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Barrie, ON

VERTICAL STAFFING RESOURCES INC. announces today that it has acquired the shares of ESS DIRECT INC.

Vertical announced that it will be bringing its “Powered by Vertical” installment to the ESS Direct brand. We caught up with Vertical’s President and CEO, Anthony Calce to explain what this means to ESS customers and employees alike.

“The long-standing success, great relationships in their community, phenomenal leadership, opportunity for improvement and impressive customer base is what drew us to ESS Direct. People and their involvement in their communities is what makes a staffing provider desirable to work with. Vertical understands this very well. In understanding this, we are excited to declare that Darryl Simpson and Susie Parker (former ESS Direct owner and key personnel) have agreed to stay on permanently and for the unforeseeable future. Darryl and Susie will be laser focused and aligned in leading ESS to continued success and growth. Our partnership though our powered by Vertical brand will provide ESS, its employees and its clients a more robust service offering. We are future focused with technology at the fore front of our business model. The employees will have now access to an all-encompassed back-end service offering, this means their pay will be internal, streamlined, and executed through a proven process. Clients and employees alike will have access to a wider suite of technology and a larger refined service offering, unlike any other staffing provider in the marketplace. ESS’s divisional service offerings will be increasing to provide greater opportunities for all. Internally, the “Powered by Vertical” model will focus on eliminating redundancies. With a solid focus on realizing synergistic cost savings, ESS will be in a healthier situation to compete and offer back maximized cost savings to its customers. In the end, the result will be a newer and improved powered service, but with the same team.”

“We are honoured and extremely excited to be partnering with Vertical Staffing Resources after 20 years of serving Simcoe County’s business community. With the additional resources and access to the most advanced staffing technologies; we are very much looking forward to better serving our local clientele as well as further reach into the Central Ontario marketplace.” – Darryl Simpson (ESS Direct)

For additional media information about Vertical, please contact:

Harman Mundair
Corporate Communications Manager
Vertical Staffing Resources Inc.
P: 905.593.0937 ext. 1302



Vertical Staffing Resources Inc. is a Canadian owned and operated, permanent, and temporary recruitment industry leader. Operating coast to coast with physical offices in Ontario and Alberta, Vertical’s main competency lies in providing innovative and cost-effective workforce solutions to its customers. Vertical will be one of North America’s largest and most well-respected staffing providers.



ESS Direct Inc. is a full-service staffing provider in the city of Barrie, ON Canada. As a staple in their community, having just celebrated their 20th year in business, ESS DIRECT delivers quality recruitment services to the Barrie market and Simcoe County. What sets ESS Direct apart from the competition is their commitment, pride, and tailored focus on community involvement. They have comprehensive knowledge of the local job market and community.