A quiet supply giant spreads the wealth

  • Article by: DAVID SHAFFER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 4, 2012 - 6:11 AM

Border States Electric, a Fargo-based electrical distributor that has expanded in Minnesota, is growing dramatically, and to the benefit of its employee owners.

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Old SchoolNov. 4, 12 8:03 AM

Capitalism at it's best.

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pitythefoolsNov. 4, 12 8:23 AM

"Capitalism at it's best."

Excuse me, Old School, but employee owned companies by the very definition are Socialist.

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Old SchoolNov. 4, 12 9:25 AM

Voluntary cooperation is not socialism, there still is a hierarchy that is top down, it just fully respects and shares with it's own.

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pitythefoolsNov. 4, 12 9:56 AM

Old School: "Voluntary cooperation is not socialism, there still is a hierarchy that is top down, it just fully respects and shares with it's own."

Trying to parse that statement is a challenge. I think you're confusing communes with Socialism. Socialism is a political term applied to an economic system in which property is held in common and not individually, and relationships are governed by a political hierarchy. Common ownership doesn't mean decisions are made collectively. Instead, individuals in positions of authority make decisions in the name of the collective group. It's amazing how many people through about the term Socialism (and Capitalism) without having any idea what they mean.

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anderson245Nov. 4, 12 1:11 PM

For those who think this is capitalism, look up "to each according to their contribution". Libertarian socialist thinkers, such as American anarchist Benjamin Tucker, defined socialism as a system whereby the laborer receives the full product of their labor so to eliminate exploitation and "unearned" income accrued to the capitalist.

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merd95Nov. 4, 1210:35 PM

You can argue all you want about what aspect it is, but my husband is a supervisor in the Williston, ND store and it IS a great company to work for!! If you are a good employee they definitely take care of you! Plus, the best part is that he loves his job and the company!

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shushyn78Nov. 5, 1210:58 AM

Those in the electrical distribution industry are a might bit envious at how Border has developed and had the foresight to be "Johnny on the spot" in ND to cash in on the oil and gas business. Those that aren't there are just muddling through in this economy. When a warehouse worker can retire with this kind of wealth, they're doing something right.

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