In October, Oxbow Design Build Cooperative successfully converted their partnership to a worker co-operative. The shift in structure will have members democratically own and control the business to sustain their mission for the long-term benefit of their community and customers. Oxbow provides full service design and construction to the western Massachusetts area.
Through the conversion they are retaining nine jobs in their community, earning a projected $1 million in 2019 and have purchased $135,000 in job materials from local businesses in the past 12 months while serving 40 clients.
Co-op Associations support another conversion Support for the conversion of Oxbow Design Build came from the Valley Alliance of Worker Co-operatives (VAWC), a worker co-operative development, education and support co-operative serving western Massachusetts and southern Vermont. “From day one, the Valley Alliance offered clear and thoughtful support, guiding us through the process of our conversion” stated Carl Woodruff, founding Oxbow member. Oxbow joined VAWC as a Member Co-op and are the seventh conversion VAWC has supported in this region.