2019 Progress Businesses
These local businesses support the local arts, theater, and entertainment in our region.
Founded in 1980, Elwood Staffing®, a privately owned corporation, is a leading provider of talent-based solutions and actionable workforce intelligence. With offices that span the United States, a broad service portfolio, and a seasoned staff, we support companies through the entire employment life cycle—from attraction to retention. The Bristol, Tennessee, office has been open since March 2015 and is one of Elwood’s nine Tennessee offices.
In 1980 David L. Elwood, Ph.D., founded Elwood Consulting, a provider of pre-employment testing services, as a way of supplementing the income of his private practice in psychology in Columbus, Indiana. In the early 1990s, based on client request, the company's service offerings were expanded to offer a full range of temporary staffing services. By 1996, the company reached $1 million in sales, and the following year a new brand name—Elwood Staffing—was selected to more accurately reflect the business' primary activities. Since 2001, Elwood Staffing has acquired numerous companies, including the 2013 acquisition of SOS Employment Group, which doubled its staff size and service footprint. As of 2018, Elwood employs over 1,100 permanent, full-time employees and operates 195 branches and 80 on-site locations.
At Elwood Staffing®, customers are the driving force in all we do. We primarily serve three customers: Client Companies, Elwood Associates, and Corporate Employees. We treat client companies as strategic business partners with shared goals. We expect clients to bring us their challenges. In fact, client challenges are the reason we exist. These opportunities create the demand for our services. We exist to help our clients solve staffing and human resource problems and challenges.
We treat Elwood associates with dignity and respect at all times. Our staff provides a courteous and positive environment for our associates. We take accountability for the service we provide and the job matches we make. We do everything we can to make the best possible match, and we use outcome results and feedback to scrutinize ourselves and continuously improve. It is critical we do our jobs correctly so our associates can do their jobs correctly, because without them, we could not meet our customers' needs.
Corporate employees are key to our competitive advantage. Our success depends on our ability to:
Identify and hire the very best and brightest employees.
Train and develop employees to their fullest potential.
Empower employees to use their knowledge, skills, and talents to meet company objectives.
Provide compensation, benefits, opportunities, and personal fulfillment such that working anywhere else would be unattractive.
At Elwood Staffing, we believe a strong foundation starts with great people. We hire the industry's best and brightest, then we indoctrinate them into our culture of believing in purple. This culture embodies Superior Customer Service, family values, growth, integrity under all circumstances, and a commitment to delivering results that drive success. When we inject smart business and strategy into this purple-charged culture, we create an experience our associates, clients, and internal staff crave. This kind of experience is what separates us from the pack and rewards us with market success in the form of healthy branches and growth. Together, we create the Elwood Experience. Together, we are the Power Behind the Purple.
At Elwood, we like to talk about our T.L.C. approach to service delivery. In other words, how Elwood thinks, how Elwood listens, and how Elwood cares. Elwood’s passion for caring extends beyond our commitment to making the best match for both job seekers and employers and encompasses being good corporate citizens and community partners. From corporate support of local community organizations to more individualized volunteerism, we're always finding ways to give back and show how much we care. And by serving inside and outside our office walls, great things happen. Businesses prosper. Friends and neighbors succeed. Communities grow.