Satsop Business Park looking for “big business” to lease 300,000 square foot Turbine Building

If ‘big’ is your business, then the Satsop Business Park’s Turbine Building is the place for you.   The Turbine Building is now available for lease after being occupied the last five years by a tank manufacturing company.

How big is “big”?  The 300,000 square foot facility is well suited for heavy industrial/manufacturing including tank construction, aerospace and large component construction for industrial and energy projects.  The building features three stories with 11 cranes.  The top floor has two 250-ton cranes and the bottom floor has nine cranes ranging from five to ten tons.

Only 30 minutes from Olympia and the I-5 corridor, the Turbine Building at the Satsop Business Park is ready to serve your business’s needs with redundant electrical power, four separate fiber connections coming from different locations and various providers, water, and a newly constructed, state-of-the-art sewer system.

“The Turbine Building is a prime example of the unique infrastructure the Satsop Business Park has to offer to grow your business”, said Alissa Shay, Business Development Manager at Satsop Business Park.  “We are confident there are businesses out there that could benefit from what the Turbine Building has to offer.”

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The structure is distinctive in that it was originally designed to house steam turbine generators for the twin nuclear plants that were never finished.  With ten acres of laydown area, there is plenty of room for storage and parking.  Additionally, there are 14,300 square feet of flexible office space including cubicles, a kitchen and conference room.

For more information on what the turbine building has to offer, visit http://www.satsop.com/turbine-building.html.

Business Park, a facility of the Port of Grays Harbor, is less than 2 hours southwest of Seattle and 2 hours north of Portland.  Located in scenic Grays Harbor County in Elma, Washington, the 1,800 acre mixed-use business and industrial park is approximately 30 minutes from Olympia and the I-5 Corridor. A part of the Grays Harbor Innovation Partnership Zone, it is home to more than 30 businesses, offers 600 acres of developed, pad-ready land and buildings supported by super-sized infrastructure, surrounded by 1,200 acres of sustainable managed forestland.

Puget Sound & Pacific improving railroad crossings at entrances to Olympic Gateway Plaza in Aberdeen

A construction project to improve six railroad crossings at the East Wishkah Street/Olympic Highway/U.S. 12 entrances to the Olympic Gateway Plaza in Aberdeen is planned for Monday, July 21, through Wednesday, July 23, from 7 a.m. until approximately 5 p.m. each day.
Puget Sound & Pacific Railroad plans to close and completely rebuild each crossing, raising it back to the level of the streets. Two crossings per day are scheduled to be completed. To minimize inconvenience to shoppers and businesses at the plaza, no more than two crossings will be closed at any time during the project. Each rebuilt crossing will be reopened prior to the closure of any additional crossings.
“We understand that this creates some inconvenience for local business owners and shoppers, but when the last crossing is reopened on Thursday morning, people will have a significantly improved experience entering and exiting the plaza via the new crossings,” says Joel Haka, Puget Sound & Pacific president. “The project doesn’t add any capacity to the railroad but is being done to enhance safety at the crossings and improve quality of life for people utilizing them.”
The rebuild process consists of crews closing and removing the railroad track, tamping the railroad bed, replacing the wooden ties as needed, resurfacing and paving and reinstalling the rail.
Puget Sound & Pacific has invested more than $4.3 million in track upgrades since being acquired 18 months ago by Genesee & Wyoming, which owns 112 short line and regional freight railroads. After a highly unusual series of low-speed derailments two months ago, Puget Sound & Pacific plans to spend another $4.6 million on its track in the next 18 months.

About Puget Sound & Pacific Railroad Puget Sound & Pacific Railroad (PSAP) transports freight over 108 miles of track in Northwest Washington, interchanging with BNSF Railway and Union Pacific Railroad. Major commodities include lumber, automobiles, agricultural products, waste, food and kindred products, and chemicals for pulp and paper mills.
PSAP provides the vital link between the Port of Grays Harbor and the national rail freight network. PSAP employees live and work in the same communities they serve and are committed to safely and efficiently supporting the growth that they help bring to the region.
PSAP was acquired in 2012 by Genesee & Wyoming, North America’s largest owner of short line and regional freight railroads and a safety leader in the industry.
See www.gwrr.com/psap

Port of Grays Harbor and Satsop Business Park announce public tours

Aberdeen, Wash.  – The Port of Grays Harbor is once again pleased to announce that it will be offering public tours of its industrial properties and marine terminals, as well as walking tours of the Satsop Business Park.

 

The popular hour and a half marine terminals tour will begin with a brief overview presentation of Port history and current happenings, followed by a bus tour, courtesy of Channel Point Village, of the surrounding industrial properties and marine terminals.   This tour will be offered on July 9th at 3:00pm and 5:30pm, on July 29rd at 3:00pm and 5:30pm, and on August 20th at 3:00pm and 5:30pm.  Additional dates may open up later in the summer if needed.

 

The guided walking tours at Satsop Business Park offer an excellent way to explore the unique assets the Park has to offer including the cooling towers, tunnel training facility, warehouses, and office buildings.  Walking tours will be offered on Tuesday, August 5th at 5:30pm, and again on Thursday, August 14th at 5:30pm.  Comfortable, closed-toed shoes are required for this tour.

 

Reservations are required for both tours, as space is limited.   To reserve your spot, or for more information, call 360-533-9528.

 

Founded in 1911, the Port of Grays Harbor is one of Washington State’s oldest port districts and Washington’s only deep-water port located directly on the Pacific Ocean.  The Port of Grays Harbor operates 4 deep-water marine terminals, the Westport Marina, Bowerman Airport and numerous industrial and business parks throughout the region.  The addition of Satsop Business Park increases the Port’s properties to more than 1,000 acres of industrial properties and an additional 1,200 acres of sustainably managed forestland.   Strategically located midway between Seattle and Portland and less than 1 ½ hours from open sea, the Port of Grays Harbor provides businesses a diverse portfolio of facilities. More information on the Port of Grays Harbor’s facilities and operations is available at portofgraysharbor.com or satsop.com.

PSnP, Genesee & Wyoming respond to recent derailments with plans to invest in local line

We’re sorry, embarrassed, and fixing our recent purchase. That was the sentiment from Puget Sound and Pacific this week to Commissioners at the Port of Grays Harbor, after recent slow-speed derailments in Grays Harbor.
“We’re in the business of moving freight, and we know that there is a lack of confidence in us to successfully move freight, and that’s what we do for a living.” Joel Haka, Senior VP of the Pacific Region railroads for Genesee & Wyoming, told Port Commissioners this week that the recent derailments are unusual, and unacceptable. “We don’t like to see derailments, and unfortunately we’ve had 3 pretty good sized derailments in the last month. We had a real small fourth one in Centralia about three weeks ago, in which nothing tipped over but it did leave the tracks and we had another issue.”
Haka said the first two derailments in Aberdeen were caused by mud spots, where he said mud pushed through stone underneath the railroad ties, the third derailment, behind Central Park, was caused by a thermal misalignment of the rail or “sun kinks.”
They purchased the local line from Rail America 18 months ago, Haka said they should have kicked the tires a little more, but “We believe in this railroad, we don’t have a lot of history with it quite frankly. We did not realize the state of the railroad and what it was , and now to insure that we don’t have any further derailments we have a real comprehensive 3-year plan.” Haka said the company plans to spend over 4.3 million this year, and nearly as much again next year on improvements to the line “That’s about three times the amount of money that Rail America put into this property. [in the two years prior]” The Puget Sound and Pacific Railroad operates about 150 miles of track from Centralia to the coast.

Westport Shipyard sold to Louisiana shipping company, no changes in staffing expected

The sun set on Westport Shipyard for the last time Thursday, Human Resources Manager Jennifer Swogger said this morning “We have been involved in an asset sale with the Chouest company [Edison Chouest Offshore] based out of Louisiana and that is effective today. So Westport Shipyard will now become Westport, LLC.” With locations in Port Angeles, Westport, and Hoquiam, Swogger added they do not expect changes in staffing at any of the sites. “All employees are being transferred to the new company so there will be no impact to our employees.”

General Manager Dave Hagiwara confirmed that the company has been purchased by Edison Chouest Offshore; “It’s a big day for us, and we look very much forward to partnering with the Chouest family, and continuing to be a vibrant part of this community.”

Now officially named Westport LLC, the company transferred their lease agreement with the Port of Grays Harbor for properties in Westport and Hoquiam at a special meeting of the Port Commissioners this morning.

At the height of a market that ebbs and flows with the tide, the company has employed nearly 1000. Since it’s founding in 1964, they have completed more than 120 yachts and many commercial vessels.

Tracks repaired at the scene of Aberdeen train derailment

Puget Sound and Pacific crews completed repairs overnight to the tracks at the site of a train derailment in Aberdeen. The good weather should give them time to install new pavement over the intersection at South Washington street today.

Gary Nelson, Executive Director at the Port of Grays Harbor said in a press release yesterday that PS&P will be investigating the incident to fully understand how and why the derailment occurred early Tuesday morning.

Nelson warned that “should crude by rail opponents attempt to relate this incident to crude transport Joel Haka, Western Region VP, reports that crude transport will induce major upgrades to the PSAP and the use of trucks to inspect the rails would preclude all oil train movements.”

Nelson said in a statement Tuesday that “The railroad plays a critical role in the economic development and job creation in our community but that commitment comes second to safety. Consequently the derailment has become the primary focus of the PSAP and Genesee & Wyoming (G&W) Western Region leadership as they begin repairing and investigating the incident. The Port is confident that the railroad will be proactive in their approach to investigating the incident to fully understand how and why the derailment occurred. From that point they will review and change operating procedures to prevent similar incidents in the future. Lest the community try to correlate this incident with crude transport Joel Haka, Western Region VP, reports that crude transport will induce major upgrades to the PSAP and the use of high railing (trucks used for inspecting the track) will preclude all oil train movements over the PSAP.”

Nelson added “It is unfortunate when these events occur but the relatively low train speeds on the PSAP helped to minimize the impacted railcars to one or two. The G&W commitment to safety pays off in these situations as they demonstrate firsthand their ability to respond quickly and efficiently to minimize damage and delays to the community. With a common goal to create jobs and commerce by safely moving goods to global markets, the Port is proud to have a partner like the PSAP that is committed to safety while at the same time working to create jobs in our community.”

Port of Grays Harbor to consider acquisition of Friends Landing and Sterling Landing near Montesano

Aberdeen, Wash. – Popular recreation areas, Friends Landing and Sterling Landing, in eastern Grays Harbor County could soon be the newest waterfront public access facilities managed by the Port of Grays Harbor. At the April Commission meeting, the 501(c)(3) that owns and operates the facilities requested the Port Commissioners consider incorporating the facilities into the Port’s property portfolio. Port Commission President Stan Pinnick requested staff to investigate the properties, review amenities and improvements associated with the sites, analyze the financial implications of the property transfer, and report back to the Commissioners at their May meeting.
Friend’s Landing offers 152 acres of handicap accessible recreation opportunities on the Chehalis River including hiking, fishing, camping and bird watching just outside of Montesano. The site features a 32 acre man-made lake, 1.7 miles of paved trail, a handicap accessible boat launch on the Chehalis River, and RV and tent camping facilities with full hook-up sites.
Sterling Landing is an undeveloped 30-acre site with a gravel boat launch located on the Wynoochee River outside of Montesano.
“The Commissioners and staff are honored that the stewards of these vital waterfront facilities feel the Port of Grays Harbor would be best suited for the long-term management and preservation of these waterfront assets,” stated Port Executive Director Gary Nelson. “The recreational opportunities provided by these sites align well with the Port’s mission of providing public access to our waterfront and promoting tourism for the betterment of the region. My initial thought is they complement our holdings at Satsop Business Park, but like every opportunity that presents itself to the Port, we will carefully analyze how these properties might fit with our mission and our business objectives.”

Friends Landing, a 501(c)(3), has requested the Port of Grays Harbor consider incorporating its 152 acre handicap accessible recreation facility, along with the 30-acre Sterling Landing site on the Wynoochee River, into the Port’s property portfolio.
Friends Landing, a 501(c)(3), has requested the Port of Grays Harbor consider incorporating its 152 acre handicap accessible recreation facility, along with the 30-acre Sterling Landing site on the Wynoochee River, into the Port’s property portfolio.

Port staff will be conducting its due diligence on both of the properties and the many public assets they have to offer. Staff is expected to make a presentation of its initial findings at the May 13th Commission meeting.
Founded in 1911, the Port of Grays Harbor is one of Washington State’s oldest port districts and Washington’s only deep-water port located directly on the Pacific Ocean. The Port of Grays Harbor operates 4 deep-water marine terminals, the Westport Marina, Bowerman Airport and numerous industrial and business parks throughout the region. The addition of Satsop Business Park increases the Port’s properties to more than 1,000 acres of industrial properties and an additional 1,300 acres of sustainably managed forestland. Strategically located midway between Seattle and Portland and less than 1 ½ hour from open sea, the Port of Grays Harbor provides businesses a diverse portfolio of facilities. More information on the Port of Grays Harbor’s facilities and operations is available at portofgraysharbor.com.

Port of Grays Harbor making repairs to trail, road along West Hoquiam property

The Port of Grays Harbor is making repairs to a popular dog walking path in West Hoquiam. Executive Director Gary Nelson said repairs to road near the Anderson/Middleton property will require No Trespassing signs for the time being “The road has severely deteriorated so we’re rebuilding the road which will allow us later to come back through and shore up the dike, which insures the integrity of that site.”

Nelson said new rock will reinforce the road on the south side of the rail, along the Chehalis River “This is kind of a preemptive move, probably a little overdo, but if people see trucks going in and out of there that’s what’s going on.” Nelson expected work on the road to be complete in May, afterwords they plan to shore up their levee along the river.

Permits filed for third Oil-by-rail terminal at Port of Grays Harbor

SEATTLE – U.S. Development Group is seeking permits to build an oil terminal on the Washington coast that could handle about 45,000 barrels of crude oil a day.

The $80 million proposal at the Port of Grays Harbor is one of several in Washington that together would bring millions of barrels of oil by train from the Bakken region of North Dakota and Montana.

About 17 million barrels of oil were shipped across Washington state last year, mostly to refineries in Anacortes and Cherry Point near Bellingham. That number is expected to triple this year, according to U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., who chaired a congressional hearing Wednesday on oil shipments by train.

“We need to have the right policies in place to prevent accidents and respond to emergencies when they do happen,” Murray said at the hearing.

Charla Skaggs, a spokeswoman for U.S. Development, said the company has a proven safety record and is committed to safety on the project at Grays Harbor.

Texas-based U.S. Development has developed more than a dozen bulk liquid facilities in the U.S., and “they have an exemplary safety record,” Skaggs said. “They’ve operated very safe facilities for years, and that’s their commitment at Grays Harbor.”

The Grays Harbor Rail Terminal project would bring about one unit train to the facility every two days. A unit train typically has 120 rail cars, and each car can hold about 28,000 gallons.

The company filed permit applications Monday with the city of Hoquiam, Skaggs said. The state Department of Ecology and the city are expected to begin an environmental review process.

“It’s a terrible idea,” said Kristen Boyles, an attorney with Earthjustice representing the Quinault Indian Nation, which is worried about the impacts of oil shipment and storage.

She said oil would be stored in a fragile shoreline area, and billions of barrels of oil would travel through the Grays Harbor estuary, a thriving area for tribal and commercial fishing.

The Grays Harbor Rail Terminal is the third crude-by-rail facility proposed at the Port of Grays Harbor.

The environmental review process for two other projects, by Westway Terminal Co. and Imperium Renewables, began this month.