Case Study


Flexibility + Trust = Efficiency

Our Client’s Challenge

Our client, Ardagh Group, is a global leader in sustainable packaging solutions. They operate 56 metal and glass production facilities in 12 countries, employing more than 16,000 people with sales of approximately $7 billion annually. Ardagh’s vision is to be the preferred packaging partner to brand owners around the world, and their focus is on delivering customer innovation, providing an inspirational environment for their people, and creating sustainable value.

Sterling’s Solution

In addition to producing aluminum beverage cans and ends at their metal production facilities, Ardagh also is home to an engineering and technical center where they design and build can manufacturing equipment for their U.S. plants.

Sterling has been proud to partner with Ardagh for over 30 years. We have placed over 70 people in the past ten years alone, and 80-90% of the positions we fill are machine and electrical builders at Ardagh’s engineering and technical center.

The Sterling Difference

One reason Ardagh relies on Sterling is to help them efficiently staff their needs during production peaks and valleys. Sterling finds talent when Ardagh needs it most, giving them the flexibility to manage their labor costs efficiently when production is slower. Labor is any organization’s biggest cost, and Sterling’s staffing solutions allow our client to easily flex their workforce based on production demand.

Another reason Ardagh relies on Sterling is their ability to hire Sterling’s employees. The contract-to-hire model allows Ardagh to assess each worker’s quality on a real-time basis, increasing their quality of hire as they bring Sterling employees into their organization.

Finally, our 30-year track record with Ardagh has allowed Sterling to become extremely efficient when making a placement. We know exactly what they are seeking, so we present only the closest possible matches for their needs. This saves a tremendous amount of interviewing and on-boarding time, and it also ensures a higher quality match and less ramp-up time for new employees.

“The long-standing relationship we have had with Sterling means they have a deep understanding of our needs and our work environment. They know the type of person we need, they know the skills we look for, and they know the type of team players we need to have. This makes getting talent so much easier and efficient. We’re able to provide excellent service within our organization because we have the right people, and that is in large part thanks to Sterling.” -Bob Perez, Ardagh Plant Manager

Key Points

Using contract or temporary staffing is a smart strategy for businesses who experience fluctuations in demand. Temporary staffing allows a business to expand or contract workforce levels to right size labor costs according to need.

Long-lasting partnerships allow Sterling to develop an in-depth understanding of your needs and your company culture. This deep knowledge allows us to become very efficient when finding talent, which saves time and money for your organization.

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