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Craig McEwen and Tracy Frank, Published July 11 2009

Trade Talk: North Dakota Chamber to honor Floden for leadership

Gerry Floden, president and CEO of Ulteig Engineers, Fargo, will receive the North Dakota Chamber of Commerce Community Leadership Award at an Ulteig Senior Leadership meeting Monday.

Under Floden’s leadership, Ulteig has grown to 450 employees in seven offices and has been recognized by the United Way as a charitable giving leader, a news release stated.

The company has moved up to No. 291 on the Engineering News-Record’s annual Top 500 Design Firms list and was named 2009 Large Business of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce of Fargo Moorhead.

Floden is an active member in several community and industry organizations.

Claire’s closes in Moorhead mall

The Claire’s jewelry and accessories store in the Moorhead Center Mall has closed.

The Fargo store at West Acres Shopping Center in Fargo is not in danger of closing, said a sales clerk who answered the phone.

Repeated calls to Claire’s corporate offices to find out why the store has closed have not been returned.

Claire’s sells costume jewelry and accessories for girls and young women.

There were 3,185 Claire’s stores worldwide in 2007, the latest numbers available on the Claire’s Web site. All of the North American and European Claire’s stores are company owned, according to the company Web site.

Claire’s reported net sales of $293.1 million for the fiscal 2009 first quarter, according to a June 11 financial statement from the company. That’s a 10.4 percent decrease from the 2008 fiscal first quarter.

The company attributes the decrease primarily to the effect of foreign currency exchange rate changes and a decline in same store sales.

Home dialysis clinic opens in Fargo

DaVita Inc., a kidney care services provider, has opened aFargo home dialysis clinic at 4474 23rd Ave. S.

DaVita Fargo At Home will provide training and support for home hemodialysis, a home care program that allows patients to maintain an active lifestyle while receiving dialysis at home.

At-home treatment gives patients more control over their care, freeing up time for work and family, a news release stated. DaVita supports patients with a team of nurses, technicians, dietitians and social workers who provide the training, tools and 24-hour support.

Home dialysis treatments are directed by a physician and customized to meet individual needs.

Hector airport records busy June

Hector International Airport in Fargo logged its busiest June on record, dating back to 1931 when passenger service began at the airport, said Shawn Dobberstein, Hector International Airport executive director.

“There are a number of airports around the country with double-digit decreases in their year-over-year-passenger boardings,” he said. “We are one of a few that is experiencing increased boardings.”

Last month marked the second-busiest month in airport history. July 2008 is the all-time record month.

Airline passenger traffic in June increased

5.2 percent over last June. Total passenger count for the month was 63,356 – up 6.6 percent over the same period last year.


Readers can reach Business Editor Craig McEwen at (701) 241-5502 and business reporter Tracy Frank at (701) 241-5526