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October 26, 2009
By Jodelle Greiner

MARSHALL - Masterson Personnel not only wants to help people find jobs, but find jobs that are suited to them, said Donna Schlecht, business development manager for the employment service in Marshall.

Masterson, which expanded into Marshall in June, has been in operation since 1968 and has 20 offices in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Iowa, Schlecht said. Owners Greg and Dan Masterson are from Walnut Grove.

"We really look at Masterson Personnel and the client as a partnership, and communication is very important to us in forming that partnership," Schlecht said.

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Donna Schlecht, business development manager for Masterson Personnel, works the phones recently in her office in Marshall. The business expanded into two this summer.

The first thing for Schlecht and John Anderson, staffing coordinator, to do is glean all the information from both parties.

"We like to meet with each, the client and personnel," she said. "We get a good understanding of the business, job description, do a walk-through to understand the work environment and culture in the business.

"We pre-screen and pre-test, interview and go through a skills check list," she added. "We are really getting to know that person. Then we can start matching."

"I'd like everyone who comes through the door to have a job waiting for them," Anderson said.

"We do some temp to hire, direct hires, do some temp staffing," Schlecht said. "Light industrial to office."

Their staffing ranges from accountants to engineers, office assistants, food packaging, welders, assemblers, machinists and "forklift operators are one of our specialities," Schlecht said.

"We're very good at staffing on short notice and for large quantities," she said. "For some clients we staff up to 400 temps a day."

They work with five businesses in the area now, "but are looking to expand," Schlecht said. "The Marshall office has a 70-mile radius we support."

"Great community," Anderson said. "Great people, strong work ethic. I'm sure we'll have success here and in the surrounding areas."

The workers are employees of Masterson, not the business they work for. They receive their paychecks from Masterson and there are "incentives for personnel for good attendance and good performance," Schlecht said.

"There's a lot of follow-up," Schlecht said. "That's where the communication comes in. That helps us catch anything that might make it not a good fit as soon as possible."

Masterson also provides an on-site employee to help businesses manage large groups of people and helps with safety training.

"Our goal is to be an extra resource to enhance the productivity," she said.

"We are an asset," Schlecht said. "We believe in what we do and we do a good job."



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