Express finds new home on 20th anniversary
Owner says community spirit leads employment service to bigger success.
For its 20th year in business, Express Employment Professionals decided to give itself a special anniversary present: a new home.
The West Michigan-based staffing company moved into 1760 44th St. SW, Suite 10, in the Chateau Centre Plaza, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony May 19.
“The people and businesses of Grand Rapids have made these last 20 years great ones,” said owner Janis Petrini. “We are passionate about helping businesses and people be successful and are excited to share that in our 20 years of business we have helped over 17,000 people find jobs and over 800 companies find employees for their businesses.”
Express Employment previously occupied 3,800 square feet at 333 44th St. SW, Grand Rapids. The owner of that building is looking for new tenants. Express’ new location is 1760 44th St. SW, Suite 10, Wyoming, in the Chateau Centre Plaza. The new space is 7,600 square feet, Petrini said.
“Since our office opened in 1996, we have steadily continued to grow,” Petrini said. “When we moved into our last location we had seven team members, now we have a team of 20. We needed to make the move so we could accommodate our larger team and expanded service offerings. Within the last two years, we have added a full line of training and development programs to our service portfolio.”
Petrini said the firm also needed a dedicated space for training events, and the new location has a 2,500-square-foot training center that can accommodate groups of up to 50 people.
The space had been vacant for many years, so Express had the flexibility of building out the entire interior, Petrini said.
“We fully customized the office layout and training center design to meet our very specific business needs. We wanted to create a space that was welcoming and demonstrated our value for people,” she said. “It took a considerable investment to make this happen. Dan Vos Construction Co. helped with the interior build out, and Mary Dixon of Dixon Interior Design assisted with the interior design.”
Express added four staff members in 2015 and one in 2016.
An important part of the company’s plan for the next five years is to continue developing its training and development division, Petrini said.
“We have always taken a long-term perspective of sustaining success. For both our job candidates and clients, the services … extend beyond a placement or a singular role,” she said.
“We are already working with our clients to train their leaders through our Purpose-Driven Leadership Training series,” she said. “We want to continue to expand our training and development efforts so that we can become partners with our clients not only in talent recruitment, but also in employee retention, engagement and development.
“If we can help our clients be employers of choice, then it is a win for us, our job candidates, our community and our clients.”