Rural County Business & Occupation Tax Credit
.09 Rural Economic Development Fund
An excellent state program to provide loan and grant funding for public improvements needed to serve industry.
Education & Training Grants
Both Federal and State programs are available to help in recruitment and training of new workers.
Sales and Use Tax Exemption on Machinery & Equipment
For qualifying manufacturers, processors for hire, and manufacturers who perform research and development are not required to pay the sales or use tax on machinery and equipment used directly in the manufacturing or research and development process. Charges for labor and services for installing machinery and equipment are also not subject to the sales or use tax. Major distribution centers, over 200,000 sq. ft. also qualify for sales and use exemptions.
Sales and Use Tax Deferral for Manufacturers
Logistics & Transportation
Lewis County is located on Interstate 5 midway between Portland and Seattle. In addition, U.S. Highway 12 is one of two major east/west transportation corridors in Washington State. Lewis County is home to several transportation companies including Sorensen Trucking with routes to: Los Angeles, Boise, Salt Lake, and Phoenix.
|Portland||85 miles||San Francisco||721 miles|
|Seattle||85 miles||Salt Lake City||844 miles|
|Vancouver B.C.||229 miles||Los Angeles||1,048 miles|
Deep Water Ports
The Port of Tacoma, 54 miles north of Chehalis, provides containerized cargo, roll-on/roll-off, bulk, breakbulk, and heavy-lift cargoes. The Port of Olympia, 20 miles north of Chehalis provides break bulk shipping.
Other ports that may serve your needs are the:
The Chehalis-Centralia Airport is a general aviation airport which can meet most corporate needs. The airport has a LPV approach allowing for operations throughout the year. A full pilot lounge is available to pilots and crew in addition to a courtesy car. Full-service jet fuel is available along with self-service AVGAS. There are 10 conventional hangers and 48 tee hangers and recently a project for a runway viewing area was completed for families to come and enjoy the air traffic.
Approximately 80 miles to the North is the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, and approximately 80 miles south is the Portland International Airport. Both of these airports have three main runways and should meet any international needs.
All major railroads serve Lewis County. We have connections to Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF), Union Pacific (UP), PSAP, and Tacoma Rail. There are rail reloading facilities in Centralia, Chehalis, as well as other additional sites.
Department of Transportation: Information
POPULATION – 2020
Labor Force – 2020
|In-Commute: Thurston County||8,737|
|Reside & Work in County||11,190|
|Unemployment Rate – 2020||7.1%|
Average Annual Wages – 2020
|Healthcare & Social Assistance||$49,938|
|Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting||$36,822|
Major Local and State Taxes – 2020
|Sales Tax (Incorporated)||8.2%|
|Sales Tax (Unincorporated)||7.8%|
|WA B&O Tax (Most Manufacturers)||$.00484|
|Property Tax (Industrial)||$11.36|
|No corporate income tax||No inventory tax|
|No personal income tax||No unitary tax|
|MAJOR EMPLOYERS||PRODUCT – # OF EMPLOYEES|
|Providence Hospital||Health Care – 800|
|Fred Meyer Distribution Center||Distribution Center – 400|
|UNFI||Food Distribution – 300|
|Hampton Lumber Mills||Sawmill – 296|
|Cardinal Glass Corporation||Glass Manufacturing – 241|
|COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES|
|Centralia College||2-yr. community/technical college|
|Centralia College||4-yr. business degree|
Lewis County has always been very competitive to logistics companies due to our location halfway between Seattle & Portland. Several large and prominent companies have set up their distribution centers here: Fred Meyer, Michaels, and Lowes. In addition the area is home to several trucking companies such as Lund Trucking, Sorenson Trucking, and J.J. Sauter Trucking.
Lewis County is located in the wood basket and is one of the largest timber producing counties in the Northwest. Our largest wood manufacturers are Cascade Hardwoods, Northwest Hardwoods, and Hardel Mutual Plywood. Our wood products include douglas fir, hemlock, maple, and alder. Our total forest area is greater than 1,374,647 acres.
Two major highways and four major railroads make us a competitive location for manufacturing. We have companies that produce float glass, tempered glass, plastic piping, netting, and specialized composites. In addition, Lewis County is home to companies that produce chemicals for power plant operations as well as companies that recycle carbon.
Lewis County is home to many large energy players in Washington State. TransAlta operates a coal plant north of Centralia. Chehalis Power, a division of PacifiCorp, operates a natural gas plant in Chehalis. Tacoma Power provides electricity to Tacoma through its hydro plant in our county. The Lewis County PUD operates a hydro plant and has low rates compared to neighboring counties. BPA Transmission has a major line and regional substation running through Lewis County.
Providence Centralia Hospital employs 800 people with roots dating back to 1856 when the first Catholic nuns came out west to serve the poor. Providences’ teams are trained in lymphedema therapy, neurological therapy, occupational therapy, pediatric therapy, speech therapy, chemotherapy, wound care, and oncology. In addition, their diagnostic imaging services include: breast specific gamma imaging, digital mammograms, bone density screenings, CT-Scans, X-Rays, digital radiology, fluoroscopy, MRIs, nuclear medical exams, and ultrasound
Lewis County is home to major food processing companies as well as niche agricultural farms. National Frozen Foods pioneered the process to freeze and store vegetables in the 1920s. Today they run a highly automated system using robotics to process and package food. Callisons Inc. is the largest mint oil processor in the world with products in oral care, confectionaries, and gum. Darigold produces dry milks and supplies them throughout the world.
We have a major north-south fiber link with multiple fiber lines that are available for access on a wholesale level. We are also served by various ISP’s and wireless carriers. Toledo Tel is a local ISP that offers phone and data services. We have a number of computer and technology based companies that operate competitively in our area.