Stainless steel depot opens in Westport
A stainless steel facility in West Port will open its doors to residents with a $15.7 million grant from the Department of Energy to begin work in 2018.
The facility, in the heart of Westport, will be located near the Port of West Port and will serve as a hub for industrial and service industries in the Port.
It is one of a handful of facilities in the region with this type of project, said Joe Rochon, Westport Area Manager for the Department.
The stainless steel fabrication facility will create a 1,000-square-foot facility with over 70,000 square feet of industrial space, a water treatment plant, an air conditioning plant, and an electrical distribution center.
The facility will be staffed by approximately 10 employees, with up to 12 additional employees needed to meet peak demand, Rochor said.
The Department of Transportation also awarded a $12 million grant to the Westport Regional Transit Authority to begin construction of a second line, which will run north from the terminal at the former Port of Wilmington and head west into the town.
The line will connect to the new Westport Expressway.
The construction of the first line is expected to begin this fall, and the second line will be completed by 2022, Richon said.
“This is the first time we’ve had this type and the size of this project, and it’s going to be really exciting for our community,” said Bob Tewerke, the West Port Mayor.
The Westport facility will have about 1,500 workers and is expected make about $300,000 per year in annual payroll, Ruchon said, adding that the grant will help to pay for the $15 million project.
Westport is located in a small community with fewer than 500 residents.
Ruchot said the project is a significant economic boost to the town and the surrounding area.
“The stainless steel we are going to use in this facility is going to come from the steel industry,” he said.
“So that means a lot of jobs that will come to the area and it will be good for the economy and good for our town.”
It’s going, I think, to be a real positive for the community and the economy of West Point and the rest of the West Coast.