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Published December 12, 2012, 09:38 PM

Western North Dakota boom means more work for businesses cross state

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The work-load for local contractors just keeps growing. Thanks to expansion here, and out west, they say it's getting to the point where they'll soon have to hire.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The work-load for local contractors just keeps growing. Thanks to expansion here, and out west, they say it's getting to the point where they'll soon have to hire.

In talking today with an architect and construction company owner, they both say the same thing: business is booming, and they're keeping up with the work -- for now.

Terry Becker, Terry Becker Construction: "There's a definite shortage of every trade out there."

Creating custom cabinets and millwork was not necessarily part of Terry Becker's original plan. He added the service when the demand here, and out west, sky-rocketed.

Becker: "It keeps us very busy. We are at the point now, going into spring, we will put on some additional people."

That part -- finding skilled workers -- could pose a challenge. Becker says he's already scheduling work months out.

Becker: "But if something comes up, and they need something right away, we typically can do that for them."

It's a similar situation for architect Craig Helenske, over at Helenske Design Group. It's tackling projects here, and out west - like these in Watford City.

Craig Helenske, Helenske Design Group: "It's been breathtaking how fast it's exploded."

Helenske says at every level, industrial, commercial, housing - demand is high. And everyone's getting bombarded with work from the oil boom.

Helenske: "We are challenged in some respects with some of our suppliers being so busy, supplying projects out there. Their work load is full."

And for the Design Group to stay ahead of the curve.

Helenske: "We're probably right at the bubble where we are looking at adding some staff."

Both businesses say the oil boom is re-assuring. And that's perhaps the best part. They know, months from now, sales likely won't slow.

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