Two projects in Lewis County that are expected to create 82 jobs have received aid from the Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB).
The projects are among five in Lewis, Klickitat, Pend Oreille and Clallam Counties to receive $3.25 million in grants or loans from CERB.
The five projects are expected to leverage an estimated $3 million in other public and private investment and result over time in the creation of an estimated 203 jobs.
The South Sound projects include:
A $1 million CERB loan to construct a 30,000-square-foot, pre-engineered, steel industrial building with parking area on 7.76 acres of land owned by Port of Chehalis.
The site will be occupied by Grumman Olsen Industries Inc., a manufacturer of delivery vehicles, which will establish its first Northwest operation there.
This project is expected to leverage other public and private investment totaling $1.5 million and create a total of 54 jobs.
A $462,055 CERB grant and loan to the East Lewis County Public Development Authority (PDA) for site preparation and construction of an 8,000-square-foot building at the Packwood Business Park .
The PDA already has a commitment from Elco Security Systems to lease 4,000 square feet of the space.
The project is expected to leverage an estimated $525,000 in other public and private investments and result in the creation of 28 jobs.
According to Kathy Kreiter, acting director of Washington State Community, Trade and Economic Development, the agency that administers the CERB program, the five commitments made thus far obligate all but $1.18 million of CERB’s available biennial resources.
By Kamilla K. McClelland, Business Examiner staff