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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.

The Port’s award-winning maintenance dredging program ensures the draft necessary to keep cargo ships sailing smoothly at the terminal. The dredging procedure removes sand in front of the TEMCO LLC terminal and uses the clean materials to continue beach nourishment on the Port of Kalama riverfront or may be placed on the upland South Port material site. The Port is only permitted to provide these maintenance services at this time of year, which is during the authorized in-water work window.

All parks will remain open but the beach at Louis Rasmussen Park will be slightly impeded by the pipe though there will be a safe spot for the public to cross over it. general business activities at the Port will continue as scheduled. The river frontage at Marine Park, McMenamins Kalama Harbor Lodge and the Port’s administration offices will be closed while sand is placed. Informational signs will be placed onsite, and construction fencing will indicate the project boundary.

A pipe will run along the shoreline from Ahles Point to the beach nourishment site. The pipe will float between the project site and Ahles point where it comes on the beach.  Boaters should be aware of the pipe.

“We want the public to be aware that it’s that time of year for the annual maintenance dredging we are required to do to support shipping and commerce here at the Port—and because the clean dredged sand is then used to nourish and enhance our public beaches, it’s really a win-win for business and recreation,” said Liz Newman, marketing manager, Port of Kalama. “These projects are part of the Port’s effort to maintain and improve shipping access for Port businesses and we apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause. We urge the public to call the Port with any questions or concerns and please visit the Port of Kalama Facebook page for posted updates on the project.”

TEMCO is a primary Port tenant, which produced over $5.3 million in Port revenue in 2018.

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.

As an internationally-renowned marine terminal on the Columbia River and home to some of the most efficient grain export facilities on the west coast, the Port of Kalama plays a key role in the nation’s robust export trade industry. In fact, the Columbia River is the third largest grain export gateway in the world, exporting more than 50% of the nation’s wheat.

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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.

As an internationally-renowned marine terminal on the Columbia River and home to some of the most efficient grain export facilities on the west coast, the Port of Kalama plays a key role in the nation’s robust export trade industry. In fact, the Columbia River is the third largest grain export gateway in the world, exporting more than 50% of the nation’s wheat.

Today, 50 million tons of cargo travel up and down the Columbia River.

The Port of Kalama is home to 30 industries employing more than 1,000 people, who choose the Port for its superior customer service and business support. Together, Port of Kalama companies and facilities accounted for over 13 million tons of grain exports in 2018 alone.

Honoring 100 years of service to the nation’s booming export business

At almost 100 years old, the Port of Kalama is no stranger to international trade, commerce and transportation. Port of Kalama enjoys a rich history that weaves through time along waterways, railways and roadways to drive home why transportation and commerce like bulk exports continues to be the community’s mainstay today.

On Monday, December 22, 1919, a group of Kalama residents met at the Kalama Business Men’s Club to discuss the formation of a port district. By May, 1920, the Port of Kalama was born of a local election process.

Today highway, rail and water meet in Kalama at some of the most efficient transportation networks in the country. Kalama’s particular landscape gave birth to a booming transportation system impacting the area both culturally and economically—ultimately transforming the area into its position today as an internationally-connected community.

Currently, there are 75 public port districts in Washington. Large and small, east to west, Washington’s ports are active in many different areas of economic development, providing jobs and economic stimulation for their communities.

We celebrate the Port of Kalama’s place in this system of commerce and export that impacts our state’s economy.

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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.

Mark your calendars for some new festivities and annual traditions:

McMenamins Summer Concert Series continues at the new Westin Amphitheater, Wednesday nights from 6—9 p.m.—through September 25th.

McMenamins Movies in the Park at the Westin Amphitheater, every Thursday night starting at dusk (approximately 9:30p) through August 29. Bring a blanket or your lawn chair for free entertainment but no picnics are allowed at this event. For more on the movie and concert lineup, click here.

McMenamins Inaugural Brewfest, Marine Park & Westin Amphitheater, August 10, noon to 10 p.m. at Westin Amphitheater. Spend the afternoon overlooking the Columbia River tasting beer—what better way to spend a summer day? McMenamins is hosting two dozen breweries and cideries as well as live music. Brewery tours will be open to the public. For more, click here.

The Untouchables Car Show takes place in downtown Kalama on August 18th! For the last 20 years the Untouchables Car Club has hosted their car show in downtown Kalama where good weather usually prevails and the show averages well over 300 cars per year. Guests are invited to wander the streets, grab a bite to eat, participate in raffles and games, enjoy local music and of course look at the beautiful cars! For more, click here.

Annual All City Garage Sale hosted by the Kalama Chamber of Commerce takes place Thursday, August 15—Sunday, August 18. Community members all over town will collectively host sales at their homes, as well as some with booths downtown. A map with participating sales is provided on sandwich-board signs downtown the week of the event. Please contact the Chamber at least one week prior if you are holding a sale and would like to be listed!

McMenamins Oktoberfest, Saturday, September 21, all day at Marine Park. When you imagine Oktoberfest, what comes to mind? Beer, music, more beer, bratwurst and hamburgers, and more—exactly how McMenamins pictures it. Live music, food, beer and more. For more, click here.

We hope you are enjoying some of these new summertime events taking place at the Port’s Marine Park and new Westin Amphitheater. We sure have enjoyed having you here for the festivities. Happy Summer!

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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!

Temco LLC—a grain terminal at the Port of Kalama—stores and handles grains like corn, soybeans and wheat for export from the Pacific Northwest to ports around the world. Today, 50 million tons of cargo travel up and down the Columbia River.

The Port’s location on the Columbia River helps us transport the hot commodity of wheat throughout the world. The Columbia River is the third largest grain export gateway in the world, exporting more than 50% of the nation’s wheat.

At the Port of Kalama, the Temco terminal handles up to 250 million bushels of grain per year and employs 120 local workers loading as much as 2 million bushels of grain every 24 hours.

Together, Port of Kalama companies and facilities employ 1,024 individuals, reported nearly $10 million in marine terminal operating revenues and accounted for nearly 14 million tons of grain exports in 2017.

We’re a part of a robust circle of life and transport for Washington wheat and other grain products. And we could not be more proud of our role.

Ever wonder how Washington wheat feeds the world? Check out its incredible journey here!

 

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Discover! Did you know that the Port of Kalama is part of the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association?

 The Port of Kalama works with the other Lower Columbia River Ports as a member of the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association (PNWA)—a non-profit trade association that helps ensure our waterways are efficient, reliable, and environmentally sustainable.

PNWA members include ports, businesses, public agencies and individuals who combine their economic and political strength in support of navigation, energy, trade and economic development throughout the Pacific Northwest.

To put the Port of Kalama’s place in the Pacific Northwest in perspective, the Columbia Snake River System is the nation’s number one wheat export gateway and number two soybean export gateway which is fed by a 365-mile, 14-foot draft inland barge system which stretches from Portland, OR to Lewiston, ID. The river system exported over 50 million tons of cargo in 2016. It is also the west coast’s number one wood and mineral bulks export gateway and a rising importer/exporter of vehicles. In all, over $21 billion worth of cargo moves on the Columbia Snake River System each year.

As a part of the Columbia Snake River System, the Port of Kalama is a strong advocate of the PNWA and their work to support the region on critical economic, environmental and transportation programs and issues.

The PNWA mission: PNWA strengthens the regional economy by increasing economic and environmental sustainability, while providing a cooperative, regional approach to addressing public policy. The organization monitors and advocates on issues impacting:

Environment

PNWA members work to protect the environment while preserving the economic value of the region’s water resources.

Energy & Salmon

PNWA works to maximize hydropower production and navigation systems on the Columbia and Snake rivers, while balancing the needs of salmon and working in support of ecosystem restoration and development.

Building Relationships

PNWA works with federal agencies, the Northwest Congressional delegation and stakeholders from around the region to build consensus and develop collaborative solutions for some of the most challenging Northwest issues.

Just some of the reasons the Port of Kalama is a committed member and participant in the PNWA:

  • PNWA was founded as the Inland Empire Waterways Association (IEWA) to provide water to grow food for a hungry nation, electrify the rural Northwest and provide a low-cost navigation channel to world markets
  • PNWA chaired the Management Committee completing the Lower Columbia River Estuary Program water quality management plan
  • PNWA works to protect the environment while preserving the economic value of resources affected by regional development

 

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Wishing you a safe and happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!

Here is some information about Port facilities and some tips for Holiday safety at the Port:

  • The Port office will be closed. Calls to the office will be routed to voice mail.
  • If you observe fire or other emergency CALL 911!
  • Louis Rasmussen and Marine Parks (near McMenamins)
  • Fireworks are not allowed within the parks on the grass or landscaping.
  • Please contain fireworks on the beach in the sand.
  • Haydu Park will be open during the day, but it will be closed in the evening. Fireworks are not allowed at Haydu Park.
  • North Port: NO FIREWORKS at the North Port.
  • Tradewinds Road will be blocked to vehicle traffic where the gravel begins. You may still walk to the river in this area.

 

Please encourage safety and courtesy to others and use the extra dumpsters we have provided for trash.

The Sheriff, Kalama Police, and Port security will be patrolling the area.

Please call our office through 5pm on July 3 with questions! 360 673-2325

Have a happy holiday celebration!

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Discover! Did you know the Port of Kalama is part of a hundred year old network of Washington Ports?

As settlers migrated across the country, they often chose locations near water. Washington State was no different – with many deep harbors and navigable rivers, towns sprung up throughout the state, dependent on access to water for movement of goods and people.

In 1889, the new state constitution declared that these beds of navigable waters belonged to the people, and gave the Legislature power to designate which of those beds would become harbors. In 1911, after citizens lobbied for the right to control access to the waterfront, the Legislature passed the Port District Act, allowing the people to form a port district and elect commissioners to govern it.

In September of 1911, the Port of Seattle was formed, becoming the first autonomous municipal corporation in the nation to engage in port terminal operation and commerce development. The Port of Grays Harbor was formed shortly thereafter. Since then, more than 80 port districts have formed in Washington, all contributing to the state’s healthy trade economy.

Port of Kalama also enjoys a rich history that weaves through time along waterways, railways and roadways to drive home why transportation continues to be the community’s mainstay today. The Columbia River attracted a steady stream of settlers like namesake Hawaiian John Kalama who arrived in Kalama in 1837 to act as a middleman between local Cowlitz Tribe and the Hudson Bay Company. In 1870, the Irish and Chinese arrived to work on the railroad. The Scandinavians with interests in fishing and logging settled in Kalama as well.

On Monday, December 22, 1919, a group of Kalama residents met at the Kalama Business Men’s Club to discuss the formation of a port district. By May, 1920, the Port of Kalama was born of a local election process. We’ll be honoring 100 years of service to the community during a Centennial Celebration next year!

Today highway, rail and water meet in Kalama at some of the most efficient transportation networks in the country. Kalama’s particular landscape gave birth to a booming transportation system impacting the area both culturally and economically—ultimately transforming the area into its position today as an internationally-connected community.

Currently, there are 75 public port districts in Washington. Large and small, east and west, Washington’s ports are active in many different areas of economic development, providing jobs and economic stimulation for their communities.

Thank you to the Washington Public Ports Association for some of this educational content.

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Port of Kalama appoints Marine Terminal Administrator

Former Portland Police Officer, Randy Teig, hired as Facility Security Officer to manage Port marine terminals and security systems

 

Port of Kalama has appointed former Portland Police Officer, Randy Teig, as Marine Terminal Administrator effective June 1, 2019. Teig, who brings 31 years of experience in public law enforcement, will act as Facility Security Officer (FSO) at the Port and be responsible for managing marine terminals and security systems.

Teig is a Kelso native who most recently worked at the City of Gresham Development Division after retiring from the Portland Police Force in 2018. He is married with four adult children and is a local business owner in Kelso.

“We are thrilled to welcome a law enforcement officer with the experience of Randy Teig—and he’s a local Cowlitz County native!” says Alan Basso, president, Port of Kalama Board of Commissioners. “Randy will assume the important position of Facility Security Officer to administer the security system. Please join us in welcoming this tremendous human resource to the Port.”

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Discover! What’s on tap for your summer entertainment at the Port of Kalama?

Summer is on the way and so are seasonal events hosted at the Port of Kalama! It is part of the Port of Kalama mission to create recreational opportunities for the community and with the opening of the new Westin Amphitheater, there are even more summer events perfect for entertaining the whole family!

Mark your calendars for some new festivities and some annual traditions. Coming soon:

McMenamins Summer Concert Series at the new Westin Amphitheater, Wednesday nights from 6—8:15p—all summer long.

Kalama Heritage Festival—sharing the spirit of Hawaii and the Pacific Northwest—at Marine and Rasmussen Parks, June 28, 29, 30

McMenamins Movies in the Park, to be scheduled soon!

Kalama Fair at Haydu Park, July 11—13

Steelhead Challenge Derby, Rasmussen Park, July 19, 20, 21

ASC Dog Show, Marine Park, July 26, 27, 28

McMenamins Inaugural Brewfest, Marine Park & Westin Amphitheater, August 10

 

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Discover! Did you know the Port of Kalama dedicates new amphitheater to longest serving Port commissioner Milford S. Westin?

The Westin Amphitheater at Marine Park will be dedicated at a brief ceremony on June 5th at 6:30 p.m. prior to the first McMenamins Concert in the Park

 

Port of Kalama will dedicate its new amphitheater to the longest acting Port commissioner Milford S. Westin, who served the community for 28 years from 1977 to 2005. The Port honors Westin for his tireless public service, commitment to parks and recreational amenities, and a notable legacy of long-term planning that has made the Port the global economic engine for the community it is today. The brief dedication ceremony will take place on Wednesday, June 5 at 5:45 p.m.

When Westin joined the Port as commissioner, the organization consisted of a grain elevator and a couple of lumber companies, a budget of $295,000 and two employees. Construction of the Port’s marina was just beginning. Because of some of the strategic long-term planning of Westin and other commissioners, the Port of Kalama is now home to more than 30 industries employing well over 1,200 workers.

The Port of Kalama has long considered the community benefits of creating a small public amphitheater on the Kalama waterfront to accommodate a growing number of events, concerts and public activities. With a mission of providing recreational assets to the community, the Port has completed construction of the long-awaited amphitheater.

“It is only fitting to dedicate this exceptional new community asset to Milford Westin who made innumerable contributions to the Port’s many successes and developments,” said Alan Basso, president, Port of Kalama Board of Commissioners. “It is the careful planning and strategic direction of our predecessors like Westin that enable us to envision public recreational features like the new Westin Amphitheater—we are grateful for his many contributions.”

McMenamins hosts the first in a series of summer concerts with The Ferenjis from 7:00—8:15 p.m. The concert series runs every Wednesday night through the summer. For a complete list of concerts click here.

“Part of the Port’s mission is to create recreational opportunities for the community—these improvements and the addition of a small outdoor venue for public events fulfill that goal,” says Basso. “With increased use of Port parks, the intent is to create more diverse and enjoyable guest experiences at events like the ones the region has been enjoying for decades such as the Blues and Hawaiian Festivals among others.”

 

Milford S. Westin pictured here below:

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