Marking its first location outside of Grand Forks, N.D., drone service provider SkySkopes is expanding its North Dakota operations and opening an office in Minot.
According to Matt Dunlevy, Minot – a “military-friendly community” – is a “perfect staging location for flight operations” in the western part of the state.
SkySkopes specializes in the aerial inspection of energy infrastructure, including equipment used by companies in the state’s oil patch. The new office’s location will allow SkySkopes to work with local entities on initiatives to further the development of the unmanned aircraft systems industry in the area, the company explains.
“Between military and commercial uses, there are so many opportunities for SkySkopes in Minot and even more opportunities for the businesses that hire them,” says Stephanie Hoffart, president and CEO of the Minot Area Development Corp.
“I am very excited to welcome SkySkopes to Minot and to our business community,” states Minot Mayor Chuck Barney. “The opportunities Minot has to offer are unlimited, and I’m honored SkySkopes selected Minot for their first expansion in North Dakota.”
The mayor adds that the new location will offer the company “easy access to transmission lines, pipelines, wind energy and agriculture applications.”