Express Employment open house is tonight

Express Employment Professionals will cut the ribbon on its newest location, in Fairview Height, today (Thursday), followed by an open house, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The location is 314 Fountains Parkway, Suite E, Fairview Heights.

Express Employment Professionals is the largest franchised staffing company in North America. Recently, it reported that through the first six months of 2014 it put an average of 5,370 new people to work each week, up from an average of 2,509 in 2009.

“From the depths of The Great Recession, we have doubled the number of new people being hired,” said Bob Funk, Express’ CEO and chairman of the board. “The company is on track to employ more than 450,000 people by the end of the year.”

Additionally, through the first half of 2014, Express franchisees generated more than $1.3 billion in sales, posting a 16 percent increase compared to the same time in 2013 and surpassing the staffing industry average growth of 8 percent. Since 2009, the staffing company has achieved 152 percent growth in sales, surpassing staffing industry sales growth of 54 percent.

The strong performance resulted in Staffing Industry Analysts naming Express as the fastest growing major staffing company, and ranking Express No. 1 in industrial staffing with 14 percent growth year to date in 2014. Other areas of growth for Express were in administrative staffing at 25 percent and professional staffing at 19 percent.

“Our owners and staff members have a heart for helping people find fulfilling work. When you focus on people first, the rewards are not far behind,” Funk said.

Diana and Marc Voegele are the local owners of the Express Employment Professionals office located in Fairview Heights, which opened in March.  They also own the Express Employment Professionals office located in Glen Carbon, which opened in July of 2006.

“We have been very blessed that so many companies have chosen Express to fill their needs,” Marc Voegele said.

The company also celebrated the opening of its 700th franchise location in June 2014, helping entrepreneurs achieve their dream of small business ownership. Express added 41 franchise locations already in 2014 and hopes to add a total of 100 new locations by the end of 2014.

“We want to help get the economy rolling again and our vision to help as many people find good jobs by helping as many clients as possible find good people provides a good jump start for the economy,” Funk said. “There is an extreme sense of purpose and fulfillment when people are able to work and provide for their families. That’s why we’re committed to our long-term goal of putting a million people to work each year.

“The growth we’ve seen in our company is a testament to the culture of Express,” Funk said. “We have an incredible support team who is dedicated to helping people succeed at the franchise level, and our franchisees are personally invested in seeing their communities grow and thrive.”

About Robert A. Funk
Robert A. “Bob” Funk is chairman and chief executive officer of Express Employment Professionals. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, the international staffing company has 700 franchises in the U.S., Canada and South Africa. Under his leadership, Express has put more than five million people to work worldwide. Funk served as the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and was also the Chairman of the Conference of Chairmen of the Federal Reserve.

About Express Employment Professionals
Express Employment Professionals puts people to work. It generated more than $2.5 billion in temporary sales and employed nearly 400,000 people in 2013, and ranks as the largest franchised staffing firm in North America. Its long-term goal is to put a million people to work annually.

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