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Sen. Cantwell Visits Port of Skagit

Port of Skagit Executive Director Patsy Martin (Left) and Port of Skagit Director of Business Development and Real Estate Scott Peterson (Right) explains to Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) the work done on the Gielow Pickles Cold Storage expansion project at the Port of Skagit. 


BURLINGTON – Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) recently toured the Bayview Business Park in Burlington. The Tour, which included visits to the Washington State University Bread Lab and Gielow Pickles took place Monday August 8.

"I am appreciative that Senator Maria Cantwell supports our agricultural efforts", said Port Commissioner Steven Omdal. "The Port leverages public dollars with private investment to create infrastructure that supports farming endeavors in our community and allow those entities to be profitable and successful".

The WSU Bread Lab and the Port of Skagit are working to complete updates to a 12,000 square-foot facility on port property. The Bread Lab will house the King Arthur Flour Baking School, milling and malting lab, and a professional kitchen.

The goal of the Bread Lab is to teach farmers, processors, bakers, chefs, maltsters, and brewers how to utilize regional crops and livestock products that are vital to the sustainability of agriculture in the Skagit Valley.

Gielow Pickles Inc. and the Port of Skagit have completed an expansion project which allows the company to double their production capabilities and add 40 percent more cold storage capacity. Gielow Pickles Inc., a five-generation, family-owned company, operates year-around by processing cucumbers and cabbage from a wide area of the West Coast, including the Skagit Valley.

“It is exciting to see public-private partnerships produce results,” said Port of Skagit Executive Director Patsy Martin. “These efforts add value to our local farmers and provide tools needed to create sustainable community wage jobs.”

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