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Published January 30, 2012, 06:27 PM

Fargo businesses feeling positive effects of western ND oil boom

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Some F-M businesses are feeling the ripple effects of the oil boom out west. Truck and tractor sales are up, but there's another sector of this industry that's unexpectedly doing well.

Some F-M businesses are feeling the ripple effects of the oil boom out west. Truck and tractor sales are up, but there's another sector of this industry that's unexpectedly doing well.

The shop of Nelson International Trucks is filled end to end with vehicles from Bemidji, West Fargo and even Texas.

Shawn Mollet – Nelson International Trucks: "This particular unit had an exhaust leak."

Until it's fixed, the operator won't be able to go back to work in the oil fields. There are so many truckers out west repair shops are booked two to three weeks out.

Shawn Mollet: "Makes it challenging for these guys because if they're towed in and there's no place else for them to go, they sit and are out of commission."

So they're towing their trucks to places like Fargo where they can get in and out of the shop in two to three days. In November and December, Nelson International worked on 10-15 trucks from out west.

Shawn Mollet: "It's more trucks to work on so it's money that's being generated that wouldn't be there."

Money is also being made at Semi-Trailer Sales and Leasing. This is the only side dump trailer at Semi Trailer Sales and Leasing and it's already been sold. The company will be getting about a dozen more next month, but most of those have also been purchased as well."

Troy Ness – Semi-Trailer Sales and Leasing: "Ten years ago, trailers like this would be sitting here from anywhere for six to ten months, but with the oil boom they're working around the clock all the time."

Over the last two years, orders have shot up 30-40%. Sales Manager Troy Ness says manufacturers are struggling to keep up with demand as they recover from the recession.

Troy Ness: "They've got to get people hired and some of the manufacturers, it's pretty technical work. You can't just hire anybody to come in and build a trailer for some of these companies so."

With the orders backed up, some companies and truckers must wait six months to a year to get their products. It’s a long time in an industry that's showing no signs of slowing down.

The need for auto repair is so great, Mollet says companies out west are hiring away mechanics from other parts of the state.

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