CEM Machine Inc. announced to its employees Thursday morning that the privately held manufacturer has been bought out and will become 100 percent employee-owned.

President Mark D. Robinson, who has been an owner of CEM since 2000, gathered about 30 of the company’s 55 total employees outside the West End Avenue facility — in order to accommodate social distancing requirements — to inform them that they now each have an ownership interest in the company that makes industrial wood chipping machines. He recounted how CEM had restarted a machine shop that had been idled for two years with plans to have as many as 40 employees. At the time of the restart, the company had 10 employees, several of whom were in attendance Thursday, still working for CEM.