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Dec. 3, 2022

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Port of Vancouver sells parcel in Centennial Industrial Park

Buyer is firm that makes machinery for chip industry

By , Columbian staff writer

The Port of Vancouver will soon be home to Nu-Tech Machining, which specializes in manufacturing parts for machinery used in computer chip production and testing.

In a rare move by the port, the board of commissioners approved the sale of a 3.26-acre site in the port’s Centennial Industrial Park on Tuesday. The property is being sold to Fairview, Ore.-based Duffy & Kinne Inc., Nu-Tech’s parent company.

High demand for Nu-Tech’s equipment has caused the company to need new space for machinists and tools, according to Patrick Duffy at the Port of Vancouver. The company is planning to build two buildings, one about 25,000 square feet and the other 12,000 square feet. Both are expected to be occupied by September.

The Port of Vancouver doesn’t generally sell land. But because of the shape and location of the area, Lot 2 within the industrial area, the board voted in 2019 to declare the property surplus. It was decided the land was no longer needed for port purposes, which made the sale possible.

Duffy & Kinne will need to maintain the property, and the port will have the right to repurchase it.

“Duffy & Kinne’s project will provide substantial benefits to the community with its investment of more than $4.5 million in their planned facility and a minimum employment of 14 full-time employees,” read the port’s agenda, recommending approval of the sale.

The company has a five-year goal of employing up to 30 full-time employees at the site.