Dalrymple Attends Ribbon Cutting for Worker Housing Project in Grafton
BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Jack Dalrymple was in Grafton today to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony marking the opening of Diverse Energy Systems’ new employee housing project known as DiverCity. The company purchased 10 vacant duplexes that will provide up to 20 apartments for its employees in Grafton.
“Today’s ribbon cutting not only exemplifies the impressive growth that is occurring within businesses across our state, but also the innovative approaches that those businesses are taking to address the impacts of North Dakota’s fast-paced growth, such as housing,” Dalrymple said. “Diverse Energy Systems is making important contributions to our state’s growing economy and expanding energy industry, and is bringing good-paying career opportunities to the community of Grafton.”
Two of the 10 DiverCity buildings are completed and ready for occupancy, with the remaining buildings to be completed based on demand. Company employees will be charged a reasonable rate for the apartments until they are able to find permanent housing. The apartments will range from one to four bedrooms.
Houston-based Diverse Energy Systems provides integrated solutions for the global oil and natural gas markets, including field operations, burner management systems, containment systems, oil field storage tanks, and tank accessories. The company’s facility in Grafton constructs 17,000-gallon storage tanks for use in western North Dakota’s oil fields. In August, the facility constructed 100 tanks.
Earlier this year, Diverse Energy Systems began its operations in Grafton as a small fabrication facility employing 20 people. Within seven months, the company has grown significantly in revenue and has increased its North Dakota staff to 75, with two facilities in Grafton and one in Berthold. The company expects to have 250 employees in the state by the end of 2014.