Merit Resources Acquires Top Des Moines-Based Staffing Agency, Portico Staffing The INS Family of Companies continues to expand their portfolio of business support solutions and expertise to better serve customers. DES MOINES, IA (December 23, 2015) — Merit Resources, part of the INS Family of Companies, announced today the acquisition of Portico Staffing, a Des Moines-based company that specializes in employment and staffing for a variety of industries, including accounting, finance, engineering and administrative. This acquisition will be effective December 28, 2015. Portico Staffing will retain their existing office space and continue operations out of their existing location. The acquisition of Portico Staffing demonstrates Merit Resources’ and the INS Family of Companies’ commitment to expand services that address their client’s specific needs and support their growing portfolio of business support services. “Access to talent with the right skills at the right time is a growing challenge for organizations, particularly here in Iowa. The challenge is not going away anytime soon,” says Merit Resources’ CEO Joel Duncan. “The acquisition of Portico Staffing better prepares us to provide solutions to this challenge.” Since 1989, Merit Resources has been fulfilling its mission of being a trusted partner for their clients by providing comprehensive HR solutions and expertise. Portico Staffing embraces the same mission. “My relationship with Merit Resources extends back to 1996 when I joined them and eventually became a Partner and VP of Sales and Marketing, “ said Katie Roth, owner of Portico Staffing. “Merit Resources continued to be a great client. They are a quality organization with quality employees. We (Portico Staffing) are excited to partner with and expand our services and capabilities with Merit Resources and the entire INS Family of Companies.” The acquisition continues the pattern of diversification and growth for Merit Resources as well as the INS Family of Companies, which has rapidly expanded in recent years to encompass a variety of back office solutions in the technology, communications and contact center fields. ### About Merit Resources Merit Resources, a member of the INS Family of Companies, is Iowa’s largest PEO. Established in 1989 in Des Moines, Iowa, Merit Resources focuses on providing a high level of customer service and assisting small to medium-sized businesses with human resources, payroll, risk and benefits management as a full service professional employer organization or PEO. By providing a broad range of HR services, Merit Resources offers an unrivaled suite of solutions to companies within numerous industries. For more information, visit www.MeritResources.com. About Portico Staffing For over ten years, Portico Staffing has been one of the leading employment and staffing agencies in Des Moines. Owned and operated by Katie Roth, who was recently recognized as Women Business Owner of the Year by the Des Moines Business Record, Portico Staffing is a full service employment agency which matches the top 20% of talent with the best companies in Central Iowa. They have been consistently recognized in the “Best Of” staffing categories and specialize in the following areas: accounting and finance, administrative and clerical, customer service, Engineering and Manufacturing, executive, human resources, professional and management, sales and sales management, and skilled trades. Whether looking for top jobs in Des Moines, or searching for top talent, our recruiters will work to find the right career, candidates, and job opportunities in the temporary, temporary to hire, and direct hire markets. Their mission is to place great employees with great organizations. For more information, visitwww.PorticoStaffing.com. About Iowa Network Services and the INS Family of Companies (www.iowanetworkservices.com) Iowa Network Services (INS) was founded as a “centralized equal access” company in the United States. Privately held by 122 Iowa Independent Telecommunications Companies, INS has had middle mile fiber optics in place since 1989. The INS Network delivers the latest in telecommunications services and continues to expand. Telephony, core network transport, Internet, dedicated fiber, Internet Protocol video, data center facilities, network management, technical support and contact center services, information technology, and HR outsourcing are among the many products and services offered to communications companies and enterprise businesses. The INS Family of Companies includes Alliance Technologies, Inc., an information technology company; Alliance Connect, a statewide competitive local exchange carrier; Merit Resources, a Professional Employer Organization; and Caleris, an Iowa-based company offering outsourced contact center services primarily to telecommunication and technology businesses. INS also is affiliated with iWireless, a statewide cellular partner with T-Mobile. For more information, visitwww.INSFamilyofCompanies.com. Media Contact: Jonathan Roth jonathan.roth @ aureon.com 515-830-0441 Jason Lamping Jason is the Marketing Strategy Manager for Aureon HR. Over the past 15 years he has worked with small to medium-sized businesses to support their needs in key areas such as technology and, most recently, human resources. He has worked with businesses in a variety of industries including senior living, healthcare, finance, legal, non-profit, and accounting. Jason is passionate about helping businesses ease their administrative burdens to support growth, efficiency, and productivity. Aureon HR provides expertise and solutions that cover critical aspects of running a business such as employee benefits, payroll, 401(k), staffing, and workers' compensation. By supporting these functions, we eliminate the time and need for business owners to manage the complexities of HR administration and enable them to focus on the growth of their organization.