Washington city launches effort to lure composites manufacturers

Citing already established and successful composites manufacturers, the Port of Port Angeles, Wash., is working to attract additional composites firms that work in renewables.

The Peninsula Daily News (Port Angeles, Wash., USA) reported on April 18 that the Port of Port Angeles, citing already established and successful composites manufactuers, has launched a formal effort to attract additional composites firms — particularly those working in the alternative energy market.

The report notes that the city already has established composites manufacturers, including Westport Shipyard in production yachts, Angeles Composites Technologies Inc. in aerospace and Mervin Manufacturing in athletic gear such as snowboards.

According to the report, the CEO of one of the composites industries, Angeles Composites’ Mike Rauch, told the chamber of commerce that his company plans to expand 20 percent every year for the next 20 years based on revenue. The report says the company has signed a nonbinding agreement with the Port of Port Angeles to lease a 25,000-ft2/1,858m2 building, which is under construction, at the same site as the 75,000-ft2/6,969m2 of buildings it currently leases from the port next to William R. Fairchild International Airport in Port Angeles.

Information: Click here for the full report in the Peninsula Daily News.