Minute Men Staffing was formed by Sam Lucarelli in 1968 with money that he had saved while working as a beverage distributor.
Rather than investing in a down payment on a house, Sam focused in on a different type of vision - to win clients' loyalty by redefining the term "commitment to service" in the nascent temporary help industry.
Sam's friends still recount how he initially balanced his full-time job as a driver with the demands of entrepreneurship. He would often coordinate soft drink shipments with plant shift changes just in case a foreman might be caught short-handed with personnel. A quick call back to the dispatch hall, and Minute Men would fill out the workforce for the day. It wasn't unusual in those days to see Sam driving workers to client sites in his own station wagon or even to duck in to a restroom at a fast food restaurant in order to change into his suit just in time for a sales call.
By the early 1970s, Minute Men Staffing was earning a solid reputation not only for responsiveness to customers, but for fair treatment of its co-workers. In fact, many of Cleveland's professional athletes during this period supplemented their off-season incomes by working for the company.
By 1972, Minute Men decided to respond to its customers' increasing demand for qualified truck drivers on a temporary, and eventually on a permanent basis. Transportation Unlimited, Inc. thus became the first offshoot on what is today know as the Minute Men Human Resource System. TU and Minute Men grew together steadily over the next two decades, following some of their client firms with national operations out of Ohio and down to the sun belt.
Today, with annual revenues of $250 million, Minute Men Staffing operates hiring hall facilities throughout the Midwest, Florida and New Orleans.
Harvard University and Inc. magazine have recognized The Minute Men Human Resource System as one of the top 100 American companies headquartered in an inner city neighborhood. Locally, Case Western Reserve University has named us to its Weatherhead 100 list and inducted us into their Family Business Hall of Fame.
We are proud of our more than 150 dedicated staff members and the accolades they have helped us achieve over the years. The awards look great on our walls, but what we really like to hang our hats on is our long record of community involvement. Our corporate giving program is proud to support the following organizations:
- The Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland
- The Minute Men Annual Turkey Giveaway (nearly 4,000 turkeys last year!)
- Coats for Kids
- United Cerebral Palsy
- Muscular Dystrophy Association
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1971 - Sam Lucarelli and Cleveland mayor Ralph Perk cut the ribbon to open Minute Men's first headquarters.
1996 - Minute Men breaks ground for new headquarters in Cleveland's Empowerment Zone.