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NIT finds a home: Alaska training company sets up shop in Dickinson

Press Photo by Katherine Grandstrand Benjamin Manley, who heads up the Dickinson office of Northern Industrial Training, sits at the desk in his office in North Park Plaza on Thursday.

Many companies in and out of the oil field want safety to be their top priority, and it's companies like Northern Industrial Training that make those goals possible.

NIT, which is based in Alaska, has had a presence in Dickinson for about a year. It moved into its office at the North Park Plaza at the corner of State Avenue and 15th Street about a month ago.

"One of the goals in moving to North Dakota is to help service some of the same clients that we deal with in the heavy equipment, oil, gas and construction trades in Alaska that have offices in North Dakota as well," CEO Joey Crum said. "We spent the last two years researching North Dakota, traveling around the state, spending extensive time there and decided that Dickinson would be the best place for us to start our operation."

NIT offers many open enrollment classes at its office space, as well as private classes there and on-site per a company's request. Instructors will travel throughout the Bakken.

"We try to provide anything that our employers need," said Benjamin Manley, who heads up the Dickinson office. "Whatever they desire, as far as their training, is what we're going to try to provide for them."

Some companies will contract out their whole safety department to NIT.

"Currently we're offering regulatory safety training classes in North Dakota and we will expand our vocational offerings in North Dakota as well and kind of go with the corporate services with the natural progression as the oil industry moves to a little less boom and a more sustainable, steady pace," Crum said. "That's where we feel we'll be able to provide the most benefit."

Training services aren't limited to near the home office, Crum said. Because of the nature of the oil and gas industry, instructors have gone to California, Texas and Wyoming.

It isn't the only Alaska company setting up shop in the Bakken, and its Anchorage and Palmer offices in its home state are also busier.

"It's pulled a lot of experience from Alaska," Manley said. "So we're training a pretty new workforce up there ourselves."

Manley and his wife are hoping to make Dickinson their permanent home this summer, depending on the housing market. They're looking forward to warmer summers.

"We're here to stay," Crum said. "Our office in Dickinson is considered a permanent location, not a temporary."

NIT is located at 1676 W. 15th St., Suite 4. For more information call 701-290-5460 or visit

Katherine Grandstrand
I graduated from Bemidji State University in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in mass communcations, from Columbia College Chicago in 2009 with a master's degree in journalism.  
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