Spotlight in Business: TIDRA Staffing

tHello, we are TIDRA Staffing!!!

We are a local staffing and recruiting agency, serving Dalton and the surrounding areas since 2005.  Our portfolio clients include some of the biggest names in the textile and automotive industries.

RECRUITING, what sets us apart:

We offer low, competitive fees for direct placements. With a network of 4 full-time in-house recruiters dedicating nights and weekends, we can provide the very best candidates from our own database of over 10,000 applicants. Our daily call logs and walk-in applicants, give our clients the advantage over choosing previously considered candidates from indeed or

Our pre-screen process thoroughly covers over 15-20 detailed questions that help summarize the selection process, even before they are set-up for an interview. Resumes cover most topics but we feel the most honest answers come from directly contacting and building a relationship with our candidates. It is these intangibles that help our clients save valuable time when making an informed decision about the person they choose for the long haul…

STAFFING, what sets us apart:

superior customer service – our order response time and updates are unmatched

quality screening of candidates – we conduct extensive local and federal criminal background checks. And multi-panel drug screens are mandatory

safe and ready workforce – our candidates are always safety trained and properly equipped for each assigned job

accessibility to our office staff – after hours, weekends, holidays…I am accessible and able to accept almost any work request on behalf of my staffing coordinators

professional local service – our office staff are all local folks who are very knowledgeable about the people and places in Dalton and its surrounding areas

client awareness – our office staff also have a combined 30 years of hands-on and administrative textile mill experience, we know the type of employees our clients look for

client assistance – as an extension of our customer service, we can provide administrative paperwork to be completed here in our office on behalf of our clients

flexible invoicing terms – we can, within reason, custom fit payment terms to suit our client needs

TIDRApic510 North Glenwood Avenue  DALTON, Georgia 30721

Business Hours:

Monday – Friday 9AM to 5PM

Closed for Lunch 12:30PM to 01:30PM

Putting People to Work and Providing Superior Customer Service to Our Customers


Choosing Your Christmas Tree

Choosing Your Christmas Tree

Every year fellow residents purchase a Christmas tree and decorate it for the holiday season.  While there are a variety of sizes to choose from there are usually two types of trees, live natural Christmas tress, and artificial trees.  Which one will you choose this year?

Live Christmas treesChristmas tree with presents and fireplace with stockings are a very eco-friendly choice.  For one, live trees are sustainable resource, which means you can plant new trees and harvest them again.   For each tree harvested, one to three seedlings are planted the following spring.  There are several Christmas tree farms near by which helps to reduce transportation related emissions.  Trees also remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere replacing it with oxygen.  One acre of Christmas trees is estimated to produce enough oxygen for the daily needs of 18 people – an artificial tree, not so much.

Artificial Christmas trees, though convenient, are not exactly the best choice for the planet.  They’re made from petroleum-based, non-biodegradable plastics like PVC and other metals and glues making them un-recyclable.   According to the National Christmas Tree Association, 85% of artificial Christmas trees are manufactured in China, which means they have to travel a very long way, increasing our carbon emissions.

Live trees however, can be recycled or “treecycled” which is an easy way to return a renewable and natural resource back to the environment.   Trees are recycled when they’re chipped and made into mulch that can be used in landscaping and gardening.  You can treecycle locally during Keep Dalton-Whitfield Beautiful’s annual Christmas Tree Recycling event.  The next one will be on Saturday, January 3, 2015 at the parking lot of The Home Depot on Shugart Rd. in Dalton from 9 am to 1 pm.   Visit for more details.

Whitfield County Convenience Centers also accept live trees as part of their yard trimmings collection program that’s available year round. For the location nearest you visit or call 706-278-5001.  If you live in the city of Dalton you may qualify for pickup at the curb.  Call public works at 706-278-7077 to get more specifics.

If you just can’t have a real tree every year, do maintain your artificial one in good condition by cleaning it and storing it in its original box during the off-season.  Commit to using the same tree for as many years as possible.  In 2009 the environmental firm Ellipsos of Montreal found that “an artificial tree would have to be reused for more than 20 years to be greener than buying a fresh-cut tree annually.”

And, if you can’t bring yourself to use a tree that’s been cut down, do a search online for live Christmas trees in a planter.  They’re called potted or planted living Christmas trees.  Typically small in size, they’re safe to leave indoors for up to ten days.  After the festivities they can stay in the pot outdoors for up to two years.  Then, you can transplant the tree to your backyard.

Liz Swafford is the Recycling and Education Program Coordinator for the Dalton-Whitfield Solid Waste Authority.  Contact her at 706-278-5001, or e-mail

Get to know the Diplomat of the Month, Tim Rowe!

Tim Rowe January 14What volunteer organizations are you involved with?

I am involved with the Greater Chamber of Commerce, the Morning Rotary Club, and Providence Ministries.  Dalton Funeral Home also provides a meal and entertainment to Whitfield Place each quarter.  I especially enjoy when the Rotary Club helps with Special Olympics.

What are some of your favorite places to travel?

I love to combine traveling with a bike trip.  One of my favorite trips was to Bar Harbor, Maine.  I biked Acadia National Park for several days and enjoyed the serenity and beauty the park had to offer.

Who has served as your mentor?

I have known my mentor for most of my life and he is Mr. J.B. Whitfield.  Mr. Whitfield taught me lessons on how to run a business; but, most importantly Mr. Whitfield taught me to treat all people the same…with respect and dignity.

What lessons did you learn from your family about being successful?

I was always taught to follow my passion.  It takes a lot of hard work to start a business, but when it is your passion in life, you enjoy every second of the journey.

What has been your biggest triumph?

My biggest triumph was when I was able to start my own funeral home.  I have been in the funeral business for over 25 years, and it was extremely gratifying to be able to start my own funeral home and help families.