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Published August 30 2013

Trade Talk: Noodles & Company to open second store in Fargo

A second Noodles & Company restaurant will open on Sept. 30 in Fargo’s South Creek Center at 2603 Kirsten Lane, said Ted Horan, operating partner for Prairie Pasta Co. Inc.

Denver-based Noodles & Company is a fast, casual restaurant that, according to its Facebook page, “offers the world’s favorite noodle dishes, sandwiches, salads and soups, all in one restaurant.”

PPC Inc. owns the Noodles & Company restaurant at 4501 15th Ave. S. in Fargo, and restaurants in Grand Forks and Sioux Falls, S.D.

Butler to build new site in Pickrell, Nebraska

Butler Ag Equipment, a division of Fargo-based Butler Machinery Co., is adding a new full-service facility near Pickrell, Neb., according to a statement from the company.

“The Pickrell location represents Butler Ag’s commitment to expanding agricultural sales, parts and service to the southeast Nebraska area,” the release stated.

The Pickrell facility will offer Challenger, RoGator, TerraGator, White Planters, Gleaner, Sunflower, Horsch, Killbros and Trimble products, the company stated. Construction will begin in fall 2013.

Construction job growth in F-M among best in US

The Fargo-Moorhead metro area had one of the largest percentage gains in construction employment in the nation between July 2012 and July 2013, according to the Associated General Contractors of America.

F-M metro employment in the construction sector grew by 23 percent, or 1,900 jobs. Fargo exceeded its previous July peak in 2008 by 17 percent, the most of any metro area, according to the AGCA.

Ranking ahead of Fargo in percentage growth were Pascagoula, Miss., 44 percent, 1,800 jobs; Eau Claire, Wis., 27 percent, 900 jobs; and Atlantic City-Hammonton, N.J., 26 percent, 1,100 jobs.

Philippine ambassador visits North Dakota

The Philippine ambassador to the U.S., Jose L. Cuisia, Jr., along with the country’s commercial and agricultural attachés, was in North Dakota this week.

They were here to meet with community leaders and discuss emerging business and trade opportunities between the Philippines and North Dakota.

Cuisia’s visit is a stepping-stone in the development of a North Dakota trade mission to the Philippines scheduled for February 2014, according to the North Dakota Trade Office.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Shane Mercer at (701) 451-5734