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Yearly Archives: 2016

Christiansen Enterprises Expands Business at Port of Kalama to Include Precision Metal Fabrication

In response to growing demand for commercial, industrial and decorative metal services, Christiansen launches CE Metal Fabrication

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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 of Kalama Named Milemarker 75 on the Lower Columbia River Scenic Water Trail

The designation and a new McMenamins hotel/brewpub planned for the Kalama waterfront further position the location as a hotspot for recreation, hospitality

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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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Specialty Metals Manufacturing Distributor Leases 23,000 Square Feet at Port of Kalama to Expand Operations and Service to Aerospace Industry

Aero-Vac Alloys & Forge, Inc. chooses Kalama for location, business incentives, skilled workforce; commences move-in May 1, 2016

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All American Containers Announces Expansion of Packaging Distribution Operations at Port of Kalama

Company announces recent hires, expansion plans for distribution of packaging to serve growing demand for Pacific NW wine, beer, spirits and specialty products

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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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McMenamins Coming to Port of Kalama Waterfront

The iconic craft brewer and restaurateur signs a lease to develop a portion of the Port of Kalama riverfront with a hotel, restaurant, pub and brewery

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Port of Kalama Commences Trail Improvement Project on West Marine Drive

Port awards project to P.R. Worth, Inc. to enhance Marine Drive pathways, create rain gardens, tree scapes, marina parking improvements.

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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


The small pub a short walk from the main hotel/brewpub.

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