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Published March 27 2010

Trade Talk: MAC’s Hardware has new location

MAC’s Hardware in Jamestown, N.D., is moving into a larger location along Interstate 94.

The new store is set to open Monday at 410 24th St. S., next to the Harley-Davidson dealership. It will feature new departments, expanded product lines and expanded hours.

The new location will have 11,200 square feet of retail space, compared to 4,000 square feet at its current location at 1309 Business Loop E.

“This town has been very supportive of MAC’s, and this location has been busting out of its seams for some time now,” said Randy Anderson, corporate sales manager.

Store hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

ND delegates return from trade mission

A delegation representing North Dakota companies, organizations, universities and government officials is returning from a trade mission to Indonesia and China.

“North Dakota’s exports to China are increasing, but we see much more opportunity considering the country’s rapidly expanding middle class and sustained economic growth,” said Lt. Gov. Jack Dalrymple, chairman of the North Dakota Trade Office.

American Lignite Energy LLC officials are studying the feasibility of building a coal-to-liquid energy plant in North Dakota and toured a coal-to-liquid energy plant in China with other delegates. They also met with officials in China’s energy administration and with leaders in China’s private-sector energy industry.

Representatives from six North Dakota companies that produce and market food-grade soybeans started their trip in Jakarta, Indonesia, where they met with some of Southeast Asia’s largest processors of soy-based foods.

Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and Sam Chang, NDSU professor and food scientist, gave presentations to major food company executives about North Dakota agriculture.

North Dakota State University and Dickinson State University officials met with leaders of some of China’s leading higher education institutions to promote educational opportunities and develop business ties.

Construction trade academy June 7-18

The Herdina Academy for Construction Trades is scheduled June 7-18 at Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Moorhead.

The academy is open to North Dakota and Minnesota high school students ages 16 and older.

Students who successfully complete the Academy will earn three college credits from MSCTC.

A $500 scholarship from Home Builders Care Foundation will be awarded to an outstanding student who completes the academy and plans to enroll in a construction-related field at MSCTC-Moorhead or North Dakota State College of Science at Wahpeton.

For more information, call (701) 232-5846 or go to www.hbcfm.com.

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