With continued growth of international trade, FLS assists many multinational companies who import and export with their vital business communications — our interpreters bridge language barriers, whether in plants, board rooms, or offices.
In the 1990s, Alabama began welcoming foreign companies seeking a spot to build their manufacturing plants… all over the state. In 1993, FLS received a call from a Mercedes supplier who needed on-site administrative and bilingual assistance in Japanese. We began translating German documents for Mercedes soon thereafter and suddenly calls came from other newly based Alabama companies looking for skilled bilingual interpreters and translators who might locate for short or long periods of time. Thus, bilingual staff placement services became another important niche and one which we continue serving.
Our interpreters are not necessarily here in Alabama — they come from everywhere. There is a good reason for this. When we receive a request for an interpreter, the first question we ask is, “What is the technical subject that will be discussed?” We then go to great lengths to find the interpreter with the appropriate background and language so that communications will be optimum and the process smooth. One such interpreter was thrilled to be able to travel to Mexico for an annual board meeting, held in a very nice resort. The next year, we sent the same interpreter to Michigan in the middle of a snowstorm… not as pleasant, but the company was happy to see the same interpreter—they could just resume where they left off!