Shipyard Expansion Continues in Toledo

Something BIG is in the works at the Port of Toledo’s shipyard

JH Kelly ironworker crews are close to half way through the job of constructing the port’s towering new work building. When completed later this year the $5.1 million, 90-foot tall structure will provide the yard with a contained, all-weather environment to conduct painting, sandblasting, welding and other work.

“It’s designed to take our large 660-ton mobile lift,” said Port Manager Bud Shoemake, “allowing it to move large commercial fishing vessels and other craft in and out easily. The building provides environmental controls for maintenance and construction work.”

Both the building and the big lift were funded in part with grant dollars from the Oregon Department of Transportation’s Connect Oregon program, two of a series of projects that have expanded the yard’s scale and capabilities. An Oregon Business Development Department loan helped the port purchase the yard in 2010.

Shoemake credited good strategic planning with helping to attract additional state investment and driving decision making rooted in a solid market analysis. “Everything we’ve done is because of the plan,” he said.