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. Our solution was successful in their Crookston, MN manufacturing facility which houses 110 employees.


This company was working exclusively with another staffing agency that had 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 company 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 had a local branch office in the area for some time, we had already created name recognition along with a robust candidate pool. Our database of qualified candidates, from the Crookston community, plus Doherty’s positive local reputation helped leverage marketing initiatives specific to this client. In addition, Doherty proposed a compensation increase, motivated by real data from local 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.


Doherty coordinated a local referral program which led to 100% of available roles being placed within one month. 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.

As illustrated in this workforce success story, Doherty is familiar with the talent management challenges with 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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