Celebrating 30 Years of Economic Growth

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History

Sept 16, 1986
Voters approve the formation of the Port District and the first Port Commission takes office.
1987-1989
The Port begins purchasing land on Galvin Road for the construction of Park I.
1990
Roger's Machinery Company, Inc. becomes the Port's first tenant.
1994
The Port of Centralia is awarded "Port of the Year" from the Washington Public Ports Association.
1994-1995
Four buildings are constructed for small start-up manufacturing companies in Midway Court.
1996
Washington Poster Company, Inc. announces its intentions to locate their new manufacturing plant at the Port.
1997
The design for the Port of Centralia’s Administrative Office is complete and construction begins.
1998
The Port announces its plans for a new 20,000 sq. ft. facility and construction begins.
2001
Simpson Door Company announces its new plant at the Port of Centralia.
2002
Construction begins for Steelhammer Lane and the rail transload facility on Galvin Road.
2003
The Port Commission announces the formation of the new Park II development.
2004
Plastic Services & Products, LLC locates its pipe-manufacturing business to Park I.
2004
Two buildings are constructed on Midway Court.
2005-2006
Port of Centralia completes transaction in Park II with development company Tarragon LLC.
2005-2006
Tarragon LLC begins construction of Michaels Distribution Center, Centralia Sawmill Company, Scot Industries, and Mowat Construction.
2006-2007
Tarragon 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.
2007
The Port welcomes new tenant Opus NW.Sierra Pacific Industries acquires and expands the Centralia Sawmill Company plant.
2008
Blue Rhino locates to Park I. Tarragon LLC begins construction of Lowe’s, and Millard Refrigerated Services, Inc (Lineage Logistics) in Park II.
2009
Sayler Custom Controls and Quick Quotes, Inc. move to Park I.
2010
Park I tenant Dick’s Brewing Company is named “Business of the Year” by the Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce.
2011
Puget Sound and Pacific Railroad moves its administrative headquarters to Park I.
2012
The Port announces its new mixed-use development, Centralia Station.
2013
Washington State Legislature awards $750,000 toward a Phase I stormwater facility to service Centralia Station.
2014
The Benaroya Company purchases the Opus NW site.
2014
Construction for the Centralia Station Phase I stormwater facility begins.
2015
The Port’s Park I tenants are joined by 4Legz LLC, Building Material Distributors, and Milton Steel Company.
2016
Permitting for Centralia Station continues and construction of the Phase II stormwater facility begins.
2016
RJ’s Specialy Foods and Linden Comansa America LLC move their facilities to Park I.
2016
The Port of Centralia celebrates its 30th anniversary.

DOING BUSINESS WITH THE PORT

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Overview

The Port of Centralia comprises two industrial parks, Park I and Park II, and one mixed-use development called Centralia Station. Both parks 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, Centralia Station, is a master-planned mixed-used development. It will include office, tech warehouse, and commercial space as well as medical facilities, community college facilities, and athletic fields, restaurants, retail space, and public recreational space.

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.

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We’ve prepared a comprehenive overview of Tax-Exempt Economic Develoment Bonds and “Industrial Revenue” and “Exempt Facilites” Bonds. For complete information, click below.

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Infrastructure

Port’s Role in Improving Infrastructure

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.

Access to
Infrastructure
  • 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

Centralia Station is a proposed development to be located off the new Mellen Street interchange that will create jobs and promote economic development in Centralia. This project will create nearly 600 local jobs during its construction period and, upon completion, businesses will create more than 500 permanent jobs. We envision this project as a multi-use development including large businesses such as major retailers, community college facilities in partnership with Centralia College, retail space, office space, medical facilities, restaurants and sports fields.

Park I
Overview

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
Total: $427,938.51
Park II
Overview

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
Total: $1,794,304.71


Centralia Station
Overview

Centralia Station is a proposed development to be located off the new Mellen Street interchange that will create jobs and promote economic development in Centralia. This project will create nearly 600 local jobs during its construction period and, upon completion, businesses will create more than 500 permanent jobs. We envision this project as a multi-use development including large businesses such as major retailers, community college facilities in partnership with Centralia College, retail space, office space, medical facilities, restaurants and sports fields.

Economic Benefits
  • The project will create nearly 600 local jobs during the construction period and will produce $3.7 million in state taxes and $910,000 for local government.
  • Upon completion, Centralia Station businesses will create more than 500 permanent jobs, and generate more than $118 million in annual sales.
  • The businesses will contribute over $40 million to the local economy each year, with a total of nearly 700 direct, indirect and induced jobs, and more than $22 million in labor income.
  • Centralia Station businesses will also generate $5.6 million in state taxes, and almost $1.5 million in local taxes.
  • Over the first 10 years of operation, Centralia Station businesses will pay property taxes estimated at more than $1.3 million to the Centralia School District, $312,802 to the City of Centralia, $708,106 to Lewis County, nearly $1 million to Washington State and almost $1.7 million to other tax districts.
  • Click here to view the full economic report.

Master Plan

The Port of Centralia’s campuses are governed by an approved master plan, which was adopted in 1990 and most recently revised in 2014.

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Environment & Recreation

WETLANDS PROTECTION
  • 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.
FLOOD MITIGATION
  • Centralia Station will meet or exceed all federal, state and local environmental standards.
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.

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