Port of Kalama Promotes Mark Wilson to Deputy Director

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Long-time port development manager assumes additional role on Jan. 1, 2012

Wilson has helped to create the 75-acre Industrial Park at the Port of Kalama in addition to thousands of square feet of industrial buildings for lease.

Port of Kalama Commissioners approved the promotion of long-time port development manager, Mark Wilson, to the additional role of Deputy Director. Wilson retains his responsibilities as development manager and assumes the new role effective January 1, 2012. Wilson reports to Port Executive Director Lanny Cawley and will have authority to act on the director’s behalf in his absence.
Wilson, who has worked at the Port of Kalama in various roles for 21 years, has managed a number of projects significant to the Kalama community:

  •     Development of the 75 acre Kalama River Industrial Park development included planning, permitting and construction of a bridge, roads, rail, utilities, and landscaping.
  •     One hundred and fifty-six thousand square feet of industrial buildings have been constructed by the Port, and Cameron Glass (now Bennu Glass) constructed a 170,000 square foot bottle manufacturing plant.
  •     The Port-owned grain terminal, Cenex Harvest States, was remodeled by the Port to add unit train capability, adding over 4,000 feet of rail and high speed railcar unloading capacity.
  •     The Port’s Marine Park expansion with new picnic shelters, beach access, horseshoe pits, and tennis, basketball and volleyball courts.

About Port of Kalama – Where rail and water meet:
The Port of Kalama is located in Southwest Washington on the Columbia River and immediately off of Interstate Highway 5. The port exists to induce capital investment in an environmentally responsible manner to create jobs and to enhance public recreational opportunities. Port of Kalama's industrial area includes five miles of riverfront property adjacent to the 43' federally-maintained deep draft navigation channel of the Columbia River. The Port is served by the Burlington Northern/Santa Fe and Union Pacific railroads. There are over 20 industries located at the Port of Kalama, employing over 800 people. Port of Kalama offers all the superior facilities businesses need to thrive, and an unsurpassed quality of life. The port offers shovel ready sites, a new Industrial Park, state of the art Marine Terminals and transportation accessibility to rail and highway all just a 25 minute drive to the Portland International Airport. Port of Kalama also offers high-bandwidth communications, with dual access fiber-optic service to Seattle and Portland. Properties currently available at the port for businesses wishing to expand and thrive: http://www.portofkalama.com/industrial_property.

CONTACT: Claudia Johnson, Strategic Communications, 503-799-2220/cell

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