StrongLead Staffing connects employers in the Catawba Valley with quality workers from Puerto Rico.


In 2018, StrongLead helped local businesses fill over 30 jobs with qualified, eager, and capable workers from Puerto Rico. We did this by partnering with universities, churches, and government agencies in Puerto Rico to find talented individuals who were eager to move to Catawba County in order to pursue the opportunities here. In 2019, our goal is to use this “bridge with Puerto Rico” to fill up to 200 local jobs in manufacturing, healthcare, administration, construction, and education.


The workforce in Catawba County is not keeping up with the demands of our growing economy. Recent reports estimate nearly 4,000 unfilled jobs in our local community.


If your company/organization is hiring in 2019, here are some key elements of this initiative to help you know if it’s a good fit for your hiring plans:

  • Puerto Ricans are fully legal U.S. citizens who are ready to work immediately.
  • Our vetting process focuses on ensuring that each employee is eager to work, motivated to succeed, and capable of contributing immediately.
    The cost to place each worker is $5,000, which includes relocation costs and placement service costs.
  • The cost is considerably lower than what employers pay temp agencies or placement services.
  • All of the workers placed in 2018 are prospering and many of them have been promoted. These are high quality individuals!


We’d be delighted to help you know if partnering is a good fit for your company. To arrange a time to discuss and answer any questions, please contact Ethan Schronce as soon as possible. Ethan can be reached via email at

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