Nine boats with longshore union supporters tried to block a grain ship at the Port of Kalama on Tuesday morning, causing the Coast Guard to board one boat and issue warnings to all the others.
The incident is a spillover of a Vancouver dispute between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and United Grain. Protesters [...]
Longshore workers from Oregon and Washington say they get a positive response when they talk about Mitsui’s taxpayer-funded infrastructure upgrades and negative impact on Northwest jobs
VANCOUVER, WA (April 25, 2013) – Washington and Oregon-based longshore workers, locked out of their longtime workplace United Grain Corp. at the Port of Vancouver USA since February [...]
Four lower Columbia River ports have tentatively agreed to buy Howard Island for $1.32 million, ending a dozen years of negotiations with the owner and avoiding a costly court battle.
Port of Longview commissioners on Tuesday approved their share of the deal, which is about $187,000. Port of Vancouver commissioners also approved the deal Tuesday, [...]
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Leaders say company has not shown evidence to back its accusations, and that security guards have been ‘shadowing and harassing our members every day’
PORTLAND, OR (February 28, 2013) – The men and women of ILWU Local 4, who have been working to reach a [...]
The Portland Business Journal reports: ”Union officials have made a point in highlighting the fact that the other three terminal operators are extensions of foreign-owned companies. In a statement issued Wednesday, ILWU International President Robert McEllrath said the TEMCO agreement was reached ‘because American companies, farmers and workers recognize a common interest in our [...]
Saying they already had the perfect candidate in front of them, Port of Kalama Commissioners promoted longtime employee Mark Wilson to port executive director Wednesday. He will replace Lanny Cawley, who is retiring March 31.
Wilson, 46, is the current deputy director and will become director on April 1.
Commissioners discussed doing a state or [...]
[NOTE: Marubeni owns Columbia Grain in Portland. Gavilon co-owns Kalama Export with Archer Daniels Midland and Mitsubishi.]
The Gavilon deal, which includes debt of around $2 billion, would catapult Marubeni, Japan’s fifth-biggest trading house, into the top ranks of global grain merchants and put it in a prime position to meet rising demand for [...]
A tug and barge company plans to base a quarter-acre-sized floating dock at the Port of Kalama to help it move grain more efficiently to the EGT and Kalama Export Co. grain terminals on the Columbia River.
The floating dock is known as a spud barge because it is anchored in place by steel pipes [...]
CHS is the third-largest US exporter of grain, moving more than one billion bushels of grain to more than 60 countries through its network of elevators and terminals in North and South America, Europe and Asia. This Temco export grain facility in Tacoma WA, is a joint venture between Cargill and CHS, as are [...]
JH Kelly and Borton were competing with Minnesota-based T.E. Ibberson, which built the EGT grain terminal at the Port of Longview. Union trade workers rallied in support of Kelly, saying they feared that Ibberson would hire mostly out-of-town workers, as it did at EGT. Northwest Labor Press photo.
Longview contractor JH Kelly will receive a [...]
The proposed annexation area is east of Interstate 5 Exit 32 to the north of the Kalama River in the area of Old Highway 99 and Kress Lake.
Last week, Kalama City Council members approved a plan to annex 250 acres of Port of Kalama property and several adjoining parcels into the city. The next [...]
From the Columbian:
A group representing grain shippers in the region, including United Grain Corp. at the Port of Vancouver, said Monday it expects to reach an agreement on a new labor contract with union dockworkers that will keep wheat, soybeans and corn flowing to markets.
“I don’t think there’s any reason to presume otherwise,” [...]
ADM and Gavilon each have a 45 percent stake in Kalama, a grain export terminal in Washington state that handled a quarter of all Pacific shipments in 2009. The remaining 10 percent share is owned by Mitsubishi Corp.
The completion of Japanese trader Marubeni Corp’s purchase of U.S. grain merchant Gavilon is being delayed [...]
About 50 union supporters rallied outside a Port of Kalama grain terminal Friday morning, urging the owners to hire local construction labor for an upcoming expansion project.
According to Cowlitz County planning officials, Temco is planning a $50 million expansion, building eight to 12 new storage silos, new rail lines and new conveyor belts. Temco [...]
The Daily News reports that ‘the owners of the Temco terminal, formerly United Harvest, plan 12 additional storage silos, new rail lines, support buildings and conveyor belts. A previous 2010 permit had called for eight new silos.’
Cowlitz County commissioners unanimously approved a shoreline permit for expansion of the Temco grain terminal at the Port [...]