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North Central Service was established by Wayne Torgerson, of Clearbrook MN, in 1978. North Central Service provided pneumatic boring services for companies such as Northern States Power and Northern Pipeline. In 1980 the company broke new ground by installing coaxial cable for cable television. In 1998 North Central Service entered into the telecom industry. They have since buried thousands of miles of fiber optic cable throughout several states in the U.S.

Troy Torgerson purchased North Central Service from his father, Wayne, in 2005. The company grew quickly in the telecom industry and has tripled in size in the last 9 years. North Central Service covers a large territory, working through the heart of the United States from as far north as Minnesota and North Dakota, to as far south as Oklahoma and Texas. They keep 135-185 employees busy during the working season with 5 superintendents, 9 to 10 foremen and approximately 10 crews.

With a company that has grown to this size, solid backup support is necessary. That backup comes in the form of five full-time office employees and a full-time shop to keep things running smoothly. “I try to look at the industry with a vision to see where things are going to fit with my business and employees,” Troy said about future growth.

John Deere Equipment powers approximately 20 percent of North Central’s fleet including 850K and 850J Crawler Dozers with Bron 100 vibrating plows. Also included are an 850J and 750J winch crawlers. There are several 450J, 550J, and 700J clean-up dozers plus two John Deere 110 Backhoes and two 160 Excavators. “We like the dependability and service we receive from the John Deere machines,” Troy explained. “In fact, our recent move from Clearbrook to Bemidji, Minnesota, was to be even closer to Nortrax service and availability.”

It looks like 2014 will be another successful year in the industry for North Central Service and Nortrax and John Deere aspire to be a large part in helping them maintain that success.


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