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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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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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Call out to local vendors! Port of Kalama invites local artists, businesses, crafters and gardeners/farmers to showcase their products at the first-ever Community Market

The Port will host a Wednesday Night Community Market to support local entrepreneurs and artists during McMenamins Summer Concert Series

 

Port of Kalama is seeking local vendors to participate in its first-ever ‘Wednesday Community Market’ to offer local artisans, gardeners and crafters free space to showcase their locally-produced goods and arts. The innovative pop-up market will be open during the McMenamins Summer Concert Series on Wednesday nights from 6—10 p.m. in Marine Park.

Anyone in Kalama’s 98625 zip-code is welcome to apply for a booth to participate in this first ever local farmers’ and artisan market. Applications are available online here.

Details for booth application

Local applications must be received no later than one week before the scheduled event–though if vendors are interested in reserving a booth now for next week’s June 5th concert, they will be accepted.  Applications are available here. Vendor spaces for the Wednesday Community Market are available for local Kalama (98625) artists, gardeners, crafters, and others wishing to sell their products. While no prepared food or drink that interfere with concert event sponsors will be allowed, local fresh produce is welcome.

Booths must be open and staffed from 6—10 p.m. and set up can begin at 4 p.m. Items that promote political or religious messages are not allowed to be sold or distributed. Any loud or disrupting items or displays that may interfere with the concert or are considered hazardous will not be allowed.

Inspiration to support local artisans

The Port of Kalama’s Wednesday Community Market was inspired by a recent visit to Kalama sponsored by the Cowlitz County Economic Development Commission. Becky McCray, a rural and small town business expert, inspired local government and businesses with ideas to further engage small businesses to enhance community health and livability.

Port of Kalama is seeking to spur local entrepreneurialism with the market that is simple and inexpensive to try.  The hope is to grow small businesses for Kalama.

“We believe that the time is right for a community market here in Kalama—and there’s no better time to launch than our first concert series at the new amphitheater,” says Alan Basso, President of the Port of Kalama Commission. “We’ve got a ready-made audience and space for small businesses to engage local consumers—and we hope that this is a productive way for the Port to further support the business community and local producers.”

The first-ever Wednesday Community Market debuts next Wednesday, June 5, at the first McMenamins Summer Concert Series.

For more information, contact the Port of Kalama at 360-673-2325.

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Port of Kalama Manufacturing and Marine Export Facility

Today, Governor Inslee made an announcement pertaining to the proposed Kalama Methanol Manufacturing and Marine Export Facility project.  As stated in the Governor’s press release, this does not change the state regulatory process, currently underway. The Port and County will continue to complete the supplemental environmental review, with the Final Supplemental EIS expected to be completed late this summer.

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Port of Kalama pays homage to longest serving Port employee, dedicates new Haydu Park play structure to Linda Durgeloh Williams

Let’s play! The Port of Kalama has invested in a brand-new playground structure to grace the beautiful grounds at Haydu Park—and will dedicate the new amenity to the Port’s longest serving employee, Linda Durgeloh Williams. The Port pays homage to Williams for 45 years of dedication and service, retiring as Deputy Auditor.

The Port will host a dedication ceremony and celebration of the beautiful new play structure on Friday, May 10 at 4 p.m. and invites the community to join them to enjoy complimentary hot dogs and beverages. To commemorate the new park facilities the Port will also host locally-baked park-themed cookies. The AMALAK Plant Sale will also be open in the EXPO building at Haydu Park during the event.

The Port wanted to celebrate Williams’ commitment and contributions to the Port with a special dedication—she has witnessed some big moments at the Port: Williams saw the raising of the Totem Pole in 1974, the development of the North Port from a cow pasture into an industrial park, and development of a dock and corporate headquarters for Steelscape. She has seen the Oak Street overpass constructed and the installment of pedestrian and bike pathways throughout the Port.  Most impressively, she has witnessed the Port’s expansion from one to three operating docks and a roster that includes 18 full-time employees. A highlight that stands out for Linda is her ride on a navy ship from Astoria to the Portland Rose Festival.

As sunny weather approaches, there’s no better season to enjoy the natural beauty and outdoor recreation that are unique to Kalama. The Port is a key contributor to the Kalama community and is responsible for providing and enhancing public recreational opportunities. In addition to the new play structure, the Port recently completed the new community amphitheater in Marine Park, and managed a comprehensive renovation of the public marina.

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 

 

Congratulations to Linda! Now, let’s get outside and enjoy!

Photos: Saskia Van Verseveld

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RiverJunky returns to Port of Kalama for intensive clean-up of Kalama River at Haydu Park, this Saturday, May 4

Local fisherman founds nonprofit river conservation program, amasses thousands of volunteers to clean up and conserve waterways around the Pacific Northwest

 

It was the perfect summer day for fishing on the Kalama River when local fisherman Jarrod Kirkley 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.

Meet RiverJunky Washington, a river-certified waterway conservation 501 (c) (3) whose mission it is to clean up rivers in the Pacific Northwest and reduce the impact of debris and garbage on the river ecosystem.

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. on Saturday, May 4th. 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.

Interested volunteers are encouraged to call 541-441-7037 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.”

Since the inception of RiverJunky, Kirkley has organized thousands of volunteers and attracted thousands of 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. All proceeds go directly to river conservation.

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Depin Inc. Expands Lease to 33,000 Square Feet at Port of Kalama to Accommodate Product Demand

The innovative and eco-friendly corrugated crate manufacturer expands from 21,000 square feet, continues to hire and grow at the Port.

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Depin Inc. expands lease to 33,000 square feet at Port of Kalama to accommodate product demand

The innovative and eco-friendly corrugated crate manufacturer expands from 21,000 square feet, continues to hire and grow at the Port

Depin Inc., manufacturer of Ecorrcrate, the eco-friendly alternative to wooden pallets and crates, has expanded its lease at the Port of Kalama to accommodate increased product demand.. Depin, which moved its corporate headquarters from Oregon to the Port in 2015, has signed another lease for an additional 12,000 square feet of space to grow manufacturing operations and serve a growing sector of customers.

Depin, which manufactures a patented lightweight corrugated product developed to meet the growing demand for eco-friendly, easy-to-recycle and cost-effective crating, has long served companies like Toyo Tanso, Fred Meyer/Kroger, Costco and Indow Window. Depin products were innovated as an option to traditional, heavier wooden shipping pallets and crates. Check out this video for more on the exceptional durability of Ecorrcrates.

The company now attributes its remarkable growth and expansion to adoption of its product by the enormous regional aerospace industry.

“We always had our eyes set on aerospace manufacturers and we do serve a number of industry vendors who use our crating products and helped to showcase just how lightweight, durable and efficient Ecorrcrate can be,” says Dan Bonebrake, founder and owner, Depin, Inc. “A common misconception in the industry was that our crates were limited with set sizes but we offer entirely customizable options. Our shipping products might vary from anything from a 2-foot by 2-foot crate to as large as 26-feet by 6-feet by 8-feet tall. We customize and offer extremely light recyclable shipping alternatives.”

The company, which continues to hire skilled labor, has added 15 new full-time employees since moving to Kalama to grow operations and distribution throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Depin now employees close to 30 people and has invested in significant technological advancements to enhance productivity, efficiency and time-to-market.

“The Port of Kalama has been BEYOND exceptional—they are true business partners and have worked with us on our challenges associated with such dynamic and rapid growth,” says Bonebrake. “It’s a night and day experience compared with previous locations. We consider the Port team friends and we have been very, very fortunate to call Port of Kalama our headquarters—there’s such an advantage up here and it’s the perfect location to serve our markets.”

Depin is a part of a growing community of industries and businesses who have found the Port of Kalama an ideal location to grow their businesses.  The Port boasts an Industrial Park, shovel-ready land for manufacturing, technology, storage and a soon-to-be mixed-use commercial development, the Spencer Creek Business Park. As part of its mission to ensure public recreational access and facilities, the Port also manages 16 acres of public riverfront parks that stand out as destinations for locals and visitors alike.

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Port of Kalama Awards Contract for T-Barge Pontoon Modification Project

WCT Marine and Construction will modify and prepare the T-barge to be used as a commercial wharf at the Port to better serve marine commerce.

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