Category Archives: Manufacturing

SAFE Boats lease extension is a done deal

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Port of Bremerton commissioners approved lease extensions Tuesday night for SAFE Boats International, the port’s largest industrial tenant.

Though the rough terms of the deal had been hammered out months ago, commissioners were clearly elated to have the agreement formalized. SAFE Boats employs nearly 200 workers in the port’s Olympic View Industrial Park.

“We’re very proud to have a relationship with SAFE Boats, and to have you in our industrial park,” Commissioner Axel Strakeljahn said. “At the end of the day it’s about the people who live in our community and the people who work at safe boats.”

SAFE Boats CEO Dennis Morris (pictured above) thanked the port for crafting lease extensions that meets the company’s changing needs.

safeboats“I think we’ve reached an agreement that will work for all of us,” Morris said.

The extensions lock in SAFE Boats as a tenant through mid 2017. After that, the manufacturer has the option of signing one-year extensions for up to four successive years on any or all of the four properties it leases.

The agreement requires a generous nine-month notice if SAFE Boats decides to not renew a lease.

The variable terms of the lease extensions could help SAFE Boats scale up or down to meet fluctuating demand for its small military and law enforcement boats.

“It does give us that flexibility in this dynamic business environment we find ourselves in,” Morris said.

As I reported last week, the agreement also gives SAFE Boats a steep discount on rent, to the tune of about $200,000 a year, or 41 percent.

SAFE Boats has leased space at the Port of Bremerton since 2000. The company is manufacturing a line of larger patrol boats at a Port of Tacoma facility.

With its main leases in Bremerton expiring at the end of June, SAFE Boats executives had looked for a way of consolidating operations. A search for suitable industrial space in Kitsap didn’t yield a ready solution

The company had the option of relocating its entire operation to the Port of Tacoma, but finally opted to stay in Bremerton.

With SAFE Boats sticking around, the Port of Bremerton’s industrial buildings are are largely full. The port still has a large number of vacant industrial pads it needs to find tenants for.

Commissioners may discuss a plan for creating spec buildings to attract more tenants at their next meeting.

SAFE Boats lease extension documents are embedded below: Continue reading

General Dynamics celebrates opening

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Congressman Derek Kilmer, Kitsap County Commissioner Rob Gelder and Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent jokingly jockeyed during General Dynamics’ ribbon-cutting Tuesday evening over who gets to help the new aircraft carrier guys.

“We want to lay out the welcome mat and for you to keep us on your speed dial,” Kilmer said in the renovated second floor of the Dimension 4 building at Fifth and Pacific, soon to be the General Dynamics building when the new sign goes up.

“If there’s anything Congressman Kilmer can’t give you on a local basis, we can,” Lent followed.

Gelder said the county also wants to team with General Dynamics, the Virginia-based outfit that under-bid Vigor for the next five years of non-nuclear maintenance, repair and alterations of aircraft carriers home-ported in and visiting Bremerton and Everett.

The first job will be Everett-based USS Nimitz, which will arrive at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in January for a 16-month maintenance period. The company, which will employ about 200 people here, has put together a “dream team” from Virginia transplants, retired military and PSNS workers, and former Vigor employees, said senior general manager Jeff Brooks, who flew in from Norfolk for the event.

“One of the most important things about being here is how Congressman Kilmer and the community have embraced us,” Brooks said. “People call us by our first names already. We’re partners. We want that partnership to last.”

Bainbridge company recognized for ingenuity

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Ozone International LLC. makes products that keep food processors clean and safe.

This week the Bainbridge Island company was recognized for efforts to make its own organization cleaner and leaner.

The Association of Washington Businesses announced Ozone International as the recipient of its annual Operational Excellence Award for manufacturers. In the announcement, AWB highlighted the companies success in streamlining its production processes.

Over the past two years, Ozone improved efficiency by 25 percent and increased capacity by 80 percent, while cutting production time from 27 days to nine days per unit, according to a news release.

The company also reduced overtime costs by spreading work from its busy seasons to slower times of the year, and heightened safety for employees.

Ozone was founded in 2003. It creates ozone-based sanitization systems for food and beverage producers.

Our colleagues at Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal recently wrote an extensive profile of Ozone International.

 

Port of Bremerton interested in Bay Street property

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Update: The commission approved signing a right of first refusal agreement on the Nordic property Tuesday. Commissioner Larry Stokes abstained, saying he is personal friends with the owner.

The Port of Bremerton is securing the option to buy a chunk of Port Orchard waterfront.

Port commissioners will vote Tuesday on a right of first refusal agreement with Nordic Properties for about 2.5 acres of upland and tideland adjacent to Yachtfish Marine. Nordic Properties President Roger Jensen has already signed the agreement.

nordicThe contract would give the port the option to buy the land if it finds a prospective tenant in need of a shoreline site. The Bay Street property is zoned industrial.

“It’s just one of the few properties left where you have access to the waterfront there,” port CEO Jim Rothlin said.

The port has good reason to seek commercial space on the shoreline. Its business properties in the freshly-rebranded Puget Sound Industrial Center are landlocked, which limits their usefulness for some maritime companies.

Other shoreline properties owned by the port are largely devoted to marinas, piers and boat ramps.

The combined assessed value of the seven Nordic parcels (outlined in red in the inset image) is about $200,000 according to county documents.

The port commission meeting begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Bremerton National Airport. The agenda packet is posted below: Continue reading

SKIA rebranded Puget Sound Industrial Center

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South Kitsap Industrial Area is now Puget Sound Industrial Center – Bremerton.

After much discussion, the Port of Bremerton commission approved the name change with a resolution Tuesday evening. That followed the approval from the Bremerton City Council last week.

Local government leaders were looking to widen the appeal of the industrial center, which they hope will attract companies and jobs to the region.

“As we reach out to have industrial and manufacturing come to this beautiful area, we need to have a broader recognition,” Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent said Tuesday.

Lent and the port commissioners acknowledged that PSIC-B isn’t pleasing of an acronym as SKIA, but a solution has already been proposed: Pronounce it “P.S. I See Bremerton.”

“It’s catchy,” Commissioner Larry Stokes said.

The port is inquiring about renaming the SKIA connector road.

 

SKIA name change on port agenda

VicinityMapSouth Kitsap Industrial Area, better known as SKIA, will soon have a new name.

Port of Bremerton commissioners will vote next week to rebrand the area as Puget Sound Industrial Center – Bremerton. The Bremerton City Council passed a similar resolution this week.

While PSIC–B doesn’t roll off the tongue quite as nicely as SKIA, port and city officials believe the inclusion of Puget Sound will make the name more recognizable to potential business tenants.

Port CEO Jim Rothlin explained it this way in a background memo for the Aug. 26 meeting:

It is perceived that adding “Puget Sound” increases the ability of clients outside this area to more easily identify with this area, and “Bremerton” pinpoints the exact location of the City which it falls in. The words “Industrial Center” highlights the fact that we are one of only eight Manufacturing/Industrial Centers (MIC) designated by Puget Sound Regional Council. 

SKIA, which includes Bremerton National AirportOlympic View Industrial Park and a mix of port and private property, was designated as a regional Manufacturing/Industrial Center in 2003. Bremerton later annexed much of the land.

The Port of Bremerton commission meeting begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Bremerton National Airport. The full agenda is posted below:

Is it time to rename SKIA?

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The Port of Bremerton needs to recruit manufacturers to the slow-growing South Kitsap Industrial Area.

But most companies outside the region have never heard of Kitsap County, let alone its southern extremities. Given the county’s lack of name recognition, port Commissioner Axel Strakeljahn believes it’s time to rebrand SKIA.

VicinityMap“Where is South Kitsap and what does that mean to you?” Strakeljahn said at a Tuesday night commission meeting. “It has no meaning outside our local area.”

His solution? Give the 3,500-acre industrial area a name that reflects the broader region. “Puget Sound Industrial Center” was one suggestion.

Strakeljahn said he and port CEO Jim Rothlin have informally discussed a potential name change with a number of area leaders, including representatives from Puget Sound Regional Council and Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent. The idea was well received. Continue reading

Kitsap wages are below state average, above national

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Kitsap County workers earned nearly $1.50 less an hour than the average Washington worker in 2013.

blog.workersBut they were $1.26 better off than employees across the U.S.

The county also employed a disproportionately high number of marine architects and engineers.

Those were a few takeaways from fresh local wage data released by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics last week. The detailed numbers, available for perusal online, estimate wages across all industries for May of 2013.

According to BLS, the average hourly wage in Kitsap was $23.59. The national average was $22.33. That’s a 6 percent difference.

The state average was $25.04, buoyed by the whopping $27.46 earned by Seattle/Tacoma/Everett workers.

Here’s a look at how Kitsap wages stacked up across the region (you can wave your clicker over any of these charts to see exact numbers):

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Langlois Pianos moving to Poulsbo

blog.langloisOne year shy of its 150th anniversary, piano makers Langlois & Sons is on the move.

The piano sales and service business plans to relocate from its Highway 303 location to Poulsbo this summer. Administrative assistant Michael Patrick Hoyle said the company hasn’t signed a lease yet, but expects to settle in the area of Highway 305 and Bond Road, near Central Market.

blog.langlois2Hoyle said Langlois will continue piano sales and service at the new store, but also offer a wider range of acoustic instruments and accessories. With piano sales declining, the company needs to stay in tune with its customers.

“We want to diversify a little bit and stay relevant with the times,” Hoyle said, adding that after 149 years, the family-run business is used to adapting.  “Whenever adversity comes, we’ve opened our arms to that adversity.”

Langlois will move its shop between June and September. It will continue to offer tuning, restoration and moving services in the interim. Langlois has about 5,000 tuning clients. Hoyle said the business is offering steep discounts in the lead up to the move to clear out inventory.

You can get updates on the Langlois page on Facebook.

Langlois has appeared in the Kitsap Sun on a few occasions. We covered the unveiling of a new grand piano and wrote more on the company’s history.