AE2S Celebrates Employee Ownership  Month  &  31st Anniversary

October is a big month for AE2S, a 100% employee-owned consulting engineering firm with offices across the upper Midwest and Rocky Mountain region. This month, AE2S along with other employee-owned companies around the world will celebrate “EO Month” and the transformative potential of employee ownership to be a stable economic engine for communities.

One of the major benefits of employee ownership is the potential for being a wealth building tool that brings economic security for our Employee-Owners, as evidenced by a Rutgers Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit-Sharing study. In addition, employee-owned companies are also more resilient than other types of business ownership models. During previous economic recessions, employee-owned firms outlasted their peers and were 50% less likely to lay off employees according to National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO).

In 2022 there is much to celebrate, as AE2S Employee-Owners who were present when the firm’s Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) was adopted in 2017 became 100% vested. People hired after 2017 become fully vested after five years of employment.

“Being an Employee-Owner gives me a sense of value that my actions impact more than just myself and the projects I work on,” says Keeley Barry, Operations Manager. “I know that producing great results can affect all of AE2S, which adds yet another level of motivation!”

October is also the 31st anniversary of AE2S being founded in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Since then, AE2S has expanded its footprint to include 20 offices across Colorado, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Utah.

“We are grateful for our clients who entrust us with exciting projects for our Employee-Owners to work on each day. It is easy to be passionate about your career when you see amazing infrastructure projects come together for the betterment of the communities where we live and work,” says Grant Meyer, AE2S CEO. “October is meaningful to us as a 100% employee-owned firm and also because it is a reminder to appreciate AE2S’ history and our shared success. Our staff and clients have worked together on many truly incredible projects over the past 31 years.” ABOUT AE2S

AE2S is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm that specializes in water, wastewater, water resources, rural water, civil engineering, surveying, GIS, structural engineering, electrical engineering, instrumentation and controls, communications, and financial services. AE2S has offices located in Grand Forks, Fargo, Bismarck, Dickinson, Minot, and Williston, North Dakota; Maple Grove, Duluth, and Lake of the Woods, Minnesota; Spearfish, Rapid City, and Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Billings, Bozeman, Great Falls, and Kalispell, Montana; Denver and Dillon, Colorado; Madison, Wisconsin; and Lehi, Utah. For more information, visit or AE2S on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Check out our open positions at