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Tracy Frank, Published July 24 2010

Trade Talk: Early Years child care center opening West Fargo site

Early Years child care is opening a West Fargo location.

Early Years Learning Center, a 2,800-square-foot facility, is planning to open in September at 1410 9th St. E. in the Pioneer Center.

“The demand is absolutely astronomical out there,” said Chelsey Steinlicht, who owns the West Fargo center with Linda Bakken.

Within about a week of posting a billboard about the new center, most of the infant spots were taken, Steinlicht said.

“We are absolutely astounded by the demand in West Fargo,” she said.

Some West Fargo parents take their children to either Early Years Enrichment Center in Moorhead or Early Years Discovery Center in south Fargo, Steinlicht said.

The new center can take up to 65 children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old. School-age children will depend on demand, she said. The center will have 15 to 20 employees.

The center also will have a natural playscape that incorporates nature as a classroom.

“Our basis behind care is providing a really fun-loving, nurturing, safe environment where a child can really grow and feel secure,” Steinlicht said, adding that the majority of staff members have four-year degrees.

For more information, call (218) 287-8988 or visit www.earlyyearsfm.com.

Carino’s to expand Fargo restaurant

Carino’s Italian restaurant in Fargo is expanding. The restaurant is building an addition to the bar area to accommodate five tables.

Carino’s is also constructing an outdoor patio that will have room for four tables.

The restaurant has not yet decided whether to allow smoking on the outdoor patio, manager Scott Huson said.

The expansion project should be finished in September or October, he said.

Ulteig cuts some jobs, adds others

Ulteig Engineers has had a small reduction in force, but the company, headquartered in Fargo, is also hiring.

In early July, Ulteig, which employs around 350 people, cut seven full-time positions and one part-time position.

Fred Hudson, communications manager, could not say what those positions were.

“This is just basically a reaction to economic conditions,” Hudson said. “You can’t pin everything on the economy, but obviously we felt it like everybody else.”

On Monday, the company had 14 job openings listed on its website. Many were engineering positions.

“The bigger picture is, we’re a company that’s still trying to bring people into this area and other markets to good, professional jobs,” Hudson said.

Ulteig provides engineering, planning and surveying services. Its primary markets are building, civil, energy and land services.

The company also cut some positions last September but did not announce how many jobs were eliminated at that time.

“Additions and subtractions to staff are happening all the time,” Hudson said. “It’s the overall ebb and flow of business.”

Readers can reach business reporter Tracy Frank at (701) 241-5526