Hoquiam, WA – The Washington State Department of Ecology and the City of Hoquaim today released the draft environmental impact statements (EIS) for the proposed expansions of the Westway Grays Harbor terminal. Part of Grays Harbor since 2009, Westway is seeking to expand operations at its liquid bulk storage and transport facility to meet growing demand. Overall, proposed terminal expansions at the port will create nearly 300 new local family-wage jobs.
“The expansion of the Westway Grays Harbor terminal represents a long-term commitment to this community, and we look forward to working closely with Ecology and the city to meet the high-standards of the EIS,” said Steve Williams, Westway Grays Harbor terminal manager and Hoquaim native. “The expansion of the terminal is built on our commitment to safety and protecting the waterways and natural environment that makes our community truly special.”
Located in the Port of Grays Harbor, which offers a competitive advantage for companies engaged in international and domestic trade, the proposed terminal expansion will enable the existing facility to receive up to 17.8 million barrels of domestic fuel per year and add 1 million barrels of storage capacity. The proposed expansion and operations will adhere to the strictest safety and environmental protection protocols of local, state and federal government.
According to a third-party economic analysis conducted by ECONorthwest, the Westway project and the similar project at REG Grays Harbor next door will create 280 new full-time jobs – paying an average of $84,000 per year – as well as more than 870 jobs overall during the yearlong construction. The projects will generate $65 million in labor earnings for construction and more than $18 million per year in annual operations. Once complete, the new terminal will contribute more than $61 million to the economy each year and more than $2 million in state and local tax revenue. Westway is committed to hiring locally and using local products and services whenever possible.
“Westway’s project will bring continued job growth and revenue opportunities for the Port of Grays Harbor,” said Gary Nelson, the port’s executive director. “The rigorous review of the project will ensure that growth occurs transparently and in a smart and responsible manner.”
Westway Group has been in business for more than 60 years with a dedication to service that has allowed it to become a leading provider of bulk liquid storage and related value-added services – creating family-wage jobs with a commitment to being a valued member of the communities where the company operates. Recently, the company has seen significant growth, which is injecting fresh energy into the operation and driving a focus to ever-increasing levels of quality and service. Including Grays Harbor, the company has 15 facilities in North America accommodating everything from food-grade products to biofuels and specialty chemicals.
Visit www.westwaygraysharbor.com to learn more about the expansion and what it means for local family-wage jobs.