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Construction hasn’t even started on the Port of Kalama’s new major warehouse building, but the port already has scored a second tenant for the property.

The port announced Wednesday that it’s inked a deal with Oklahoma-based Marco Industries to lease 30,000 square feet of the 110,000 square-foot building.

The manufacturer makes fasteners and other components for metal roofing.

Marco Industries is relocating its Portland facility to Kalama, bringing 10 employees with it, said Blake Atkins, owner and president. It’s possible the company could hire more Kalama employees in the future as business allows.

Atkins said the Kalama location will be nearly triple the size of its Portland facility.

“We’re bursting at the seams and we’re expanding right in that region,” he said.

Most of Marco’s products are made in Oklahoma, so the Kalama location will be used primarily for warehousing and distributing to the company’s Northwest customers.

Marco will be right next to one of its biggest customers, Bridger Steel. The port announced last week that Bridger will lease 30,000 square feet of space in the same new warehouse. Bridger initially will hire six to 10 employees, but that number will double in about three years, the company says.

Bridger Steel produces steel siding and roofing, often with coils purchased from Steelscape, another Port of Kalama tenant. After the metal roofing is formed, Bridger often pairs its own products with fasteners and other parts from Marco Industries to make a complete roofing package to sell to its customers, Atkins said.

Bridger and Marco together will occupy about 60 percent of the completed warehouse building. The port still is still searching for tenants for the remaining space.

Marco Industries will pay the port about $164,500 annually for the three-year lease. There also are four one-year options to extend the lease, too.

JH Kelly will break ground on the $8 million building in December. Marco Industries hopes to be operating out of Kalama by July.

Atkins said many of his Vancouver-based employees are looking forward to shorter commute times.

“They’ll be driving further but probably half the amount of time as it takes to get to Portland (from Vancouver),” he said.

Easy access to Interstate 5 was a big selling point, too.

“The Port of Kalama is an ideal location for Marco to expand its presence in the Pacific Northwest and to service its growing customer base in the region because of its proximity to transportation routes and the availability of qualified labor,” Atkins.

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