Employee Ownership

Building now and for the future.

Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)

After 58 years of being a family-owned company, Messer became an employee-owned company in 1990. This action required the vision and sacrifices of a few to build the career paths and ownership years later for so many.

In 2020, Messer celebrated 30 years of employee ownership. This has helped us drive our continued focus on community investment, diverse business partnerships and client relationships for positive impact where we live and work.

See what it means to be an employee-owned company.

ESOP Benefits

An ESOP can spur job creation, improve wages and productivity and strengthen retirement savings. Messer’s ESOP is 100% company-funded. And unlike a 401(k), nothing comes out of the employee’s paycheck. Every employee-owner earns a stake in the company’s growth and direction.

"The value that I see in the ESOP is that each year I stay with Messer, I become more invested." Alexandra H.
"I can’t think of a better plan to get vetted into than the ESOP." Stanley W.

"Employment without ownership is work; employment with ownership is opportunity.”

From the book Steerageway: How Employee Owners Set Direction Amid the Currents of Change, by Pete Strange, Messer's former president and CEO.

ESCA Federal Policy Conference and Lobby Day

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Messer leaders regularly attend the ESCA Federal Policy Conference and Lobby Day in Washington D.C. to meet with congressional staff members and discuss how employee ownership helps employees save for retirement and achieve long-term financial stability.