April 14, 2011
Knife River Corp. plans to open a Western North Dakota Division to be headquartered in Williston with full aggregate, ready-mix, asphalt, and concrete construction services and employees performing both private and public work throughout western North Dakota and eastern Montana.
“As the energy industry continues to expand its reach in northwestern North Dakota, the construction demand and need for ready-mix and aggregate products is also increasing,” said Knife River President and CEO Bill Schneider in a press statement announcing the expansion plans. “One of the biggest critical needs in that area is to rebuild the highway infrastructure. Knife River also excels in highway reconstruction and rehabilitation and will be ready to make safer, stronger roads that can handle the increased truck traffic.”
Brad Arntson, Knife River’s Central Minnesota Division operations manager and 35-year construction industry veteran, will serve as the new Western North Dakota Division president.
The office and all production equipment will be situated on property in north Williston. At Aggregates Manager press time, Knife River had plans to have full ready-mix operations available by early May. Arntson said that when North Dakota’s spring road restrictions lift, an asphalt plant transferred from Knife River’s Boise, Idaho, operations will be placed there permanently. Knife River already has secured a paving contract with the city of Williston.
Williston Mayor Ward Koeser said he is encouraged that Knife River chose to expand into his region of the state.
“I am pleased to see a construction company with a solid reputation and proven project record bring more products and services to our area,” he said. “We have had unbelievable growth in Williston, which has put a strain on our infrastructure. Road development and reconstruction and residential expansion are primary needs within the city and county. Knife River will be a great addition to our business community.”
Knife River already has a strong presence in Bismarck, Fargo, Beulah, and Washburn, providing primarily ready-mix, aggregates, and concrete construction in those markets.
“We look forward to working with the energy companies, municipalities, the Department of Transportation and county personnel, farmers, and business owners in the area,” Arntson said. “Knife River is a North Dakota home-grown company and is proud to be expanding within the state, providing more construction jobs and the necessary products and services to build the state’s infrastructure.” –Tina Grady Barbaccia