Port of Grays Harbor Named Washington Port of the Year
December 2011 - And the winner is, Grays Harbor. That was the news today at the annual meeting of officials representing ports throughout the state. Each year the Washington Public Port Association, a coalition of the 76 public port districts in the State, honors one port for exceptional success in the Port industry. The Port of Grays Harbor was selected from a slate of nominees for the successful growth and diversification of Washington’s only deep-water port directly on the Pacific Coast.
For the past 10 years, Grays Harbor has transformed their marine terminal operations from a heavy dependence on forest products to a diverse cargo mix employing hundreds in this rural community. Working closely with private partners, Grays Harbor has attracted over $200 million in private investment in the marine complex, resulting in steady shipping calls and increased cargo shipments by truck and rail. In addition, the Port of Grays Harbor operates the largest fish landing port in Washington State, the Westport Marina, Bowerman Airport and hundreds acres of industrial property round out the Port’s portfolio. Port tenants include manufacturers, distributors, retail operations, tourism businesses and service providers.
“It’s a real honor to be recognized by your peers,” stated Commission President Jack Thompson upon receiving the award. “Our staff has worked very hard to fulfill the vision of the Commissioners to make the Port a hub for economic activity for our community. We are extremely proud of our accomplishments.”
“Through determination, planning and partnerships we have collectively achieved a great deal,” credited Executive Director Gary Nelson. “Credit for this award goes to our customers, our staff, our commissioners and our many service providers that have all invested time, energy and capital to increase the economic impact of our facilities.”
Founded in 1911, the Port of Grays Harbor is one of Washington State’s oldest port districts and Washington’s only deep-water port located directly on the Pacific Ocean. The Port of Grays Harbor operates 4 deepwater marine terminals, the Westport Marina, Bowerman Airport and hundreds of acres of marine industrial property. Only 1-½ vessel hours from open sea, Grays Harbor offers rail and highway access to markets throughout North America. Currently, Grays Harbor is in the midst of an $18 million rail expansion program to accommodate the growing automobile, dry bulk and liquid bulk cargo shipments moving through the Port.