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Dave Olson, Published May 11 2012

TRADE TALK: Serco Global Services to almost double in staff size

Serco Global Services, which employs about 200 people in the Fargo area, is in the process of hiring about 175 more workers.

Many of those jobs will involve helping people who want to redeem credit card reward points to book trips.

The company also is adding about 20 leadership positions and is spending about $850,000 on information technology upgrades at its Fargo location at 1001 28th St. S.

Serco’s Fargo office, once known as Rosenbluth International Travel, is now part of Serco Group out of the United Kingdom, which has 100,000 employees worldwide.

The Fargo travel center is part of the U.S. Division of Serco that specializes in travel and hospitality.

More information about job openings at Serco can be found online at www.sercoUSjobs.com.

New RV park

Parshall RV Park will be opening soon in Parshall, N.D.

The park has 114 sites and a large building that will provide laundry services, showers and quick food service.

While it has yet to open, the park is already 80 percent booked, mostly by businesses with employees who work in the Oil Patch, said Mike Larson, a partner in the project and also the owner of Outlet Recreation, an RV dealership in Parshall.

Larson said the park expects to benefit from the oil business, but long term he said the recreational opportunities in the area should draw campers to the park for years to come.

For more information, contact Chad Caillier at (701) 212-2289.

Hotel going up

TMI Hospitality has started construction on the area’s first Residence Inn by Marriott.

The 92-suite hotel at 4335 23rd Ave. S. in Fargo is expected to open in summer 2013.

The $10 million project will employ about 45 people.

TMI, with headquarters in Fargo, employs more than

4,500 full-time and part-time workers at more than 200 properties in 24 states.

The new hotel is TMI’s first in the Fargo area. The project is also the first of several new properties TMI will be constructing in the Fargo area over the next several years.

Newly minted kiosk

MinDak Gold Buyers has opened in the Moorhead Center Mall in the fountain area.

The kiosk business buys gold and silver jewelry, as well as silverware, coins and bullion.

Customers can bring in items for a free appraisal, as well as buy items on the spot, said owner Jack Seaman.

The kiosk is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Readers can reach Forum business reporter Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555