World's largest temp agency moving North American headquarters to Jacksonville

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Adecco Group, the world's largest staffing company and provider of human resources solutions, announced plans to relocate its North American headquarters for from Melville, N.Y., to Jacksonville.

In 2010, Adecco purchased Jacksonville-headquartered Modis and its parent MPS Group. The proposed corporate headquarters relocation will add 185 full-time, high-paying jobs and invest $3.4 million into the local economy.

"We appreciate the efforts of city and state economic development officials, including Mayor Alvin Brown and Gov. Rick Scott," said Bob Crouch, Adecco's CEO. "They've made this project possible. We look forward to coordinating with local officials in the coming weeks to work through the final steps of this process."

The Adecco Group, which is based in Zurich, Switzerland, employs more than 31,000 full-time workers around the world. In 2013, Adecco Group's revenue totaled approximately 19.5 billion (EUR) with approximately $5 billion U.S. dollars generated in North America.

Brown applauded Adecco's expansion in Jacksonville.

"Global corporations increasingly consider Jacksonville a great place to invest and do business," said Brown. "Employees love to live, work and play in Northeast Florida, and the result is a growing and vibrant local and regional economy with more well-paying jobs that benefit families and our neighborhoods."

Fredrik Eliasson, board chair for JAXUSA Partnership, the economic development arm of the JAX Chamber, also sees the potential in Adecco's arrival.

"The move is yet another example of a large company relocating to Jacksonville after its initial exposure to our city," Eliasson said. "Companies impressed with the region and our business climate ultimately decide to make a larger investment here, too. This project is a major win because another corporation is moving its headquarters to our region. Headquarters relocation projects are at the very top of our target list because they bring higher-paying jobs and corporate decision-makers who contribute to our community and improve our overall quality of life."

The city will support the expansion with legislation to be filed with City Council.

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