Sept 16, 1986Voters approve the formation of the Port District and the first Port Commission takes office.
1987-1989The Port begins purchasing land on Galvin Road for the construction of Park I.
1990Roger's Machinery Company, Inc. becomes the Port's first tenant.
1994The Port of Centralia is awarded "Port of the Year" from the Washington Public Ports Association.
1994-1995Four buildings are constructed for small start-up manufacturing companies in Midway Court.
1996Washington Poster Company, Inc. announces its intentions to locate their new manufacturing plant at the Port.
1997The design for the Port of Centralia’s Administrative Office is complete and construction begins.
1998The Port announces its plans for a new 20,000 sq. ft. facility and construction begins.
2001Simpson Door Company announces its new plant at the Port of Centralia.
2002Construction begins for Steelhammer Lane and the rail transload facility on Galvin Road.
2003The Port Commission announces the formation of the new Park II development.
2004Plastic Services & Products, LLC locates its pipe-manufacturing business to Park I.
2004Two buildings are constructed on Midway Court.
2005-2006Port of Centralia completes transaction in Park II with development company Tarragon LLC.
2005-2006Tarragon LLC begins construction of Michaels Distribution Center, Centralia Sawmill Company, Scot Industries, and Mowat Construction.
2006-2007Tarragon LLC’s Centralia North Corporate Park is awarded the SIOR 2006 Industrial Development of the Year and the NAIOP 2007 Industrial Development of the Year.
2007The Port welcomes new tenant Opus NW. Sierra Pacific Industries acquires and expands the Centralia Sawmill Company plant.
2008Blue Rhino locates to Park I. Tarragon LLC begins construction of Lowe’s, and Millard Refrigerated Services, Inc (Lineage Logistics) in Park II.
2009Sayler Custom Controls and Quick Quotes, Inc. move to Park I.
2010Park I tenant Dick’s Brewing Company is named “Business of the Year” by the Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce.
2011Puget Sound and Pacific Railroad moves its administrative headquarters to Park I.
2012The Port announces its new mixed-use development, Centralia Station.
2013Washington State Legislature awards $750,000 toward a Phase I stormwater facility to service Centralia Station.
2014The Benaroya Company purchases the Opus NW site.
2014Construction for the Centralia Station Phase I stormwater facility begins.
2015The Port’s Park I tenants are joined by 4Legz LLC, Building Material Distributors, and Milton Steel Company.
2016Permitting for Centralia Station continues and construction of the Phase II stormwater facility begins.
2016Linden Comansa America LLC moves their facilities to Park I.
2016The Port of Centralia celebrates its 30th anniversary.
DOING BUSINESS WITH THE PORT
Interested in relocating to the Port?
The Port of Centralia comprises three industrial parks, Park I and Park II, and Park 3, a mixed-use development. Both parks I & II adhere to the Port of Centralia’s Master Plan and have multimodal transportation access. The Port offers industrial sites ranging from one to 100 acres with a wide variety of options including land lease, build-to-suit, and outright sales. The Port of Centralia’s latest project in Park 3 is a master-planned mixed-used development.
Incentives & Benefits
- Ability to access low interest Industrial Development Revenue Bonds.
- Absence of state and local income tax or unitary tax provisions on corporate profits.
- No local B&O taxes.
- Eligibility for Warehouse (etc.) Tax Remittance.
- Eligibility for deferral or exemptions on all sales/use taxes on buildings and equipment during construction period under the Rural County Sales/Use Tax Deferral Program.
- Eligibility for Rural County Business & Occupation Tax Credits for New Employees.
INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT REVENUE BONDS
Industrial Development Revenue Bonds (IDRBs) are a means of financing the acquisition, construction, enlargement or improvement of industrial development facilities and involve the issuance of tax-exempt bonds by public corporations specifically created for that purpose by local governments. The key advantage of industrial revenue bonds lies in their tax-exempt status; interest paid to the buyer of the bonds is not subject to federal income tax, and as a result the bond buyer will accept a lower rate of interest on the bonds.
We’ve prepared a comprehensive overview of Tax-Exempt Economic Development Bonds and “Industrial Revenue” and “Exempt Facilites” Bonds. For complete information, click below.DOWNLOAD BOND OVERVIEW
Creating, maintaining and providing access to outstanding infrastructure is one of the Port of Centralia’s top priorities. In addition to installing top-of-the-line roads and other amenities, the Port continues to improve the established systems, including a recently-completed project that widened a major intersection and added turn lanes for easy maneuverability.
- The location of Parks I & II fewer than 2 miles from Interstate 5.
- Rail service through Union Pacific/Burlington Northern Santa Fe.
- 4” natural gas line service.
- 10” water mains with 100 lb PSI.
- 10” sewer mains with 6” stubs for each lot.
- Electricity capabilities to meet nearly any demand.
- Broadband internet capabilities from multiple providers.
- Foreign Trade Zone designation.
JOIN OUR ROSTER
Interested in contracting with the Port?
The Port of Centralia maintains a Small Works Roster and an Architectural & Engineering Roster as a reference for upcoming projects. The rosters are created every January and are updated throughout the year through December 31. If you are interested in joining the roster, please download and submit the appropriate application form:
Properties and Projects
The first master-planned industrial park was assembled over several years following the Port’s founding in 1986. In 1990, Rogers Machinery Company, Inc. became the first tenant in Park I. Today, 25 tenants that provide over 350 jobs to the local community call the industrial park home. Park I is located within minutes of Interstate 5 and hosts a rail spur and transload facility.
Park I has a current assessed value of $41.7 million. This value in turn benefits the local community through nearly $430,000 in generated taxes that help fund the school district, fire safety services, library system, and the City of Centralia and Lewis County.
|2016 Tax Rate||Amount|
|State School Levy||$2.29024||$95,524.45|
|City of Centralia||$0.65822||$27,453.74|
|Lewis County General||$1.68702||$95,524.45|
|Timberland Regional Library||$0.40947||$17,078.61|
|Riverside Fire Authority||$1.92689||$80,369.13|
|Centralia School District||$2.85506||$119,082.36|
|Centralia Port District||$0.43313||$18,065.65|
In 2003, the Port Commission began looking to expand into a second industrial park. Park II is located north of Park I along the Interstate 5 corridor and is home to the Port’s largest tenants. The tenants in Park II provide over 575 jobs to the local workforce.
Park II has a current assessed value of $176.8 million, which generates over $1.7 million in taxes to help fund community services and benefits.
|2016 Tax Rate||Amount|
|State School Levy||$2.29024||$404,934|
|Lewis County General||$1.68702||$298,280.09|
|Lewis County Roads||$2.22337||$393,111.20|
|Timberland Regional Library||$0.40947||$72,397.37|
|Riverside Fire Authority||$0.25000||$44,202.09|
|Centralia School District||$2.85506||$504,798.01|
|Centralia Port District||$0.43313||$76,581.47|
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The Port of Centralia’s campuses are governed by an approved master plan, which was adopted in 1990 and most recently revised in 2021.HAVE A LOOK
Environment & Recreation
- Centralia Station will have a state of the art stormwater system to handle and treat all water from the project.
- Compensatory storage will be included in Centralia Station to ensure that neighbors are not negatively affected by site work.
- Centralia Station will meet or exceed all federal, state and local environmental standards.
- The Centralia Station project addresses flooding concerns through the construction of a regional stormwater facility. Read more about the development's zero-rise flood impact here.
RECREATION & TRAILS
- The Centralia Station project includes the construction of sports fields and hiking trails will create new recreational opportunities for the community.
- Centralia Station’s regional stormwater facility will also serve as a practice facility for the women’s soccer program at Centralia College.