Satsop Business Park issues Request for Proposals for 255,000 square-foot manufacturing facility

The Satsop Business Park plans to ask for proposals for their newly-purchased New Wood facility. – they’ve also sold off some of the old-new-wood crafted by the now shuttered mill. Constructed and equipped with state-of-the-art technology, along with the patents to manufacture a sustainable building product, the Satsop Business Park issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for potential operators of the 255,000 square-foot former NewWood Corporation facility and its manufacturing equipment today.

The RFP asks that potential suitors identify one of three scenarios in which they would utilize the facility including:

· As an operator and manufacturer of the NewWood product, using all of the assets and intellectual property

· As a manufacturer of a different product using some or all of the equipment assets

· As a manufacturer of a different product using none of the equipment assets.

 

“This is an opportunity, for a capable company to establish a United States manufacturing base by utilizing an existing multi-million dollar facility without the upfront investment required of new construction, thus allowing them to focus on production and sales,” expressed Manager of Business Development, Alissa Shay. “With companies recognizing the value of bringing manufacturing jobs back to the US, the Port believes Satsop Business Park is strategically positioned with the facility, the equipment, the workforce and the access to markets to make our partners successful.”

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Satsop Business Park is owned and operated by the Port of Grays Harbor, a rapidly growing international shipping hub on Washington State’s Pacific Coast. Companies located at Satsop Business Park are within Foreign Trade Zone 173 and close to rail, shipping and highway transportation corridors.

The deadline for submitting a proposal is May 30, 2014. Preference will be given to proposals that will create long term economic development and employment opportunities within the community. More information and a full copy of the RFP can be found online at www.satsop.com

Satsop 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.

BPA offering $20,000 in science and energy education grants

Portland, Ore. – The Bonneville Power Administration is offering $20,000 in science and energy education grants to nonprofit organizations, schools and others in support of work to educate students in grades K through 12 about the energy systems of the Pacific Northwest.

The goal of the program is to advance students’ understanding, awareness and interest in the issues and science involved in energy generation and transmission in the region.

Funded projects could focus on hydroelectricity, wind and other sources of electric power, methods of conserving electricity, studies of energy and environment, programs on engineering and technology skills relating to energy, and others. The intent of the grants is to support science, technology, engineering and math education with specific emphasis on electric-utility issues.

“Science, technology, engineering and math education is absolutely vital to the energy industry in the Northwest, and this program represents an investment in future innovators, leaders and workforce in that industry,” said Greg Delwiche, BPA deputy administrator.

A total of $20,000 will be awarded. BPA anticipates making five to 10 grants ranging from $500 to $5,000.

The educational grant program is in its third year. Projects funded in 2013-2014 were:

Martin Sortun Elementary School, Kent, Wash. – $1,400 for energy robotics kits and teacher training that engaged 360 students in third through sixth grade in energy concepts such as energy transfer, generation, operation of the electric grid, and renewable energy.

Central Klickitat Conservation District, Goldendale, Wash. – $2,314 for a comprehensive program of classroom instruction and field trips on electric energy and conservation in the Northwest for 540 students in seventh through 12th grade.

Yakima Basin Environmental Education Program, Yakima Basin, Wash. – $2,500 for classroom visits and field trips for 700 students in fourth through 10th grade in Yakima and Kittitas counties. Students learned about the life cycle of the salmon and operations of the river to meet multiple demands, capped off with a field trip to see the historic return of salmon to Cle Elum Lake for the first time in 100 years.

Polson Middle School, Polson, Mont. – $2,134 for a school-wide sixth-grade science education project focusing on energy stewardship, including experiments, building models, collecting data, and developing reports and conclusions about alternative sources of energy. Students presented their findings in a “Creativity Showcase” event for families and the community.

Benton Conservation District, Kennewick, Wash. – $3,700 for “Salmon Power!” where students raised tanks of salmon in their classroom, studied hydroelectric generation and dam operations, and learned how their actions can conserve electricity and aid salmon.

Springfield School District, Springfield, Ore. – $3,120 for materials and teacher training for a project that allowed 1,000 sixth graders and 140 high school physics and engineering students to build, test and modify a small-scale hydropower generator.

Clackamas County Friends of Extension, Clackamas County, Ore. – $5,000 to develop and administer the state’s first curriculum on renewable energy and energy conservation topics designed to meet state science and engineering education standards. The project reached 1,000 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students in Clackamas County.

The Science and Energy Education grants program, which is one facet of a much larger education outreach program by BPA, was designed to extend the reach of BPA’s education efforts by supporting the teachers and nonprofits working locally to advance energy education.

Funding can be awarded to school districts, government agencies and nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations. The recipients must be from, and funding used in, BPA service territory in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and parts of Montana, Nevada and Wyoming.

Applications for project funding are due May 9, and funding will be awarded in June for projects taking place over the 2014-2015 school year. For complete terms and instructions on completing a science and energy education grant proposal, please visit: www.bpa.gov/goto/EducationGrants.

BPA’s education program provides free presentations and information to K-12 schools in our region to help students achieve energy literacy, and to support science, technology, engineering and math education. For information on BPA education programs, go to www.bpa.gov/goto/Education.

BPA is a nonprofit federal agency that markets renewable hydropower from federal Columbia River dams, operates three-quarters of high-voltage transmission lines in the Northwest and funds one of the largest wildlife protection and restoration programs in the world. BPA and its partners have also saved enough electricity through energy efficiency projects to power four large American cities.

Public input sought on potential habitat restoration project near Astoria

Portland, Ore. – The Bonneville Power Administration is seeking public input and comment on potential environmental impacts from a proposed project to restore a tidal marsh in Clatsop County, Ore., to benefit salmon and steelhead. An open house describing the proposed work will be held Jan. 14, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Oregon Department of Forestry in Astoria.
The Wallooskee-Youngs Confluence Restoration Project proposes to modify a levee to inundate historic wetlands on a 221-acre property at the confluence of the Wallooskee and Youngs rivers some five miles from the Columbia River. The restoration would include the creation of a network of tidal channels and the re-establishment of native vegetation. The project would enhance rearing and estuary habitat for juvenile salmon and steelhead as well as provide habitat for wildlife such as deer, elk and river otter.
BPA is considering funding the project to help mitigate for the impacts of the construction and operation of federal dams on the lower Columbia and Snake rivers, collectively referred to as the Federal Columbia River Power System. The work is being done by Astoria Wetlands, an environmental resources company.
After the restoration efforts, Astoria Wetlands would turn the property over to the Cowlitz Indian Tribe for long-term stewardship. BPA would maintain a conservation easement to ensure permanent protection of the property’s conservation values. To understand the potential environmental impacts of this proposal, BPA will prepare an environmental assessment in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be a cooperating agency in the development of the assessment in their role as a permitting agency for levee modification and wetland work.

Wallooskee-Youngs Confluence Restoration Project Open House
Date: 4-7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 14
Where: Nehalem Room, Oregon Department of Forestry, 92219 Highway 202, Astoria,
Ore.

At the meeting, there will be no formal presentation. Instead, members of the public can review displays and other materials. Representatives from BPA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and Astoria Wetlands will be on hand to answer questions. Public comments will be accepted at the meeting.
Additionally, comments will be accepted through Jan. 27 online at www.bpa.gov/goto/WallooskeeYoungs as well as the following venues:
Mail: Bonneville Power Administration, Public Affairs – DKE, P.O. Box 14428,
Portland, OR 97291-4428
Fax: 503-230-4019
Email: comments@bpa.gov
Phone: 800-622-4519 (toll-free)
Please refer to Wallooskee-Youngs Confluence Restoration Project when leaving a comment.

Strong storm to impact Southwest Washington region

South Bend, WA – The National Weather Service (NWS) in Portland has issued a High Wind Warning for the South Washington Coast. The strongest storm system so far this winter will bring strong wind to our region. The warning is effective from 4:00 p.m. tonight to 10:00 p.m. Saturday. The NWS is forecasting sustained south winds of 35-40 mph, with gusts to 60-75 mph.

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Portland has also issued a High Surf Warning for the South Washington Coast in effect from 4:00 p.m. Saturday to 10:00 a.m. Sunday. The peak surf Saturday evening coincides with high tide and there is potential for some minor coastal flooding.

Precautionary/Preparedness Actions:

A High Wind Warning means that a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained winds of 40 mph or more or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage.

A High Surf Warning means that dangerously high surf will batter beaches in the advisory area, producing deadly rip currents and minor beach erosion.  Dangerous surf may move large debris items like logs up to beaches. Avoid walking on jetties, rocks, coastal cliff, and along the water’s edge.

Please visit the NWS website at http://www.weather.gov/portland for the most up to date weather information. This page brings up all advisories, watches, and warnings for the Southwest Washington area.

Brusco Tug & Barge’s Wynema Spirit to enhance safety on Grays Harbor

Brusco Tug & Barge’s tractor tugboat, the Wynema Spirit, assists in docking the Diamond Jubilee at Terminal 3 on Thursday Morning. The Wynema Spirit offers 4,000HP, a fire protection system, a rotating propeller system and 101,000lbs of pushing and pulling capability.
Brusco Tug & Barge’s tractor tugboat, the Wynema Spirit, assists in docking the Diamond Jubilee at Terminal 3 on Thursday Morning. The Wynema Spirit offers 4,000HP, a fire protection system, a rotating propeller system and 101,000lbs of pushing and pulling capability.

Hoquiam, WA – Brusco Tug & Barge, the ship-assist service provider at the Port of Grays Harbor, docked the Wynema Spirit in Hoquiam this week. The Wynema Spirit is a 78’ x 31’ ship-assist tug featuring twin Detroit Diesel 1,800 horsepower engines and Ulstein Z-drives. Commonly referred to as a tractor tug, it is one of the most powerful tugboats of its size on the West Coast.
A first for Grays Harbor, the Wynema Spirit also brings onboard fire-fighting capabilities. Its fire pump is capable of shooting 1,800 gallons of water per minute and up to 50 gallons of fire retardant per minute. In addition, the tug also features a rotating propeller system which allows it to move in any direction, including sideways, and rotate 360 degrees. The Wynema Spirit can also push or pull up to 101,000 pounds forward or backwards, a far greater amount than the traditional tugs currently stationed on the harbor.
“We are extremely excited about the enhanced safety capabilities this brings to Grays Harbor” said Executive Director Gary Nelson. “With vessel traffic projections expected to continue to increase, the Wynema Spirit’s features will be a benefit to our community and our customers”.
A second tractor tug, the Peter J, is being constructed for Brusco in Portland and is expected to join the Wynema Spirit on Grays Harbor in early spring 2014. “Brusco is committed to providing our Grays Harbor customers the best ship assist capabilities available,” reports vessel Captain Kevin Campbell. “The placement of the Wynema Spirit increases our capabilities on Grays Harbor to handle the larger vessels that are becoming the norm around the world. We are excited to add her to our fleet of ship assist vessels on Washington’s Coast”.
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 four 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 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.

Judge approves sale of NewWood Corporation assets to the Port of Grays Harbor

Montesano – The next step for the Port of Grays Harbor in acquiring the assets of former Satsop Business Park tenant NewWood Corporation was achieved on Monday when Superior Court Judge Gordon Godfrey approved the sale of the company’s manufacturing assets in the amount of $1.3 million.
The sale includes the manufacturing equipment that is located in a Port-owned building, as well as the intellectual property on the process of turning scrap plastics into usable building material. New Wood Corporation has been in receivership since November 2012. The sale required that all equipment be free of liens and that personal property taxes owed to Grays Harbor County will be paid from the proceeds of the sale.
The Port of Grays Harbor Commission took action in November to authorize the purchase with the intent to work with companies to find a viable operator for the facility. “We are committed to getting the facility up and running and by purchasing these assets we are in a better position to control our own destiny,” explained Executive Director Gary Nelson.

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 four 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 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.

Port of Grays Harbor purchases NewWood Corp assets at Satsop Business Park

In conjunction, the Commissioners also granted the Executive Director authority to sign a Letter of Intent (LOI) with NewWood International, LLC, which outlines the terms of a lease and the potential purchase of the equipment and intellectual property. Not associated in any way with the prior tenant, NewWood International is an affiliate of Triventas, a private investment firm based in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, which presented to the Port Commission in June as a potential operator of the facility.

“This approach is the quickest and best way to get the facility up and running, and creating jobs for the region,” commented Gary Nelson, Executive Director. “We are hopeful Triventas will be a good tenant for the facility and bring it into production again in the shortest amount of time possible. Their commitment to success will be a win for all parties.”

“Encouraging the research and development of sustainable products, and getting them to market, is a key component of the Grays Harbor Sustainable Industries Innovation Partnership Zone (GHIPZ) of which the Port is the lead,” explained Alissa Shay, Manager of Business Development at Satsop Business Park. “The opportunity to work with this new partner on this innovative product and see it through commercialization is right in line with the Commissioners’ goals for the GHIPZ. Our hope is that success at this facility will spin into success for other Grays Harbor businesses.”

A component of the Asset Purchase Agreement with Pivotal Solutions is that all equipment be free of liens. A benefit of this is that personal property taxes owed to Grays Harbor County will be paid from the proceeds of the sale.

Satsop 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.

High Wind Warning Saturday for South Washington Coast

South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service (NWS) in Portland has issued a high wind warning for the South Washington Coast in effect from 3:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday. South winds will increase late tonight to 30 to 40 mph with gusts to 65 mph becoming northwest on Saturday afternoon.

 

Precautionary/Preparedness Actions:

 

A high wind warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage.

 

Please visit the NWS website at http://www.weather.gov/portland for the most up to date weather information. This page brings up all advisories, watches, and warnings for the Southwest Washington area.

Harborcrest program at Grays Harbor Community Hospital dedicated to M.D. Bruce Worth

Born Robert “Bruce” Worth in 1949, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, he spent his youth in Washington, D.C. and later Portland, Oregon. He remained in the state to study pre-med at the University of Oregon in Eugene and then attended medical school at the University of Oregon in Portland. He became an intern at the University of California, Los Angeles where he met his wife Bette. The two moved to Grays Harbor in 1980. He took over a family practice in Aberdeen at that time and was soon assigned Medical Director of HarborCrest, CareUnit at that time. In 2008, Worth was awarded Physician of the Year and he continues to serve the community through his family practice and HarborCrest.

The R. Bruce Worth, M.D. Chemical Dependency Treatment Center at HarborCrest has a team of professionals dedicated to assisting with life changes that support long-term sobriety and a drug-free lifestyle. The program and its team have been nationally recognized as an excellent treatment option for those seeking help for their chemical dependencies. In 2012, Professional Research Consultants (PRC) awarded HarborCrest Behavioral Health with the honor of “Top Performer” for Overall Quality of Care of an Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit. This means that amongst other inpatient behavioral health units around the country, HarborCrest ranked the highest in customer satisfaction.

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About Grays Harbor Community Hospital: Grays Harbor Community Hospital (GHCH) Aberdeen, Washington, is a comprehensive regional medical center providing quality care to a community of over 90,000 residents covering the 3,000 square miles of Grays Harbor and Pacific counties.  Established in 1959 Grays Harbor Community Hospital is a 501c 3 nonprofit sole community hospital.  Licensed for 140 beds; services including a level-three trauma designated emergency department, critical care unit, surgical services, and Family Birth Center.  GHCH’s outpatient services include diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation therapies, wound healing center, surgical services, and physician clinics.  Learn more at www.ghchwa.org or www.twitter.com/ghcares.

Satsop Business Park Wastewater Treatment Plant Receives Outstanding Performance Award

 Last year the Satsop Business Park received $4 million in grant funding from the State to upgrade the existing system. Work on the General Sewer Plan is well underway and, once complete, will identify a preferred solution to provide wastewater treatment at the Park. A project to replace portions of the collection system is slated to begin this fall as part of the project.

 

The Satsop 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, the Satsop Business Park is a mixed use office, technology and industrial business park with more than 600 acres of developed, pad-ready land and buildings supported by super-sized infrastructure ready to suit the needs of your business.