Case Studies

Recruiting Local Talent in Rural Markets

Doherty Staffing Solutions (Doherty) offers a wide range of customizable employment solutions to meet each company’s hiring needs, whether it’s helping with large-volume temporary staffing, payrolling your contingent workforce, or finding the right professional to complete your team. We work alongside human resources managers, leadership team members, and other hiring professionals within your organization to ensure an efficient and timely process.
This workforce success story highlights how Doherty successfully utilized our employment expertise to implement a tailored solution for an employer in the seed and bean manufacturing industry.


This company is a leading organization specializing in the sourcing, processing, and production of organic, natural, and non-GMO seeds and beans. Doherty Staffing Solutions (Doherty) partnered with this company’s manufacturing facility in Crookston, MN, which is comprised of 110 employees, to successfully implement workforce solutions that attracted talent to the rural area.


This facility worked exclusively with another staffing agency with a national contract for all their manufacturing locations. However, there wasn’t a physical branch office located in Crookston, MN. Because of this, they weren’t actively recruiting or recognized in the local market. The agency would only send candidates who were not eligible to work in other nearby markets rather than recruiting new qualified talent. This facility had 12 openings, making up a considerable portion of their manufacturing workforce, forcing them to function under capacity. In addition to non-competitive wages for the local market, this led to increased turnover and slowed production.


Doherty’s solution started six years prior to this company’s employment challenges. Since Doherty already had a local branch office in the area, there was a pre-existing robust candidate pool and name recognition within the surrounding community. Our database of qualified candidates from the Crookston community and Doherty’s positive local reputation helped leverage marketing initiatives specific to this client. In addition, Doherty proposed a compensation increase backed by data from regional market wage surveys. Using Doherty’s employment expertise and strong analysis, the local facility’s representatives were able to successfully advocate for and achieve an increased pay rate for all employees.


By partnering with Doherty, this company began experiencing results immediately. One month after we first spearheaded their employment and hiring initiatives, this company stopped all other staffing agency contracts and partnered exclusively with Doherty. After a year of our employment relationship, this company now consistently has 15+ employees who are on contract-to-hire assignments through our program.


Key results include the coordination of a referral program which led to 100% of available roles being placed within one month, and over 15 employees consistently working a contract-to-hire assignment at this facility.

As illustrated in this workforce success story, Doherty is familiar with the talent management challenges of recruiting local talent in rural markets and knows how to apply our 40+ years of employment expertise to craft a custom solution that can work for your business.
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