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EXPRESS EMPLOYMENT PROFESSIONALS

to enter the workforce. The program includes a guide to interviewing. "Teachers are using this program profusely to
help students interview and know what
it takes to find a good job," Funk adds.

Skill BuilderS
Express specializes in placing workers
into positions in the commercial and
light industrial sectors. Roughly 70 percent of its available positions are commercial, with office services and professional services comprising the balance.
The company works mainly with small
and medium-sized clients.
"During a recession, there are plenty of people and not enough jobs, but
when the economy rebounds, we find
ourselves in short supply of quality people with marketable skills," Funk says.

"Even with the rise of automation in
manufacturing, someone is needed to
run the robots. We encourage people to
go back to school and learn the technical
skills needed in the workplace."
The company has 789 franchise locations, with 37 locations in Canada, and
has plans to reach 800 sites by the end
of 2017. Ultimately, Express has a goal of
opening 900 locations.
In 2016, Express employed 510,000
people. In late October, it set a new
company record when it reported 4
million hours worked by associates for
client companies in a single week. "I'm
incredibly proud of how hard everyone
here works to find the best associates
for our clients and pair our associates
with reputable businesses," Funk says.
"While other staffing companies are

posting deficits for the year, our sales
numbers have continued to increase,
which is a direct reflection of the character of our employees. They see the
value in our mission."

FranchiSee relationShipS
Express will mark 35 years of helping
people find work in 2018. Funk started
the company in 1983 after leaving Acme
Personnel Services, where he served as
first vice president overseeing Midwest

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