NEW YORK The co-owners of the five-unit Heartland Brewery brew-pub chain have sold a 49 percent stake in the company to its employees through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan. Jon Bloostein, Heartland’s founder, CEO, and leader of the group that sold the stake in Heartland Brewery Inc., said he would continue to manage the concern.In a statement released Tuesday, Bloostein said he had considered finding a strategic buyer or opting for an initial public offering, but preferred the ...

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