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Fewer than 10 Cargill employees in North Dakota — some in southeastern North Dakota — will be affected by its move to outsource one of its information technology departments to a company based in India, a Cargill representative said Wednesday.

Only the employees in the IT Infrastructure Services department will be affected, according to a company press release.

Worldwide, that means 900 employees.

“Of those employees, some will be retained by Cargill, some will be offered roles with Tata Consulting Services (TCS) on the Cargill account or other accounts, and some will transition out of the company in the next 6-9 months,” wrote Lena Michaud, global head of HR communications for Cargill, in an email.

The Cargill Office Center declined to name all Cargill’s facilities in North Dakota, but according to, there are five businesses with the name in the state, located in four cities — Spiritwood, Fargo, West Fargo and Wahpeton.

Those are also the North Dakota cities with available jobs listed on

Employees were told Tuesday about Cargill’s intent to move the IT Infrastructure Services work to TCS, and Cargill had been communicating openly with them since last fall, according to Cargill.

The company is planning the transition process to determine when and how work will be moved to TCS, according to a Cargill media statement.

“Once the plan is complete, we expect to spend about 8-9 months executing the transition,” the statement continues. “Severance and other transition decisions affecting employees will be guided by country laws, Cargill policies and our standard processes with workers councils and unions worldwide.”

According to the TCS website, the company is “part of the Tata group, one of India’s largest industrial conglomerates and most respected brands.”

TCS has 276,000 IT consultants in 44 countries and a net income of $2.6 billion.

According to its website, Cargill reported net earnings of $2.31 billion during the fiscal year of 2013, and it has 142,000 employees in 67 countries.

Sun reporter Kari Lucin can be reached at (701) 952-8453          or by email at klucin@