EDC is engaging in activities that will build our workforce and infrastructure to position our community for job creation. Funding from the Economic Development Administration has provided the EDC with opportunities to make it possible to plan for infrastructure in communities such as Packwood and Toledo. This work will lead Lewis County to be a competitive location for new business investment. Our manufacturers continue to be successful. Companies like Cascade Hardwoods and Mohawk Carpet continue to thrive.

 

Infrastructure Development:

Winlock Water Rights – SCJ Alliance 

The EDC’s consultants at SCJ Alliance and Pacific Groundwater Group recently presented a summary of Winlock’s water rights to City Council. They identified that Winlock’s water rights are in good standing. Recommendations include consideration of identifying new well sites for future growth, reviewing water right claims, and exploring new water rights. This work brings the development possibilities closer for Winlock’s UGA.

Toledo & Packwood Improvements – SCJ Alliance

The EDC and SCJ Alliance will be meeting this month with improvement committees in both Toledo and Packwood. In each meeting, we will gather ideas for main transportation corridors including safety improvements and streetscapes. SCJ Alliance will be putting together a rendering of the new streetscape for each community.

 

Workforce:

Workforce Analysis – TIP Strategies Visit

Tip Strategies, a workforce consulting firm out of Austin, Texas, recently conducted 2 stakeholder interviews and 6 roundtable discussions with local community members and business owners in order to create a workforce analysis of Lewis County. This analysis will address the growing gap between available positions and qualified workers to enhance the region’s competitiveness. The draft study will become available to coming October.

Toledo & Packwood Improvements – SCJ Alliance

The EDC and SCJ Alliance will be meeting this month with improvement committees in both Toledo and Packwood. In each meeting, we will gather ideas for main transportation corridors including safety improvements and streetscapes. SCJ Alliance will be putting together a rendering of the new streetscape for each community.

 

Business Retention and Expansion:

Cascade Hardwood

Cascade Hardwoods comes from humble beginnings 50 years ago, when just 5 employees ran their business. Today they employ 130 people and recently expanded to another facility in Port Angeles. Their logs come into the mill and then are weighed, measured, sawed, dried and then put into the kiln to get a perfect look to each log. Then by the truck load they are shipped out to the ports of Tacoma, Seattle, & Portland to over 30 countries in Europe & Asia. Over 60% of the employees have been at the facility for more than 15 years. 

Mohawk Industries

Mohawk Industries, Inc. began in 1875 in New York along the Hudson River Valley. A long and storied history follows through family ownership, expansion, and restructuring as the company grew to what we know today, all the while inventing many of the kinds of floors we find common today. Today they have facilities in over 15 countries as part of their conglomerate. Mohawk has a presence in the Chehalis Industrial Park. They manufacture carpet pad that serve the Pacific Northwest and employ above 40 people.