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Monday, February 26, 2024
Feb. 26, 2024

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Port of Kalama feted for growing economy


LONGVIEW — The Association of Washington Business recently honored 10 state businesses, including the Port of Kalama, which earned an award Nov. 16 for growing the local and state economy with recent projects.

The port’s 33,000-square-foot Mountain Timber Market is set to open today and includes about a dozen businesses so far.

The port is also replacing a pedestrian bridge spanning the BNSF Railway tracks, connecting West Frontage Road and North Hendrickson Drive. The 50-year-old bridge is not ADA compliant, while the new crossing would be in the same location and include stairs and elevators, the port said.

The Port of Kalama set a record for West Coast soybean exports in 2020, and supports more than 5,000 direct and indirect jobs, the association reports.

Finalists for the award included the insurance and retirement plan company Symetra, headquartered in Bellevue, and Eileen and Callie’s place, a Kent-based organization that supports young women who’ve aged out of foster care.