QPS connects candidates
Area branch 1 of 50 in Midwest

By AMANDA VOSS - Daily News

April 23, 2014

QPS Employment Group on Friday afternoon in West Bend. The business moved into the Frisby House in March after Shannon Foan called the West Bend Chamber of Commerce inquiring about space to rent in West Bend.    
Photos by John Ehlke


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QPS Employment Group moved into the Frisby House with a goal — to give Washington County residents an opportunity to find work and connect with employers.

QPS, 304 S. Main St., is a recruiting staffing company that offers temporary, temp-to-hire and direct-hiring capabilities in four specialty areas — industrial, skilled trades, office and professional.

There are 50 recruiting centers in Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas. QPS employs more than 5,500 employees and works with more than 1,500 companies. They plan to have five in-house employees at the West Bend office.

QPS also has a branches in Fond du Lac and Milwaukee.

“So we opened the West Bend location to be able to connect our Fond du Lac location to our Milwaukee locations,” said Steve Waller, regional vice president. “To close that gap in recruiting to better service our companies.”

QPS was looking for a place in West Bend and saw the Frisby House.
 

Shannon Foan shuts down her computer Friday afternoon the QPS Employment Group office in West Bend. The business moved into the Frisby House in March after Foan called the West Bend Chamber of Commerce inquiring about space to rent in West Bend.    
Photos by John Ehlke

“We stopped in and met with them and it looked like a good opportunity for us to utilize the space they had available and it worked out for us, so we moved upstairs,” Waller said.

QPS shares the space with the West Bend Area Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber Executive Director Craig Farrell said QPS is a perfect tenant for owner Steve Kilian.

“We have so many members looking for employees. I am glad to see they have additional help,” Farrell said. “Virtually every member is looking to fill empty positions. It’s a perfect marriage.”

Waller said employees can do anything from general labor in a factory like packaging or assembly to skilled trades like machine operators or forklift operators.

“And we have a division that does professional placement. It would be more of plant management, supervisors and quality control people,” Waller said.

Waller said the response has been good since the office opened three weeks ago.

“We’ve had a number of customers that we’re working with already as well as we’ve had a steady stream of candidates coming in,” Waller said. “A little bit better than expected, which is great for us. So far, so good. We’re optimistic. We feel pretty good about the location. We feel good about the market.”

Having QPS in the area will help the economy, Waller said.

“It allows another avenue for the unemployed worker or the underemployed worker or just the casual candidate that is looking for something different,” he said. “It allows them for more opportunities to make connections with the open job placements.”

Call QPS at 353-3987, visit 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays or Thursdays, or visit www.qpsemployment.com.