TOLEDO — The Port of Toledo is making progress on their new five-year plan, which focuses on promoting job growth and stable employment opportunities, continuing community outreach and supporting marine trades education and skills development — along with continuing to invest in the boat yard’s infrastructure and marketing.
Many of these goals focus on continuing the momentum of the last plan, for which $10 million in grants were obtained for the various projects.
“I’m a huge believer in planning,” said Port Manager Bud Shoemake, “because you get the community (and) ... you get the commissioners and staff all agreeing on the same thing.”
Several large projects are coming down the way. In the next year or so, Shoemake believes that the first projects to be completed will be the building of the pre-engineered metal work building in the boatyard and the water and sanitary sewer service extension to Highway 20.
The contract for the water and sewer extension was awarded in mid-January and the project is now underway. The project is funded by a combination of grants and port funds.
The work building, which is slated to be approximately 80 feet by 150 feet and 94 feet tall, is expected to go up by the end of the year, providing more opportunities for year-round work doing maintenance, sandblasting and painting undercover. The building will house the port’s new 660 ton vessel lift, distinguishable by both its size and paint job: the Oregon State University colors and logo. This project is funded through a ConnectOregon VI grant and the Business Oregon Infrastructure Finance Authority.
In addition to these projects, Shoemake said he anticipates hiring around 10 more employees for the port by 2020, as well as keeping an eye out for ways to further connect the community through the port.