Laducer & Associates
Laducer & Associates, Inc. was formed in 1985 under the ownership and direction of James K. Laducer. The company began as a four-person operation, and through contracts with the North Dakota Department of Transportation and the U.S. Small Business Administration, provided management and technical assistance to North Dakota small and minority-owned businesses.
Even though Laducer was very successful in this endeavor, Mr. Laducer diversified the services to include information management. This undertaking proved fruitful, when in 1996 Laducer obtained a subcontract with Uniband, Inc. to provide data entry services for the Immigration & Naturalization Service (INS). Through two 7(a) loans totaling $532,000 approved through Kirkwood Bank & Trust and the U.S. Small Business Administration, Laducer purchased a 10,890 square foot facility in Mandan, North Dakota, designed the production layout and purchased data processing workstations, and hired over 75-people—all within one month’s time.
In 1997, additional data processing contracts were secured with Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota and the North Dakota Department of Health. Success and growth continued when in 1999 Laducer securing a 5-year contract with the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Internal Revenue Service (IRS). To perform this large-scale contract, expansion to its current facility was needed, as well as employing over 75 additional data key operators.
In 2004, Laducer began its working relationship with Reed Technology & Information Services, Inc. (RTIS) to capture and prepare for publication patent applications submitted to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. That same year, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) awarded a data processing contract, utilizing Laducer's GSA Schedule 36 Federal Supply contract. In April 2005, Laducer and Associates again turned to SBA financing with a $325,000 loan that has been paid in full.
Since entering this exciting and ever-changing business arena, Laducer has proven itself as a viable data processing center. Today, Laducer's operation includes an offsite production facility on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation in Belcourt, ND, and employs over 200 highly-skilled data key operators. The company continues its partnerships with the IRS, RTIS and FWS, and is celebrating its 25th anniversary as a small minority business.