PULSE PLANT EXPANDS United Pulse Trading celebrated an expansion last week, dedicating a new $30 million pulse processing facility in east Minot. Construction began on the facility in 2012. It will process products such as peas, lentils and chickpeas, with the products being exported worldwide. The facility is expected to employ 45 people, bringing the company's employee total in Minot to 100, and there are plans to expand its capability to produce pulse flours, proteins, fibers and starches in the future. North Dakota farmers lead the nation in production of dry beans and some other pulse crops, and the facility allows farmers the opportunity to sell their crops. The processing facility is a welcome addition to Minot's expanding agriculture processing sector.