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Published March 20, 2013, 09:36 PM

Pracs leaving workers out of a job without notice

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - One of Fargo's biggest employers has shut its doors tonight.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - One of Fargo's biggest employers has shut its doors tonight.

Less than a year after rising from the ashes, PRACS this afternoon told employees it was closing now. No notice.

PRACS has been in Fargo 30 years. Tonight, the doors are closed and hundreds of workers are without a job.

Employees tell us, there was no warning. Late this afternoon, they learned it would be their last day. The doors were being locked shut. We are told lenders had pulled the plug on the company.

While Dr. James Carlson was currently CEO of Pracs, he no longer owned the company. Carlson was the master-mind behind the massive research center in Fargo that grew into one of the largest drug testing facilities in the world, providing jobs and extra cash for thousands of students and families.

Some employees tonight said they expected the investor-owner group to file bankruptcy. Tonight we hear from those affected by the closing.

First a PRACS worker who received word of the closing via email tonight, and a Dilworth man taking part in a PRACS study, now out $1,300.

Gabby Kedrowski, Pracs Worker: “Kind of shocked, I am blown away. Nothing heard nothing at all. We were told thank you for hanging with us through this tough time."

Brian Lund, Took Part in Pracs Study: “Planning on a vacation with this money to now we are left scrambling figuring out how to pay for this trip.”

One worker told me tonight, they were led to believe the spring would be crazy busy with drug studies. Instead he said, PRACS is crazy closed.

Other PRACS facilities impacted are St. Louis and Toronto. It is not clear if all study participants are out of their money.