Port of Bremerton Adds Five New Industrial Park Tenants This Year

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A back-up generator maker, uniform printing company, local nonprofit, and fire training center are among the most recent tenants to find a home in the Olympic View Industrial Park of the Port of Bremerton.

The port continued to expand its reach this year despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to five new tenants, 2020 saw the opening of a nearby Amazon delivery center, the construction of three new corporate hangars at Bremerton National Airport and the completion of a large building. of specification in the industrial park.

“Right now, it’s only moving for us,” said Port CEO Jim Rothlin. “And not just new tenants, but we have tenants looking to expand, tenants who want extra space in the building, are going crazy.”

The five new tenants are a mix of local Kitsap businesses and businesses in the greater Puget Sound area:

  • Ideal Commercial Uniforms, based in Port Orchard, leased a 2,600 square foot building for its uniforms and screen printing business.
  • WRG Fire Training Simulation Systems announced earlier this year that it will establish its new firefighter training center at the port. WRG provides firefighting and damage control training aboard Sailors on all vessels from Bremerton to Everett, as well as the Coast Guard and Seattle Fishing Fleet.
  • The ARC des Péninsules rents a 9,000-square-foot building in the industrial park for “clothing collection,” according to Rothlin.
  • Kitsap County leases a 3-acre facility from another harbor tenant.
  • Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation (USNC), a Seattle-based generator maker specializing in clean nuclear power, is leasing space at the port while it conducts a feasibility study to determine if a manufacturing plant is possible there. If plans go ahead, USNC would use the facility to build large storage containers that would house small nuclear generators. The generators would not be built at the port, Rothlin said.

The new tenants bring the total number of companies in the industrial park to 68, which employ just under 2,500 people. Harbor Commission Chairman Cary Bozeman attributed the port’s growth to a lack of manufacturing space available elsewhere and the upcoming $ 1 billion improvements to the Puget Sound shipyard.

“We think a lot of these will be consultants who come here and need space not only to work in their offices, but also to fabricate space to go with it,” Bozeman said.

The port completed construction of a 17,000 square foot building this year that Kitsap County currently uses to store and distribute personal protective equipment (PPE). An additional 5,000 square foot building is currently under construction and several tenants have already expressed their interest.

“I would say given the pandemic and the challenges that surround it, the port is probably doing like we’ve never done,” Bozeman said.

Rothlin added that the port seemed to be gaining more attention since Amazon’s delivery hub opened this fall, and he hopes other private developers will look to expand in the region.

“I don’t think they really believed the demand was there to do it,” Rothlin said. “Now they’re starting to understand, boy, we’ve got a lot of room here, and there are some interesting companies that come here that maybe weren’t there before.”

CHS will build two new railway spurs

CHS Northwest, a longtime tenant of the port, has leased additional land and plans to build two new branch lines there from the Navy-owned railway.

The company, which owns the Cenex fuel, is currently in the process of securing the permits and plans to complete the spurs by the end of January, according to CHS’s Bill Anderson. CHS already has two 90,000 gallon storage tanks on 1.5 acres owned by the port.

The railway line is used by the Navy, waste management, CHS and others. The CHS uses the spurs to park its trains and unload the propane, which is distributed to local businesses along the I-5 corridor. As demand grows, the additional spurs will give the CHS more space for rail cars and the flexibility to work around other companies’ schedules, Anderson said.

“The movement of propane can be a bit sporadic at times, so we only have these cars, so we make sure to maintain a continuous supply of propane for our customers,” Anderson said.


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