New project jobs have recently been created in the region because of two new capital construction activities at the Port of Kalama. Port commissioners recently awarded two contracts for the construction of a new administrative office building and Transportation Interpretive Center as well as significant rail improvements and relocation at the Temco LLC site.

KALAMA, WASHINGTON (PRWEB) MAY 19, 2014

As a quiet yet powerful economic engine in Cowlitz County Washington, the Port of Kalama exists to induce capital investments in an environmentally responsible manner while sparking quality job creation. The Port not only constructs transportation infrastructure, buildings and capital improvements, but partners with other local agencies and private organizations to bring jobs to the community.

New project jobs have recently been created in the region because of two new capital construction activities at the Port of Kalama. Port commissioners recently awarded two contracts for the construction of a new administrative office building and Transportation Interpretive Center as well as significant rail improvements and relocation at the Temco LLC site.

Because the Port of Kalama is a government agency, its construction projects are advertised, bid, and awarded according to procedures established under state law. Once the Port awards a project contract to a general contractor, the hiring of subcontractors and local workers then becomes the responsibility of the contractor. The Port is not responsible for the hiring subcontractors.

Interested job applicants should contact the general contractors directly: for the administrative building, Olympia-based Berschauer Group was awarded the job; and for the Temco rail project, Chehalis-based Railworks Corporation was awarded the contract.

With so many eager and skilled workers in Cowlitz County, the Port caught up with Regan Berschauer to discuss all of the resources available to those looking to work on public and private capital projects around the region. Berschauer recommends reviewing public notices posted in the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce and the Daily Journal of Commerce in Oregon and signing up for the project walk-through events for an overview of the pending project before contracts are awarded. Berschauer says this is a terrific way to meet the prospective general contractors and get on hiring lists.

Additional regional resources to stay up-to-date on construction projects include:

  • Builders Exchange of Washington
  • McGraw Hill Construction Dodge Report
  • The Olympic Plan Center

More growth is anticipated at the Port as the commission recently approved the annexation of 260 acres at East Port for the development of mixed use business center to attract new business and family-wage jobs. At full build-out, the multi-use business property is slated to bring in an estimated $184 million in commercial and industrial business each year—significantly boosting the area’s economy and job opportunities while strengthening the city’s revenue base. Be watching for more news on growth and opportunities at the Port of Kalama.