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Recognition for community committment

This Friday will be a big day in the business community of West Fargo with the special ribbon cutting ceremony planned by the West Fargo Chamber at Trail King Industries, Inc., in the City's industrial park on the West edge of town.

Gov. John Hoeven was in town a little over a year ago to announce a major expansion for the business - construction of a new 160,000-square-foot manufacturing facility. At that time, he offered kudos to Trail King officials for retaining their West Fargo presence saying "business is the engine that drives our economy... That comes with expansion of quality industries like Trail King. Their decision to expand in West Fargo is a testament to North Dakota's outstanding business climate and a compliment to our remarkable work force. At the same time, it is a tribute to the vision and energy of the company's officials, who have made this company a real success story, not only in North Dakota, but across America."

Trail King manufactures a complete line of open deck and material hauling trailers at its plants in West Fargo, Mitchell, S.D.; and Brookville, Pa. The Company opened its West Fargo division in 2000 after purchasing Red River Manufacturing. Ground was broken for their new facility late last year and the expansion is already up and running.

Trail King presently employs approximately 150 people and is in the process of doubling their work force, a major reason behind deciding to remain in the community. At the groundbreaking, Trail King President Jerry Thomsen said "Our primary reason to expand in West Fargo is based on people and our confidence in the great group of employees who are already part of the Trail King team here and on our recognition of a talented, industrious, and available work force in this area. It is also based on a lot of talented, hard-working people from Trail King Industries, the West Fargo Development Corporation, and the Governor's Office of Economic Development, all working together to make this project a reality."

Since that time a year has gone by very quickly and the Governor will be back in town this Friday to formally honor Trail King officials for realization of the project. He will be joined by West Fargo Mayor Rich Mattern, North Dakota Department of Commerce Commissioner Shane Goettle, and a variety of other local dignitaries and individuals.

West Fargo Business Development Director Dorinda Anderson applauds Trail King's efforts and action saying "this is a big step for our community. Trail King has leased space all these years and for them to make the decision to invest in a building in our City is significant in that they have made a commitment to keeping jobs here and increasing our tax base. These things are all very important to our City."

Members of the public wishing to attend the ribbon cutting are encouraged to do so. It will get underway at 2:45 p.m., Oct. 5, at 2130 3rd Ave. N.W., northwest of the Red River Valley Fairgrounds.