First Western Bank & Trust will move to a new location in Bismarck.
The bank is in a temporary location at 324 N. Third St. as it awaits construction of a new, four-story building on the former Reza’s Pitch site on Front Avenue.
Market President Chad Johnson said they will break ground on the new building when the ground thaws and they hope to be moved into the space by spring or summer 2018.
First Western leases space in their current building. The new building will significantlyn increase their space for operations, Johnson said, and more staff will be brought into the expanding business.
The new location also will bring the benefit of a drive-thru not available at the Third Street location.
Johnson said they will be leasing out office space in the building’s upper floors.
Area man starts pergola company
Pep’s Pergolas LLC, a new pergola distributor and installer, has begun operations in Bismarck-Mandan and the surrounding area.
Owner Augie Pepple sells the douglas fir timber pergola kits, manufactured by Western Timber Frame of Utah, out of his home. The kit is made up of pre-cut, rough-sawn timbers that are pre-stained, making for a fast process. For those who want to self-install, there are step-by-step directions and all hardware is included.
Sizes range from 10-by-10-foot to 20-by-20-foot models.
Installation is available within 100 miles of Bismarck and is usually finished in one day.
For more information call Pepple at 701-471-6290.
Bobcat hosts students
Bobcat Co. gave about 90 Bismarck middle school students a tour of the Doosan Bobcat Acceleration Center in Bismarck Thursday.
The tour was part of science, technology, engineering and mathematics activities for National Engineers Week to increase students’ understanding and interest in engineering and technology careers.
The Watford City Area Chamber of Commerce and the Watford City Economic Development Corp. are hosting their annual meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the new Rough Rider Center, 2209 Wolves Den Pkwy. in Watford City.
Regional breweries will be offering tastings and local restaurants will provide appetizers, paired with wine, for the event and there will be musical entertainment.
Devin Henderson, an entrepreneur and father of four who focuses on humor to deal with change, stress and failure, will be the keynote speaker. Find out more about him at www.devinhenderson.com.
“We hope people will join us for a fun evening of networking and entertainment, ” said Daniel Stenberg, McKenzie County Economic Development’s coordinator.