Christiansen Enterprises LLC Grows 30% a Year since Moving to Port of Kalama, Expands Facilities to Include Fabrication

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Company signs lease for 20,000 square foot facility, adds fabrication services, 7 employees

Port of Kalama to expand manufacturing, distribution, warehousing businesses

Port of Kalama industrial property and land right on I-5 and deep draft Columbia River in Washington State.

We have grown 30% a year since moving to the Port and expect to continue to increase our services.

Christiansen Enterprises LLC, one of the region’s largest providers of dry kilns, parts and services for the forest products industry, has signed a lease for 20,000 square feet at the Port of Kalama. Christiansen, which located at the Port in 2013 with 10,500 square feet, now expands to both deliver on increasing demand for dry kiln services, and adds custom fabrication to their repertoire.

Christiansen Enterprises provides kilns, parts and comprehensive on-site services for some of the nation’s largest forest products companies like Weyerhaeuser, Hampton Forest Products, Georgia Pacific, WKO, and most Pacific NW lumber mills. The company has enhanced its industrial facilities and fabrication equipment to better serve a new market for manufacturing clients.

“Port of Kalama not only offers us an ideal location to serve our customers in the forest products industry, but they have supported our company growth in ways we couldn’t have expected,” said Joe Christiansen, owner, Christiansen Enterprises. “We have grown 30% a year since moving to the Port and expect to continue to increase our services to a new fabrication market.”

Christiansen Enterprises joins a growing number of industries and businesses who have found the Port of Kalama an ideal location to grow their businesses. The Port boasts a new Industrial Park and acres of shovel-ready land for manufacturing, technology, storage and many other industry sectors. Sixteen acres of public riverfront parks stand out as popular recreational destinations for both locals and tourists. Port officials cite several advantages for businesses like Christiansen to expand operations in Kalama including:

  •     No state corporate or personal income taxes
  •     Collaborative, business-friendly environment
  •     Affordable/competitive rates
  •     Accessibility to all modes of transportation
  •     Quality buildings, land on river/rail/Interstate
  •     Quality of life, slow-paced, beautiful, quiet, hometown feel
  •     Proximity to international airport at PDX -- just 30 minutes away

“Christiansen is another example of companies who see growth opportunity at this location,” said Mark Wilson, executive director, Port of Kalama. “The Port has been attracting new tenants and manufacturing industries eager to move to this prime location and experience the port services we have to offer.”

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 seven 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://portofkalama.com.

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