Westport, Wash. – While Quinault tribal fishermen have long used the moorage facilities at Washington’s largest fish landing port, Westport Marina, it is now home to one of Quinault Tribal Enterprises’ (QTE) newly acquired upland facilities, RPMM, LLC. The Port of Grays Harbor Commissioners approved the transfer of ownership as it related to a condition of the lease between tenant RPMM and the Port. This is the first upland lease between QTE and the Port.
The Port signed a lease with RPMM, LLC in 2005 for uplands at Firecracker Point. Over the years, RPMM improved the site to include docks, a hoist, an ice house, equipment storage and fueling services. This was the first lease requiring a tenant to provide access to a hoist and to post a tariff for using the facility. All terms and conditions of the RPMM lease will be assumed by QTE. QTE purchased the company to complement their tribal fishing enterprises and the seafood processing that currently occurs at Taholah.
Quinault Indian Nation President Fawn Sharp, joined by several other tribal and business leaders, expressed enthusiasm for future plans at their new facility on Firecracker Point. “The Port is a key partner for our future growth in Westport and we look forward to developing and strengthening our relationship to achieve our future goals”, stated President Fawn Sharp.
“We welcome the economic and employment opportunities this could mean for the region,” said Port Commissioner Chuck Caldwell. “The Port’s mission is to stimulate economic development, job creation and investment in facilities. Having Quinault Tribal Enterprises as an upland business partner will further our common goals. The Port looks forward to greater collaboration and involvement with the Tribe.”
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 deep-water marine terminals, the Westport Marina, Bowerman Airport and numerous industrial and business parks throughout the region. The addition of Satsop Business Park increases the Port’s properties to more than 1,000 acres of industrial properties and an additional 1,200 acres of sustainably managed forestland. Strategically located midway between Seattle and Portland and less than 1 ½ hours from open sea, the Port of Grays Harbor provides businesses a diverse portfolio of facilities. More information on the Port of Grays Harbor’s facilities and operations is available at portofgraysharbor.com.
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