Last week I traveled to Portland Oregon...the reason for the trip was to meet with the 19 members of the Partners Group who own the Zingerman’s Community of Businesses in Ann Arbor, MI. Zingerman’s is one of the great stories of today’s business world, a hopeful harbinger of the Next Economy. The partners manage nearly 600 employees and the eight distinct businesses have combined annual revenues of $46 million. They are all food-related (and educational) and they are all in Ann Arbor. A small group of partners have been designing a plan to transition Zingerman’s to an employee owned worker co-operative. When the plan is implemented they will become one of the largest worker co-ops in the U.S.
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