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Discover! Did you know the Port actively participates in local community events?

At the Port of Kalama, we value both business and civic collaboration. In an effort to support our community, local organizations, and our fellow families and residents we eagerly participate in community events and help promote what’s happening here!

Kalama’s incredible family events offer opportunities for everybody to come together—to celebrate our collective sense of place and community.

Happy Halloween!

One of our favorite local festivities is the annual Halloween Celebration hosted by the Kalama Chamber of Commerce on October 31st. Halloween in Kalama is all about the kids!

The Chamber invites families to visit downtown businesses between 3 and 6 p.m. on Halloween for safe trick or treating—streets are closed to all traffic except the costumed kind! Business owners decorate their storefronts and treat local children to fun and surprises—and the Port is right there with them.

We are honored to participate in this magical event.

The Port of Kalama joins local businesses, the chamber, city and our own industrial tenants for a variety of community celebrations and activities throughout the year.

The Port is not just about business, commerce and industry—we share a proud sense of place and connection with our neighbors and we join you in celebrating these rich traditions.

For a list of family fun and events happening in Kalama click here. Let’s get together!

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Discover! We’re all interconnected through our regional rivers.

Ports and marine-related businesses are vital to the strength of our communities. We cannot afford to take these jobs and our working rivers for granted. Our communities and neighborhoods are more resilient because of the connections our rivers provide to the global marketplace.

More than 40,000 Pacific Northwest jobs are dependent or strongly influenced by Columbia River maritime commerce.

Columbia River ports

Ports are the economic builders of our region. They manage everything from small business incubators to marinas and internet access in their local areas. They also work with shippers, barge lines, export companies and farmers to transport cargo like grain, steel, lumber, and automobiles up and down the Columbia River safely, efficiently and successfully.

Today’s river commerce

Keeping with its heritage, the Columbia River continues its vital role in commerce and trade for the region—as does the Port of Kalama as a busy Columbia River port. Today, 50 million tons of cargo travel up and down the Columbia River. It is the third largest grain export gateway in the world, exporting more than 50% of the nation’s wheat.

Our ports have access to global trade because of our rivers. Many of our communities were born because of their access to international trade. Without this river commerce access, our communities could be underserved and underdeveloped.

Like other Pacific NW Ports, Port of Kalama is a steward of the regional river system working hard to invite commerce to the Pacific Northwest while it protects this valuable natural resource.

Our Rivers. Our Livelihood. Our Quality of Life.

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Discover! New industrial building opens next week—all part of the Port’s mission to create a sound economy and family wage jobs

The new industrial building at the Kalama River Industrial Park opens next week with a Grand Opening celebration on Friday, October 5 from 4—7p. The Kalama community is invited to join us to celebrate the new 120,000 square foot building, its new tenants and healthy economic growth! Enjoy a raffle, games,  food, music, and more.

The Port welcomes its newest tenants, Bridger Steel and Marco Industries, to its beautiful new industrial facility. The two companies are manufacturing entities that play a significant role in the steel manufacturing cluster emerging at the Port. The companies join other organizations like Steelscape, CE Metal Fabrication, Christiansen Enterprises LLC, and Aero-Vac Alloys & Forge to leverage Kalama’s place in the region and create good local jobs. Partnerships like these create long-term opportunities for the next generation of local talent to live, work and raise families close to home.

At the core of the Port of Kalama’s mission is a promise to carefully evaluate community investments—like this new facility, marine terminals, Spencer Creek Business Park, and enhancements to our public parks—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 follow an approved comprehensive plan or Comprehensive Scheme And Plan of Harbor Improvements—required by law—to ensure that the environment, economy and community assets are thoughtfully planned to work in harmony with one another.

Comprehensive planning is a process that determines community goals and aspirations in terms of community development. The Scheme identifies opportunities for future investment, operation and development that will benefit the community.

Inviting a growing community of manufacturing businesses to the Port is all a part of the comprehensive plan to create economic development, revenue and job opportunities not only for the Kalama community but the entire region. The Port is now experiencing growth in this steel industry where companies are able to import steel, manufacture and install products for use right at the Port and elsewhere around the region.

Decades of planning ensures that next generations can live, work and play right here in Kalama and put their own stamp—and pride—on high-visibility projects in their home community.

Let’s celebrate!

 

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Discover! Did you know that the Port of Kalama has been honored for its many contributions to education and student advancement?

Did you know that the Port of Kalama has been honored for its many contributions to education and student advancement?

The Port of Kalama and the Kalama School District work closely together to create a tangible connection for students between the classroom, local industry and real world career and job opportunities. And they are plentiful—right here at home.

Industries at the Port of Kalama employ more than 1,000 people. And there are Fortune 500 companies right here conducting global business and commerce including import/export, manufacturing, marketing, welding and steel work, recycling, trucking and myriad other commercial and industrial enterprises. They choose Kalama for its ideal location in the heart of the Pacific Northwest on the highway, railroad and river.

Through work at the Kalama Career Fair and engaging Port businesses in educational programs, the Port of Kalama has built a close relationship between students, the faculty of Kalama Schools and the Port’s business partnersand the Port offers students opportunities to meet members of the business community and learn about work and career opportunities at the Port and among Port industries.

Earlier this year the Port of Kalama and Executive Director Mark were honored with the 2018 Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) Community Leadership Award for the Columbia River Region. The award recognizes Port of Kalama’s many contributions to the Kalama School District: The Port was instrumental in organizing the Kalama High School Career Fair and recruiting Port businesses to participate in an effort to educate students on career and job opportunities in the region and at the Port.

“Mark Wilson and Port of Kalama commissioners have been instrumental in forging a cooperative new direction for district-port relations. Through these efforts, the Kalama School District has engaged Port and Cowlitz businesses in the Kalama Days Career Fair promoting career awareness among Kalama students and giving them increased motivation to do well in school,” says Mike Nerland, WASA Honorary Awards Committee Columbia River Region 112. “Your efforts have also helped foster the development of a STEM network in Cowlitz County. We thank you for your support of students and families in Kalama School District and throughout Cowlitz County.”

The Port continues to offer opportunities to meet members of the business community and learn about the work they do—improving the understanding of the business activities here and educating students about the many businesses and global industries right here in the community.

Here’s to an inspiring new school year!

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Discover! Our Working Rivers: Did you know Port of Kalama is an internationally-renowned marine terminal?

Three main rivers running through the Pacific Northwest—the Columbia River, Willamette River and the Snake River—all support the livelihood of our communities, economy, recreation and quality of life. More than 40,000 jobs in the Pacific Northwest exist because of our strong maritime commerce. And tons and tons of Pacific Northwest grain is being transported by barges traveling over these thoroughfares on their way to the Port of Kalama for export to communities around the globe.

Because of this efficiency and proximity to Pacific Rim customers, farmers in Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington use the ports on the Snake River to send their wheat to deep draft ports like the Port of Kalama on the Columbia River. From there, grain is loaded onto ocean-going ships to feed consumers around the world. Check out this video of how Washington wheat is expertly transported through the river system to destination grain terminals like those at the Port of Kalama.

It’s kind of a big deal!

Did you know that the Port of Kalama is an internationally-renowned marine terminal and home to some of the most efficient grain export facilities on the west coast? Temco LLC 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 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.

Temco leases export facilities and terminals at the Port of Kalama providing a long-term revenue stream to the Port of Kalama that pays for infrastructure investments and other high-return economic activity. Such investments are part of the Port’s comprehensive plan to ensure that the jobs and local opportunities at the facilities continue long into the future.

Our River. Our Livelihood. Our Quality of Life.

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Discover! Salmon recovery efforts commence at Port of Kalama

The Lower Columbia Fish Enhancement Group next week launches the construction phase of the Kalama River Fish Enhancement Project at the Port of Kalama. The ambitious restoration project will enhance habitat for juvenile and adult fish, increase holding water for salmon and steelhead and create cover for fish to hide from predators.

The Port provided matching funds toward the construction of the wood structures along the shoreline to provide shelter and safe feeding areas for young salmon. This next phase of the project is expected to run from August 20, 2018 through summer 2019 and will impact some areas and Port walking paths in the Kalama River Industrial Park. Visitors should look for area signage. For more information on the construction projects visit https://www.rco.wa.gov/; search project number 16-1532.

The comprehensive strategy is to maximize the function of the lower Kalama River as a thermal refuge habitat to benefit multiple in-basin and out-of-basin stocks including Chinook, coho, steelhead, sockeye, and chum. A secondary goal is to increase productivity of in-basin stocks and to decrease predation of all salmonids via increased aquatic habitat complexity and diversity.

Overall recovery and enhancement efforts will include:

  • Installing 30 multi-log structures comprised of about 100 instream complexity logs and 25 floodplain roughness logs along 7,000’ of mainstem shoreline and 970’ of side channel shoreline;
  • Enhancing 2,000,000 cubic feet of existing juvenile rearing and adult holding cover habitat;
  • Increasing riffle pool frequency from 1 in 6,500’ to 1 pool every 170’;
  • Reducing width to depth ratio from 150:3 to 125:5;
  • Adding 700,000 cubic feet of juvenile rearing and adult holding cover by increasing depth of existing deep-water habitat and creating a minimum of 20 new pools.
  • Increasing sediment sorting to create a minimum of 2,000’ sq. ft. of spawning habitat.

 

The Lower Columbia Fish Enhancement Group and the Port of Kalama thank the following partners for their contributions to the Kalama River Fish Enhancement Project:

  • WA State Dept. of Natural Resources
  • WA State Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
  • WA State Recreation and Conservation Office
  • Salmon Recovery Funding Board
  • Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board
  • Steelscape Inc.
  • Larch Correctional Facility

 

In addition, the following firms are involved in the efforts:

Woody materials: HFI Consultants

Engineering:  Inter-Fluve Inc.

Contractor: Kysar-Koistinen

For more information on the project, visit https://www.rco.wa.gov/. Search project number 16-1532. Or call Brice Crayne, LCFEG project manager, at 360-904-7922.

“The Port of Kalama is dedicated to preserving Kalama’s natural environment through community service projects and facility enhancements that protect its natural resources,” says Liz Newman, marketing manager, Port of Kalama. “This fish enhancement project will further our local efforts to restore and enhance habitat for salmon and steelhead navigating the Kalama River.”

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Discover! New industrial building opens to welcome a growing cluster of steel manufacturing companies offering local family wage jobs in Kalama

In response to demand for light industrial space at the Port of Kalama, the board of commissioners approved the expansion of Kalama River Industrial Park with a new 120,000 square foot building. As part of its economic mission, the Port works hard to offer employers an array of properties and buildings that result in excellent family wage jobs and opportunities.

The Port’s long-term comprehensive planning process was designed to create this balanced and diverse industry base, and new buildings and amenities are a key part of the plan to attract tenants.

Port of Kalama’s newest tenants, Bridger Steel and Marco Industries, are large manufacturing entities that play a significant role in the steel manufacturing cluster emerging at the Port. The companies join other organizations like Steelscape, CE Metal Fabrication, Christiansen Enterprises LLC, and Aero-Vac Alloys & Forge to leverage Kalama’s place in the region and create good local jobs. Partnerships like these create long-term opportunities for the next generation of local talent to live, work and raise families close to home.

The growing steel sector at the Port of Kalama showcases the economic circle of life core to the mission of the Port commission—creating economic development, revenue and job opportunities not only for the Kalama community but the entire region. The Port is now experiencing growth in this steel industry where companies are able to import steel, manufacture and install products for use right at the Port and elsewhere around the region. It’s huge for next generations coming up who can live, work and play right here in Kalama and put their own stamp—and pride—on high-visibility projects in their home community.

Check out this video of the economic circle of life created by this growing steel cluster.

And please join us in welcoming the newest members of our business community—learn more about Bridger Steel and Marco Industries:

Bridger Steel

Bridger Steel Inc., a premier metal manufacturer of panel systems for roofing, siding and interior applications, signed a lease with the Port of Kalama for 30,000 square feet of office and warehouse space and another 10,000-square foot covered area for loading trucks. The company serves the US and Canada, as well as Europe and the Pacific Rim. Bridger prides itself on delivering the highest level of service and support to partners and upholding a standard of quality in everything they create.

Marco Industries

Marco Industries,  an industry leader in the manufacture and distribution of quality accessory products for the metal roofing and cladding industry, also signed a lease for 30,000 square feet of warehouse and office space at the Port of Kalama. Marco Industries manufactures and distributes ventilation, closure, fasteners, flashing, underlayment and other accessories for metal roofs and wall systems and expects to hire eight to ten employees in its start-up phase at the Port. Numerous Marco products have been utilized in the construction of the new building.

 

 

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Discover! New marina amenities at Port of Kalama and more on the way soon!

We’ve come a long way! Earlier this year the Port of Kalama embarked on a comprehensive marina renovation project that would enhance and update the popular riverfront facility for patrons and guests. With a world-class facility in mind—designed for fishing, boating and water recreation—the Port has made great strides this year to create the renovations and upgrades to the Port of Kalama Marina that have ultimately enhanced the user experience.

The Port today announces that the following enhancements are complete:

  • The boat launch has been replaced with two lanes open for launch traffic.
  • All docks have been replaced at the boat launch and fuel dock.
  • A state-of-the-art fuel system and new digital self-service pump have been installed—accepting Visa, Mastercard, and Voyager credit cards and open 24 hours a day.
  • Waler boards and power pedestals have been replaced in boathouse C.
  • Gangways have been replaced at the fuel dock and boat ramp

 

Marina project upgrades still underway include:

  • Waler board replacements in Boathouses A and B AND C.
  • Boathouse utilities like the new metal pedestals and electricity—which are underway in all houses.

 

While there is still amphitheater construction in Marine Park and Louis Rasmussen Park, walking paths have been repaved with new lighting and are open for visitors.

Port of Kalama’s celebrated parks are all open for business and offer incredible amenities and popular venues for family enjoyment:

  • Beaches and waterfront for boating and fishing
  • Sporting facilities for soccer, baseball, tennis, football
  • Equestrian arena
  • Picnic facilities and covered areas
  • Walking paths
  • Expo area for events

 

Please sign up for email project updates at www.portofkalama.wpengine.com under the contact tab, and follow the Port on Facebook, where there will be updates and information for marina users. Marina patrons can also sign up for email notices and updates by filling out the form here.

Questions can also be directed to the Port administrative office 360-673-2325 at any time.

“We understand what marina interruptions mean to our valued patrons and visitors and we appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we complete the biggest marina renovation project since it was originally built,” says Mark Wilson, executive director, Port of Kalama. “While there will be short-term construction, we believe the end product will restore the marina so it can be enjoyed for decades to come.”

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Discover! A history of stewardship on the river

Like other Pacific Northwest ports, Port of Kalama is an economic and environmental steward of the regional river system. The Port collaborates with regional organizations like Our Working Rivers, Pacific Northwest Waterways Association and Washington Public Ports Association to ensure the health of our river system.

Three main rivers running through the Pacific Northwest—the Columbia River, Willamette River and the Snake River—all support the livelihood of our communities, economy, recreation and quality of life. More than 40,000 jobs in the Pacific Northwest exist because of our strong maritime commerce.

With a key economic and recreational location on the Columbia River, it is the mission of the Port of Kalama to keep the river working for the entire community. The Columbia River plays a vital role in the commerce and trade that support our town. In fact, Kalama was founded because of our place on the river.

Today, 50 million tons of cargo travel up and down the Columbia River. It is the third largest grain export gateway in the world, exporting more than 50% of the nation’s wheat.

We’re all interconnected through our rivers.

Kalama is more resilient and prosperous because of our location on the Columbia River and its connection to the global marketplace. Port of Kalama joins other Pacific Northwest ports as the economic engines of our region working with shippers, barge lines, export companies and farmers to transport cargo like grain, automobiles, lumber and steel up and down the Columbia River safely, efficiently and successfully.

Our River. Our Livelihood. Our Quality of Life.

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Discover! Come play at the Port of Kalama!

Welcome Summer! There’s no better season to enjoy the natural beauty and outdoor recreation that abound here in Kalama.

As a key contributor to the Kalama community, the Port is responsible for providing and enhancing public recreational opportunities. Nestled on the banks of the Columbia River, the Port of Kalama is home to miles of walking paths, water activities and world-class fishing, a state-of-the-art marina and acres of public parks.

Port of Kalama’s celebrated parks offer:

  • Beaches and waterfront for boating and fishing
  • Sporting facilities for soccer, baseball, tennis, football
  • Equestrian arena
  • Picnic facilities and covered areas
  • Walking paths
  • Expo area for events

 

The Port operates and maintains these gorgeous parks for the community to enjoy—and all at no cost to the public. Come visit!

  • Haydu Park
  • Marine Park
  • Louis Rasmussen Park
  • Port of Kalama Marina

 

Port of Kalama’s Transportation Interpretive Center

NEW WEEKEND HOURS 11a – 4p Saturday and Sunday

In addition to public parks and recreational amenities, the Port of Kalama opened a beautiful Transportation Interpretive Center in November, 2014 to showcase its rich history. Exhibits track Kalama’s early inhabitants, the Cowlitz Tribe, and the settlers that followed over the next 100 plus years including renowned Oregon Trail writer Ezra Meeker. Displays illustrate how 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. The Interpretive Center not only tells the story of how Kalama was settled but treats visitors to artful display models and replicas.

 

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