WorkForce Carolina celebrates 25 years

Jessica PickensStaff Writer

July 30, 2012

A typewriter, a phone book and Teresa Lewis

That’s how Work Force Carolina started 25 years ago.

“It all started out in 1987 with me sitting on the floor, looking through the phone book and writing letters to businesses,” said Lewis, owner of the temporary employee business. “Apparently a lot of people didn’t think we would succeed.”

A celebration was held on Friday to remember the success WorkForce Carolina, who partners with businesses to help them find temporary employees in Surry and Yakdin County. The business started in Mount Airy and opened a branch in Elkin 20 years ago.

“We were a long time employee supplier for Bassett Furniture in Mount Airy,” Lewis said. “We were invited when they announced the factory would be closing, to help out the employees and know what was going on.”

In the last 25 years, WorkForce has helped employ 1,750,000 workers, Lewis said.

“Recently one of our employees saw a woman standing on a corner, wearing a suit and holding a sign that said ‘I need a job.’ He invited her to WorkFoce Carolina and we recently found out she secured a full time position where she started her temporary work,” Lewis said. “We have helped secure a lot of jobs.”

Recently, Lewis’s son Michael has joined the WorkForce crew and has helped open the third WorkForce location in High Point.

“A lot of people ask me how long I’ve been with WorkForce Carolina,” Michael Lewis said. “I’ve only been on the payroll since January, but worked there in college and high school and was there in the old office before there was any furniture. I’ve grown up as part of WorkForce.”

WorkForce Carolina was named the fifth largest company and the 20th largest companies owned by a woman by the Triad Business Journal.

“The past 25 years have been so rewarding for me. It taught me that success comes from what we dream of and build,” Lewis said. “Anyone organization is as good as its staff.”

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