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WATCH: Gardner Denver rings NYSE bell, surprises employees with equity grants

Vicente Reynal, Gardner Denver CEO, and Pete Stavros, Gardner Denver Board Chairman and KKR Member and Head of its Industrials Private Equity Team, surprised employees with the news Friday morning by ringing the New York Stock Exchange bell. Photo courtesy Brenna Sadler, APR; Laughlin Constable.

Friday marks Gardner Denver's first day on the New York Stock Exchange.

Watch the bell ringing here.

The company announced more than $100 million in deferred stock unit grants to nearly 6,000 of its employees worldwide.

Employees not already part of the company's equity program will receive a significant grant of company stock equal to 40% of his or her base salary.

Gardner Denver Inc. employs about 270 people at its plant in Quincy.

Vicente Reynal, Gardner Denver CEO, and Pete Stavros, Gardner Denver Board Chairman and KKR Member and Head of its Industrials Private Equity Team, surprised employees with the news Friday morning by ringing the New York Stock Exchange bell and employees across 6 continents stopped work to watch the live video feed.

KKR has owned Gardner Denver since 2013 and will continue to hold a majority of the company’s shares.

“The customer focus, integrity, bias for action and teamwork of our associates around the world have made our products more innovative, expanded our commercial and operational reach, and generated attractive financial performance, all of which makes this IPO possible. We and KKR intend this grant to be a celebration of our important business achievements in service of our customers over the last four years, while allowing every single employee of this company to share in our value creation and growth going forward,” Reynal said. “The steadfast commitment of our employees is what generates the momentum for Gardner Denver to continue to do great things.”
Stavros added, “We are passionate about what engaged employees can do and what we can achieve together when everyone is working toward a common goal. As a result, we make it a priority with our Industrial companies to make every employee an owner in their business. We have accomplished a lot at Gardner Denver and it’s exciting to think about what 6,100 employee-owners all pulling in the same direction will be able to achieve going forward.”
“From the factory floors to the sales offices, labs and corporate and regional headquarters around the world, this team has worked tirelessly to drive progress, innovation and quality. Both Gardner Denver and KKR fully believe in the power of our team - and even more, the exponential power we have with positive employee engagement and working globally together,” Reynal concluded.

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