Despite the loss of tens of thousands of manufacturing jobs over the past fifty years…

Manufacturing is still the second largest sector by employment in the Dayton region

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With more living wage jobs than other top sectors.

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In 2012, 71% of manufacturing firm owners nationwide were Baby Boomers or older and likely to retire in the next decade.

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Over the years, many manufacturers have sold their companies to their employees as ESOPs and some as co-ops.


For the hundreds of small manufacturing firms in and around Dayton, a co-op may be a viable option when an ESOP is not.

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