Sapa Extrusions' Vancouver plant first in Washington

By Aaron Corvin, Columbian port & economy reporter

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Sapa Extrusions North America, which makes aluminum products such as deck railing and bike frames, announced Friday the completion of its first facility in Washington state.

The company convened an open house to highlight its 142,800-square-foot building at the Port of Vancouver.The building houses equipment transferred from Sapa's Portland facilities and other regional facilities, and features new equipment and upgrades.

The company employs 100 people at the location it's leasing from the port. Sapa's regional operations include a Portland facility that employs 500 people. The company serves a range of markets, including solar and renewable energy, building and construction, and distribution and consumer durables.

The Washington State Community Economic Development Revitalization Board provided an $800,000 loan to improve Sapa's new building, which was previously home to Panasonic. The port kicked in $500,000 in matching funds to help complete Sapa's expansion. The company's total investment in the project is about $8 million.