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Anchorage Launch Services signs lease for new commercial dock space at Port of Kalama

Port of Kalama announced today that Anchorage Launch Services has signed a contract to lease the Port’s new commercial dock and operate their maritime transportation services. The new tenant will use the dock as its Anchorage Launch Services Terminal to provide light cargo and commercial passenger services to the maritime shipping industry on the Columbia River from Astoria to Portland/Vancouver—and everywhere in between. Anchorage Launch Services delivers supplies, goods and products to ships to keep their operations moving efficiently.

“There is not a facility like the Port of Kalama’s commercial wharf on the entire Columbia River—this exceptional centrally-located facility includes a crane and forklift to keep us operating 24/7, 365 days a year and that enables us to serve ships more efficiently than ever,” says Alex Scott, chief operating officer, Anchorage Launch Services. “This new facility and home for our operations raises the bar on what we can offer our clients—our new terminal will save untold amounts of time and dollars for the maritime industry. This could not be a better location to serve commerce on the entire river.”

The Port modified and refurbished components of a barge to develop the long-planned commercial dock last year and prepare for a maritime client including furnishing and installing bulkheads, bullrails, fenders, ladders, new spud piles and a gangway landing platform.

“We are incredibly excited to have a maritime service provider like Anchorage Launch Services serving clients from our new commercial wharf,” says Troy Stariha, president, Port of Kalama Board of Commissioners. “Not only will their presence here better serve our visiting commercial ships—and those at ports along the Columbia River—but the growing business will add local jobs and contribute to the local economy as operations get underway. We are delighted they have chosen the Port of Kalama to call home.”

The Port of Kalama is located in Southwest Washington just off I-5 on the Columbia River. It boasts an industrial area that includes five miles of riverfront property adjacent to the 43′ federally-maintained deep draft navigation channel. There are over 30 businesses located at the Port of Kalama, employing over 1,200 people. The port offers industrial sites, Industrial Park, new Business Park and state of the art Marine Terminals just 30-minutes from Portland International Airport.

 

 

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Discover 100! Did you know that Teddy Roosevelt himself visited Kalama?

One auspicious visitor to arrive at the site of the Port of Kalama by train in 1903 immediately saw the potential of the vast region.

Teddy Roosevelt himself foretold the success of the yet-to-be established Port of Kalama in a moving speech:

“I realize as every thinking man must the wonderful future that lies before this state, for it is one in which in its future development is going to show as great and varied industrial growth as New York or Pennsylvania.”

Today, Port of Kalama is one of the jewels of the Pacific Northwest, with prime industrial land, an exceptional Industrial Park and a new Business Park with coveted mixed-use commercial land. More than 30 companies, employing more than 1,200 people, now call the Port of Kalama home.

Look at you now, Port of Kalama! Happy 100 years of progress!

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Just a friendly reminder…….

The SP&S Locomotive comes home!

While we are thrilled to welcome the historic SP&S Locomotive home to the Port of Kalama Interpretive Center, we’ll have to postpone visitation and public traffic here for now. We’ll celebrate the grand arrival once the Interpretive Center and our facilities open again to the public. Check out the article in TDN about the arrival of this beauty!

Centennial Event Cancellation

The Port of Kalama Centennial Celebration Launch that was initially scheduled at the Interpretive Center for Friday, April 24, 2020 has also been cancelled. But we hope you’ll mark your calendars for our 100th Birthday Festivities in Marine Park on Saturday, July 25, 2020. We’ll all be ready to celebrate!

Closures

The Port of Kalama offices, facilities and the Interpretive Center remain closed for the safety of the community. Port parks remain open for your enjoyment but please practice safe social-distancing and cleanly practices in public places.

Port staff are maintaining operations through a combination of social-distancing and remote work from home—and we’re here to answer any questions you may have. Call us anytime between 8a and 5p at 360-673-2325 or email us at POK@PortofKalama.com.

The Port will communicate updates as they become available.

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Discover 100! A rich history, a unique location

Port of Kalama 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.

When Kalama first wandered into the locale that now bears his name, he was struck by its beauty. Gentle green slopes ran down to the deep, massive Columbia River slicing its way through the valley.

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.

Progress continued; and 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. Much of what made Kalama replete and thriving in the past, still holds true today. Kalama remains an ideal place to do business and an enviable quality of life.

Check out this entertaining video to learn more!

We love it here! Happy Centennial, Port of Kalama!

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Port of Kalama commissioners move to accept City of Longview’s Chief Lelooska totem pole for restoration, relocation to Kalama

The City of Longview recently approved the deaccessioning of the Lelooska Campfire Totem Pole for removal from its current location on Commerce Avenue for restoration and relocation to the Port of Kalama. Much like the Port of Kalama’s iconic Lelooska Totem Poles, the Longview artifact is also in need of repair.

The City of Longview initially reached out to the Lelooska Foundation for assistance in the repair and restoration of the weathered pole. Because the Foundation was already working with the Port of Kalama on their own totem pole restorations, when they heard that Longview would be removing the pole and unable to restore it, they suggested the city approach the Port regarding adding the Longview pole to their collection for restoration and ongoing maintenance.

All entities agreed that the best way to provide public access to this totem pole would be for the city to deaccession the totem pole for transport to the Foundation for restoration funded by the Port of Kalama and then on to the Port as a permanent new home.

The Longview totem pole was carved by Chief Lelooska for the Camp Fire USA Lower Columbia Council and was sculpted from western red cedar and is about 30 feet tall and 2’11” in diameter. It commemorates the Camp Fire Council in the Longview community and was first displayed in the spring of 1961.

“We are pleased to add the Camp Fire Totem Poles to our collection of these iconic and very popular artifacts—thank you to the City of Longview and the Lelooska Foundation for entrusting us with restoration, maintenance and creating a new home for the piece,” says Mark Wilson, executive director, Port of Kalama. “We are pleased to place them together on the waterfront for everyone to enjoy.”

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Discover 100! Our humble beginnings and the railroad that put Kalama on the map

Imagine. The 1870s in Kalama. Way back when the Northern Pacific Railroad was constructed between Tacoma and our humble town. That one bold development is what really put Kalama on the map.

Early developers purchased 700 acres here in Kalama and broke ground for the terminus of the new railroad in May 1870. And just like that—the population started to grow with employees of the railroad operations.

Kalama’s population swelled to 3,500 with the railroad building a dock, a sawmill, a car shop, a roundhouse, a turntable, hotels, a hospital, stores, and homes. Soon added to the burgeoning town of Kalama were, of course, saloons, a brewery, and a gambling hall! And the naturally deep segment of river meant sailing vessels could reliably reach Kalama adding to the commerce.

The 1870s are also when trains floated on the Columbia River!

After the Civil War railroads knit the country together, laying tracks at a furious pace but those tracks stopped at the edge of the Columbia River—right here in Kalama.

For 25 years, from 1883 to 1909, the train was ferried across the river by the world’s 2nd largest ferry at that time – the Tacoma – which could transport either 12 passenger cars or 27 freight cars across the Columbia River from Kalama to Goble, Oregon.

And the beloved Minnetonka was the little engine that could pull that big train on and off the ferry.

One auspicious visitor to float across the Columbia by train immediately saw the potential of the region. Teddy Roosevelt foretold the success of the yet-to-be established Port of Kalama in a 1903 speech:

“I realize as every thinking man must the wonderful future that lies before this state, for it is one in which in its future development is going to show as great and varied industrial growth as New York or Pennsylvania.”

And now look at you now, Port of Kalama! Happy 100th years of progress!

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Welcome, 2020: it’s a big year for the Port of Kalama! Discover 100!

Happy New Year! As we welcome 2020, we look to a big milestone for the Port of Kalama! Our Discover! campaign turns to a focus on our history and 100 years of progress. Join us!

There’s so much to celebrate. We are the fortunate heirs of visionaries, who a century ago formed the Port of Kalama in a beautiful land on a strategic location along the Columbia River.

The Port of Kalama is unique. We leverage international economic prosperity with environmental stewardship—all in partnership with the people of this community—to ensure a rich quality of life.

At the intersection of waterways, railways and roadways, you’ve helped make the Port of Kalama the 3rd largest bulk exporter on the West Coast.

Help us tell the story!

As we celebrate our Centennial Birthday, we want to hear from you—you, our neighbors. You, who like us, call this special place home.

We will celebrate the Port of Kalama’s rich history in Spring 2020. And we want your help telling the stories of people who worked at the Port, whether that’s you or someone you know. Do you have news clippings? Photos? Any story—past or present is welcome.

Contact us today to share in the celebration—our mutual place in history. Just visit us at https://portofkalama.com/mystory/

Happy New Year!

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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.

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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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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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