By Erik Olson, August 19, 2013, Longview Daily News
Port of Woodland commissioners are holding a workshop 6 p.m. Wednesday at Woodland High School about a proposed $10 million barge dock that would be first industrial wharf in that area of the Columbia River.
Columbia River Carbonates estimates that three to five new permanent jobs would be created at the terminal, which would he used to import white limestone from Alaska. It would be on privately owned Martins Bay property, company officials said Monday.
Columbia River Carbonates supplies ultrafine calcium carbonate for manufacturers of paint, paper, plastic and other products in the Pacific Northwest and Canada.
Columbia River officials say rising rail costs to haul raw materials from Northeastern Washington have forced them to look for other sources in Alaska. Unit trains hauling coal and grain have become a larger part of the railroads’ focus, delaying materials headed to Columbia River Carbonates, they say.
Company officials estimate they will eventually need to barge in 40 percent of their raw materials to the Woodland site. The operation would be the first commercial dock on the Washington side of the Columbia between Kalama and Vancouver.
The workshop will be no longer than two hours and is for informational purposes only, Port of Woodland Executive Director Nelson Holmberg said. The company needs a waterways permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers but does not need any approvals from the port. No action will be taken at Wednesday’s meeting.
Bernie Schockelt, Columbia River Carbonates general manager, will give the presentation and answer questions.