2005 has been a remarkable year. A record number of jobs and dollar
investments were reported. High numbers of companies received support,
successful projects were completed and new partnerships formed.
- Leading the list, of course, is Mason County
Forest Products completion of their large log mill bringing their
total investment in the community to $20 million and the addition
of 80 employees in 2005. Bringing the total jobs at their two
John’s Prairie mills to 190 employees.
- Other significant projects include Sims Vibration’s
construction of a new 5,000 square foot administrative building;
bringing their total footprint to 25,000 square feet. In addition,
they have added 10 new employees.
- Continental Floral Greens expanded their operations
by building a new 30,000 sq ft cold storage facility. Continental
has 30 full time employees and has plans to add an additional
5-10 employees this year.
- Other investments include a new manufacturer
in Belfair bringing 5 new jobs and Hawaiian Steam Engineers brining
- Belco Forest Products is moving forward with
their plans to add an additional 16,000 square foot building and
15 new employees.
- Simpson’s multi million dollar reinvestment
into their mill on the Shelton waterfront.
- The total number of jobs that have been created
or will be created from these expansions and new investments total
- Our future looks positive as we work with companies
that are considering investing in Mason County. The EDC is currently
working with clients that would potentially create 518 local jobs.
- We have experienced a considerable amount of
business activity from local companies expanding and in our marketing
- The Economic Development Council has successfully
worked with 15 companies in business retention and expansion efforts.
- Responded to the needs of 12 industrial and business
clients considering investing in Mason County. These companies
represented manufacturing, tourism, distribution, and technology
- The organization responded to inquiries from
over 30 prospective companies considering our community.
- As infrastructure is key to the future growth
and prosperity of our community it was encouraging to see the
successful funding of a number of projects. These projects include
Belfair By-pass, Shelton Regional Water & Sewer Phase I, Belfair
Sewer, and Hwy 3 improvements.
- 2005 was a year with alot of activity and a number
of jobs created. We are excited and optimistic about the economic
future of Mason County. Clearly there are a number of opportunities
and a lot of work ahead of us.
Council of Mason Council
P.O. Box 472
Shelton, WA 98584
Phone: (360) 426-2276