Staffing firm earns top honor for performance

Spherion Staffing Services recently received top honors for its sales performance and its Willamsport office had a lot to do with helping it earn that distinction.

Each year, the company recognizes select offices nationwide for top revenue performance. In 2013, the Williamsport branch at 459 River Ave., was among nine offices honored, according to Don Ruggery Jr., owner and executive vice president of operations.

In addition to Williamsport, Ruggery operates Spherion offices out of Altoona, Bedford, Johnstown, Connellsville, Canonsburg, Greensburg, State College, and York.

“The Williamsport office is obviously one of our nine offices, but it’s one of our top three offices,” he said.

The Performance Forum Award recognizes consistent outstanding revenue growth and performance.

Ruggery made it clear that the award isn’t something that just came about through luck or chance.

“What it (award) consists of is being a unit that increases sales each year and maintains a certain level of sales,” he said. “Finally, you have to have business plans that track that growth.”

He said the Willamsport branch has been a good fit for Spherion since it’s been here. Spherion matches prospective employees with employers.

“We have a very nice mix of business in Williamsport,” he said. “Logistics transportation and warehousing are big with us. There’s consumer retail product manufacturing and call center work.”

Work related to the natural gas industry has brought Spherion clients as well. That doesn’t mean Spherion doesn’t face its share of challenges locally.

“We exist in a market that is not exactly screaming with new companies coming to town,” he explained. “For us to grow in Williamsport and State College is definitely a testament to our internal staff. It means knowing the customers’ needs and customizing recruiting to our customers’ needs.”

Spherion Regional Manager Amanda Wright said she expects a good year in 2014 for the Williamsport office.

“There is so much happening in this region,” she said. “I am very optimistic. Last week, we placed 37 people, and it’s only getting busier.”

The office is looking to place personnel in manufacturing and skilled positions. And with summer coming, many college students will be looking for seasonal employment.