ABERDEEN, Wash. – Business leaders from throughout Grays Harbor met for lunch yesterday at the Aberdeen Elks. Greater Grays Harbor Inc hosted the Business Forum Luncheon. Health, Safety, Environment, & Quality Regional Manager Ken Shoemake from Westway Terminals laid out their plans for a $50-million dollar expansion at Terminal 1 to accommodate crude oil exports from the Port of Grays Harbor. “We are not going to build something slipshod, this is going to be a state-of-the-art facility built to every existing known standard for safe operation, and we will operate it in that way also.”
The event yesterday was not without protest, “Kevin” from Hoquiam was with about 20 who had peacefully gathered in front of the Aberdeen Elks “We’re here to protest crude oil in Grays Harbor, we’re for the Harbor, we have a group from Thurston County. We just want our point known that we don’t want crude oil in Grays Harbor.”
As lunch was served inside, Shoemake told the crowd of about 80 that the company hopes to bring 20 full time jobs to the Harbor once the new storage tanks are complete. “If everything moves according to plan, we will be able to file our construction permits with the city in the first week of June.”
The company hopes to be fully operational by second quarter of next year.
To follow the process as three seperate companies work to bring the export business to Grays Harbor, visit cityofhoquiam.com online.