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Although the growing oil industry has been getting a lot of attention in North Dakota lately, agriculture is still king as the state's largest industry. For United Pulse Traders, North Dakota is a prime location to capitalize on the growing market for dried peas, beans and other products known as pulse crops.

"We are the number one producer of dried peas and lentils," says Eric Bartsch, general manager for United Pulse Traders, a value-added pulse crop processer. "In 2000 we had less than 100,000 acres in North Dakota. Now we are close to 700-800,000 acres of dried peas, lentils and chickpeas."SuccessStories_UnitedPulse.jpg

In 2007, the company opened its processing facility in Williston, ND, close to the source of the crop fields. The pulse crops are processed, cleaned and color sorted, making them ready for the table. The company packages and ships the products to over 100 countries, including India and countries in North Africa and the Middle East.

Bartsch sees North Dakota as one of their key factors of success. "We have facilities located in six countries around the world. We have a pretty far reach. Of all the areas where we've expanded, North Dakota has really been one of the best places."

United Pulse Trading received assistance from the state of North Dakota to get the Williston facility built and operating. "We used the North Dakota Development Fund from the North Dakota Department of Commerce, and the PACE loan program through the Bank of North Dakota. It's really programs like these that have made North Dakota a perfect environment for expanding business."

United Pulse itself is growing and looking to expand. United Pulse currently employs 35 people in Williston with additional staff in Bismarck. In November 2011, United Pulse Traders announced plans to build a processing facility in Minot, milling split peas and chickpeas. The Minot facility is expected to be in operation by first quarter 2013 with approximately 40 new jobs. "We will be adding value to another 100,000 metric tons of area producers' agricultural crops and introducing new, added-value food ingredients product lines worldwide as a result of this new facility. "The programs and the environment in the state are pro-business," Bartsch says. "It really gives a company an advantage to expand here." The North Dakota Department of Commerce worked closely with United Pulse and the Minot Area Development Corporation to assist United Pulse with several finance and tax incentives available to the company.

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