Two consulting firms that help companies obtain agricultural and non-agricultural labor through the h-2a and h-2b guest worker visa programs have merged.
másLabor, based in Lovingston and Charlottesville, Virginia, has merged with AgWorks H2 LLC, based in Lake Park, Georgia, the two companies announced. másLabor is the nation’s leading provider of comprehensive services for employers participating in the H-2A and H-2B nonimmigrant visa programs, while AgWorks is one of the nation’s top H-2A and H-2B consulting firms, a joint release stated.
“AgWorks has a proven success model, with a deep compliance focus and highly knowledgeable leadership,” said Edward Silva, CEO of másLabor. “But as we and the market continue to evolve and grow, there are clear benefits to integration, shared systems and knowledge, and more active collaboration.”
Silva has been the owner of másLabor for more than a year, having purchased the company in July 2021. He said that the merger gives greater economy of scale and greater insight into the issues clients face in various geographies and industries. Together, the two companies obtain approvals for their clients to employ more than 60,000 foreign workers per year. According to másLabor, that is more than the next three largest service providers combined.
“Together, we have a detailed view of the labor market for the entire country as it relates to H-2 workers, across nearly every industry,” said Dan Bremer, current president of AgWorks. “We know the challenges, the opportunities, and we have best-in-class solutions.” Bremer will remain in a key leadership role to both másLabor and AgWorks.
Under the new structure, AgWorks will expand its service offerings to align with those offered by másLabor, including assistance with domestic job applicants, comprehensive audit services, and other visa categories. The companies will also consolidate their compliance departments and invest significantly in technology to provide clients with a more efficient and effective process throughout.