Virginia Beach, September 26, 2011—Reliance Staffing Services, Hampton Roads’ leading provider of temporary staffing solutions, today announced the completion of its acquisition of local recruiting firm DRA Recruiting & Staffing Solutions (formerly Don Richard Associates) for undisclosed terms. This acquisition gives Reliance a depth of expertise in top-level and executive recruiting to match its proven strength in industrial and clerical staffing, and will give companies in Hampton Roads one place to source all of their hiring and personnel needs.
To reflect this comprehensive capability, Reliance has changed its name from Reliance Staffing Services to Reliance Staffing & Recruiting.
“This acquisition will provide expanded resources to both our clients and candidates,” said Tom Sarach, President and CEO of Reliance Staffing & Recruiting. “We are very pleased with this opportunity and believe the combined experience fits concisely in our growth model.”
“Purchasing DRA provides Reliance with a great opportunity to offer our current clients a wealth of knowledge in filling professional and technical positions for clients throughout Hampton Roads,” said Lynn Connor, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Reliance Staffing & Recruiting. “Our clients are benefiting from DRA’s experience in filling these positions immediately, while DRA’s former clients are now able to draw from Reliance’s experience in filling a multitude of positions in the industrial, warehousing, manufacturing and hospitality industries.”
This acquisition comes at an already exciting time for Reliance: the company will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of its founding next year. The former DRA would have marked its 30th anniversary in November, so the level of experience and knowledge among employees of both companies is highly compatible.
The acquisition reflects the compatibility of the companies’ missions and values as well. “Both organizations are committed to developing their internal staff, providing quality service to their clients and giving back to the community,” said Ed Greene, former president and CEO of DRA.
Reliance is now a truly full-service hiring and Human Resources firm, offering placement for all levels of employment. Companies throughout the area can call on Reliance to provide:
- Event staffing
- Short-term temporary help
- Temp-to-hire options to ensure compatibility
- Direct-hire recruiting
- Executive search and placement
Beginning today, Reliance will execute the integration of the two companies’ clients and associates to ensure a smooth transition that will deliver immediate value for clients, partners, associates and the Hampton Roads community.
Client integration: A team consisting of employees of Reliance and the former DRA will use Reliance’s technological advantages to transfer client relationships as applicable. In most cases, the day-to-day account and service contacts for former DRA clients will not change.
Employee integration: Reliance will move their Chesapeake office to the Greenbrier Circle location of DRA’s former office, and will add DRA’s former Newport News office to Reliance’s presence on the Peninsula.
About Reliance Staffing & Recruiting:
Founded in 1982, Reliance Staffing & Recruiting now has four offices in Hampton Roads: Chesapeake, Newport News, Suffolk and Virginia Beach. Reliance Staffing & Recruiting provides a highly selective matching of qualified temporary, temp-to-hire and permanent employees to businesses throughout Virginia’s Hampton Roads area.
DRA was opened in 1981 by Ed Greene and grew to a Chesapeake office and a Newport News office. With its extensive commitment to numerous industry organizations, workforce development partners and associations such as the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM), DRA maintained an extensive database of candidates and served many long-standing employers.
Contact: Catherine Cantieri, Communications Director, Reliance Staffing & Recruiting
303 Lynnhaven Blvd., Ste. 100
Virginia Beach, VA 23452