Our track record speaks for itself. We have a record of outperforming the market by holding, growing and improving businesses over the long term.
We take our time before entering into agreements and partnerships. We believe people are the capital that creates value; therefore the values of the individuals are important to us.
While we are not in a hurry, we believe timing is critical. We measure long term in years. Two companies we own today were purchased in the 1950s.
We believe our success is grounded in our commitment to live and work responsibly, to make a positive difference in our communities. One by one, we are making a difference. We volunteer our time. We step up to serve on Boards and look after and befriend the elderly. We lend a helping hand in times of natural disasters. We volunteer at food banks and fundraisers to stop family violence and provide health care for at risk children.
We realize that our ESOP ownership comes with responsibilities. We carefully select new business partners, new employees and vendors because we want to work with people who share our values.
We realize the decisions we make about investments and operating practices ultimately affect the lives of our co-workers, families and business partners.
And like those who went before us, every one of us takes that responsibility seriously.
We believe people are the key to creating ever increasing economic value; therefore the values of the individual are important to our success. Seventy-five years of success has taught us to protect and preserve the values that guide our relationships with our colleagues and business partners. Our values are evident in our behavior and our decisions: how we treat each other, our involvement in the community and how we decide to invest our time and capital.