WA: Bridger Steel Chooses to Expand Operations at Port of Kalama

7 Nov, 2017

Bridger Steel Inc., a metal manufacturer of panel systems for roofing, siding and interior applications, has signed a lease with the Port of Kalama for 30,000 square feet of office and warehouse space and another 10,000-square-foot covered area for loading trucks. Bridger, which is the first tenant in the Port’s new 110,000-square-foot industrial building, will provide many of its own manufactured metal materials for the new building at the Kalama River Industrial Park and expects to break ground in December.

“The Port of Kalama is the ideal location for us to expand our business facilities and better serve our customers in the Pacific Northwest,” says Steve Collins, national sales and marketing director, Bridger Steel Inc. “Kalama’s location and proximity to I-5 will enable us to serve a very large area of the Pacific Northwest very quickly.”

Bridger Steel, which is expected to open its Kalama facility in the summer of 2018, joins a growing number of industries and businesses who have found the Port of Kalama an ideal location to grow their businesses. The Port boasts a state-of-the-art Industrial Park with buildings ideal for manufacturing, technology, storage and many other industry sectors. Sixteen acres of public riverfront parks stand out as popular recreational destinations for both locals and tourists. Port officials cite several advantages for businesses like Bridger Steel to expand operations in Kalama including: 

    No state corporate or personal income taxes

    Collaborative, business-friendly environment

    Affordable/competitive rates

    Accessibility to all modes of transportation

    Quality buildings, land on river/rail/Interstate

    Quality of life, slow-paced, beautiful, quiet, hometown feel

    Proximity to international airport at PDX—just 30 minutes away.

“We welcome Bridger to our growing community of industrial and commercial businesses—their reputation as a high-quality manufacturer provider is a boon for Kalama,” said Mark Wilson, executive director, Port of Kalama. “The region is poised for many economic opportunities and Kalama is perfectly placed to support businesses ready to grow.”

About Bridger Steel

Bridger Steel is a premier metal manufacturer of panel systems for roofing, siding and interior applications. The company opened its doors in Bozeman, Montana in 1996 when owner, Dennis Johnson, realized contractors and homeowners needed better access to high quality metal panels in the American West. Through hard work, ingenuity and a distaste for the word “No”, Dennis helped his customers find new uses for metal in residential, commercial, and industrial markets and pushed for new styles, better paint systems, and higher quality materials. The company serves the U.S. and Canada, as well as Europe and the Pacific Rim. Bridger prides itself on delivering the highest level of service and support to partners and upholding a standard of quality in everything they create.

About Port of Kalama – Where rail and water meet

The Port of Kalama is located in Southwest Washington on the Columbia River and immediately off of Interstate Highway 5. The port exists to induce capital investment in an environmentally responsible manner to create jobs and to enhance public recreational opportunities. Port of Kalama's industrial area includes five miles of riverfront property adjacent to the 43' federally-maintained deep draft navigation channel of the Columbia River. The Port is served by the Burlington Northern/Santa Fe and Union Pacific railroads. There are over 30 businesses located at the Port of Kalama, employing over 1,000 people. Port of Kalama offers all the superior facilities businesses need to thrive, and an unsurpassed quality of life. The port offers shovel ready sites, a new Industrial Park, state of the art Marine Terminals and transportation accessibility to rail and highway all just a 30-minute drive to the Portland International Airport. Port of Kalama also offers high-bandwidth communications, with dual access fiber-optic service to Seattle and Portland. Properties currently available at the port for businesses wishing to expand and thrive: Visit