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U.S. manufacturing shows some improvement

June 1, 2009

There were signs of improvement in the U.S. manufacturing sector in May. Although economic activity in the sector continued to decline, it was at a slower pace than in previous months, the Institute for Supply Management reported today. The institute's key purchasing mangers' index for manufactur...


Online job ads rise month-over-month

June 1, 2009

U.S. online advertised jobs rose by 250,000 in May to almost 3.4 million from April's numbers, according to The Conference Board's measure of online help-wanted ads released today. Still online jobs ads remained down 25% year-over-year in May. "April and May are both months when businesses typi...


Physician placement firms merge

June 1, 2009

Physician search firms Medicus Partners LP, of Dallas, and The MD Firm Inc., of Atlanta, signed a deal to merge. The companies will operate under the name The Medicus Firm LLC. Terms of the deal were not announced. Crutchfield Capital Corp. served as adviser to both parties. The new company has a...


Physician placement firms merge

June 1, 2009

Physician search firms Medicus Partners LP, of Dallas, and The MD Firm Inc., of Atlanta, signed a deal to merge. The companies will operate under the name The Medicus Firm LLC. Terms of the deal were not announced. Crutchfield Capital Corp. served as adviser to both parties. The new company has...


ATS and Dunhill become Talagy

June 1, 2009

ATS Services and Dunhill Staffing Systems have a new owner and new name, Talagy. The Jacksonville FL-based company also has a new management team. The Jacksonville Business Journal reported that Derek Mercer, the nephew of ATS founder Delores Kesler, has acquired the company. The company announce...


ATS and Dunhill become Talagy

June 1, 2009

ATS Services and Dunhill Staffing Systems have a new owner and new name, Talagy. The Jacksonville FL-based company also has a new management team. The Jacksonville Business Journal reported that Derek Mercer, the nephew of ATS founder Delores Kesler, has acquired the company. The company announ...


M&A firms making you an offer

June 1, 2009

Merger & acquisition advisory firms are approachable, and several are willing to speak with staffing firms of any size for a limited time without obligation. Staffing Industry Analysts' Director of Research and Analysis Jon Osborne writes about this in The Contingent Blog. For the full blog, clic...


Group protests warehouse temp conditions

May 29, 2009

A union group called Warehouse Workers United blocked an intersection in Southern California on Thursday by handcuffing people around a forklift in the middle of the road in an effort to focus attention on warehouse workers. The group, in a press release, said it wants to convince companies in...


Longtime Heidrick board member resigns

May 29, 2009

Longtime Heidrick & Struggles International Inc. (NASD: HSII) board member Gerard Roche resigned, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Roche had served in several top roles at the company over the years. Roche joined Heidrick in 1964 as an executive recruiter an...


New estimate - GDP down 5.7%

May 29, 2009

Real gross domestic product in the U.S. decreased at an annual rate of 5.7% in the first quarter, according to a new preliminary estimate by the U.S. Department of Commerce. The decline was up from a previous estimate of a 6.1% decline. Real GDP decreased by 6.3% in the fourth quarter.