In 1969, Bill Guss moved his family from New York to Hawaii with every intention of retiring. It was nice… for about a week. Restless, Bill noticed how much trouble a Navy shipyard was having in finding quality, productive workers for short-term projects, and the government seemed willing to pay for a simple solution.
Bill couldn't resist the opportunity, and Labor Services, Inc. was born. The company's original location near the beach in Waikiki allowed Bill to raise a flag outside of the building in the morning to signal nearby surfers that work was available that day.
The business grew rapidly. As the company's clients faced new business challenges, the Guss family found new business solutions—clerical staffing, receivables management and outsourced human resources services. "Business is the Engine of Society. Making Business Simple is our goal. ALTRES."
Each business line grew in its own right, but they all had one idea in common: Making Business Simple. It only seemed natural to bring all of the business tools together under one corporate label. And so in 1993 the group of family-owned businesses became ALTRES: ALTernative RESources for Business.
After several years of corporate expansion onto the mainland, ALTRES sold its mainland businesses and returned to its roots in Hawaii. In 2001 the corporate headquarters and service center was constructed on Kapiolani Boulevard in Honolulu to house the two Hawaii-based business units, ALTRES Staffing and ALTRES, Inc. (also known as simplicityHR by ALTRES).
Today, ALTRES Staffing is Hawaii’s largest employment services company, with four specialized divisions: Office/Professional, Industrial, Medical and Technical. ALTRES, Inc., under the brand names simplicityHR by ALTRES, is Hawaii’s most trusted provider of outsourced payroll and HR services.