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Posted on May 20, 2016

Tacoma manufacturer interested in Quincy

A Tacoma manufacturing company has its sights set on relocating the production end of its business to Quincy.
Raceway Technology of Tacoma builds underground, power, communication, fiber optic and utility products. In business since 1979, the company manufactures PVC sweeps and elbows, PVC fabricated fittings, fiberglass sweeps and elbows, stock PVC molded fittings and accessories, according to its website.
The port is considering building a 16,000-square-foot, pre-engineered steel structure, at the cost of $2.2 million, that it then would lease to Raceway Technology, said Brian Kuest, port commissioner.
The building would take about four months to put up; so Raceway Technology could be in it by the first part of next year, Kuest said. The building would be built on 5 acres of port property just south of Yahoo.
The next step for the port is to look at the “strength of the company in support of the port putting foward a revenue bond for construction,” Kuest said.
The manufacturer would add some diversity to the local economy as well as potentially 35 to 40 new jobs at the end of its first year of operation in Quincy, Kuest said.
In other port news, Stetner Electric is purchasing the port’s current office building near the west entrance to Quincy. The port is selling the building for $325,000, commissioners said at their regular meeting last week.
In July, port staff will be moving into the former Heartland Pharmacy building, which is adjacent to the Quincy Valley Business & Conference Center. The port, which bought the Heartland building last year, plans to remodel that building and the conference center, eventually connecting the two buildings and creating a state-of-the-art business center.
Future plans also call for moving the Quincy Valley Chamber of Commerce into the Heartland building, Kuest said.
“Once we get over there, then we will address the chamber’s needs,” he said.

— By Jill FitzSimmons,