Our team came together in a big way to celebrate a magnificent milestone, the 50th Anniversary of C&A Industries, Inc. While we love any excuse mix and mingle with our co-workers, marking this special occasion with our owners, executives, and special guests made this event held April 27th in The Capitol District one we’ll long remember.
Where did we come from?
C&A was founded in 1969 by Larry Courtnage. With an Engineering degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in hand, he launched C&A as a one employee endeavor placing engineers in positions with Omaha area employers. He officed out of this basement with a simple set up; a folding table, rolodex, and phone line. From there he established a vision for his company, honed it over time, and built relationships one by one.
Where are we today?
Larry’s undeniable entrepreneurial spirit coupled with years of hard work has paid off in remarkable ways. Since his first day on the job 50 years ago, C&A has grown by leaps and bounds.
Today, C&A is the parent company of a portfolio of four specialized staffing and recruitment firms, Aureus Medical Group®, Aureus Group®, AurStaff®, Celebrity Staff; FocusOne Solutions®, a managed services provider; AurTravel®, a full-service travel agency, and AurHomes®, a corporate housing provider.
C&A employs nearly 700 corporate employees in addition to thousands of contract employees across the country. Ranked as the 27th largest staffing firm nationally, our largest affiliate, Aureus Medical, is the 7th largest healthcare staffing firm with customers in all 50 states. Locally, we’ve been named one of the Best Places to Work in Omaha eight times. And this year we’ve been honored with the Sustained Excellence Award.
C&A’s presence and reputation extends beyond the staffing industry. In 2001, Larry launched The Kim Foundation, a non-profit, family foundation dedicated to improving the lives of those impacted by mental illness and suicide through advocacy, education, and support. The Foundation’s programming, partnerships, and funding initiatives have made a substantial mark locally, statewide, and at the national level. It’s something all of us at C&A are very proud of.
As we celebrated 50 years at our big bash in April over fantastic food and live music spanning the decades, we couldn’t help but feel the significance of the occasion. Often as we go about our days, our attention is on the here and now and how to best prepare for tomorrow. But in moments like these, it’s awesome to look back at how we got here and how far we’ve come.
Not everyone enjoys turning 50. But in our case, we’re glad to celebrate this big milestone.
Happy Anniversary to C&A and to our entire and extraordinary team.