Creating Jobs

"We are looking forward to building this ground-breaking project with NWIW. NWIW’s Project Labor Agreement with the Longview/Kelso Building and Construction Trades Council proves their commitment to creating up to 1,000 local family-wage jobs during construction, and approximately 200 onsite permanent jobs once operational. The length of project will also help the Building Trades start new apprentices, which will allow more members of our community to have successful and fulfilling careers as craftsmen and craftswomen. This is exactly what our community needs to prove that we can do better. We can tackle climate change, protect our river, and create family-wage jobs all at the same time.” Mike Bridges, President of the Longview/Kelso Building and Construction Trades Council

NWIW has partnered with JH Kelly, local labor leaders, Lower Columbia College, Workforce Southwest  Washington, and the Cowlitz Economic Development Council to establish true collaboration with the Kalama and Cowlitz County communities.  NWIW has committed to funding a program for training and hiring permanent employees from the local community, providing full tuition and stipends for students and people who face barriers to employment who are accepted into the training program.  Providing a path towards receiving a full-time, living wage job at the facility upon completion.
  • Family Wage Jobs

    With 1,000 jobs during peak construction (2+ years) and more than 200 family-wage jobs during operations, NWIW is rebuilding our country’s manufacturing muscle. We want to bring manufacturing jobs back to Cowlitz County and are absolutely committed to employing local residents to fill these positions. 
  • Vocational Training Program

    In addition, we’ve set aside 20 percent of permanent family-wage jobs for people facing barriers to employment. Through a unique partnership with Lower Columbia College, NWIW will provide citizens with barriers to employment opportunities for paid job training and future jobs at our plant. Our special training program ensures that the economic benefits stemming from our facility will reach the broadest population possible. We’re working closely with Lower Columbia College to develop a job alert system and a curriculum of recommended courses so residents can brush up on their skills before we start hiring.

  • Strong Tax Revenue

    NWIW will pay $57.9 million in taxes during construction and $30 million to $40 million in annual taxes during operations. This funding will help state and local authorities create new community facilities, enhance community services and infrastructure, and improve local schools which will further enhance the quality of life for local citizens and their families.

  • Local Spending

    During construction, NWIW will bring nearly $700 million in local spending on labor, goods and services to help area residents and businesses achieve their own economic growth.  And once it is operational, our facility will be responsible for paying $21 million in annual salaries, with a significant percent spent at local businesses. This level of local spending grows small businesses, increases land and property values and enhances the overall quality of life for residents.

  • Project Information

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INVESTING IN COMMUNITY


Strong Tax Revenue
NWIW will pay $57.9 million in taxes during construction and $30 million to $40 million in annual taxes during operations. This funding will help state and local authorities create new community facilities, enhance community services and infrastructure, and improve local schools which will further enhance the quality of life for local citizens and their families.

Local Spending
During construction, NWIW will bring nearly $700 million in local spending on labor, goods and services to help area residents and businesses achieve their own economic growth. And once it is operational, our facility will be responsible for paying $21 million in annual salaries, with a significant percent spent at local businesses. This level of local spending grows small businesses, increases land and property values and enhances the overall quality of life for residents.
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