After losing a federal contract earlier this year, SureID is now searching for a new identify, selling its namesake technology to Sterling Talent Solutions and adopting a new name for the remaining part of its business.
SureID, based just over Portland’s west hills in Hillsboro, made technology that captured fingerprints and managed an identity-verification system for cautious employees and military installations. It operated a network of over 800 fingerprinting machines for people interested in applying for government jobs that require extensive background checks to obtain their criminal history records, and that business has been sold to Sterling for an undisclosed amount.
The rest of the company will solider on as Fortior Solutions. The loss of a big contract with the U.S. Navy earlier this year sent SureID into a spiral, laying off as many as 160 employees in May and hundreds more over the course of the summer, according to The Oregonian. It’s not clear how many people are left to carry on as Fortior Solutions, which will stay in the Portland area and take over SureID’s RapidGate security system.
New York-based Sterling runs background checks on prospective employees for its clients and also helps companies manage human resources tasks like onboarding and drug testing. It will keep the SureID brand for the network of fingerprinting stations: “This sophisticated technology addition to our screening solutions will allow Sterling to more effectively serve the needs of customers that demand fingerprint collection technology and FBI fingerprinting,” said Clare Hart, CEO of Sterling, in a press release.