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Quality Personnel Services Acquires Cambridge Staffing
Eastern Iowa Gazette (06/08/12)
QPS Employment Group of Brookfield, WI, has agreed to acquire Cambridge Staffing Inc. of Cedar Rapids, IA, its second recent acquisition in the Cedar Rapids market. Terms of the sale were not disclosed. Jim Roy, regional vice president of QPS, says the Cedar Rapids market, with its strong industrial base, “fits perfectly into the kind of business we supply with its manufacturing and distribution base.”
Grand Rapids-Based Temporary Firm Bought by Indiana Company
Michigan Business Review (06/08/12) Shandra Martinez
Grand Rapids, MI-based Beacon Staffing has been acquired by Columbus, IN-based Elwood Staffing for an undisclosed amount. With the acquisition of the Beacon Staffing offices, Elwood Staffing will have more than 65 offices in 11 states nationwide with 350 corporate employees, and annually place more than 45,000 temporary workers. “Elwood and Beacon share many of the same values,” says Elwood chief executive officer Mark Elwood. “We believe this partnership will enhance the employment experience for both our clients and our associates, and we are excited to strengthen our existing branch network in Michigan.”
Temporary Work on Rise in Chicago Area
Chicago Sun-Times (06/09/12) Francine Knowles
Chicago area staffing companies report they have seen large increases in business this year despite the recent May national unemployment report showing disappointingly weak overall job growth. The LaSalle Network, based in Chicago, says it saw a 55% jump in revenues in May from a year earlier, and business is up 47% for the first five months of this year, compared with the same time in 2011.
“We are extremely busy,” says Anne Edmunds, regional director of ManpowerGroup in Chicago. “We’re up about 25% over [the] prior year in staffing requirements. We had a big bounce in January, February, slowed down a little bit in April, and then we saw a huge increase at the beginning of May. It seems to be continuing at the start of June. Most of these temporary positions that we’re seeing are six months in length or better. It’s not like it’s short-term one week, a few days.”
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