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Coalition hopes to land federal grant to lure composite businesses to Port Angeles

June 26th, 2014 - 5:31am

(PORT ANGELES) The Port of Port Angeles, Peninsula College and Pacific Northwest National Labs have formed a coalition in hopes of bringing composite based business to Port Angeles.

Together they formed the “Advanced Composite Center” (ACC), and expanded their partnerships to include industry and small manufacturing enterprises, universities, additional community and technical colleges totaling over 130 entities.

Coleen McAleer, who serves as a Port Commissioner is also the Proposal Manager for ACC. She says there is a $70-million dollar funding opportunity from the federal government that relates to developing the composite materials industry in the region.

McAleer says businesses who manufacture composite based products would have economic advantages should they decide to locate here. Competitive shipping through trucking and barges are viable options when compared to the traffic and commute times of larger urban areas.

ACC's resources for research,development, and job training through Peninsula College's Composites Program, also present a smart opportunity for composite-based businesses to locate in Clallam County.

The ACC is one of four teams that remains in the running for this federal grant opportunity. McAleer says that they should know by this fall if they are the recipients of the funding.

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