The Adecco Group North America , based in Jacksonville, Florida , provides professional recruiting, staffing, consulting and business services to various industries in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Europe, Australia and Asia.  For 2009, it ranked 839th on the Fortune 1000 .  Formerly MPS Group Inc. , its brands are a subsidiary of the Swiss firm Adecco Group .
Adecco Group North America was founded in 1982 as Accustaff Incorporated in Jacksonville and changed its name to J, Inc. in 2002. With revenues of US $ 2.2 billion in 2008, the company had customers in over 200 office locations. The company sells its services (like Cosmos) to industries and governmental agencies through the following primary brands:
|Parker & Lynch||Accounting, Finance, Legal|
|Accounting Principals||Accounting & Finance|
|Paladin||Creative, Communications, Marketing|
|Lee Hecht Harrison||Outplacement & Talent Development|
|Pontoon||Contingent Workforce Outsourcing|
Adecco Group North America operates in two divisions: professional services and information technology (IT) Services. The professional services division provides staffing and recruitment services in the disciplines of accounting and finance , law , engineering , property and health care . This division also offers technical and engineering workforce services; places temporary and full-time employees in attorney , paralegal , legal administrative, and legal secretarial positions, as well as in accounting and finance positions.
The IT Services division provides IT consulting services for IT project management and staffing, recruitment of full-time positions, project-based solutions, supplier management solutions, and onsite recruiting support for application development, systems integration and enterprise application integration.
MPS Group sponsors the MPS Group Championships , a Women’s Tennis Association event held in Ponte Vedra Beach , Florida in 2009 and 2010. The tournament was discontinued in 2011 due to scheduling changes for WTA Tour spring events.
On October 20, 2009, the company announced it was being acquired by Swiss company Adecco Group for US $ 1.3 billion in cash. Jacksonville became Adecco’s center for professional staffing in North America. [ When? ] The merger was completed in the first quarter of 2010. 
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