Alien Closes

May 13, 2009


For Immediate Release


NDSU Research & Technology Park, Inc.

Contact Information:  Tony Grindberg, 499-3601


Tony Grindberg, executive director of the North Dakota State University Research and Technology Park, said Wednesday, he is thankful for Alien’s commitment to launch a high tech company in North Dakota and at the North Dakota State University Research and Technology Park, but understands today’s announcement to close its Fargo facility. 


“We understand the current economic recession has created a situation where Alien needs to make tough decisions to cut overhead and maintain their respective place in the market of RFID (radio frequency identification),” Grindberg said.  “We remain committed to assisting Alien through this difficult economic period of time.”


More than twenty people will lose their jobs. Grindberg said the Research and Technology Park has focused its efforts on helping displaced employees.


“Our ongoing commitment is to the employees to assist them in finding new employment. We will continue to do that until all employee needs have been met,” Grindberg said.


Alien provides RFID products and services to customers in retail, consumer goods, manufacturing, defense, transportation and logistics, pharmaceuticals and other industries.


Alien Technology broke ground for their 50,000 square foot facility in the Research and Technology Park in October, 2005.


“We expect to continue bringing high technology industry and research to the Red River Valley Corridor and the Research and Technology Park by enhancing public and private partnerships,” Grindberg said.  “We will continue to create economic value in a knowledge-based economy and building upon our existing Centers of Excellence.”


Located on 55 acres in Fargo, North Dakota, the NDSU Research and Technology Park is a place where university researchers and private industry can combine their talents to develop new technologies, methods and systems.