Port of Cascade Locks Opens New Light-Industrial Park

In December 2011, Governor John Kitzhaber and local officials celebrated the opening of the Port of Cascade Locks' new Herman Creek facility. The facility marks the first time in 40 years that the community Cascade Locks has opened a new light-industrial park.

The port received an $850,000 loan from the IFA's Port Revolving Loan Fund to construct the 10,000-square-foot, clear span building. The $1.1 million building may be subdivided into approximately 2,500-square-foot, or other sized, sections with separate overhead doors and foot traffic entrances.

The building sits on a lot with a view overlooking the Columbia. Next door a concrete pad is poured, ready for another similar building, which will be slightly smaller. Across the lot is an older port building that is awaiting renovations. Each building could potentially hold a single larger business, or they can be partitioned into small spaces to allow for smaller businesses to make use of part of the building.

The port hopes that the site will be home to several small businesses, to ensure diversification in the local economy. Port of Cascade Locks General Manager Chuck Daughtry said that several companies have been "kicking the tires" of the building and that at least three were considering the site.