Business Sectors

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
U.S. Bank Financial Institution
Fargo VA Health Care System Healthcare Services
Noridian Healthcare Solutions Insurance
Microsoft IT
Integrity Windows and Doors Manufacturing
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota Insurance
City of Fargo Government
Moorhead Area Public Schools Education
Eventide Senior Living Communities Healthcare Services
Hornbacher’s Foods, Administration Grocery
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



Total reported 12/31/2016 Manufacturing full-time employment:  5,336
Change from 12/31/2015:  -50 or -1%
Projected 2017 full-time employment growth: 233 or 4.4%
Total companies reporting with this classification: 78 (76% response rate)

Company  Product/Service
Integrity Windows and Doors 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
True North Steel Steel


Value Added Agriculture

Total reported 12/31/2016 Value Added Ag full-time employment:  1,000
Change from 12/31/2015:  19 or 2%
Projected 2017 full-time employment growth: 76 or 8%
Total companies reporting:  12 (71% response rate)

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



Total reported 12/31/2016 Distribution full-time employment:  712
Change from 12/31/2015:  21 or 3%
Projected 2017 full-time employment growth: 35 or 5%
Total companies reporting:  8 (62% response rate)

Company Product/Service
Food Services of America Food Products
Thrifty White Drug Phamaceuticals
McNeilus Steel Steel


Back Office

Total reported 12/31/2016 Back Office full-time employment:  4,066
Change from 12/31/2015:  260 or 7%
Projected 2017 full-time employment growth: 98 or 2%
Total companies reporting with this classification: 10 (67% response rate)

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



Total reported 12/31/2016 Technology full-time employment:  3,181
Change from 12/31/2015:  142 or  5%
Projected 2017 full-time employment growth: 328 or 10%
Total companies reporting:  39 (70% response rate)

Company Product/Service
Microsoft Software Development
Microsoft Vendor Employees Software Development
WEX Health Healthcare Payment Solutions
Appareo Systems Electronics & Software Development
Tech Mahindra Americas IT Development & Support
FBS Data Systems Digital Map Development
Sundog Integrated Marketing
Intelligent InSites Software & Systems Development


Life and Physical Sciences

Total reported 12/31/2016 Life and Physical Sciences full-time employment:  289
Change from 12/31/2015:  18 or 7%
Projected 2017 full-time employment growth:  25 or 9%
Total companies reporting:  9 (50% response rate)

Company Product/Service
Weather Modification Cloud Seeding Services
Axis Clinicals Clinical Trials & Research
Algorithme Pharma Clinical Trials Services & Supplies
Lillestol Research Clinical Trials and Research


Corporate Headquarters

Total reported 12/31/2016 Corporate Headquarters full-time employment:  1,693
Change from 12/31/2015:  16 or 1%
Projected 2017 full-time employment growth: 37 or 2%
Total companies reporting:  8 (57% response rate)

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

Note: Employment numbers are typically reported by companies in January of each year. While the above tables do not supply employment data, the order of the major employer listing is primarily from largest to smallest in each category. Aggregate industry data  relates to the primary sector companies that responded to the most recent survey or were provided by an affiliated source.  The companies surveyed under each industry are not exhaustive of every local company in that particular industry but generally includes the companies who may be considered “primary sector”, which takes into consideration the geographic reach of their revenue base. To participate in future employment surveys or questions, please email