Incentives

Rural County Business & Occupation Tax Credit

A $2,000 or $4,000 credit against the B&O tax is available for each new employment position created by a qualifying manufacturer.

.09 Rural Economic Development Fund

This fund is directed by the local people of Lewis County for qualifying public facilities improvements.

CERB Fund

An excellent state program to provide loan and grant funding for public improvements needed to serve industry.

Education & Training Grants

Both Federal and State programs are available to help in recruitment and training of new workers.

Sales and Use Tax Exemption on Machinery & Equipment

For qualifying manufacturers, processors for hire, and manufacturers who perform research and development are not required to pay the sales or use tax on machinery and equipment used directly in the manufacturing or research and development process. Charges for labor and services for installing machinery and equipment are also not subject to the sales or use tax. Major distribution centers, over 200,000 sf also qualify for sales and use exemptions.

Sales and Use Tax Deferral for Manufacturers

The Rural County Sales/Use Tax Deferral Program grants a deferral of sales/use tax for manufacturing, and computer-related businesses, research and development laboratories, and commercial testing facilities (excluding light and power businesses) locating in rural counties. The sales and/or use taxes on qualified construction and equipment costs for such businesses located in these specific geographic areas are waived when all program requirements have been met and verified.

Logistics & Transportation

Highway

Lewis County is located on Interstate 5 midway between Portland and Seattle. In addition U.S. Highway 12 is one of two major east/west transportation corridors in Washington State. Lewis County is home to several transportation companies including Sorensen Trucking that has routes to: Los Angeles, Boise, Salt Lake, and Phoenix.

Portland 85 miles San Francisco 721 miles
Seattle 85 miles Salt Lake City 844 miles
Vancouver B.C. 229 miles Los Angeles 1,048 miles
Boise 508 miles

Deep Water Ports

Port of Tacoma, 54 miles north of Chehalis, provides containerized cargo, roll-on/roll-off, bulk, breakbulk, and heavy-lift cargoes. The Port of Olympia, 20 miles north of Chehalis provides break bulk shipping.

Other ports that may serve your needs are the:

Port of Olympia          Port of Longview          Port of Kalama         Port of Seattle

Air

The Chehalis-Centralia Airport is a general aviation airport which can meet most corporate needs. The airport has a LPV approach allowing for operations throughout the year. A full pilot lounge is available to pilots and crew in addition to a courtesy car. Full-service jet fuel is available along with self-service AVGAS. There are 10 conventional hangers and 48 tee hangers and recently a project for a runway viewing area was completed for families to come and enjoy the air traffic.

Approximately 80 miles to the North is the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, and approximately 80 miles south is the Portland International Airport. Both of these airports have three main runways and should meet any international needs.

Rail

All major railroads serve Lewis County. We have connections to Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF), Union Pacific (UP), PSAP, and Tacoma Rail. There are rail reloading facilities in Centralia, Chehalis, as well as other additional sites.

Department of Transportation: Information

Demographics

Population
Lewis County 75,882
Centralia 16,753
Chehalis 7,391
Napavine 1,780

Labor Force – 2016

Civilian Labor Force 32,528
Employed 29,871
Unemployed 2,657
Unemployment Rate 8.2%

Average Annual Wages – 2014

Annual – 2015 $38,361
Manufacturing $46,864
Transportation & Warehousing $35,036
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting $32,452

Per Capital Income – 2014

Lewis County $36,276

Major Local and State Taxes – 2016

Lewis County Retail Sales Tax 7.8%
Retail Sales in most Incorporated areas 8%
State Business & Occupation Tax (most manufacturers) $.00484
Tax Facts
No corporate income Tax No inventory tax
No personal income tax No unitary tax

 

Top Private Employers Product – # of Employees
Providence Hospital Health Care – 750
Fred Meyer Distribution Center Warehouse/Distribution Center – 400
Hampton Affiliates Lumber Mill – 350
TransAlta Energy Production – 250
Cardinal Glass Corporation Glass Manufacturing – 305

 

Colleges and Universities
Centralia College 2-yr. community/technical college
Centralia College 4-yr. business degree

Key Industries

Logistics

Lewis County has always been very competitive to logistics companies due to our location halfway between Seattle & Portland. Several large and prominent companies have set up their distribution centers here: Fred Meyer, Michaels, and Lowes. In addition the area is home to several trucking companies such as Lund TruckingSorenson Trucking, and J.J. Sauter Trucking.

Healthcare

Providence Centralia Hospital a non-profit organization which employs 800 people. Providences’ teams are trained in lymphedema therapy, neurological therapy, occupational therapy, pediatric therapy, speech therapy, wound care, oncology, and chemotherapy. In addition, their diagnostic imaging services include: breast specific gamma imaging, bone density screenings, CT-Scans, X-Rays, digital mammograms, digital radiology, fluoroscopy, MRIs, nuclear medical exams, and ultrasound.

Wood Products

Lewis County is located in the wood basket and is one of the largest timber producing counties in the Northwest. Our largest wood manufacturers are Cascade Hardwoods, Northwest Hardwoods, and Hardel Mutual Plywood. Our wood products include douglas fir, hemlock, maple, and alder.

Food Processing

Lewis County is home to major food processing companies as well as niche agricultural farms. National Frozen Foods pioneered the process to freeze and store vegetables in the 1920s. Today they run a highly automated system using robotics to process and package food. Callisons Inc. is the largest mint oil processor in the world with products in oral care, confectionaries, and gum. Darigold produces dry milks and supplies them throughout the world.

Glass, Plastics, Chemicals

Two major highways and four major railroads make us a competitive location for manufacturing. We have companies that produce float glass, tempered glass (for solar panels), plastic piping, netting, and specialized composites. In addition, Lewis County is home to companies that produce chemicals for power plant operations as well as companies that recycle carbon fiber and soda ash.

Telecommunications

We have a major north-south fiber link with multiple fiber lines that are available for access on a wholesale level. We are also served by various ISP’s and wireless carriers. Toledo Tel is a local ISP that offers phone and data services. We have a number of computer and technology based companies that have found they can operate competitively in our area.

Energy

Lewis County is home to many large energy players in Washington State. TransAlta operates a coal plant north of Centralia. Chehalis Power, a division of PacifiCorp, operates a natural gas plant in Chehalis. Tacoma Power provides electricity to Tacoma through its hydro plant in our county. The Lewis County PUD operates a hydro plant and has low rates compared to neighboring counties. BPA Transmission has a major line and regional substation running through Lewis County.

Development Partners

Port of Chehalis

Since its formation in 1986, it has been the Port’s goal to encourage economic development and job creation. The port accomplishes this through developing construction ready industrial sites and buildings that are available for immediate occupancy by clients.

Port of Chehalis: Information

Port of Centralia

The Port of Centralia is a municipal corporation governed by a 3-member elected commission. Since its inception in 1986, the Port has grown to comprise over 1,100 acres in 2 master-planned industrial campuses. The Port currently has 30 businesses in its parks providing over 800 jobs to the local economy.

Port of Centralia: Information

Industrial Park at TransAlta

The Industrial Park at TransAlta-USA (IPAT) is a 4,400 acre industrial park focused on serving larger tenants and those that require access to major utility services. IPAT was originally a coal mine until 2006 when, in partnership with local and state governments, the industrial park was formed.

Industrial Park at TransAlta: Information

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