Our Mission

Build a positive impact on both the lives of our PLS Pros and the businesses of our partners through genuine, lasting relationships that reflect our core values and beliefs.

PLS Values

At Professional Labor Support, our company values aren’t just buzzwords, empty promises or bullet points for marketing materials. They’re deep-rooted parts of our foundation and the fabric of our organization.

Safety. Family. Quality. Integrity. These values are guideposts that direct our long-term strategic vision and shape day-to-day operations. With these values always in mind, we’ve built a team of PLS Pros prepares to deliver unparalleled reliability, productivity and results on every project.

SAFETY
An uncompromising commitment to safety is the cornerstone of everything we do at Professional Labor Support.

Every PLS Pro quickly learns that safety is an action-based philosophy ingrained into the culture we’ve created at every level. PLS Pros are required to complete 18 hours of safety training before ever stepping foot on a jobsite. OSHA 10 safety training is mandatory, with OSHA 30 as well as additional trade-specific, project-based and many other safety training programs available to every PLS Pro.

Our partners can count on our commitment to safety and rest assured that jobsite accidents are nearly nonexistent when PLS Pros are involved. Simply put, working safely is our top priority for every PLS Pro hired, every project staffed and every outcome we strive to improve.

FAMILY
Professional Labor Support was founded on a commitment to loyalty and protecting the family formed through hardworking careers in construction.

Our PLS Pros aren’t just numbers, “hands” or faceless line items. They’re friends and family we look out for every day and want to build personal, long-lasting relationships with.

Our partners can count on management and our PLS Pros to treat others how they’d like to be treated. Any issues will be approached in a face-to-face manner from a place of genuine concern for our brothers and sisters. Take care of your PLS Pros so they’ll take care of you — that’s how we’ve approached building our PLS family.

QUALITY
Be the best by working with the best.

PLS Pros are held to the highest industry standards of quality performance in everything they do. High-quality results are assured long before PLS Pros reach a jobsite, beginning with rigorous hiring standards. Our quality workforce development program includes ongoing background checks and drug screenings, as well as continual education and assessments that ensure PLS Pros are tested and proven to perform.

Backed by OSHA training, National Center for Construction Education and Research credentials and platinum certification from the Associated Builders and Contractors’ Safety Training and Evaluation Process, we continue to produce trusted, high-quality industry leaders and PLS Pros our partners can count on.

INTEGRITY
We’ll never make business decisions for financial returns that will compromise our PLS Pros.

Each PLS Pro on every crew we assemble can trust that their fellow men and women are prepared, trained, certified and equipped to stand beside them and won’t put the job, their safety or reputation in jeopardy.

We make sure the companies we partner with, at their cores, share the values PLS was built upon and treat their people the same way we want our PLS Pros treated on every jobsite.

Our Story

John Black, Ryan Boyer, Ryan Ellis
Owners, Professional Labor Support

Professional Labor Support was formed from one simple goal: Be better at developing, supporting and providing safety-driven craft professionals.

We were successful former vice presidents and district managers from the largest construction staffing company in the country. When the economy tanked in 2009, we watched helplessly as that company turned its back on the workforce. The men and women we supported day in and day out weren’t just co-workers and employees. They were friends and family that lost their benefits and wages, and some their cars, homes and more.

That company had grown extraordinary successful with hundreds of millions in sales, but when things got tough, they took it out on the hardworking craftsmen and trade professionals who had literally built the company’s success with their bare hands.

When we saw the decisions being made and the direct impact they were having, we had no choice. We couldn’t sleep at night, couldn’t live with the decisions being made and found ourselves sitting in fancy boardrooms surrounded by people we didn’t want to be around.

We faced a moral fork in the road and said to ourselves, “We can do better.” We didn’t know how, but we knew we had the desire to do it better and treat people right.

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The story of the 300 Spartans standing up against hundreds of thousands of Persians at the Battle of Thermopylae has always resonated with us. The Spartan shield in our logo represents our protection of the people we employ, the safety we want to provide them and a sense of strength, lifelong training and brotherhood among our PLS family.

We founded PLS in Mahomet, Illinois, specifically because it was just far enough outside of our non-compete agreement with our previous employer. For over a year, we left our families behind in Indiana to live in one three-bedroom apartment and work out of a 10-foot by 10-foot space in the basement of a real estate office. We lived minimally, frugally and humbly. Starting the business from nothing was the hardest thing any of us have ever done, but we’re all better people for it. It was a lot, but failure was never an option. We picked each other up when needed, forming lifelong bonds and a brotherhood we’re all proud to be a part of.

The first companies we sold to were fellow members of the Associated Builders and Contractors, an organization we’d all been part of for years. We told them our story and assured them we’d hire good people, treat them great, train them up and be a great fit for their members. We went to 100 ABC members to find the first 15 or 20 who bought in, had enough work, believed in what we were doing and wanted to support us. We were in business. Years later, thanks to the grace of God and many miracles, our mission remains the same.

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We’ve grown, made some mistakes and learned from them over the past decade. We are not trying to be the biggest in our industry. We follow the philosophy of the 300 Spartans — they were some of the toughest individuals you could ever come up against, but they only kept the best of the best. There were only 300.

Find the best people we can and train them up to the best of their potential. Find the best contractors to work with who share our philosophy and culture. If you do those two things, you don’t have to be the biggest, but you can rest your head every night knowing you have the best workforce of professionals who are going to be happy. They’re going to be productive, they’re going to be safe, they’re going to feed their families and they’ll truly feel appreciated through genuine relationships with the company and their direct supervisors.

If you’re the best, come be a part of what we’re building because you want to be here and we’re going to treat you like gold. Where we’ve come from was so humbling that we’ll never act like we’re above you just because we own the business. Our PLS Pros are the forefront of our mission. Our job is to give them opportunity, to care for them and support their success.

 

Our Leadership

Professional Labor Support’s leadership Team partners with construction employers to advance the industries we serve, and directs the recruitment, development and retention of today’s craft professionals.

Ryan Ellis

Ryan Ellis

Owner, Chief Operating Officer

Todd Clayton, MA, CSP

Todd Clayton, MA, CSP

Safety Director

John Black

John Black

Owner, Chief Executive Officer

Stephanie Sanders

Stephanie Sanders

HR Manager

Ryan Boyer

Ryan Boyer

Owner, Chief Sales Officer

Greg Harris

Greg Harris

Chief Financial Officer