PE-backed Sterling Infosystems acquires HR Plus

Sterling Infosystems, which is backed by Calera Capital, said Monday that it has bought HR Plus. No financial terms were disclosed. Based in Chicago, HR Plus is a provider of background screening, drug and occupational health screening and fingerprinting services.


NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sterling Infosystems, Inc., the world’s most trusted background check company, today announced it has acquired Chicago-based HR Plus, a leading provider of background screening, drug and occupational health screening and fingerprinting services.
William Greenblatt, Founder and CEO of New York City-headquartered Sterling, said, “The acquisition of HR Plus is another important step towards our goal of building the world’s largest and most sophisticated background check company. We’re delighted to welcome the HR Plus customers and team to the Sterling family.”
“HR Plus and Sterling are already united by our strong customer-driven cultures and by our desire to provide the highest quality background check services. By joining Sterling, we are able to further expand the range of services and screening capabilities we offer to our customers,” said William J. Tate, President of HR Plus.
Through a combination of organic growth and strategic acquisitions, Sterling grew by 266% between 2009 and 2012. This notable performance is based largely on the strength of its people and its continuous technology innovations. Sterling was recently named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies for the fourth time.
About Sterling Infosystems
Sterling Infosystems is one of the largest background check companies in the world. Led by founder William Greenblatt since 1976, Sterling is chosen by over 25% of the Fortune 100 and over 20,000 organizations to help them hire and retain the right people. As a global background check leader, Sterling has 2,200 people in 12 offices in five countries. Sterling’s people bring expertise in compliance, client experience and applicant experience. Connected by the world’s most advanced background check technology platform, and backed by strong financials, Sterling continuously reinvests in its business to ensure it remains a global leader.
In December 2010, Calera Capital, a leading middle-market private equity firm, invested in Sterling in partnership with founder William Greenblatt and the company’s management team. For additional information visit:
About HR Plus
HR Plus, formerly a division of AlliedBarton Security Services, offers comprehensive employment and background screening solutions through a secure and easy-to-navigate web interface that can be customized to meet clients’ needs and integrated into most human resources workflows. Core services include background screening, drug and occupational health screening and fingerprinting. In 2011, 2012 and 2013, HR Plus was named to Workforce Management’s Hot List of top screening providers, and in 2011, to HRO Today’s Baker’s Dozen. For more than 40 years, HR Plus has provided thousands of clients with quality background screening solutions.