Working for a living

Along with retail and wholesale shopping, Velva's hometown merchants also provide jobs. Verendrye Electric Cooperative employs more than 50 local workers, and Souris Valley Care Center has 60 employees. The Valley View Manor assisted living facility also employs a number of area residents, and the Velva School System boasts a staff of over 50. The international company Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), operates the canola crushing plant in our Industrial Park and has a workforce of 40 running its multi-million dollar facility. CF Industries, a wholesale anhydrous ammonia supplier also located in our Industrial Park east of town, has 5 full-time employees. Other businesses running with full staffs include Peoples State Bank, Inscomm Software, Farmers Union Oil, Velva Drug Company, Rick's Fresh Foods and The Lariat Restaurant and Lounge. (For a complete list of Velva employers, go to local businesses.)

Velva's economic climate is on the upswing, and several new businesses have expanded the town's retail base and provided additional employment. The Velva Community Development Corporation (VCDC) is extremely active as it not only brings new businesses to town, but helps current businesses thrive. (For more about VCDC activities, go to economic development.)

Two financial institutions, Northern Tier Federal Credit Union and Peoples State Bank, provide contemporary financial services with combined assets of 40 million dollars. And most of our local businesses belong to the Velva Association of Commerce, which meets weekly to promote and better the city.

The rolling hills and prairie expanses surrounding Velva are home to area farmers and their harvests of spring wheat, durum, barley, sunflowers and canola. Large livestock ranchers add further to the local agricultural economy. Two grain elevators in the city itself, along with ADM, provide markets for our ag producers.

This well-rounded business community, supported by active economic development efforts and frequented by appreciative customers, give Velva residents one more thing to be proud of.

Working in Velva, North Dakota