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BNSF railway construction activities scheduled to commence at Todd Road/Hendrickson Drive/Toteff Road crossing at Port of Kalama

In order to accommodate scheduled BNSF railroad upgrades at Port of Kalama, Phase One construction commences this week at the Todd Road/Hendrickson Drive/Toteff Road crossing. Impact to traffic will be minimal, but drivers are urged to be aware of the increased trucks and heavy machinery entering the area and some lane closures for paving.

The construction activities will take place in three phases: Phase One construction of a new crossing at Hendrickson Drive is scheduled from Tuesday, February 16 to June 2, 2016. Phase Two includes construction of a new crossing at Toteff Road and is scheduled from June 3 to June 22, 2016. Traffic implications during the first two phases are minimal. Phase Three, the week of June 23 through June 30, 2016, will require a full road closure of Toteff Road from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Residents and businesses impacted by the Phase Three road closure will be notified 30 days in advance and an emergency response access plan will be approved in advance by appropriate authorities. Other Port business will not be impacted by the upgrades to the railroad crossings.

For more information, call Megan Reagan, Manager Engineering, BNSF Railway Co., 206-625-6413 or 206-423-4371 cell.

 

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Flood damage assessment and repair begin at Port of Kalama’s Haydu Park

The Port of Kalama board of commissioners has awarded a contract for the flood damage assessment, clean-up and repairs at Haydu Park. The ‘time and materials contract’ was awarded to Tapani, Inc., the same company contracted to build out Haydu, for a not-to-exceed $350,000. Work at the park and on the fields begins immediately and progress will be dependent on weather.

According to Port officials, Port maintenance crews have been working to clean up roads, sidewalks and buildings from the moment the water began receding. Tapani’s work will focus on restoring the fields, fencing, and storm water and irrigation systems.

“Just as Mother Nature impacted business at the Port in December with high winds, rain and flooding, the repairs and clean-up at Haydu will be dependent on the weather and the sogginess of the fields,” says Mark Wilson, executive director, Port of Kalama. “We are eager to complete the damage assessment and to get the park reopened to the general public as soon as we can.”

General business activity at the Port will not be interrupted during this time.

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Truckloads of sand to begin moving from Steelscape site to Spencer Creek Business Park

Kalama locals may see truckloads of sand moving from the Steelscape warehouse site across the freeway to the future home of Spencer Creek Business Park in the next few weeks. Sand has been used to compact the land for the building of the new Steelscape warehouses. That sand now transitions to provide the same land compacting at the proposed business park. Should you have any questions about the process, please call 360/673-2325.

 

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Festival of Lighted Boats rescheduled for Saturday, December 19, due to high winds

Holiday cheer will still sail through Kalama this December but one week later than planned. The first annual Festival of Lighted Boats has been rescheduled for Saturday, December 19, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. due to area flooding and weather conditions. The Kalama Chamber of Commerce next week welcomes the stunning holiday boat parade produced by the Dolphin Yacht Club.

The event promises holiday fun for the entire family with music and caroling, festive food and drink and crafts. The Lighted Boat Parade will last about an hour to an hour and a half and is expected to start at 6:30 p.m.

“We believe Kalama’s first-ever holiday boat parade will showcase some of the best traits of our little town—the most beautiful waterfront park in the region and a community that comes together like family,” says event organizer, Taryn Nelson, president of the Kalama Chamber. “The Festival of Lighted Boats is sure to cheer families around the region.”

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The Dolphin Yacht Club, which participates in a holiday boat parade in Camas/Washougal, eyes the Kalama’s Marine Park as an ideal setting to launch the popular family event.

“The yacht club approached the Chamber about a partnership to add on-the-ground activities and entertainment which we believe will attract a new audience to Kalama’s core,” says Nelson.

Families who join in the fun will find a cheery holiday celebration including:

  • Narrated Lighted Boat Parade
  • Live music (Kalama and Woodland High School Choirs & elementary school performances)
  • Santa Photo Booth
  • Warm beverages
  • Chili, nachos, caramel corn
  • Holiday crafts and more

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Port of Kalama Board of Commissioners Meeting Cancelled Tonight Due to Flooding

The Port of Kalama Board of Commissioners meeting is cancelled this evening because of limited road access in and around the Port due to flooding. We are sorry for any inconvenience. Please stay safe as you navigate our roads.

For more information, call (360) 673-2325.

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Port of Kalama is now accepting applications for Grounds Keeper Position

The Port of Kalama is accepting applications/resumes for the position of Grounds Keeper.  All applications must be received by 5:00 PM Monday, December 28, 2015 at the Port of Kalama office at 110 W Marine Drive, Kalama, WA 98625. This position requires a high school diploma, have the ability to speak, read, write, and understand English, and have a minimum (5) years of experience in maintaining  parks, golf courses or sports complexes in turf management; tree, shrub, and plant maintenance; installing and repairing irrigation; and operating zero turn and self-contained hydraulic driven contour mowers. The salary range is between $40,000 – $48,000 per year plus benefits.

Grounds Keeper Job Description
Application

All applicants will be subject to a background check and aptitude, skills and drug testing.

All applicants MUST obtain Port of Kalama application and job description at the Port office or from the Port website at www.portofkalama.com

All applications/resumes should be sent to:

Port of Kalama

Attn: Grounds Keeper 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 pok@portofkalama.com with any questions.

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Port of Kalama named Washington State Port of the Year

The Washington Public Ports Association has honored the Port of Kalama with the President’s Port of the Year Award for combining long-term vision and innovative planning to create jobs and improve the community’s quality of life. Port of Kalama commissioners received the award at the WPPA annual meeting recently in Seattle, Washington.

The Port of Kalama this year celebrates an extensive list of awards, recognition, community infrastructure projects, new contracts and acclaim as an approachable, business-friendly climate for businesses of all sizes

  • Several Port businesses have chosen to expand their operations and several new businesses now call the Port of Kalama ‘home;’
  • New infrastructure projects like the new 24-acre recreational facility, Haydu Park, were completed in 2015;
  • Among numerous awards, the Port earned the Pathways 2020 Community Champions Award for Economic Vitality, which awards organizations that excel at creating jobs, employee wellness, training, employable skills, new or expanding business, transportation, financial security, reducing poverty, and higher wages.

 

 

Port of Kalama set to develop new commercial property

The City of Kalama Planning Commission recently approved the Port of Kalama’s Master Plan to develop 70 acres of Port property to make way for the anticipated Spencer Creek Business Park. The City and Port together earned the 2014 Governor’s Smart Communities Award for their collaboration on planning the multi-use business property which is expected to boost the region’s available commercial property, economy and job opportunities while strengthening the city’s revenue base. Click for aerial video of Spencer Creek Business Park.

 

“The Port’s mission is to ‘induce capital investment in an environmentally responsible manner to create jobs and enhance public recreational opportunities.’ These projects collectively further every aspect of the Port’s mission to contribute to an economically thriving, successful and livable region,” says Randy Sweet, president, Port of Kalama Board of Commissioners. “We are so honored to provide such substantial enhancements that will serve the Port’s business community for years to come.”

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Port of Kalama makes way for commercial development with approval of Spencer Creek Business Park Master Plan

The City of Kalama Planning Commission has approved the Port of Kalama’s Master Plan to develop 70 acres of Port property to make way for the anticipated Spencer Creek Business Park. The City and Port together earned the 2014 Governor’s Smart Communities Award for their collaboration on planning the multi-use business property which is expected to boost the region’s available commercial property, economy and job opportunities while strengthening the city’s revenue base.

The Spencer Creek Business Park will encompass about 70 acres (3 million square feet) and over 500,000 square feet of space when built-out. The mix of light industrial, office, commercial and retail uses is a boon for a region lacking in developable land. The proposed site uses may include:

  • Office/flex
  • Light industrial
  • Commercial/retail
  • Hotel
  • Convenience store
  • Dining

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Click for aerial video of Spencer Creek Business Park.

The Port of Kalama and City of Kalama, who worked together to craft a new City Code to enable the flexible, multipurpose development, will collaborate now on the permitting processes for developing the site infrastructure. An economic evaluation is pending to develop the facility in order to create jobs and local revenue in an environmentally responsible fashion.

“This annexation offers terrific benefits to the city and our residents as it expands Kalama’s tax base. We can expect a substantial economic impact and additional funds for important city projects going forward,” said Mayor Pete Poulsen, City of Kalama.  “This partnership between the City and the Port is an excellent example of what can be accomplished with a shared common vision for the future of this fine community.”

 

The Port envisions a 20-year build-out that started with the creation of a regional recreational draw, Haydu Park.  New business activity will significantly increase employment opportunities and add millions of dollars to local tax revenue rolls. “The City and the Port have worked together to create common planning goals for future development, and we’ve created a road map for establishing a vibrant mixed-use district,” continues Mayor Poulsen.

“The development of this business center—and expansion of neighboring recreational facilities at Haydu Park—support our strategy for economic growth in the Cowlitz region and position Kalama as a relocation destination for diverse industries,” says Randy Sweet, Commission President, Port of Kalama.

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Port of Kalama celebrates new business & economic vitality

Just 30 minutes north of Portland, Oregon, business and community development are booming at the Port of Kalama. With more than 30 companies, employing over 850 people, the Port of Kalama offers prime industrial land and exceptional move-in-ready industrial buildings. The Port’s sweeping riverfront industrial acreage with easy access to all modes of transportation are attracting new and emerging businesses.

But that’s not all. As it prepares for the Cowlitz County ‘Port Report’ at the quarterly meeting of the Kelso Longview Chamber November 12, the Port of Kalama celebrates an extensive list of awards, recognition, community infrastructure projects, new contracts and acclaim as an approachable, business-friendly climate for businesses of all sizes.

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A round-up of recent news headlines from the Port of Kalama tells the tale of economic development, civic pride and a prosperous business community.

Port of Kalama welcomes new business

  • The Port completed an agreement with Northwest Innovation Works to build a $1.8 billion natural gas to methanol conversion facility that is expected to create approximately 200 new jobs when completed. The company recently moved its corporate headquarters and operations to the Port.
  • One of the Pacific Northwest’s largest service providers to the forest products industry, Christiansen Enterprises LLC, grew 30% a year since moving to Port of Kalama in 2013 and expanded its facilities to include fabrication. The company signed a lease for 20,000 square foot facility, added fabrication services and hired seven new employees.
  • Eco-friendly corrugated crate manufacturer, Depin Inc., moves operations from Salem, Oregon to Kalama, leasing 12,000 square feet to expand operations between key markets, Portland and Seattle. The company has hired 20 new employees.
  • All American Container recently extended the lease on their 33,000 square-foot warehouse at the Kalama River Industrial Park. One of the country’s largest suppliers of glass, plastic, and metal containers, AAC serves local, regional—even international industries.

 

“Kalama’s location is excellent, with a deep berth and easy access to the shipping channel,” said Simon Zhang, chief executive officer, Northwest Innovation Works. “From the very first meeting, the Port of Kalama demonstrated that they are open for business. They are committed to their mission of generating economic growth for Kalama and have been excellent partners, introducing us to the community and working with us as we go through the permitting process and move toward construction.”

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Port of Kalama infrastructure improvements serve community

  • The Port’s much-anticipated 24-acre recreational facility, Haydu Park, opened in July. New baseball & softball fields, soccer fields, a horse riding arena, restrooms & concession stand, tennis courts, basketball courts, on-site parking, and an expo area available for reservations by the general public are just some of the premier features of Haydu Park. The facility also includes trails and access to several thousand feet of Kalama River frontage for fishing, swimming and boating.
  • The Port of Kalama was recently awarded a federal grant by the US Department of Homeland Security to enhance security infrastructure at the North Port Marine Terminal with video surveillance cameras, increased lighting at facilities, installation of new fencing and automated gates.
  • Master planning of East Port is complete and over time will usher in the multi-use Spencer Creek Business Center for a mix of light industrial, office, commercial and retail uses.
  • Cowlitz County granted $30,000 for the Port of Kalama Trail Improvement, which enables the Port to improve pedestrian and vehicle separation barriers and meridians along West Marine Drive.
  • Last year the Port of Kalama saw Temco’s completion of a $200 million renovation of their grain elevator while the Port managed the construction of new Administrative Offices and Interpretive Center.

 

“With the Port’s recent business growth comes a higher volume of traffic which makes enhanced infrastructure important for all our tenants,” says Randy Sweet, president, Port of Kalama Commission. “The dedicated staff at the Port of Kalama is consistently seeking partnerships and grant opportunities to better serve our community and businesses. It is these kinds of grants and programs that enhance regional economic development overall.”

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Port of Kalama honored with awards for economic vitality

  • The Port of Kalama has been honored with the Pathways 2020 Community Champions Award for Economic Vitality. The ‘economic vitality’ category awards organizations that excel at creating jobs, employee wellness, training, employable skills, new or expanding business, transportation, financial security, reducing poverty, and higher wages.
  • The Washington State Department of Ecology has awarded the Port of Kalama Wastewater Treatment Plant with the 2014 Outstanding Performance Award. Port of Kalama is recognized as one of the top performers for full compliance with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit.
  • Port of Kalamaalong with strategic partner City of Kalamawas recognized for their collaboration on the annexation of 260 acres of Port property for both business and recreational purposes.  The annexation makes way for the Spencer Creek Business Park and the recently completed recreational facility, Haydu Park.
  • The Western Dredging Association (WEDA) has awarded the Port of Kalama with the top 2014 Environmental Excellence Award in the navigation dredging category. The Port was recognized with the top honor for the TEMCO Berth Maintenance Dredging and In-water Flow-lane Placement project.

 

“The Port’s mission is to ‘induce capital investment in an environmentally responsible manner to create jobs and enhance public recreational opportunities.’ These projects collectively further every aspect of the Port’s mission to contribute to an economically thriving, successful and livable region,” says Randy Sweet, president, Port of Kalama Board of Commissioners. “We are so honored to provide such substantial enhancements that will serve the Port’s business community for years to come.”

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Next up: Port of Kalama makes way for commercial development

The Port of Kalama has commenced development of the 70-acre Spencer Creek Business Park, located north of Kalama River Road right off of Interstate 5. The Spencer Creek Business Park will support a mix of light industrial, office, commercial and retail uses including:

  • Light industrial
  • Commercial/retail
  • Hotel
  • Convenience store
  • Dining

 

Preliminary work at Spencer Creek Business Park includes filling and grading, installation of storm water treatment systems, and road improvements to make way for new commercial development. While East Port will be built out over many years, business park construction and operational activities are projected to support more than 1,000 jobs and millions of dollars in new local economic activity.

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RE-SCHEDULED Bid Opening for Steelscape Steel Coil and Paint Warehouse Project

The Steelscape bid opening has been re-scheduled to Thursday, November 5, due to a spec modification.

Bids are due by 2:00pm on November 5th, 2015.

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