Cargill to close one of its Fargo offices

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FARGO—Cargill Inc. will soon close one of its offices here as the food and agriculture product manufacturer consolidates one of its groups to Minnesota.

The company, which is headquartered in Wayzata, Minn., and has several offices and facilities in the Twin Cities area, will close its Fargo software development group office effective April 30, according to spokesman Pete Stoddart.

The office is located in the North Dakota State University Technology Incubator, 1854 NDSU Research Circle N. About 19 people work there now, and a "good number" of those employees will have the opportunity to continue doing their work remotely or get similar jobs in Minnesota, Stoddart said.

"It was really driven by how we can best meet the software development needs of our customers, and continue to do that with people that are still there but also to move some of that expertise to the Twin Cities," he said.

The Fargo employees affected by this upcoming closure develop software to help companies get the right mix of ingredients for their animal feeds, Stoddart said.

Similar work is done at a Cargill office in the Twin Cities, and the labor will be consolidated to that office, he said.

Stoddart said the decision to close this office doesn't affect Cargill's other operations in the area, which include a financial service center in south Fargo and an oilseed processing plant in West Fargo.