2018 is a big year for chipper manufacturer Bandit Industries. The company will be celebrating its 35th anniversary this September and announced last week it plans to sell 100 percent of the company to its employees.
Owners Mike Morey Sr., Dianne Morey, and Jerry Morey said on June 7 that they will sell 100 percent of the company to their employees in an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP). Under the ESOP, Bandit will retain its current leadership and key management personnel will remain in place.
The decision comes after two previous attempts to sell Bandit Industries — once to another manufacturer and once to a private investment firm.
“We realized neither was a good fit for Bandit, so we made the decision to sell to our trusted employees,” said Dianne Morey
“It will be fun to watch our crew take it to the next level,” said Mike Morey, who developed the very first Bandit chipper in 1983 and founded Bandit Industries.
Bandit has been growing at 20 percent per year with two plant expansions currently underway and several new products to be introduced later this year.
Bandit also recently entered into an agreement with ARJES GmbH, a slow-speed shredder manufacturer from Germany. Bandit will sell and distribute the ARJES products in the Americas, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Indonesia and other parts of the world. The product line will shred almost anything, including cement with rerod, asphalt, steel belted tires and complete cars and trucks.
During its 35th anniversary celebration this September, Bandit feature a dealer meeting and a field day open to the public. All of the Bandit products will be shown, including the new products that are about to be released and the ARJES line of shredders.
“We are a leading supplier in all of the markets that we are in,” said Jerry Morey. “We have a very strong, dedicated dealer organization and a great crew, which is the key to our success. Our employees are experienced, smart and loyal to us. That is why we are so confident that an employee-owned company is the right fit for Bandit. All our employees will have a stake in the company.”