As of October 15, the GFMEDC assisted 20 projects. These projects span key industry sectors in our region including: bioscience, UAS/Unmanned Systems, agtech and manufacturing.
In addition to covering multiple industries, we’ve assisted projects throughout the Greater Fargo Moorhead region including multiple existing industry expansions, new company development and the recruitment of established businesses. Listed below is a sample of some of the projects we’ve supported this year.
DakotaMB (formerly Dakota Specialty Milling) is one of the largest suppliers of custom-milled ingredients and wholegrain blends in North America. The GFMEDC supported a 40,000 square foot addition to existing facilities to bring several product lines to Fargo. DakotaMB is investing more than $12 million and is expected to add 12 high-paying jobs.
Uncle Charlie’s Gourmet Snacks
Uncle Charlie’s Gourmet Snacks is a startup food manufacturer, regionally known for their snack products, Charlie’s Chow. The company was approved for a $50,000 microloan through the GFMEDC Growth Initiative Fund, used primarily for working capital and additional staffing to help them ramp up growing production needs.
Soiltech Wireless develops products that help improve crop production by providing real-time data and insights through wireless monitoring. The Soiltech solution provides value across an entire crop production cycle (growth, harvest, transport, storage). Its unique wireless sensor design monitors a crop from soil to storage, and its comprehensive cloud platform and services turn data into actionable insights. Soiltech recently announced Fargo as the location of its new Midwest operations hub and is hiring a regional sales manager to lead operations.
Weather Modification Inc.
Weather Modification is an aerospace technology firm upgrading aircraft with manufactured equipment for cloud seeding and cloud physics research for customers around the world. It also provides cloud seeding services to help customers to increase rainfall and snowpack or reduce hail. In the summer of 2022, GFMEDC assisted Weather Modification with a $22 million expansion adding 112,000 sq. ft. of production, engineering, and R&D space. The expansion is expected to add 14 new jobs paying over $28/hr.
NuTek Food Science
NuTek creates cost effective, clean label ingredient solutions for customers and partners. Nutek helps create great-tasting and affordable foods to enhance global health. During 2022, Nutek made significant investments to its R&D and processing capabilities which included significant investments in equipment and new space and the relocation of R&D lab and staff from Nebraska.
Boson Motors is a startup that builds autonomous utility vehicles and stationary energy storage systems designed for the agricultural space. Boson moved two employees from California to Fargo in 2022. They expect to add ten employees this year as they establish an operations center and begin planning and development of a permanent manufacturing facility. Boson Motors adds to the growing Autonomous Systems targeted sector.
The following are additional companies we have supported in 2022: