The thriving local company signs three-year lease at Kalama River Industrial Park, adds additional square footage to meet growing demand

Cowlitz Container & Die Cutting, a Pacific Northwest packaging, die cutting and bindery company, has signed a lease for 33,000 square feet of warehouse and an additional 2,129 office space at the Port of Kalama. The 49-year old company, which has been a 10,000 square foot tenant of the Port since 2016, now expands and consolidates its Port leasehold to accommodate growing demand for packaging solutions.

Cowlitz Container opened in 1971 as an upstart die company providing die-cutting services to local businesses in the corrugated and folding carton sectors of packaging. Rapid regional growth influenced further expansion of the packaging business—and with even greater demand today, the company enjoys robust growth serving the market for packaging and shrink-wrapping.

“The Port of Kalama is an ideal location for Cowlitz Container to expand its presence in the Pacific Northwest and to serve a growing customer base in the region because of its proximity to transportation routes and the availability of qualified labor,” says Ralph Clark, Cowlitz Container and Die Cutting. “We cannot say enough about the team at the Port—the staff is so supportive of our business needs and just terrific local partners.”

Cowlitz Container is among a growing number of industries and businesses who have found the Port of Kalama an ideal location to grow their businesses. The Port boasts an Industrial Park with buildings ideal for manufacturing, technology, storage and many other industry sectors. The new Spencer Creek Business Park is ready for mixed-use development on the east side of I-5. Sixteen acres of public riverfront parks stand out as popular recreational destinations for both locals and tourists.  Port officials cite several advantages for businesses like Cowlitz Container to expand operations in Kalama including:

  • No state corporate or personal income taxes
  • Collaborative, business-friendly environment
  • Affordable/competitive rates
  • Accessibility to all modes of transportation
  • Quality buildings, land on river/rail/Interstate
  • Quality of life, slow-paced, beautiful, quiet, hometown feel
  • Proximity to international airport at PDX—just 30 minutes away