WorkForce Unlimited acquires Laurinburg operation

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WorkForce Unlimited, a full-service staffing firm based in Mount Airy, recently announced it had acquired the light industrial staffing division of Associate Staffing of Laurinburg.

The light industrial division consists of one branch office, managed by two employees, John Easterling and Amy Graham.

“The acquisition expands the 30-year WorkForce Unlimited brand and footprint and supports their strategic expansion efforts of key markets,” WorkForce Unlimited said in a written statement.

The transaction closed April 29, 2016. Terms were not disclosed.

In comments regarding the sale, Michael Norton, chief operating officer and shareholder of Associate Staffing, said, “Selling our light industrial division allows us to concentrate on expanding our professional staffing business, which has seen explosive growth over the past several years. With this change, we will be able to prioritize further growing a national presence in the professional services space.”

“Founders of Associate Staffing, Jerry and Allison Norton have known Teresa Lewis and Mike Brannock of WorkForce Unlimited for a number of years and have shared a mutually respectful and professional relationship during that time,” the written statement said.

“We wanted to leave our employees, clients and the community in the hands of a reputable and competent firm,” said Associate Staffing CEO Allison Norton, “and I am confident that we have done just that.”

“Jerry and Allison’s core values and focus on excellent customer service are aligned perfectly with the WorkForce Unlimited vision and values. Their business not only expands our footprint, but allows us to expand partnerships with a number of existing clients in other markets,” said Brannock, chief executive officer of WorkForce Unlimited.

WorkForce Unlimited is a regional staffing firm headquartered in Mount Airy, with 12 additional office locations throughout North Carolina and Southern Virginia. The company was founded in 1987 by Teresa Lewis, president and chairman, and is one of the largest staffing companies based in the Triad. For more information, visit

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