Staffing franchise helps to increase 2011 sales

A Grand Junction franchise has helped to boost sales for an international staffing company.

“We’re seeing a steady rate of Grand Valley employers adding to their current staff and replacing departing members much more quickly,” said Nina Anderson, owner of the Express Employment Professionals franchise in Grand Junction.

The company announced that 2011 sales topped $2.1 billion, up 22 percent in a year, as more employers relied on staffing companies to meet their labor needs in the midst of an uncertain economic recovery.

Based in Oklahoma City, Express Employment Professionals put 335,000 people to work in 2011, the most ever in the 29-year history of the firm. Those people worked a combined average of 2.4 million hours a week at 550 franchise locations.

Anderson said she expects that trend to continue on a local level, too. “In the coming year, we will maintain our focus on putting more people back to work and providing hope for job seekers,” she said. “As consumer spending rises and business confidence improves, the jobs outlook will continue to brighten.”

Express Employment Professionals provides temporary and direct-hire staffing in a variety of fields. In Grand Junction, the franchise operates offices at 1119 N. First St., Unit G. For more information, call 242-4500 or visit the Web site located at