In a booming region, growth is a must to just keep up.
Tonight we're traveling to one local town that's adapting to the oil activity.
Jordan Pederson takes us to one business in Crosby that recently relocated to resize to accommodate the influx of costumers..
Business is good.
So much so that a bigger store was needed for Crosby's Hardware Hank.
(Tim Gjovig, Owner, Hardware Hank) "We had out-grown our other store even before the oil came in."
The store which is 2 in a half times bigger than the previous store just opened it's doors to the public last week.
More staff has been hired to assist the increase in shoppers.
(Tim Gjovig, Owner, Hardware Hank) "We use to run with one full time, a couple of part times and myself. Now we are running four full times, three to four part times and myself."
And the staff goes above and beyond to assist these customers.
There has always been a large customer base of both men and women.
But recently, men are frequenting the hardware shop more these days for oil-related equipment.
(Tim Gjovig, Owner, Hardware Hank) "There is just certain things that the oil field uses a lot of and we've really brought in stuff catering."
Catering from campers and RV's to trucks, safety equipment and apparel.
(Tim Gjovig, Owner, Hardware Hank) "We carry a lot of Fire Retardant clothing, hard hats, muck boots."
In fact, Gjovig's (JOE-VIG) store was the number one muck boot supplier in the upper Midwest.
(Tim Gjovig, Owner, Hardware Hank) "We sold a ton of muck boots up in this area."
These steel toed boots are water proof and lined with self-insulating foam.. which is why they fly off the shelves and onto the feet of oil workers.
The extra square footage has allowed for more space which means more product.
(Tim Gjovig, Owner, Hardware Hank) "This here is just more spread out. We were really packed in the other store so this is more spread out and displays easier."
The spike in activity around town has lead to a direct spike in business.
(Tim Gjovig, Owner, Hardware Hank) "Good for business. You can tell when the oil really, every month is up so it has been good."
But Gjovig feels it's benefited more than just his business.
(Tim Gjovig, Owner, Hardware Hank) "It has been good. I think it is good for the whole town. We've got growing pains like any oil field town does but we will work through them."
In Crosby, Jordan Pederson, KX News.