RUPERT, Idaho — Soiltech Wireless, an ag-tech startup based in Idaho, has chosen to open a new office in Fargo, the Greater Fargo-Moorhead Economic Development Corp. announced Tuesday, Oct. 19.

Soiltech Wireless is currently attempting to fill a regional sales manager position to staff the coming Fargo office. Based in Idaho, the company manufactures agricultural sensors which are buried underground and monitor variables such as moisture and temperature.

Soiltech Wireless CEO Ehsan Soltan said the Fargo office will serve as a hub for the firm's Midwest operations. "There is a genuine enthusiasm to foster development and provide true support to growing companies in the Fargo-Moorhead region," he stated in a news release.

Soltan credited the GFMEDC as well as Grand Farm and Plug and Play North Dakota for driving the decision. "They warmly welcomed Soiltech, helped facilitate meaningful connections and made the process of developing a presence there truly seamless," he said. "We look forward to expanding our operations in the region and hope to help the agriculture industry with our technology."

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Plug and Play's North Dakota office was launched in the spring of 2020 and with the goal of merging technology and agriculture, its website said. According to the news release, Soiltech Wireless is the "first of what is expected to be many" new ag-tech companies moving to the area.

"We're thrilled to welcome Soiltech Wireless to the Red River Valley," Plug and Play's Program Manager Sarah Thorsrud stated via news release. "The collaboration to make this happen has been phenomenal. Ehsan will not only bring cutting edge technology, but also a deep passion for growing the ecosystem and agtech industry."

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