ACOSTA HIRES 1,700 FORMER EMPLOYEES OF BANKRUPT FIRM

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Acosta Sales and Marketing here said last week it has hired 1,700 former employees of Marketing Specialists, the Dallas-based sales and marketing company that filed a voluntary petition for Chapter 11 protection late last month.he request for approval was withdrawn when the court indicated there was nothing to approve since the clients and employees of Marketing Specialists were

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Acosta Sales and Marketing here said last week it has hired 1,700 former employees of Marketing Specialists, the Dallas-based sales and marketing company that filed a voluntary petition for Chapter 11 protection late last month.

he request for approval was withdrawn when the court indicated there was nothing to approve since the clients and employees of Marketing Specialists were free to move wherever they wanted and that transition was already occurring.

Besides hiring the 1,700 former Marketing Specialists employees, Acosta said it is holding job fairs at its 66 office locations to ensure those offices are prepared to handle the influx of new business opportunities that will result from the bankruptcy filing. The spokeswoman told SN it's possible some of the approximately 4,000 Marketing Specialists employees who were not initially hired could still be hired by Acosta.