TrueBlue Acquires MDT Personnel, Accelerates Growth Through Strategic Acquisition

02/06/2013

TACOMA, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 6, 2013-- TrueBlue, Inc. (NYSE:TBI) announced today that it has acquired substantially all of the assets of MDT Personnel, a temporary staffing provider with 105 branch locations and more than 15 on-site locations in 25 states.

MDT is the third-largest general labor staffing firm in the U.S. and supplies blue-collar labor to industries similar to those served by TrueBlue, including construction, event staffing, disaster recovery, hospitality, and manufacturing. TrueBlue will expand the size of its general labor business by merging MDT’s operations with those of Labor Ready. The addition of MDT creates a TrueBlue organization with combined annual revenue of approximately $1.6 billion.

CEO Steve Cooper called MDT “an excellent match” with TrueBlue’s existing business, and said that the acquisition will enhance TrueBlue’s national position as the leading provider of dependable blue-collar temporary labor.

“Getting results is inherent to the culture of both companies,” said TrueBlue CEO Steve Cooper. “MDT is a high-quality company. I’m excited to bring our talented teams together so that we can create even more growth by addressing the needs of our combined customers and to attract new customers by delivering business solutions to them through the added expertise and scale we now offer.”

“TrueBlue has a full range of capabilities and is well known for its specialized temporary staffing solutions,” said Mike Traina, MDT CEO. “The additional resources TrueBlue can offer will enable our customers to continue to receive the quality service MDT has provided. Joining the team also opens the door to more career opportunities for our people.”

Cooper added that the decision to acquire MDT’s operations reflects the company’s overall optimism about growth in the staffing industry and that it will continue to pursue other opportunities to grow through acquisitions.

The base purchase price was $48 million with $12 million paid in cash and $36 million in assumed debt. An additional amount was paid to reimburse the Seller for excess working capital. The deal closed Monday, Feb. 4, 2013.

About TrueBlue

TrueBlue, Inc. is a leading provider of blue-collar staffing. In 2012, TrueBlue connected approximately 350,000 people to work through the following brands: Labor Ready, Spartan Staffing, CLP Resources, PlaneTechs, and Centerline, and served approximately 140,000 businesses in the retail, service, wholesale, manufacturing, transportation, aviation, and construction industries. TrueBlue, Inc. is headquartered in Tacoma, Wash. For more information, visit TrueBlue’s website at www.trueblue.com.

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TrueBlue (NYSE: TBI) is a leading provider of specialized workforce solutions, helping clients improve growth and performance by providing staffing, workforce management, and recruitment process outsourcing solutions. The company’s specialized workforce solutions meet clients’ needs for a reliable, efficient workforce in a wide variety of industries. TrueBlue connects as many as 840,000 people to work each year.