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Business is Booming

Greater Fargo Moorhead continues to thrive, even as other communities and regions around the country are struggling, due to an economy that is both broad and diverse. We’re growing in population, employment and job creation, and it’s all due to a strong and expanding base of traditional and high-tech, emerging industries. In the tech-based industries, companies here benefit from the clustering effect, with advice, guidance and support all readily available from leaders who have walked the same path.

The list of industries in this section is not exhaustive – companies in several more sectors are doing very well here – but this should give you an idea of who and what makes up our economic base.

Some of our largest employers include divisional, regional, national and global headquarters & facilities for Microsoft Business Solutions, Bobcat Co., John Deere Electronic Solutions, Border States Electric Supply, RDO Equipment Co., Sanford Medical Center, Titan Machinery and American Crystal Sugar.

FM's Largest Employers

All Industries

Company Product/Service
Sanford Fargo Medical Center Healthcare Services
North Dakota State University Education
Essentia Health Hospitals
Fargo Public School District # 1 Education
West Fargo Public School District #6 Education
Noridian Healthcare Solutions Insurance
U.S. Bank Financial Services
Fargo VA Healthcare System Healthcare Services
Microsoft IT
Integrity Windows and Doors Manufacturing
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota Insurance
City of Fargo Government
Moorhead Area Public Schools Education
Hornbacher’s Food Groceries
Eventide Senior Living Communities Healthcare Services
Wanzek Construction, Inc. Construction

For a larger listing of Fargo Moorhead Major Businesses, visit The Chamber Fargo Moorhead and West Fargo

Source: FMWF Chamber, Full time equivalent employee counts as of October 2017




Company  Product/Service
The Marvin Company Windows
John Deere Electronic Solutions Electronic Systems
Cardinal IG Company Windows
Caterpillar Reman Drivetrain Remanufacturing
Weisgram Metal Fab Inc. Metal Fabrication
GPK Products, Inc. Pipe and Plastic Fittings
Tecton Products Custom Pultrusions
TrueNorth Steel Steel
Amity Technology Ag Equipment Manufacturing
Korber Medipak Systems Pharmaceutical Equipment Manufacturing
Pactiv Food Packaging Manufacturing
Minnkota Windows Windows
Trail King Trailer Manufacturing
Crary Industries Ag Equipment Manufacturing
CNH Industrial Construction Equipment
Appareo Systems Ag & Aviation Manufacturing
Bobcat Americas Construction Equipment


Value Added Agriculture


Company Product/Service
American Crystal Sugar Company Agricultural Processing
Red River Commodities Agricultural Processing
Pan-O-Gold Baking Co. Bread and Bakery Manufacturing
Cargill Multi-Seed Processing Agricultural Processing
Busch Agri-Resources Malting
Dakota Specialty Milling Food Manufacturing
Abbiamo Pasta Company Food Manufacturing




Company Product/Service
Food Services of America Food Products
Thrifty White Drug Phamaceuticals
Border States Electric Electrical Supply
Spartan Nash Food Products
SuperValu Food Products
Swanson Health Products Vitamin and Supplement Distribution
Sysco Food Products


Back Office


Company Product/Service
U.S. Bank Service Center Customer Service
Noridian Administrative Services Medicare/Medicaid Claims
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota Healthcare
Discovery Benefits Customer Service
Integreon Managed Solutions Business Services


Software & Hardware Development


Company Product/Service
Microsoft Software Development
John Deere Electronic Solutions Electronics & Software Development
WEX Health Healthcare Payment Solutions
Appareo Systems Electronics & Software Development
ByteSpeed Computer Manufacturing
DakTech  Computer Manufacturing
CoSchedule Social Media Technology
Botlink Automated Drone Flight Software
BNG Payment Technology
True IT Business Focused Technology
Bushel Agriculture Business Technology
Pedigree Technologies Software Development
Stoneridge Software Accounting & Operations Software
Packet Digital Electronics & Software Development


Corporate Headquarters


Company Product/Service
RDO Equipment Co. Farm Equipment
Border States Electric Supply Electrical, Industrial, Utility and Data Communication Supplies
Bobcat Americas Construction Equipment
Butler Machinery Farm & Construction Equipment
Scheels Sporting Goods
Bell Bank Banking
Blue Cross Blue Shield ND Insurance
Noridian Healthcare Solutions Health Insurance
Amity Technology Ag Tech

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

North Dakota has been at the forefront of shaping the UAS industry since 2005 when the Grand Forks Air Force Base was realigned from a KC-135 tanker mission to a UAS mission. Since that time the vision and efforts of many North Dakota leaders has positioned our region as one of the global leaders for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) research, development, and commercialization.

In 2013, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that North Dakota would be one of six UAS test sites to focus on drone research and operations with the goal of integrating UAS into the national airspace system (NAS).

More recently, in 2018, the US Department of Transportation announced that North Dakota had been selected as one of ten participants in the UAS Integration Pilot Program (IPP) and one of three participants selected for the UAS Traffic Management (UTM) Pilot Program (UPP). This makes North Dakota one of only three states to possess all three designations – UAS Test Site, IPP, and UPP.

The state of North Dakota, during the 2019 legislative session, appropriated $33 million to continue advancing the regional UAS ecosystem.

  1. $28 million – Statewide BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line of Site) infrastructure buildout
  2. $ 3 million – upgrade existing UAS infrastructure at Grand Sky UAS Business Park
  3. $ 2 million – operations at the state’s Northern Plains UAS Test Site (NPUASTS)

In the Greater Fargo Moorhead region, we are proud to support the growth of the larger UAS ecosystem through a robust pool of software and technology talent and a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem. By leveraging our capabilities as a world class developer and manufacturer of agricultural technology and equipment, the crossover potential where UAS meets agriculture is limitless. If there is anywhere to create and develop innovative solutions in unmanned and autonomous systems and agriculture, it is definitely here.

  • The state’s “Legacy Investment for Technology (LIFT) program offers 0% interest loans to fund applied research, experimentation, or operational testing within the target diversification sectors within the state, which includes UAS.
  • Partnerships with higher education institutions connect leading technology with industry and support talent development
    • SMART Farm at NDSU –
    • Center for Digital Ag. and Big Data – North Dakota State University (NDSU)
    • Second Precision Ag Degree Program in the country – North Dakota State University (NDSU)
    • First UAS Operations degree program in the U.S. – University of North Dakota (UND)
    • Research Institute for Autonomous Systems (RIAS) – A global leader in unmanned and autonomous systems research, application and policy development
    • UAS Maintenance Technician program – Northland Community and Technical College (NCTC)
    • National Center for Autonomous Technologies (NCAT) – Northland Community and Technical College (NCTC)
    • Associates Degree in Precision Agriculture – North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS)
  • Grand Farm – is an initiative led by Emerging Prairie that aims to capitalize on the region’s potential in the agriculture and technology industries. The end goal of the Grand Farm initiative is to create a fully autonomous farm that will impact the Fargo-Moorhead Community and beyond by developing new opportunities and accelerating change.
  • Northern Plains UAS Test Site (NPUASTS) – operates across the state of North Dakota and beyond. The mission of the NPUASTS is to collaborate with FAA and industry partners to develop, systems, rules and procedures to safely integrate unmanned aircraft into the National Airspace System without negatively impacting existing general or commercial aviation
  • Statewide BVLOS network – $28 million in infrastructure being built to enable drones across the state to fly Beyond the Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) of their pilots. This network would be the first of its kind anywhere in the world.
  • Fargo Air Guard 119th Wing – The 119th Operations Group operates the MQ-9 Reaper. The unit includes a Mission Control Element and Launch and Recovery Element and is comprised of three squadrons: 178th Attack Squadron, 119th Operations Support Squadron, and 119th Maintenance Squadron.

Don’t want to take our word for it? You don’t have to. Check out any of the companies below to see further how Fargo Moorhead is a great place to think UAS.