South Central Indiana to Receive ESOP Funds

State Treasurer Richard Mourdock created a $50 million ESOP Linked-Deposit Program for the purpose of the IEI to accomplish its mission of encourage Indiana businesses to become employee-owned companies.

updated: 4/15/2010 1:57:40 PM

South Central Indiana to Receive ESOP Funds

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Seymour-based Kocolene Development Corporation has been announced as the latest recipient of the state's Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) Initiative's Linked-Deposit Program. The company and its subsidiaries will receive $2 million. President and Chief Executive Officer Gary Myers says the funding will help result in 40 percent of the company’s stock being sold to the new Kocolene Development Corporation ESOP.

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Indianapolis, Ind. -- State Treasurer Richard Mourdock announced $2 million in financing for Kocolene Development Corporation, including its subsidiaries: Ranger Enterprises and Shadowood Golf Course, through Indiana ESOP Initiative (IEI)’s Linked-Deposit Program at the company’s ESOP announcement to its employees.

“I am extremely pleased that the IEI supported Kocolene Development Corporation’s efforts in becoming an ESOP, employee-owned, company,” extolled Treasurer Mourdock. “Employee-owned companies have an established track record of creating wealth for its employees, raising the entrepreneurial spirits from within, and increasing companies’ productivities overall. It’s critical, now more than ever, for the State of Indiana to not only keep its current employers, but Hoosier employees must become more innovative and productive during these challenging economic conditions as well. ESOP companies can and will do exactly that.”

Gary Myers, President and CEO of Kocolene Development Corp. stated, “We are grateful to Treasurer Mourdock for the opportunity to utilize the state’s ESOP Initiative Linked-Deposit Program, which provided a part of an overall financing package, resulting in 40% of the company’s stock being sold to the new Kocolene Development Corporation ESOP.”

Treasurer Mourdock created the IEI in May of 2008 and charged it with the mission of encouraging Indiana businesses in becoming ESOP, employee-owned, companies, therefore preserving Hoosier jobs. Through the IEI Linked-Deposit Program, the Treasurer of State’s Office purchases a certificate of deposit at a reduced rate of interest from the financial institution providing the loan to the ESOP company, and, in turn, the financial institution will reduce the interest rate on their loan to the ESOP company.

Kocolene Development Corp. and its wholly owned subsidiaries: Ranger Enterprises, a warehousing-logistics-recycling entity with 700,000 sq. feet of warehouse space, and Shadowood Golf Course, are headquartered in Seymour, IN. Founded in 1938 by Carrie M. Myers, Kocolene is a fourth generation family company with 32 retail convenience stores and discount tobacco sites under the names of Fast Max and Smokers Host.

For further information about the IEI or the ESOP Linked-Deposit Program, please visit our website at http://www.in.gov/tos/2343.htm

Source: Office of Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock

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