Port of Grays Harbor Approves New Lease, Completes Haul Road Erosion Project

The Port of Grays Harbor Commission has approved a lease with Talking Cedar for the PKS South Warehouse. Photo: Port of Grays Harbor.

Ample warehouse space and easy highway access have attracted another customer to the Port of Grays Harbor Commission’s Satsop Business Park.

On Nov. 2, the Port of Grays Harbor announced that its Port Commission has approved a lease for a warehouse and surrounding land at 37 Tower Boulevard, with the Chehalis Tribe’s Talking Cedar, the first tribal-owned distillery in the U.S.

Talking Cedar said that it plans to store supplies and consumables related to the production of distilled spirits at the warehouse. The Commission also approved an option for the 17,500 square-foot warehouse 17 in West Park, to be exercised by Jan. 31, 2024.

“We are thrilled to welcome Talking Cedar to the (business) park,” Satsop Business Park General Manager Alissa Shay said in a statement.  “We are excited the Park’s assets will be a part of this growing business’s success story and look forward to working with them further as they continue to grow.”

“Talking Cedar is committed to expanding our economic impact in Southwest Washington and excited to take this next step in our growth with the development of our Satsop facility,” Talking Cedar General Manager Brian Downing said.

Satsop Business Park is located between Portland and Seattle, about 30 minutes west of Olympia and the I-5 Corridor, the 1,800-acre mixed-use business and industrial park boasts over 300,000 square feet of warehouse space available for warehousing, distribution, and manufacturing.

The business park has more than 600 acres of space, including more than 100,000 square feet of office space.

In other news, a project addressing erosion issues that threatened vital utilities to Satsop Business Park is now completed, the Port of Grays Harbor announced Oct. 6.

Civic and harbor officials recently celebrated the port’s Haul Road Erosion Mid-Term Strategy Project, which called for building and installing “self-mitigating bioengineered log structures” at the area of erosion, reshaping the embankment, putting in riparian plants to enhance aquatic habitats and furthering larger restoration efforts at the Chehalis Basin.

The project was funded by the port, the Office of the Chehalis Basin, the Chehalis River Basin Flood Authority, Grays Harbor Energy and Grays Harbor County’s .09 fund. Parametrix was the port’s lead engineer and Rognlin’s, Inc. of Aberdeen performed the construction work.

“The Department of Ecology’s Office of Chehalis Basin works with local partners to aggressively pursue opportunities to reduce flood damages and to protect and restore aquatic species,” Acting OCB Director Nat Kale said. “The Port of Grays Harbor’s Haul Road project achieves both.”

“It preserves valuable infrastructure that was at immediate risk of damage, threatening the local economy, and it does so in a way that is far better for aquatic life than old approaches that relied on walls of rock or steel,” Kale added.