Specialty metals manufacturing distributor Aero-Vac Alloys & Forge, Inc. has chosen the Port of Kalama to expand its business. The company, which moves both its corporate headquarters and production facility to Kalama from Orange County, California, has just signed a 23,000 square foot lease effective May 1, 2016.
“There are so many reasons we are moving our operations to Kalama: it is a prime location for production, distribution, and transportation; the buildings and amenities exceed those we’ve seen elsewhere; there are incredible business and tax incentives; and a ready and skilled workforce,” says Tim LuMaye, President, Aero-Vac Alloys & Forge. “Frankly, in addition to the business aspects, I fell in love with Kalama for its small town appeal and the natural beauty—the river and mountain views are exceptional. I cannot wait to move!”
Aero-Vac is an AS9100-certified manufacturing distributor of specialty metals like bar, forgings, plate, sheet and tube to OEMs and steel manufacturers for the aerospace and commercial industries. The company’s offerings include alloy, stainless, nickel, aluminum, titanium, carbon and cast iron for processing and custom fabrication.
The company, which serves global titans like Boeing, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin and General Electric, expects to add six to eight new personnel to their Kalama operations and projects consistent growth in the next few years as they increase distribution to the aerospace industry throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
Aero-Vac joins 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 and acres of shovel-ready land for manufacturing, technology, storage and many other industry sectors. 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 Aero-Vac 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