Aerotek lands 4-year contract that is one of its largest ever

It will provide, manage employees across U.S., Canada for Solectron

May 18, 2004|By Jamie Smith Hopkins | Jamie Smith Hopkins,SUN STAFF

Aerotek Inc. has won a contract to provide and manage as many as 4,000 employees across the United States and Canada for an electronics manufacturer, a four-year deal that is one of the largest ever for the Hanover-based staffing company.

Solectron Corp., a California-based provider of electronics manufacturing and integrated supply chain services, has agreed to staff 18 of its facilities with manufacturing, light technical and administrative contract employees from Aerotek.

"They bring best-of-class models to us in terms of lean thinking, in terms of the systems that they employ and in terms of their creativity," said Dave Cooper, head of global staffing for Solectron.

Todd Gardner, director of marketing for Aerotek, said the company began managing the contingent work force at 10 of those locations in January and parlayed that into a formal contract. He said the firm will take over contingent staffing management at the rest of the sites by next month.

"This is a landmark kind of a contract for Aerotek," said Joe McAvoy, vice president of national sales. "We're looking to be that provider long-term. We believe this is just the tip of the iceberg."

Solectron has locations in more than 20 countries. It designs, manufactures and repairs products for customers in industries such as computing and communications.

Aerotek focuses on technical and commercial contract jobs. It is a subsidiary of Allegis Group Inc., which produced revenues of $2.6 billion last year and is a major global staffing company.

Aerotek founder Steve Bisciotti became the principal owner of the Baltimore Ravens football club last month.

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