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  1. Where would you find the corporate office for a leading manufacturer in the compact equipment industry selling through 900 dealers in 75 countries? Hint: It just recently built its 500,000 skid steer loader and is a business unit of Ingersoll-Rand.

  2. What is the name of the largest laminate casework manufacturing company in America? (They produce educational, laboratory, healthcare and office storage systems.) Hint: Their product was installed in all the United Airlines operation areas of the Denver International Airport. It�s also in the Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, AZ.

  3. What is the name of the inbound call center that earned the Customer Operations Performance Center Standard, a significant international designation, and provides service to customers of five major software and hardware companies? Hint: Its corporate office is in Florida.

  4. What leader in custom, integrated electronic solutions for Original Equipment Manufacturers expanded its facility from 18,000 to 85,000 sf since 1999? Hint: It�s also a John Deere Company.

  5. What health-care company located a shared service center in North Dakota capable of processing 7 million claims and handling 3.7 million phone calls from a 15-state region stretching from North Dakota to Texas? Hint: Its corporate offices are in Hartford, Connecticut and it has more than 19 million health, 11 million group insurance, and 14 million dental members nationwide.

  6. What nationally-known company purchased the catalog division of a North Dakota business as an addition to its virtual shopping enterprise? Hint: Ever heard of Jeff Bezos?

  7. What North Dakota company produces in excess of 400 million pounds of french fries per year? Hint: One of its major customers is McDonald�s.

  8. What North Dakota company was recently purchased by Microsoft for $1.1 billion? Hint: The company produces financial service software and just completed construction of the second of three buildings planned for its campus along I-29.

  9. What North Dakota company manufactures cargo handling systems for Boeing? Hint: The company was acquired from Lucas Varity in 1999.

  10. What major food processing company has two plants in North Dakota�one producing sunflower oil and the other canola oil? Hint: In their national advertisements they say they Feed the World.

  11. What major tractor manufacturing company has facilities in North Dakota? Hint: It is the product of a 1999 merger of Case Corp. and New Holland NV.

  12. What travel agency CEO located a single inbound call center in North Dakota in 1989 and was so impressed with the results he added four more? Hint: His company employs more than 5,000 people worldwide and has annual sales in excess of $5.5 billion.

  13. What Netherlands-based insurance company operates a service center in Minot and recently announced it will transfer part of its Denver and Atlanta operations to North Dakota? Hint: During 2000, it fulfilled its strategic goal of a top-10 position in the U.S. life insurance market with its acquisitions of ReliaStar, Aetna Financial Services and Aetna International.

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