FARGO — Lots of companies can hold ribbon cuttings, but not many have the hardware to snip a one-inch-thick aluminum wire like it was underdone spaghetti.
Border States Electric CEO Tammy Miller did the honors Monday, June 24, using a battery-powered wire cutter at the company’s “wire-cutting” ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of the firm’s 120,000 square-foot, $45 million corporate headquarters at 2400 38th St. S.
The Branch Support Center is home to 370 of the 450 Border States employees in Fargo. (The other 80 are at the Fargo Branch at 605 25th St. S.) And it has room to grow. The headquarters provides a wide range of support services to more than 100 branches in 22 states.
Miller said the firm, which got its start in Grand Forks, N.D., in 1952, now has 2,600 employee-owners and boasts annual sales of nearly $2.5 billion. It is the seventh-largest electrical wholesaler in North America.
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“This is a great day for the city of Fargo,” Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney said. “We’re very proud of you as a company. When I get to bragging about companies, yours is one of the ones that comes to the top of the list.”
A couple hundred people turned out for the event under breezy, partly cloudy skies.
“Border States is a true American success story,” Rep. Kelly Armstrong, R-N.D., said in a statement read by his state director, Jeff Rustvang.
Armstrong called the new headquarters “a new landmark in Fargo that is a testament to the strength and stability of a successful employee-owned company.”