Sources: Knife River Corp, Bismarck, N.D.; CP staff
Following the Knife River Western North Dakota Division launch early this year in Williston—where aggregate, ready mixed and asphalt production is under way on a 120-acre greenfield—Knife River Corp. has looked to the opposite end of its home state for growth opportunity.
The Knife River Materials–Eastern North Dakota business has opened a second ready mixed plant to pace Fargo, N.D.–Moorhead, Minn., market demand. General Manager Jeff Eberhardt says Knife River continues to grow its customer base in the region, increasing ready mixed and aggregate sales considerably in the last two years. In addition, the Fargo-Moorhead market hasn’t seen the major decrease in construction the remainder of the country has experienced.
“Within two days of opening the new plant, product demand has exceeded our expectations,” Eberhardt affirms. “With the housing market continuing to remain strong, I’m encouraged to see an increase in sales. We’ve increased our staff nearly 20 percent over last year, [and] anticipate we will have to add even more people next year. This is good for Knife River and good for the communities.”