Founded in 1979, Collins Plumbing Inc. (CPI) is a certified-minority plumbing contractor serving public and private entities in the San Diego region. In 2007, CPI transitioned to employee ownership. The company has about 60 worker-owners.
Based in San Diego, Recon Environmental provides environmental consulting services to projects located across the Southwest. Founded in 1972, the company became 100 percent employee owned in 2010 and now has about 190 worker-owners. Through its RECONnect initiative, Recon partners with Balboa City Schools and Ocean Discovery Institute to inspire diverse youth to pursue careers in the environmental sciences by offering student internship/job-shadowing opportunities, native plants for gardens and restoration efforts, leaders for field trips, and speakers for classroom and field presentations.
Modern Times is a production brewery and tasting room with two locations in San Diego. Opened in 2013, the company transitioned to 30 percent employee ownership in 2017 and aims to be 100 percent worker owned in the future. Committed to its worker-owners, the company provides health care, unlimited paid time-off, a two-month paid sabbatical after five years, a guaranteed take-home minimum wage of $15 per hour, and free Modern Times-produced beverages.