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General Employment Enterprises to acquire Ashley Ellis

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OAKBROOK TERRACE -- General Employment Enterprises, Inc. said it has entered into an agreement to acquire Ashley Ellis LLC.

The acquisition will give General Employment Enterprised substantially all of Ashley Ellis' assets, including properties, rights, powers and privileges of Ashley Ellis.  Specific terms and costs of the acquisition were not announced.

Ashley Ellis is an information technology recruiting and staffing firm with offices in Naperville, Atlanta, Ga. and Houston, Tex.

"We are very pleased to announce that we entered into this definitive acquisition agreement with Ashley Ellis," said Salvatore J. Zizza, General Employment's CEO. "Ashley Ellis will be a complementary addition to our core business and will also strengthen our operation with the addition of two talented Ashley Ellis executives who will join our General Employment staff."

Brad Imhoff, former CEO of Ashley Ellis, will serve as the chief operating officer of general employment and president of the company's Professional Staffing Division, and Katy Gallagher, former COO of Ashley Ellis, will serve as the Vice President of Operations.

"Brad and Katy are sure to bring innovative ideas and new perspectives to our organization and they will play an important role in our organic growth," Zizza said. "I am very excited about our future and the prospect of our continued growth both organically and through future acquisitions."

General Employment Enterprises, Inc. provides contract and direct hire staffing services for business and industry.  The company operates three divisions:  the Professional Staffing Division is a nationwide network of offices that specialize in the placement of information technology, engineering and accounting professionals; its Light Industrial Division operates offices in Ohio and Pennsylvania and provides labor and human resource solutions, including temporary staffing, human resources and payroll outsourcing services;. and its Agricultural Division provides contract staffing services to the agricultural industry in Florida.