As I was thinking about the economy in Grays Harbor County, for many years we were sustained by Logging and lumbering. We still have a very productive and viable supply of good jobs provided by Sierra Pacific, Weyerhauser and Willis Enterprises. In Elma we see trains loaded with lumber going to market. Every board, pallet and the sheets that make up plywood that are shipped out of here is the family jobs provided by these and other companies in this area. Girard Lumber here in Elma processes as much lumber as does the Murphy company in White Star. The Green Diamond plant in McCleary makes many beautiful doors. Marys River Lumber just south of Montesano is a consistent producer of excellent lumber and good jobs.
Nothing is processed until a sale is made somewhere in the country. I haven't seen lumber shipped out of the country although I have seen Canadian lumber brought into the area. Willis has three locations for making wood chips, primarily for paper manufacturing. They employ many people at the Port, in Oakville and in Tacoma. It is great that we have a market for those logs that look like tooth picks compared to the saw logs that are harvested in our area. Although our recovery from the recession has been sluggish, our people are resilent and we are finally coming out of the doldrums.
Other new industries will soon be added so our families can have a good living standard. It is good to see the railroad running well, employing many and safely. Shipping out of the Port is growing rapidly and employs many truck drivers, stevedores, tremendous managers at such excellent companies as Pasha, Westway, Imperium Renewables, AGP and others that make our port so active. The large ships that dock for grains, cars, equipment and liquid cargo are really fascinating and make us proud our Port Commissioners are so forward thinking and wise. At this time, when many public leaders are being chosen, I hope everyone will determine who the best are and vote for them. It would be wonderful if we had 60 % voting instead of 32%. Grays Harbor is a great community and we need to be involved in order to keep it that way.