Our Story

A history of personalized service with a family spirit.


Western North Carolina’s staffing agency of choice since 1981. Personnel Services Unlimited, Inc. is an independently owned staffing and recruiting firm headquartered in Shelby, NC, with branch offices in Gastonia and Forest City, NC.

PSU is a second-generation, family-owned business founded in 1981 by Beverly Shuford.

In 1981, Ms. Shuford founded PSU on the principles of:

  • Personalized service
  • Thorough screening
  • Precise matching of candidates to client needs
  • Comprehensive training

It is a plan that works. Our commitment to these principles has allowed us to prosper and grow for more than 40 years. Tim Blackwell, the son of Ms. Shuford, joined the firm in 1981 and became president after her retirement in 2000. Tim understands, “It is our employees that really differentiate us from our competitors. Companies don’t do business with companies…people do business with people! And we are fortunate to have knowledgeable and dedicated employees who strive to exceed customer expectations every day.” Our staff is committed to customer service and our clients’ success, and it’s a formula that works!

Over the past four decades, PSU has grown to include three offices with two divisions, temporary staffing and professional placement. Specific services include temporary staffing, planned staffing with on-site management capabilities, temp-to-hire, payrolling, direct placement, contract staffing and human resource administrative support. Since our beginning, we have served hundreds of clients and made more than 50,000 placements!

Independent ownership allows us to focus on providing service-oriented and flexible solutions. At PSU, we can customize our service to meet your needs and the needs of our employees.

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