A locally owned and operated commercial staffing agency plans to open an office in Lenexa later this month, its second expansion in the Kansas City metro area this year.
LSI Staffing, founded by brothers Ron and Rick King in 1986, will open the Lenexa office at 13021 W. 95th St. within the next two weeks, Ron King said.
The Lenexa office will be the company’s ninth location. Besides its Wichita headquarters at 250 N. Kansas, the company operates in Independence, Mo.; McPherson; Mesquite, Texas; North Kansas City, Mo.; Lincoln and Omaha, Neb.; and Denver. It has 35 employees. The company provides temporary staffing, temp-to-hire, direct hire, payroll management, on-site staffing administration, long-term staffing and custom staffing.
King said earlier this year the company expanded to Independence after it “successfully competed for and obtained a customer with high enough volume” to justify the office.
But LSI is starting from the ground up in Lenexa, where it is “naked, so to speak,” King said. “But we’re confident enough to think we can get clients in that part of the city.”
“We think we can successfully compete and acquire enough business (in Lenexa) to be profitable within a year’s time,” he said.
King said he and his brother were in their mid-20s when they started the company. Their first client was their dad, who at the time was a superintendent at Cargill’s flour milling operation in Wichita.
In the mid-1980s, he said, there were only about a half-dozen staffing agencies in the phone book.
“We just proceeded to go out and take customers,” King said of LSI’s early business. “We were able to find opportunities. A lot of it was the school of hard knocks, making mistakes … but generally we were able to learn from our mistakes and keep moving forward.”