There are a couple of things that happened last week that made me say WOW.
The first was the groundbreaking for the Caterpillar expansion. The Caterpillar commitment to West Fargo is $50 million and creating 250 jobs. WOW! Many people have called, emailed or stopped me on the street to ask what type of skills people will need to apply for a job at Caterpillar. I'll have more details on that next time. However, in a nutshell, Caterpillar will be looking for machinists, welders, technicians, laser operators, inspectors, as well as support positions in engineering, quality control, logistics and other support areas.
I thought it was interesting that the people from Caterpillar told the crowd gathered for the groundbreaking that North Dakota "gets it." What they meant is that we have a climate here in North Dakota of working with companies so they can expand. Hearing that from a global company like Caterpillar is another big WOW.
I think Caterpillar also knows what a great team they have at the plant here in West Fargo. From the top on down, the employees do quality work and do a lot for the community through volunteerism. Great job!
Another big event last week was Cruise Night on Sheyenne. WOW! The Toppers Club counted 685 cars that were on display. That's not counting the cars that were just driving around. I'm an early Mustang guy, so I had a chance to see a lot of those. I hope to own a 65 Mustang someday, but I'm not sure I'll make that goal. Thanks to the Toppers Club and everyone else involved in making Cruise Night such a big success. It seems that it gets bigger and better every time we have it. It is hard to get a count on how many people attended, but some are estimating between 5,000 and 6,000. WOW! The next Cruise Night is scheduled for Sept. 15. Hope to see you there.
The last Cruise Night will happen just days before another big event in West Fargo, which is West Fest. There are all sorts of events that will happen on Sept. 17, ranging from a horseshoe tournament to the annual firefighters' dance that evening. You can look at the full day's events on the West Fargo website at www.westfargond.gov and then click on the West Fest tab.
It is not too late to register for a float in the parade. There is information on our West Fargo website that will guide you through the process of registering a float. You also can call city hall at 433-5300 if you have any questions. The parade and other activities always draw thousands of people each year. Like Cruise Night, the day seems to get bigger and better every year. West Fargo commissioners Lou Bennett, Mike Thorstad, Duane Hanson and Mark Simmons will be joining me in the parade. I always have to laugh at my fellow commissioners because they are not very good at times in pacing themselves when throwing out candy. If given the chance, I think they would throw out candy by the bucket instead of by hand. Lots of fun though. I always get a lump in my throat when we turn the corner on to Sheyenne Street and see the thousands of people lining the streets. WOW!