Staff service company opens with ‘heart of servitude’

 

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

ROCKINGHAM — The newest business to open its doors in Richmond County is owned by a couple of transplants, by way of Michigan, Texas and Fayetteville.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Charlotte and Curtis Garth, of The Omega Professional Staffing Service

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Charlotte and Curtis Garth, of The Omega Professional Staffing Service

Army veterans Curtis and Charlotte Garth celebrated Wednesday the start of The Omega Professional Staffing Service at 912 E. Broad Ave. in Rockingham with a ribbon-cutting ceremony coordinated by the Richmond County Chamber of Commerce. More than three dozen supporters, including employees, chamber members and local dignitaries attended the mid-afternoon event.

Curtis, 48, is a native of Flint, Mich. Charlotte, 42, is from Fayetteville. Both served in the Army — Curtis served 10 years and attained the rank of sergeant while Charlotte served nearly four years and earned the rank of specialist — and were stationed at Fort Bragg. After the Army, Curtis Garth worked for the Griffin car dealership for 10 years. That’s how he and his wife were introduced to Richmond County.

Curtis said the couple originally planned to locate the business in Fayetteville, but it was while working at Griffin that he became aware of the needs of Richmond County businesses.

Despite Fayetteville’s larger population base — with plenty of ex-military personnel to re-employ — the couple selected Richmond County as their place to do business. It was the place, Curtis said, “with the greatest need.”

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com More than three dozen people attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday for The Omega Professional Staffing Service.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
More than three dozen people attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday for The Omega Professional Staffing Service.

The Omega Professional Staffing Service — TOPSS — aims to provide employers long-term solutions to their employment needs. Charlotte emphasized on Wednesday the quality of workers they planned to send to area businesses.

it was in 2007 when the couple first began planning the opening of their own staffing service operation but as the country suffered an economic downturn, it was a difficult climate in which to jumpstart a business. After all, they can’t put people to work if there are no jobs. Now, however, the economy appears to be in recovery, and Curtis and Charlotte decided the time was right to “get people back into the workforce.”

“We want to be that go-to person,” Charlotte said. “I believe we have the tools to make that happen.”

Curtis said the business was “more than just job placement.” It’s about putting quality people in appropriate positions to form a winning partnership between TOPSS, the employer and the employee. Charlotte said sometimes potential employees have a hard time conveying to employers what their skill sets are, and any delay can cause their potential to be downgraded. TOPPS can help send a clear message about what the worker is capable of doing, she said.

It’s a sign of better times, said Rockingham Mayor Pro Tem John Hutchinson.

The city, he said, “is glad to be a partner with you.”

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Richmond County Commissioner John Garner said an organization like The Omega Professional Staffing Service can help provide "an elevated workforce."

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Richmond County Commissioner John Garner said an organization like The Omega Professional Staffing Service can help provide “an elevated workforce.”

Richmond County Commissioner John Garner said TOPPS could be just the service to help provide the area with an “elevated workforce,” one that is responsive to the changing needs of the economic climate. He noted that today’s workers are required to have “more versatility, more technical” skills than ever before.

Chamber President Emily Tucker said the number of ribbon-cutting events such as the one staged Wednesday is a sign of a better economy.

“We’re glad you chose Richmond County,” said Evans Shephard, chairman of the chamber’s board of trustees and plant manager at Perdue in Rockingham, overseeing a workforce of 1,100 people. “I know how important it is to find good people.”

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Evans Sheppard, plant manager at Perdue with a workforce of 1,100 people and chairman of the Richmond County Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees, said finding good people to fill positions is important.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Evans Sheppard, plant manager at Perdue with a workforce of 1,100 people and chairman of the Richmond County Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees, said finding good people to fill positions is important.

 

 

 

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