One of the largest private marine terminals on the West Coast is in Rainier, a multimodal facility that provides cross-docking and storage management services with just in time inventory control. Teevin Bros. Land & Timber Co., with its marine terminal, two private rail spurs, a log yard, and close access to Interstate 5, produces jobs in a rural Oregon economy with help from the ConnectOregon program.
The Teevin Bros. Intermodal Facility serves the marine highway system coastwise, riverwise, and to the central Pacific, sending and receiving cargo moving from Idaho, Washington, California, Hawaii and British Columbia. The company’s ConnectOregon III project created an intermodal facility that efficiently links rail to barge by adding rail siding, a transloading and cross-docking area, handling equipment and barge/ship moorings.
More than 60 new family-wage jobs are attributable to the expansion and modernization where seven full-time positions existed before. The Rainier facility on the Columbia River takes congestion out of the Portland/Vancouver market, especially with cargo moving by shortline rail, and meets regional demand for increased access to coastal markets for timber and construction materials without adding congestion to the interstate system.
“ConnectOregon investments move lumber from Brookings to Maui with only the first 100 miles by truck,” says Intermodal Facilities Manager Paul Langner. “That’s the positive impact from true intermodal. More than 60 Oregon businesses reach customers in Hawaii without traveling into Washington or California first.”
The facility moves more than 12,000 rail cars of building materials and forest products to market each year.
Each rail car represents 3½ truckloads, which means more than 42,000 trucks don’t travel on I-5 through Portland’s metro area each year. Additionally, Teevin Bros. has improved the terminal through ConnectOregon IV, which helped expand its size and reach capacity, and ConnectOregon V, which helped extend an existing rail spur.