TOLEDO — The Port of Toledo is busy and doing well as the board of commissioners discussed upcoming projects at its regular meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 19.
The port recently purchased and took delivery of a pre-engineered, 80 by 150-foot metal building, which will allow work on vessels all year long, as well as provide a contained area for sandblasting and painting.
“We’ve been operating from a plan all along,” said Port Manager Bud Shoemake. “Ports in Oregon are required to have a business plan and an investment plan, too.”
The board voted unanimously to award the foundation and the erection contracts to industrial general constructor JH Kelly, the Washington company the port purchased the building through. JH Kelly was the only company to bid on the erection of the building and was also the lowest of three bids for the foundation job.
Shoemake explained. “We’ve got big boats stacked up in the boatyard right now and not much room. So we’re scheduling it so that the construction starts the middle of January.”
Shoemake said JH Kelly recently worked on a large building at Cascade Locks. “They’re a good outfit and a pleasure to work with. I’m happy about that,” he said.
Also presented to the port commissioners at Tuesday’s meeting was the state required audit, which was completed ahead of schedule by Signe Grimstad of Grimstad and Associates.
“It’s a good report,” Grimstad noted, adding that an auditor is pleased when a client is responsive.
Congressman Kurt Schrader also recently paid a visit to the Port of Toledo to check on the progress of the welding education program, a partnership between the port, Oregon Coast Community College and the Lincoln County School District.
The congressman wrote letters in support of the federal Maritime Administration Small Shipyard grant, explained Shoemake, which provided welders, welding booths, plasma cutters, cutting tables and an air filtration system.
“He was just checking to make sure we’re OK,” said Shoemake of Schrader. “He’s a good guy.”
Shoemake credited existing welding programs with direction and help as the port is developing the welding education program. Michael Rasmussen, who ran the welding program for Portland Community College and later set up a welding program for that college on Swan Island, where they work on the big Navy ships, was hired by OCCC as a consultant.
Shoemake noted that the average age of welders nationally is 55, and skilled workers are very much in demand. Students will be enrolling in the port’s welding education program in January.