At Industrial Builders Inc., Paul Diederich plans to boost payrolls about 10 percent this year.

"The economy is on the rebound," said the president of the West Fargo, North Dakota-based heavy-construction company. "We have some projects in our backlog."

Diederich, who is hiring "in the hope that when the weather breaks, we'll have the need to put these people to work," has already filled two management positions. He intends to increase staff, including seasonal employees, to more than 300 as the July-August peak building period approaches.

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