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UND to break ground on new engineering and mines building

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The University of North Dakota is unveiling its new engineering and mines building. The Collaborative Energy Complex is a 37,000-square-foot facility that will be the headquarters for all engineering and mines programs, including the Institute for Energy Studies. UND officials say the building will provide state-of-the-art labs and multipurpose teaching centers, as well as a center ...

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New oil and gas job training facility open in Williston

Despite the current oil and gas drilling slowdown Williston is now home to a new workforce training facility, according to the Forum News Service. The new, $7.5 million TrainND Northwest Center at Williston State College combines classroom education with the campus’ petroleum simulator and field program, which includes a workover rig and other field equipment for hands-on experience. TrainND CEO ...

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U.S. economy expanding, cheap oil both a boost and drag: Fed

WASHINGTON – U.S. economic activity continued to expand from mid-May through June, with lower energy prices helping to boost consumer spending but remaining a drag on manufacturing, the Federal Reserve said on Wednesday. In its Beige Book report of anecdotal information on business activity collected from contacts nationwide, the U.S. central bank said most of its regional Fed banks described ...

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Energy Industry: The Great Crew Change

Over the past several months the energy industry, specifically the oil and gas sector, has been through a severe downturn.  The slide in the industry crosses all platforms– from oil and gas prices to hitting all-time lows, companies cutting back or even closing down operations, to major slashes in budgets and thousands of people losing their jobs.  The most dramatic ...

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Now hiring: More good news for Houston

Sempra Energy is engaged in what the Houston Business Journal called a “hiring spree” last week as the company moved its headquarters of its division Sempra U.S. Gas & Power from Greenville, South Carolina to Houston. “We believe the relocation of our Greenville employees to Houston will better position the company to capture new market opportunities,” Sempra spokesperson Paty Ortega ...

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BNSF moving 55 jobs to Laurel from Forsyth, Glendive

Burlington Northern Santa Fe is relocating 55 workers to Laurel this month from Glendive and Forsyth and planning other worker furloughs, rail officials said Wednesday. The move is an effort to consolidate operations to Laurel, the region’s largest rail yard, and reduce costs in response to a downturn in freight demands, BNSF officials said. The bulk of the shift, 45 ...

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Economy, unemployment changes hiring practices

WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Local staffing agencies have seen a shift in recent months regarding who and what North Texas employers are searching for to fill vacancies. A low unemployment rate and an adverse change in the oil and gas industry from this time last year has changed the hiring landscape in the area. Employers were clamoring for welders and ...

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