One of Atlanta’s top private companies ranked by companywide revenue will soon be 100 percent employee owned. Atlanta-based Choate Construction Co. reported it is transferring beneficial ownership via the newly created Choate Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) Trust.

Company founder Millard Choate said the firm was “solicited continuously over the years by larger contractors to sell the company, but [they] decided to keep the business in the family, to perpetuate [its] culture of excellence.”

“We are blessed to be able to implement this structure to express our dedication to our exemplary employees,” he said in a statement. “This will provide individual financial security as well as preserve the entrepreneurial spirit that has always permeated this company. The ESOP allows us to take this spirit to the next level, while also ensuring our vision, core values, and management team stays intact.”

Read more: Choate Construction moves towards 100% employee-ownership – Atlanta Business Chronicle