John W. Barfield

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John W. Barfield (born February 8, 1927 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama) is an African American businessman who served in the U.S. Army in France and Germany immediately after World War II. On his return, Barfield began working as a custodian for the University of Michigan and started his first business in 1955, called the Barfield Cleaning Company of Ypsilanti, Michigan,[1] which employed 200 people. Barfield has since founded a $2B workforce solutions business with 2,600 employees, which was named “Company of the Year” by Black Enterprise Magazine in 1985.[2] Barfield is a recipient of the George Romney Award recognizing lifelong achievement in volunteerism.[3] Barfield and his wife have six children and reside in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The Bartech Group, which was founded by Barfield, is a global workforce management and staffing solutions provider, headquartered in Livonia, Michigan, United States, with international operations in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Barfield died of natural causes in his home in Ann Arbor on January 2, 2018. [4]


  1. ^ University of Michigan, Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies. "John W. Barfield". Retrieved on July 17, 2013.
  2. ^ Dingle, Derek T. "B.E. Company of the Year: Barfield Companies". Black Enterprise, June 1985, pp. 110-118. Retrieved on July 17, 2013.
  3. ^ Northwood University. "20th Annual Award Ceremony - John W. Barfield". Retrieved on July 17, 2013.
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