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Yearly Archives: 2019

Discover! The Port collaborates with schools and businesses to educate students on career opportunities right here at home

Port businesses interested in exploring internships or project work for students are encouraged to connect with the Kalama School District

Did you know that businesses at the Port of Kalama employ more than 1,200 people? When you drive by the Port you may not see a lot of people or corporate neon signs, but Port of Kalama businesses combine to create a formidable employment community in Cowlitz County.
From family-owned ventures to Fortune 500 companies, there are over 30 industries conducting global business and commerce including import/export, manufacturing, marketing, welding and fabrication, steel manufacturing, recycling, trucking and myriad other commercial and industrial enterprises. They choose Kalama for its ideal location in the heart of the Pacific Northwest and proximity to highway, railroad and the Columbia River.

The annual Kalama Career Fair offers students a program to learn about the companies in Kalama and throughout Cowlitz County, the wide range of careers available here, the skill sets required, and the pathway to obtaining those jobs. The event, which is organized like a trade show with booths and spokespeople, invites local businesses to participate and share tips on what students should be thinking about and learning in order to secure their job and career path.

Now, as an extension of that career learning, the Port of Kalama is working with the faculty of Kalama Schools to engage the business community in quality internships for students. The key is offering real world experience and activities that will further the career education for Kalama high school students.

“We are eager to create real partnerships with Port of Kalama businesses to create a successful program that offers experiential on-the-job learning to our students,” says Cory Torppa, Career and Education Director at the Kalama School District. “We have been visiting businesses to explore opportunities to create these powerful connections and real-world experience for our students—we invite any business who is willing to create an intern position or offer projects for students to support their business.”

One Port business partner and Career Fair participant is Rob Rich, vice president of marine services at Shaver Transportation, a company that offers Port of Kalama businesses a tug and barge assistance service for ships, inland grain and bulk commodity transportation, and harbor/marine services. Rich, has participated in all Kalama Career Fairs and delights in helping students understand the business, career and job options available right here on the river.

“I want students to know what is expected of them when they seek a job—they need a high school education, they need to demonstrate that they are capable of learning and that they can take direction,” says Rich. “And I’d encourage other Port businesses to join us—it’s so important to reach out to these kids while they are in high school to offer them job exposure and help them to discover their passion. It’s the best time to help them along their life career path.”

Local businesses interested in exploring on-the-job opportunities and internships for students, should call 360-673-5212 or email Cory Torppa, Career and Technical Education Director at the Kalama School District, cory.torppa@kalama.k12.wa.us.

“We have a strong commitment to our community—we exist to create economic opportunity for our region, now and into the future,” says Mark Wilson, executive director at the Port of Kalama and a collaborative partner of the Kalama Career Fair. “It is important for us to help create a balanced opportunity for students to learn about a range of careers and business opportunities—we are encouraging any Port businesses who may have jobs or projects for local interns to offer our kids an invaluable learning opportunity.”

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We’ve got a plan! Port of Kalama completes annual strategic planning to guide projects and budget in 2020 and beyond

It’s been a busy year so far welcoming new tenants to the Port of Kalama, furthering our mission and planning for future projects. The commission and staff held their annual Strategic Planning Meeting last week— reviewing projects for 2020 and up to five years of potential activity.

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Help us celebrate a big one! Port of Kalama turns 100 years old next year

The Port of Kalama will celebrate its Centennial Birthday in 2020 and we’d like you to be a part of the story!

In the Spring of 2020, we will all celebrate the Port of Kalama’s rich history and unique place in the Kalama community as well as in the Pacific Northwest—we invite you to be a part of that story!

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Discover! Does the Port levy taxes?

No taxes! Decades of strategic planning by past port commissioners continues to ensure the required revenue to maintain port facilities, parks and services for all residents with no taxes added. Every year the Port of Kalama commission is required

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Methanol Manufacturing Facility Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement Released

The Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS) for the proposed construction and operation of the Kalama Manufacturing and Marine Export Facility was released today by the co-lead agencies, Port of Kalama and Cowlitz County.

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Methanol Manufacturing Facility FSEIS Released

The Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS) for the proposed construction and operation of the Kalama Manufacturing and Marine Export Facility was released today by the co-lead agencies, Port of Kalama and Cowlitz County.

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Port of Kalama annual maintenance dredging project starts up in September

The Port of Kalama begins its annual maintenance dredging at the TEMCO grain elevator berth on September 1st and is expected to run through September 30, 2019. The Port board of commissioners awarded the ongoing 2019 maintenance dredging contract to Ross Island Sand and Gravel for $687,225.00, including tax. The project will remove a projected 55,000 cubic yards of material to depths between 43 to 47 feet.

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Discover! Port of Kalama named third largest bulk exporter on the West Coast, 16th largest in the nation

According to the US Census Bureau and USA Trade Online, the Port of Kalama  is  the third largest bulk exporter on the West Coast right after Los Angeles and Long Beach, California. Handling well over 13 million tons  of bulk commodities, the Port of Kalama weighs in as one of the nation’s largest tonnage export facilities shipping more bulk cargo than even its neighbors Portland, Longview and Seattle.

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Discover! Summer is still in full-swing at the Port of Kalama!

The way we see it, summer is still in full-swing until we welcome Fall on September 21st and so are seasonal events hosted at the Port of Kalama! It is all part of the Port of Kalama mission to create recreational opportunities for the community—and there are still summer events perfect for entertaining the whole family.

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Discover! Ever wonder how Washington wheat feeds the world?

As an internationally-renowned marine terminal and home to some of the most efficient grain export facilities on the west coast, the Port of Kalama plays a key role in how Washington wheat feeds the world!

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