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We give thanks.

An Open Letter to Our Community:

What an incredible year! There is so much for which we give thanks and so many reasons to celebrate the growth and prosperity we’ve experienced in our small community.

The mission of the Port of Kalama is to induce capital investment in an environmentally responsible manner to create jobs and enhance public recreational opportunities.  That means we strive to balance the economy, environment and quality of life to make Kalama the best possible place to live. It is at the forefront of our efforts every day!

From the new Spencer Creek Business Park to a new building in the Kalama River Industrial Park, McMenamins locating here, and international businesses like Northwest Innovation Works choosing Kalama as the perfect place to grow—all of these exist now thanks to years and years of contemplation, collaboration and diligent planning.

But that’s a lot of change at one time we might say.

It may seem like rapid fire growth but what many may not know is that our predecessors worked thoughtfully for decades to plan and prepare for the regional success we are now experiencing. We are grateful for their vision.

We at the Port continue our community’s history and pioneering vision of growing with purpose and intention—in ways that will benefit the entire region for decades to come. This vision brings with it thousands of jobs, revenue streams, economic vitality and opportunities for all who live here in Cowlitz County.

Thanks to responsible planning we also enjoy a thriving recreational system with parks and playgrounds, a new sports complex, and popular riverfront, pathways and marina enhancements. All of these business and recreational assets improve the health, livability and economy here—and all without any Port-levied taxes!

Like you, we at the Port of Kalama are residents of this treasured community. We are stewards of the land. We want what’s best for this place we call home. We are all neighbors—the dedicated people who live, work and play here.

Let’s celebrate our successes together and give thanks for all we share as residents of Kalama!

All the best to you and this great community,

The Port of Kalama Commission and Staff

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Maintenance dredging resumes at Port of Kalama Marina

Maintenance dredging at the Port of Kalama marina continues this week in the alley between boat houses I and H. The dredging commences Wednesday, November 9 through Saturday and should be done by Tuesday November 15. The project then moves to the alley between boat houses G and H beginning Tuesday November 15 through the week.

Maintenance dredging of the Port of Kalama marina is scheduled to run through early December, 2016. The dredging project, which was planned to accommodate fishing season and sports enthusiasts, is scheduled to remove materials that have naturally settled in the marina. The Port conducts maintenance dredging to provide for the safety and enjoyment of recreational visitors.

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Port of Kalama marina guest dock closed from Monday, October 3 to Friday, October 7 as maintenance dredging commences

Maintenance dredging of the Port of Kalama marina is scheduled to commence October 1st and run through early December, 2016. The dredging project, which is planned to accommodate fishing season and sports enthusiasts, is scheduled to remove materials that have naturally settled in the marina.

As a result of the dredging project the guest dock at the marina will be closed from Monday, October 3 to Friday, October 7.

The first actual dredging starts on October 15th at the south end of the marina and guest dock and is expected to run for three weeks. The project team will be working from the south end to the north of the marina which will impact some boat owners and guests at varying phases; signs will be posted and letters sent to inform the community of the progress. The entire project is scheduled to be completed by early December 2016.

“Maintenance of the marina basin is a routine activity to enable safe navigation,” says Mark Wilson, executive director, Port of Kalama.  “The dredging activity will require some inconvenience to our boating customers while we complete the work.  The Port appreciates your patience during this project to keep our marina in great shape.”

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September 28 Commission Special Meeting 9:00am

The Port of Kalama September 28th Commission Meeting was changed from 5:30pm to 9:00am for annual Strategic Planning.

Tentative Agenda Port of Kalama Commission SPECIAL MEETING September 28, 2016 9:00am

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Port of Kalama announces final steps to complete trail improvement project

The final steps to complete the Port of Kalama’s new parkway trails, landscaping and marina improvement will commence on Monday, September 12. In order to prepare for the final paving project, half of the marina parking will be closed from Monday, September 12th to 16th. While parking will be limited, the marina itself and boat launch will remain open during this time.

The paving project will close the entire marina parking lot and boat launch from Monday September 19th to 21st.  Throughout construction, all passenger car lots adjacent to the Port Administrative Office will remain open as will additional truck and trailer parking to the south. Foot traffic to the marina will remain open as well.

The entire marina area will re-open to the public, Thursday, September 22nd.

“The Port appreciates the community’s patience during this construction period,” says Liz Newman, marketing manager, Port of Kalama. “We invested in this project to improve the marina experience and enhance recreational opportunities for our community.”

Cowlitz County awarded the Port of Kalama a $30,000 grant for the Port of Kalama Trail Improvement Project.  The grant enables the Port to improve pedestrian and vehicle separation along West Marine Drive. The improvements are part of the Port’s mission to enhance recreational opportunities and are expected to be completed by late summer.

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We want you to know! Port of Kalama announces short-term traffic and parking changes at the Marina during next phase of trail improvements on West Marine Drive

New parkway trails, landscaping and parking facilities are under construction now at the Port of Kalama at the north end of Marine Drive. The marina improvement team is working on tree-lined berms, rain gardens, improved parking and walking trails along the Columbia River.

Water main replacement, June 21 to June 28, limits marina parking: We understand that it is peak season for spring fishing and we want you to know how to best access the marina and Port facilities. Next week the marina construction team will be replacing a water main which will restrict some traffic access and parking with the east lane on Marine Drive closed from June 21-28.

Lanes will be well-marked and traffic will be managed to maintain access to the boat launch. There will be very limited parking directly on the site, but parking will be available at the gravel lot to the south of the Port of Kalama administrative building.

Marina Access Reminder: Please remember to use I-5 Exit 30 to access Port of Kalama facilities and the marina. South Hendrickson Road off of Exit 27 will be closed on June 23 due to construction.

The marina boardwalk and the pathways to the south of the Port administration building into the park will be open to visitors during construction. Some pathways will be obstructed at the north end of Marine Drive while landscaping and improvements take place though detours will be well-marked.

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Cowlitz County awarded the Port of Kalama a $30,000 grant for the Port of Kalama Trail Improvement Project.  The grant enables the Port to improve pedestrian and vehicle separation along West Marine Drive. The improvements are part of the Port’s mission to enhance recreational opportunities and are expected to be completed by late summer.

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Port of Kalama is now accepting applications for Recreation/Tourism Administrator

The Port of Kalama is accepting applications/resumes for the position of Recreation/Tourism Administrator. All applications must be received by 5:00 PM Friday, June 17, 2016 at the Port of Kalama office at 110 W Marine Drive, Kalama, WA 98625. A degree is preferred but relevant experience may besubstituted for a degree. Duties include but are not limited to day to day administrative functions of the Port of Kalama marina, all parks, interpretive center, and public access areas. The yearly salary is between $45,000-$55,000 depending on experience, plus benefits.

Job Description

All applicants will be subject to a background check and drug testing. All applicants MUST obtain Port of Kalama application and job description at the Port office or from the Port website at Any resumes submitted without the Port of Kalama application will not be reviewed.

All applications/resumes should be sent or delivered to:
Port of Kalama
Attn: Recreation/Tourism Position
110 W Marine Drive
Kalama, WA 98625

The Port of Kalama is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Please contact the Port at 360-673-2325 or with any questions.

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Port leases 23,000 square foot building; thriving businesses choose Kalama to continue growth trajectory

Specialty metals manufacturing distributor Aero-Vac Alloys & Forge, Inc. has chosen the Port of Kalama to expand its business. The company, which moves both its corporate headquarters and production facility to Kalama from Orange County, California, has just signed a 23,000 square foot lease effective May 1, 2016.

“There are so many reasons we are moving our operations to Kalama: it is a prime location for production, distribution, and transportation; the buildings and amenities exceed those we’ve seen elsewhere; there are incredible business and tax incentives; and a ready and skilled workforce,” says Tim LuMaye, President, Aero-Vac Alloys & Forge. “Frankly, in addition to the business aspects, I fell in love with Kalama for its small town appeal and the natural beauty—the river and mountain views are exceptional. I cannot wait to move!”


Aero-Vac is an AS9100-certified manufacturing distributor of specialty metals like bar, forgings, plate, sheet and tube to OEMs and steel manufacturers for the aerospace and commercial industries. The company’s offerings include alloy, stainless, nickel, aluminum, titanium, carbon and cast iron for processing and custom fabrication.

The company, which serves global titans like Boeing, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin and General Electric, expects to add six to eight new personnel to their Kalama operations and projects consistent growth in the next few years as they increase distribution to the aerospace industry throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

Aero-Vac joins a growing number of industries and businesses who have found the Port of Kalama an ideal location to grow their businesses.  The Port boasts an Industrial Park and acres of shovel-ready land for manufacturing, technology, storage and many other industry sectors. Sixteen acres of public riverfront parks stand out as popular recreational destinations for both locals and tourists.  Port officials cite several advantages for businesses like Aero-Vac to expand operations in Kalama including:

  • No state corporate or personal income taxes
  • Collaborative, business-friendly environment
  • Affordable/competitive rates
  • Accessibility to all modes of transportation
  • Quality buildings, land on river/rail/Interstate
  • Quality of life, slow-paced, beautiful, quiet, hometown feel
  • Proximity to international airport at PDX — just 30 minutes away


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Free marine vessel safety inspections, June 4!

Attention Boat Owners:

It’s that time of year again. The weather will start to get nice and the local rivers and lakes will soon be booming with sport and recreational boats. The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office would like to extend an invitation to all boat and personal watercraft owners. Come out to the Willow Grove Boat launch or the Kalama Marina on Saturday June 4th between the hours of 10AM and 2PM for your free marine vessel safety inspection.

Each vessel that passes inspection will receive their 2016 Marine Safety Decal. Additional boating information will also be available.

For additional information contact Dep. Jordan Spencer at the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office at 360-577-3092

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It’s official! McMenamins inks deal to build hotel / brewpub at Port of Kalama

McMenamins Inc. has signed a lease to develop a brewpub and hotel on the Port of Kalama waterfront. The Port of Kalama board of commissioners approved the lease at this week’s regular commission meeting. The new facility is expected to be open for business by the end of 2017.

The new McMenamins destination will include a 40-room hotel, meeting rooms, gift shop, restaurant, brewery, and rooftop brewpub with river view as well as a smaller 500- square-foot pub a short walk away at the Port of Kalama’s Ahles Point.

“This is happy news for Kalama and the entire region as we expect this new establishment to bring jobs and tourism to area,” says Alan Basso, president, Port of Kalama board of commissioners. “This McMenamins location—at a breathtaking spot right on the Columbia River—offers a new destination for travelers and tourists who may have never stopped in Kalama before. We expect an economic boon for the entire community.”

With a long history of reimagining interesting spaces, McMenamins will incorporate Kalama’s Hawaiian heritage into the design of its buildings, which will be modeled after the historic Pioneer Inn in Lahaina, Maui. Similar architecture can also be found today in Kalama in an 1870s structure that was the Northern Pacific Railway’s hospital. John Kalama, originally of Kula, Maui, lived in the area as an employee of the Hudson’s Bay Company. The Kalama River and the city both bear his name. Descendants of John Kalama are members of the Nisqually and Warm Springs Tribes.

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Architectural planning will commence immediately by the same firm that designed the Port’s new administrative building and interpretive center, Collins Architectural Services. After the design is complete, the Port of Kalama will construct the building shell and exterior, parking area and landscaping, and rough-in electrical and mechanical features of the building. McMenamins will design and construct all interior components of the facilities.

One of McMenamins’ signature trademarks is the incorporation of a love for historic buildings and artwork in their establishments. Several McMenamins businesses are long-storied structures on the National Historic Register with paintings, murals and artwork as focal points. The McMenamins Kalama facility will honor the town’s roots with unique architecture and visual touches.

A small town with a rich history, just a 30-minute drive from Portland and its international airport (PDX), Kalama is attracting business attention for good reason:

  • Location, location, location
  • Easy access to Interstate-5, rail, river
  • Booming business community
  • New commercially-zoned property under development
  • Quality recreation
  • Friendly small-town appeal
  • Collaborative, business-friendly culture


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