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Yearly Archives: 2017

Celebrating Earth Day: Port of Kalama is brimming with economic activity, community vitality, recreational opportunity, and environmental stewardship

As businesses continue to find Kalama a perfect location to grow, the small community celebrates Earth Day with an extensive list of recognition for environmental stewardship

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 1000 people, the Port of Kalama offers a prime location for companies seeking industrial land and exceptional move-in-ready industrial buildings.

The Port’s sweeping riverfront industrial acreage with easy access to all modes of transportation is attracting new and emerging businesses—all while offering a pristine natural environment for recreation, sporting and nature enthusiasts.

At the core of the Port of Kalama’s mission is a promise to carefully evaluate community investments to create jobs and enhance public recreational opportunities all while protecting and enhancing the environment and natural resources. That careful  balance is in the DNA of every single project the Port embarks upon. It is the Port’s job to ensure that environment, economy and community assets are thoughtfully planned to work in harmony with one another.

It’s a balancing act and it’s not always easy, but we strive to do the right thing to ensure Kalama’s quality of life. Always.

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 Kalamaall of these exist thanks to years and years of contemplation, collaboration, diligent planning—and a commitment to protecting the  culture here. And all bring incredible economic opportunity to this community in the way of tax dollars for infrastructure like roads, as well as jobs.

It’s Earth Day Every Day at Port of Kalama

The Port of Kalama is dedicated to preserving Kalama’s natural environment through community service projects and has been awarded numerous honors for environmental stewardship:

  • The Port supports the Lower Columbia River Fish Enhancement Group for salmon habitat restoration at the lower Kalama River. The Port has invested in structures built along the shoreline to provide shelter and safe feeding areas for young salmon.
  • The Port participated in the Kalama River Clean-up with river conservation nonprofit, RiverJunky. The Port provided removal of all waste, debris and materials from the site after clean-up efforts.
  • The organization installed environmentally friendly lighting and climate control in the new Administrative Building.
  • Water-infiltration systems were installed to avoid stormwater discharge at the Industrial Park, Marina, and Port-owned facilities and buildings.
  • The Port is consistently awarded outstanding performance recognition for wastewater treatment by State Department of Ecology award.
  • A marina restoration project is proposed to not only enhance access to the facility but to performs environmental upgrades and safeguards to protect shoreline and river
  • The Western Dredging Association (WEDA) awarded the Port of Kalama with the top Environmental Excellence Award in the navigation dredging category.
  • Port of Kalama was named Washington State Port of the Year in 2015 for combining long-term vision and innovative planning to create jobs and quality of life.
  • The Port received the Pathways 2020 Community Champions Award for its significant community contributions.


The Port of Kalama ensures that everything we enjoy about our town—the business, the environment and our wonderful recreational opportunities are all working together.  Our mission is to balance the needs of our community with stringent environmental protection and we invest in things that make Kalama a better place to live.

Please join us in celebrating this beautiful community we have created together.

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We’re progressing! Site preparation now underway at Port of Kalama’s Spencer Creek Business Park

Site preparation and preloading commences work this month at Spencer Creek Business Park at the Port of Kalama. The Port recently awarded the $1.2 million contract to Tapani, Inc. for Phase 2 site preloading and ground improvement at site which is now underway.

Residents and visitors will see the piles of sand being moved onto the site at Area 3 for the ‘preload’ phase of the ground improvement process. After Area 3 settles the preload material will move on to Area 4. The area is well-marked with signs to help explain the process.

The Phase 2 project at Spencer Creek Business Park will complete site preloading and occur in several phases with a land settlement period between each phase. (A project map is included below.) The project includes:

  • Removing all sand above 26.5′ elevation from Areas 1 and 2
  • Moving it in phases to Areas 3 through 6
  • Permitted clearing of some trees and vegetation, fences and structures
  • Compacting sand to 26.5′ elevation.


Upon completion of Phase 2, the entire 70-acre footprint will be prepared for development. General business activity at the Port will not be interrupted during this time.

Watch this video to find out more about what Spencer Creek Business Park will bring to our community.

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Port of Kalama Business CE Metal Fabrication Partners with Kalama Schools to Support Welding Education

The growing metal services division of Christiansen Enterprises donates metal scrap to Kalama High School to enrich students’ experiential education, train future labor force.

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Help the Port support our local community – share your voice

As part of our mission and in support of the Kalama Manufacturing and Marine Export Facility, the Port is responsible for building two assets inside the shoreline jurisdiction—the proposed wharf for ship moorage and export, and a new well for industrial process water. We’ve done our due diligence to ensure an environmentally—and economically—responsible community asset in the new facility.

The Port’s wharf and well will not only provide benefit to the entire community, but will serve facilities that brings jobs and opportunity to our community— all while generating millions of dollars in taxes for our schools, roads and infrastructure. It is simply a win-win:

  • 688 total jobs during operations, including 192 direct jobs and 496 indirect and induced jobs
  • $21 million in annual payroll for direct jobs
  • Estimated $30 to $40 million in annual tax payments to state and local authorities


Speak Up

Washington State Department of Ecology can approve or deny the Shoreline Substantial Development and Conditional Use permits issued by Cowlitz County. Make your voice heard to support our community.

Click on this link to speak up for our community:

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Rosenbaum Welding chooses Port of Kalama to expand welding and fabrication operations for the trucking industry

Company leases 4,200 square foot facility in Kalama right off I-5 at Exit 30

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Port of Kalama commission finalizes lease agreement with McMenamins, moves forward with construction

The iconic family owned business known for operating distinct properties in the Pacific Northwest will develop a portion of the Port of Kalama riverfront with a hotel, restaurant, pub and brewery

The Port of Kalama Commission this week approved the final lease agreement with McMenamins to build a new hotel and brewpub on Port property.  Construction of the facility is expected to commence on the site within the next 60 days.

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.

“Not only can Kalama look forward to this terrific dining and recreational option here, but this is truly an incredible investment and community asset that will bring significant economic benefits to the city of Kalama by way of sales taxes and jobs,” says Mark Wilson, executive director, Port of Kalama. “We expect this development to draw even more visitors and potential business interests to the area.”

With a long history of reimagining interesting spaces, McMenamins will incorporate Kalama’s Hawaiian heritage into the design of the buildings, which will be modeled after the historic Pioneer Inn in Lahaina, Maui. Architectural plans were completed by Collins Architectural Services and are ready for the Port’s construction of the building and landscaping. McMenamins will design and construct all interior components of the facilities working with Pacific Crest Construction for the build-out.

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Port of Kalama Commission Finalizes Lease Agreement with McMenamins, Moves Forward with Construction

The iconic family owned business known for operating distinct properties in the Pacific Northwest will develop a portion of the Port of Kalama riverfront with a hotel, restaurant, pub and brewery

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New river conservation program plans intensive clean-up of Kalama River at Port of Kalama’s Haydu Park this Saturday, March 4

It was the perfect summer day for fishing on the Kalama River when local fisherman Jarrod Kirkley, 33, reeled in a stunning steelhead. What he found next totally ruined the moment: sticking out of the fish was a used hypodermic needle. Sickened by the find Kirkley got to thinking about what he could do to clean up and conserve his beautiful playground: a new river conservation program was born. Welcome RiverJunky Washington, a river-certified waterway conservation 501 (c) (3).

Kirkley expects around 200 volunteers at the Kalama River conservation efforts which will convene at the Port of Kalama’s Haydu Park at 10 a.m. this Saturday, March 4. Teams of 7 to 10 volunteers will be dispersed to areas along the Kalama River for clean-up. The organization supplies all trucks, trailers, garbage bags, gloves and hand sanitation. The Port of Kalama will provide industrial dumpsters to haul off the final collection of debris and trash.

Interested volunteers are encouraged to call 1-866-RVR-JNKY to participate or just show up on Saturday.  RiverJunky rewards all volunteers with free gifts, raffle prizes and a hosted meal for all after.

“I’ve literally been fishing since I was two years old and I got so tired of angling in what was becoming a wasteland—I knew I had to do something to help clean up the situation,” says Kirkley, a third generation construction professional with his family’s Beavercreek Construction Company in Castle Rock, Washington. “My goal is to raise the awareness of others who care about our rivers and continue to build a volunteer base to carry on these important conservation efforts.”

Kirkley, who lives in Silverlake, calls his nonprofit ‘the world’s first river way garbage clean-up service’ and is determined to reduce the impact of trash and debris on the river ecosystem.  Since September Kirkley has organized thousands of volunteers and attracted 25,000 followers to his website and social channels. His local efforts have cleaned up several Pacific Northwest waterways including the Cowlitz River and Puyallup River; and his conservation model has been replicated now in states as far away as New York.

“Our motto is ‘if one person is cleaning up trash it makes our world one times better; but if 100 people are cleaning up trash it makes our world 100 times better!” says Kirkley. “We really appreciate all of our volunteers who join in these important endeavors.”

RiverJunky is a nonprofit organization funded from public donations and sponsorships like Dick’s Sporting Goods, Starbucks, Lamiglas and many others. All product proceeds go directly to river conservation.

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New River Conservation Program Plans Intensive Clean-Up of Kalama River at Port of Kalama’s Haydu Park on March 4

Local fisherman founds nonprofit RiverJunky, amasses thousands of volunteers to clean up and conserve waterways around the Pacific Northwest and beyond

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Port of Kalama awards contract for next phase of Spencer Creek Business Park development

As part of site preparation for mixed use development, the Port of Kalama Board of Commissioners awards Phase 2 site preload contract to Tapani, Inc.

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