The Port of Columbia County (recently renamed from the Port of St. Helens) completed a $1.4 million industrial building in St. Helens. The 11,570 square-foot building was requested build-to-suit by port tenant Composites Universal Group to expand their production facilities in St. Helens.
The new “Building E” was built next to “Building B,” which the port remodeled for the company at the Multnomah Industrial Park in 2016.
The additional space will allow Composites Universal Group to expand and consolidate operations from their Scappoose facility. It will house two industrial ovens which will be used to produce composite tools, components, and assemblies for the aircraft industry and other industries.
“We are excited about the expansion of our facility at the Multnomah Industrial Park,” said company president Steve Ruege. “We couldn’t have done it without the port’s support and assistance over the years.”
Investments like this new building are a core part of the port’s mission to foster local opportunities to create and sustain jobs in Columbia County.
Composites Universal currently employs about 65 people and expects to hire approximately 20 additional employees over the next two years.
About Composites Universal Group:
Composites Universal Group (CUG) was founded in 1994 by Charles Harrison and Steven Ruege to provide affordable, high-quality composite tools, components and assemblies to the experimental aircraft industry. Since then, CUG has grown to become a supplier of composite manufacturing services and composite tools to a wide variety of customers, not only the general aviation world, but aerospace, transportation, wind energy, industrial, marine, space, UAV, automotive and large-scale custom tooling and prototyping. For more information, go to www.compositesuniversal.com.