Port of Skagit expanding to focus on value-added agriculture

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GO SKAGIT – JULIA-GRACE SANDERS

The Port of Skagit plans to develop a new industrial park on Bayview Ridge with the goal of drawing more value-added agriculture businesses to the area, Port Executive Director Patsy Martin said Thursday.

The park will be built on 123 acres the Port recently purchased off Peterson Road, adjacent to the Bayview Business Park, according to a news release.

Value-added agriculture is when a raw product is processed into something new with enhanced value, such as wheat being milled into flour. The goal is to keep the value of local agriculture in the community.

The new park will house manufacturing and processing facilities with a focus on value-added agriculture, Martin said.

The $11.7 million purchase was funded by an $8 million bond, according to the release.

Martin said the new Bayview Ridge business park will complement the port’s existing Bayview Business Park.

“It will be complementary in that we are spending most of our effort on maritime, aerospace and value-added agriculture, and we expect this new site to continue that with emphasis on value-added agriculture,” Martin said.

With room to grow, the port will be seeking partners in industries related to value-added agriculture, Martin said.

“This gives us the opportunity to grow good new jobs for Skagit County.”

Posted By: JULIA-GRACE SANDERS

GO SKAGIT

Mar 2, 2018

Photo: Scott Terrell / Skagit Valley Herald – Port of Skagit Executive Director Patsy Martin, seen in this 2017 photo, has been working to bring value-added agriculture tenants to the area.

Source: WSFB