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For TempStaff, winning awards has become as much a certainty as hot weather in July.

The past couple years, the list of honors for the Jackson-based staffing service has included being named a finalist for the Better Business Bureau’s Integrity Award.

The company was also named to the Mississippi Business Journal’s biannual Fast 40 list two years ago and has been named one of Mississippi’s Best Places to Work two years in a row. This year, TempStaff is again on the MBJ’s Fast 40 list.

When Carolyn Boteler founded TempStaff in 1981, it initially specialized in clerical office support, and that focus continues nearly three decades later, finding candidates for everything from entry-level receptionist positions, file clerks, customer service representatives and telemarketers to seasoned accounting clerks, bookkeepers and administrative assistants.

As TempStaff’s client’s needs evolved, the company added a permanent personnel division.

In 1990, TempStaff added the industrial division, which provided candidates for assembly line positions, forklift operators, maintenance technicians, housekeeping and other light industrial jobs. With the addition of the industrial division, TempStaff became a full-service firm.

TempStaff kept growing in the late 1990s, and in 1999, the company added yet another division, the professional placement division.

Shortly after Nissan opened its Canton manufacturing plant in 2003, TempStaff saw an opportunity in Madison County and jumped at it. The TempStaff satellite office opened in 2004.

TempStaff primarily services Central Mississippi. It has a wide range of clients, including manufacturing companies, call centers, government agencies, telecommunications firms and automotive companies. TempStaff is a member of TempNet, an international network of independent temporary staffing companies. TempNet’s 150 market areas across the U.S. and Canada allows TempStaff to provide employees throughout the state.

The success of TempStaff, Boteler said, is built around the company’s 16 in-house employees.

“Our seasoned staff is a plus,” she said. “Within out staff our employees represent over 136 years in the staffing industry, or an average of eight-and-a-half years of service with TempStaff. Because of the low turnover of staff, we have been able to strengthen the partnerships with our customers. The respect and support of each other has been vital to the overall success of our company.”

The economic recession that began in Dec. 2007 has sent Mississippi’s overall unemployment rate to 10 percent, which means the demand for TempStaff’s services has decreased on the employer side but risen dramatically on the candidate side. This year, over 2,500 employees have been qualified to work for TempStaff.


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