Having Trouble Finding Labor Employees?

Imagine this.

It’s Friday night.  You’re at the dinner table trying to enjoy a nice family dinner, but you’re worried about your business…

The last few years have been a challenge to recruit and retain American employees while growing your business.

You’ve tried just about every solution, but come up short.  Government programs such as H2B are unreliable at best. Local workers always seem to quit when it gets too hot.

You’ve increased your starting wages and begun offering competitive benefits.  But, it’s frustrating because people don’t stay long enough to train them properly.

If this sounds like you – you’re not alone.

Throughout the United States, thousands of employers are facing the same labor shortage challenges.

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Cutting Mountains of Red Tape From Your Staffing Needs

fullsizerenderMartin Recruiting and Consulting is your partner in business, providing a sustainable and painless solution for your immediate staffing needs.

We meet our client’s labor shortage by recruiting quality employees that are carefully vetted and informed of YOUR expectations.

Our primary focus is recruiting committed American citizens from Puerto Rico to work in the landscape and construction industries. Many of our recruits have transferable experience and speak English!

We service the following industries:

  • Green industry – lawn care, landscaping, irrigation, tree care, design build, etc
  • Farming industry
  • Construction industry
  • Manufacturing or Warehouse industry
  • Automobile industry
  • Hotel and hospitality industry
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Frequently Asked Questions

Are Puerto Ricans American citizens? Do they need a work Visa?

Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory and therefore Puerto Ricans are American citizens and do not need any special documents or visas to work.

Do they have drivers licenses?

Many of our recruits have drivers licenses; some even have CDL’s and heavy equipment licenses. With the right documentation a Puerto Rican license can be switched over easily in many states.

Do your recruits have experience?

Almost all have experience in some type of manual labor. Many have construction and landscaping experience.

Are there specialized skill sets that could be provided?

Many recruits are adept in carpentry, masonry, welding, electricity, mechanics, painting, dry wall, landscaping etc. However, we do not promise or guarantee any particular skill sets.

What is the housing and transportation situation for these recruits?

MRC requires our clients to provide adequate housing at a reasonable cost. We also require our clients to provide transportation to and from work and for the employees to do their personal shopping. It is suggested to provide a vehicle for the group so they do not have to rely on the company.

Do the recruits speak English?

About 20% of Puerto Ricans speak English fluently and many are conversational and speak and understand enough for the job.

How long do the recruits want or expect to work?

These recruits want a steady and solid employment opportunity. Some are used to working 6-9 month contracts and returning but many are looking for a long term investment and to secure a job they are happy with and make it a sustainable option by settling with their family wherever the job is located.

Why should we use your recruitment and staffing services compared to other options?

MRC is confident that our direct hire placement program is quicker, cheaper,
more reliable, more valuable and more sustainable than other options. No red tape!
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“We have worked with Clay Martin at MRC for over a year now. Clay and his team have surpassed our expectations for finding quality labor in a timely fashion. Without his service our company would not be able to accommodate the hundreds of clients we service on a weekly basis. Our company has been transformed with the help of MRC, making us very successful and a leader in our area. Best investment our company has ever made by far.”

-Wade Martin, Martin Landscape Inc. (no family relation)

Martin Landscapes Testimonial

“We created a great partnership with MRC.  Clay and his team are easy to work with and have a true passion for helping people.  They are committed to people and partnership.”

-Tina Miller, Director of HR, Mainscape Inc. 

“I never expected to have so many unfilled positions in the middle of our 8 month landscaping season. MRC helped me recruit and hire 7 employees in record time. Clay and his team accurately represented their services and have proven to be excellent communicators. They are a team I can trust.”

-Roscoe Klausing, Landscape Industry Certified, President & CEO, Klausing Group Inc.

“One year before contacting Clay Martin we heard of his niche recruiting business and we were intrigued. After the realities of the tight labor market revealed itself in Spring 2017 we reached out to Clay and he helped us place 4 new team members in the summer.

With a large commercial job on the horizon along with our regular customer’s requests for work, Clay’s recruits arrived on time as promised and started right away. The new guys have become valuable team members with very good upside potential.

Clay has followed up with us several times to make sure things are working out as planned and offered his insight into making this arrangement work long term. We highly recommend contacting Clay to have him help you with your labor needs.”

-Jon Newman, President, Classic Landscapes Inc. 

“Mr. Martin is one of the best recruiters I know and I have been in the HR field for more than twenty years. This man is not afraid of hard work, not intimidated by making the first contact and knows how to close the deal. Mr. Martin is dedicated to whatever he sets his mind to, open to change and self-evaluation and just those attributes alone make him an excellent candidate to own his own business in a field that he has already been completely successful in.”

-Iretha McCullough, Previous colleague

img_6178“I came here with a plan to work hard and give it my best and I am fulfilling that so far. I am extremely happy with this company and they treat me very well. I am thankful to MRC for recruiting me and providing me with this opportunity.”

-Luis, Recruit working in Sarasota, Florida

“I would like to support Clay Martin in his endeavor to provide this unique service. He repeatedly proves to me that he is an ideas man that will not let obstacles get in his way.  We worked together as labor recruiters in upstate New York, during which he developed into an invaluable recruiter, especially with regard to Puerto Ricans. He is culturally competent, linguistically advanced and professionally seasoned.  Using these skills Mr. Martin was able to help businesses transition to new and reliable sources of labor.”

-Peter Wawro, Previous colleague

“I’m honored to be part of this company. I have learned so many new skills and improved on others. I see a future here.”

-Pedro, Recruit working in Charleston, South Carolina

“I met Clay while working with the Tsa’chila Indians of Ecuador from 2008-2010. His success rested largely on his ability to motivate people with his seemingly limitless energy and to bring them together to achieve much more than they could ever do alone. Clay has always been able to envision opportunities before they materialize and he has an affinity for connecting the right people to catalyze the manifestation of those opportunities. He harbors a unique sensibility to cultural nuance and an ability to adapt to his surroundings, affording him a level of inter-cultural insight uncommon amongst his peers.”

-Ryan Dibala, previous colleague


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About Clay Martin

The first influences of MRC started when I was a freshman in High School and took my first Spanish class.

It didn’t take me long to realize that I was infatuated with the language and excelled at it. During my summer breaks, I worked for landscaping companies and was able to utilize my Spanish skills while working side-by-side H2B employees, from high school throughout college.

While attending Ohio University I studied abroad twice in Mexico, perfecting my Spanish. With the help and guidance of my brother who is highly experienced in the industry, I was fortunate to have an internship with ValleyCrest where I was familiarized with many facets of the industry and also served as a liaison and translator between the Spanish-speaking workforce and non Spanish-speaking managers. My goal was to find a Human Resources position in the lawn care and landscaping industry upon graduation.

Life had a different turn for me however, and I found myself enrolled in the Peace Corps, a dream I always had.

img_5901This experience brought me to Ecuador for 26 months where I got to work side by side some amazing people, get my hands dirty working outdoors and reinforcing my appreciation for nature. As I helped indigenous tribes with challenges such as reforestation and community tourism projects, I luckily gained an entrepreneurial experience. I realized that I wasn’t afraid to seek out and pitch project and partnership ideas to universities, agencies, museums, and government officials if I was confident in it’s success.

After Ecuador, I moved back home to Cincinnati and worked at the local Hispanic Center leading educational programs. In my heart I knew I wanted to continue with the Peace Corps, which led me to Panama for 2 years in my mid-twenties.

Afterwards, I landed a job in Upstate New York working for a dairy farm staffing agency.

I was responsible for recruiting, managing, and training employees from Mexico, but my specialty became evident quickly. I successfully hired hundreds of Puerto Ricans for the company while working remotely and providing interpretation services

In 2016, I was at the Bengals game, and my buddy asked me when I was going to start pursuing my dreams.

I always dreamed of starting a business and at that moment I knew I had a unique skill set and it was the perfect time to put it into practice.

img_5902That night, I was online for hours researching labor shortages that plague the green industry. I was immediately overwhelmed with the amount of articles about successful businesses struggling to find manpower.  It was obvious to me that I had to do something to provide quick and reliable solutions to labor shortages around the country. I knew with confidence that I could provide the answer.

I began to connect with people in the industry and drafted Martin Recruiting and Consulting’s (MRC’s) very first business plan. I heard about the Green Industry Expo in Louisville, Kentucky on a Thursday, had business cards made within a day, and on the following Tuesday I was sitting down for dinner with renowned business owners and consultants that I had read about in magazines.

One thing I’ve noticed about the lawn and landscape industry is that the people in it always give back.

I’ve seen people’s eyes light up when I tell them about my unique and necessary business and that’s what motivates me. I’m equally passionate about creating opportunities for my recruits as I am about providing labor solutions for businesses. Being a liaison and alleviating labor shortages is what MRC excels at.

How can I help you reach your dreams?

-Clay Martin

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