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Category: Forest Products


Port of Tacoma container volumes continue outperforming 2012

The Port of Tacoma’s container business continued outperforming last year’s numbers with the port seeing nearly a 17 percent in container volumes in May.

For the year through the end of May, the port reported Wednesday that its container numbers were up 31 percent.  The presence of the Grand Alliance container shipping consortium at the port in 2013 was responsible for much of the increase.

Four container shipping lines, OOCL, Hapag-Lloyd, NYK and Zim, moved their Puget Sound base of operations from Seattle to Tacoma last July.  The four lines carry each other’s cargo in the trans-Pacific trade.

The port

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Abitibi paper mill site in Steilacoom sold

The former site of an Abitibi-Consolidated paper mill on Chambers Creek in Steilacoom is in new hands.

The former industrial site, now missing most of the machinery and buildings used to create newsprint for some 80 years, sold last month to a development group based in Tacoma.

The paper mill, which had been owned by several forest products companies during its life, halted production in 2000. More than 170 workers were laid off.

Falls Development Group  is the site’s new owner, said Steilacoom Town Administrator Paul Loveless.  Loveless said he met with the new owner, George Heidgerken, and his planner,

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Port of Tacoma container numbers up nearly 35 percent for year

The Port of Tacoma’s container traffic numbers, a key measurement of the port’s prosperity, have jumped by nearly 35 percent in 2012’s first four months, new figures from the port show.

The port’s terminals handled 617,076 container units through April.  That compares with 458, 477 in 2012.

Much of the credit for those bigger numbers goes to the Grand Alliance, a consortium of four shipping lines that moved to the Port of Tacoma from the Port of Seattle last July.  The four container lines, NYK, OOCL, Hapag-Lloyd and Zim, share ships and capacity in the transPacific container trade.

For April,

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Revival of housing market drives Weyerhaeuser profits higher

Federal Way’s Weyerhaeuser Co. rode the reviving housing business to sharply higher profits in the first quarter,  the highest quarterly earnings since 2005, the company said today.

The results even surprised Wall Street, which had recently revised its own estimates higher to account for the increasing activity in the housing market.  The company reported net earnings of $144 million or 26 cents a share for the quarter ending in March.

A recent average of Wall Street analysts’ predictions called for the timber and wood products company to report a profit of 22 cents a share in the first quarter.


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Public memorial for George Weyerhaeuser Jr. set for May 31

A public memorial service for Tacoma civic and business leader George Weyerhaeuser Jr. has been set for May 31 at the Museum of Glass.  The service will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

George Weyerhaeuser Jr. -- Weyerhaeuser family photo
George Weyerhaeuser Jr. — Weyerhaeuser family photo

Weyerhaeuser, a retired senior executive of the wood products company that bears his family name and a longtime civic leader in Tacoma, died Sunday of a heart attack. Weyerhaeuser was on his boat in Commencement Bay.

Weyerhaeuser was

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Tacoma civic and business leader George Weyerhaeuser Jr. dies

George Weyerhaeuser Jr., scion of the family that founded the Federal Way-based timber products company that bears his name and a Tacoma civic and business leader in his own right, has died.

George Weyerhaeuser Jr. in 2000 stands before a portrait gallery at Weyerhaeuser Co. headquarters. His father, grandfather and great-grandfather all once headed the timber products company. -- News Tribune photo
George Weyerhaeuser Jr. in 2000 stands before a portrait gallery at Weyerhaeuser Co. headquarters. His father, grandfather and great-grandfather all once headed the timber products

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Four Tacoma-area businesses win award for carbon dioxide emission reductions

Four local businesses – two private companies and two public entities – are the first annual winners  of an award that recognizes their efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

The honor,  the first annual Polar Bear Paw of Approval Award, is presented by Metro Parks Tacoma’s Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, the City of Tacoma Sustainability Commission and the Arctic Action Team. That team promotes awareness of the plight of polar bears.

“The annual award recognizes outstanding achievement in the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions that form a large heat-trapping blanket around the earth, resulting in climate change and global warming,”

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Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad schedules Santa excursions

If you read Sunday’s story about Tacoma Rail and its attempts to put its 204 miles of track to productive uses, your curiosity may have been piqued by mention of the Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad’s use of Tacoma Rail track from Elbe to Mineral near Mount Rainier.

The 31-year-old tourist railroad, which had seen its annual ridership drop to 7,000 a few years ago when the Nisqually River bridge washed out and it had to change its route, is seeing a revival of its business.

Santa Express
Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad’s Santa Express


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