By Karen Robes Meeks
Work continues on the rebuilding of the Charleston Ice Plant, the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay announced this week.
A December fire devastated the plant, and repairs include replacing piles and decking at the dock head, and installing new ice making equipment. About 13 of the 49 new piles have been placed, with more piling being delivered on a barge as early as April 7, the port said.
The plant makes commercial grade flake ice that is vital for many fisheries that need their catch chilled until it reaches the market. The commercial fishing industry is a significant economic sector in southwestern Oregon. “The Ice Plant is one of the few public commercial flake ice facilities on the Oregon coast, making restoration of its services all the more critical,” the port said.