Who We Are
The Ōnin Group is a Birmingham-based, privately held group of companies focused on people. Our core business is staffing, where we are among the top two percent of domestic staffing companies in sales volume and rank as one of the SIA’s fastest growing staffing firms year after year. Our staffing brands include Onin Staffing, Excelsior Staffing, A3 Solutions, Focus IT and Onin ProfessionalSearch. Our other ventures include Momentum Capital Funding, Momentum Equipment and Supply and Onin Timber.
Onin Staffing, our flagship division, was founded in Dallas, Texas in 1993 by Managing Partner Keith Phillips in borrowed office space, armed with only folding furniture, a phone and a desire to provide for his young family. Through the 90s the business grew under the name InStaff Personnel as Keith brought in other partners, including The Onin Group’s Managing Partner Hugh Thomas. As InStaff grew from 1 to 35 offices in the 1990s, Hugh drove growth in Alabama and Mississippi while Keith focused on Texas and Arizona. The relationship between Hugh and Keith flourished as Keith’s Texas partners began to move in other directions. In 1999 Keith sold his share of InStaff Texas and retained eight offices with Hugh in the South.
As the now Alabama-based company entered the new millennium, Onin ran around $8 million in gross revenue. Between 2001 and 2007, we experienced exponential growth as we hit $70 million in sales in 2007. While many other staffing services faltered through the great recession, we maintained profitability and positioned ourselves for a rally in 2010.