Dalrymple celebrates business expansions in Minot


Governor Jack Dalrymple was in Minot yesterday to help the community celebrate two new business expansions. United Pulse Trading announced that it will add a third North Dakota facility in Minot, which will be located at Minot’s Value-Added Agricultural Complex. Eid Passport held a ribbon cutting for its new technical support center, marking the company’s first location in the state.

“These business expansions signify real progress and opportunity for Minot, the region and the state,” Dalrymple said. “They not only underscore the exciting economic activities occurring throughout our state across a variety of industry sectors, but they represent significant milestones on Minot and the area’s road to recovery following this year’s historic flooding.”

United Pulse Trading is a quality supplier of all types of U.S. pulses and special crops, including beans, chickpeas, peas and lentils, and has locations in Bismarck and Williston. The new Minot facility will include the installation of pulse processing equipment to augment the company’s processing capacity at its Williston production facility. It will also add capacity for making food ingredient pulse flours, proteins, starches and fibers.

United Pulse is a subsidiary of Alliance Grain Traders Inc., the largest lentil and pea splitting company in the world, and is expected to begin its Minot operations in August 2012. The new processing facility is expected to bring more than 40 jobs to the area.

Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, Eid Passport is a technology-based security company that integrates leading edge products and services into solutions that combine identity authentication, background screening and access management to make facilities, assets and people safer and more secure. The company’s signature technology, RapidGate, is used by federal agencies, including the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security and NASA.

With this expansion, Eid Passport is bringing about 30 jobs to the area, including software engineers, technical support representatives and server database developers.

According to Dalrymple, the state has committed more than $1 million for the Eid Passport project with funding from the Community Development Block Grant, the North Dakota Development Fund and the New Venture Capital Program. The North Dakota Department of Commerce is working with United Pulse officials to identify state financing and training programs for the company’s expansion project.

Source: Office of Governor Dalrymple