Scanlon Plan Success Stories

For over seventy years hundreds of different organizations have adopted and experimented with the Scanlon Plan.  Since the Scanlon Plan is not copyrighted or trademarked there is no central registry of Scanlon Plans or Scanlon Organizations. 

Adamson, Advanced Business Graphics, Atlantic Automotive, ARaymond, Atwood, American Tape, Beth Israel Hospital, Bradford, Bridgestone-Firestone, Briggs & Stratton, Canon, Dana, ELGA, Fairchild Burns, Ferro, Harley-Davidson, Hitachi Magnetics, Huron Signs, ITT, Kysor-Cadillac, Lapointe, Landscape Forms, Limerick Veterinary Hospital, Lorin, Magna-Donnelly, Martin-Marietta, Meier, Michigan Bell, Motorola, National Manufacturing, Neelon Castings, Nicholas Plastics, Pacific Cast Technologies, Parker Pen, Pohlman, Quality Container, Raynor, S & L Plastics, Sara Lee, Sears, SGS Tool Company, Sligh, Spring Engineering, Thermatron, Thomson-Shore, TG Fluid Systems, Trans-Matic, United Building Centers, US Vision, Watermark Credit Union, Wescast, Westan, Westling, Wolverine Worldwide, Xaloy and countless other organizations dreamed the dream of Joe Scanlon the Steelworker and experimented with EPIC ideas.

In this section we feature EPIC Organizations from the following sectors: Financial Services, Manufacturing, Healthcare and Retail.


Financial Services


ELGA Credit Union is headquartered in Burton, Michigan.  They are the most recent organization to embrace the Scanlon EPIC Principles and Processes and the second financial organization to use Scanlon.   They won the Michigan Credit Union League's Outstanding Credit Union of the Year Award for 2015 and were recognized as one of the 2015 Michigan's Best & Brightest Sustainable Companies. 


To learn more about ELGA click here.



Watermark Credit Union installed a Scanlon Plan in 2006.  During this time Watermark was recognized among the top 50 Best Places to Work in Washington State and in 2007 won recognition as A psychological healthy workplace from the Washington State Psychological Association.  In 2009 they were awarded a Best Practices award from the American Psychological Association.  To read more about the award click here.

Watermark presented their methods at A Colloquium at Loyola Chicago that was documented by the Filene Research Institute.(The Research Arm of America's Credit Unions).



Filene Colloquium


Watermark Case Study


Watermark EPIC Scanlon Plan


Watermark EPIC Scanlon Plan





SGS was designated as Supplier of the year by Affiliated Distributors.  They are muliple gold medal Best Practices winners from the Scanlon Leadership Network.  Listen to Tom Hagg CEO explain the benefits of the Scanlon Principles and the Scanlon Leadership Network.



Articles about SGS


Associates Participate in Making SGS Gobally Competitive



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Landscape forms begin their Scanlon journey in 1981.  They have been recognized by The Wall Street Journal as one of the top workplaces. To learn more about the award click here.  John Chipman founded the company as a way to keep his landscaping crew employed during the long Michigan winter.  Today they are a worldwide leader in public space furniture.













Newspaper Articles about Landscape Forms


Where Saying Yes is Part of the Plan


Firm Quiet Giant

Podcast about Landscape Forms


Listen Now! John Chipman, track 1


Listen Now! John Chipman , track 2


Listen Now! John Chipman, track 3


Listen Now! John Chipman track 4



Thomson-Shore is a green employee-owned  printer. Thomson-Shore was recognized by the Employee Stock Ownership Association as the 2008 ESOP Company of the Year.


Podcasts about Thomson-Shore and Scanlon

For many years Scanlon Steward Myron Marsh was CEO of Thomson-Shore.  Myron held Executive posistions in three Scanlon Organizations during his long career---Tolkien, Xaloy and Thomson-Shore.


Listen Now! Myron Marsh, track 1


Listen Now! Myron Marsh, track 2


Listen Now! Myron Marsh track 3





Spring Engineering was one of the top 25 Best Places to Work in the greater Detroit area when they had their Scanlon Plan.

Articles about Spring


USA Today Team Effort Boost Bottom line


Podcast by Tim Tindall, CEO of Spring

 Tim Tindall, track 1

Listen Now! Tim Tindall, track 2

Listen Now! Tim Tindall, track 3

Listen Now! Tim Tindall, track 4


Spring Scanlon Plan I.C.E.


Spring ICE Plan



Lorin Industries annodizes Aluminum.  Buzz Kersman served as CEO.  Buzz was awarded the Scanlon Stewardship Award.

Buzz Kersman Podcast


Listen Now! Buzz Kersman, track 1

Listen Now! Buzz Kersman, track 2


Listen Now! Buzz Kersman, track 3



Health Care

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Beth Israel's Scanlon Plan was called Prepare 21.  During the time Beth Israel's Scanlon Plan was in existence Beth Israel was one of the top 50 best places to work in America.  The Plan did not survive a merger with Deaconess Hospital.

Beth Israel's plan was extremely well documented.  There is even a Harvard Business Review Case Study.  Prod. #: 491045-PDF-ENG


Articles about Beth Israel's Scanlon Plan


MIT case study of Beth Israel's Prepare 21


Strategies for Healthcare Excellence


Strategic Healthcare Marketing


Participatory Management at BI


Employee Relations


Boston Globe


Prepare 21 Scanlon Plan


Prepare 21 Scanlon Plan




The Sears Scanlon Process was called Goalsharing to distinguish it from and earlier failed gainsharing program.  It was an elective program.  It achieved success in every unit that tried it but was abandoned when new management and ownership took over.

Sears Articles


Scanlon Plan and Retail Performance

Sears Scanlon Plans


Licensed Business Unit


Fashion Group


Sears Lakewood