant growth over the last 10 years. In 2012, the company saw $1.6 billion in global revenue.

“MWH Global is an extraordinary company with many talented employees who all contribute to our continued success,” he said. “Like all of our other employee shareholders around the world, I am proud to be part of the MWH story. We are working hard every day to live our purpose of Building a Better World.”

About MWH Global
MWH Global is a strategic consulting, technical engineering, environmental and construction services firm leading the wet infrastructure sector. Offering a full range of services and innovative, award-winning solutions beginning in the initial planning phases through construction and asset management, we partner with our clients in multiple industries to implement projects and programs that focus on water, energy, natural resources and infrastructure. Currently MWH is the lead technical of the key components for the third set of locks for the $5.25 billion expansion of the 51-mile-long Panama Canal. Our nearly 8,000 employees in 35 countries spanning six continents are dedicated to fulfilling our purpose of Building a Better World, which reflects our commitment to sustainable development. MWH is a private, employee-owned firm with a rich legacy beginning in 1820. For more information, visit our website at http://www.mwhglobal.com or connect with us on Twitter and Facebook.

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