The Supporting Investments in Economic Development (SIED) fund recently awarded a $251,686 grant and $251,686 loan to the Port of Sunnyside to construct a rail spur to support Crop Production Services (CPS) new fertilizer production plant. The company broke ground on their new 13,000 square foot facility in May. The new plant sits on 10 acres and will produce 3,500 tons of solid and liquid fertilizer and employ 30 people when complete.
“Siting and construction of the new facility was contingent on rail access. Securing SIED funding enabled CPS to proceed knowing they would have access to a spur,” said Jay Hester, Executive Director for the Port of Sunnyside. “The SIED program was instrumental in the success of this project.”
The SIED program is administered by the Yakima County Development Association (YCDA). Joe Schmitt, Director of Business recruitment for YCDA, explained that the SIED program provides money to help construct public infrastructure that supports business and job growth in the Yakima Valley. “The CPS project was a perfect fit for this program,” Schmitt said.
CPS provides fertilizer products to many of the farms and growers throughout the Yakima Valley. The company recently merged with Nutrien Ag Solutions, an international firm with 26 plants in Washington state.
Since 1999, Yakima County’s SIED program has invested over $45 million in local infrastructure projects, stimulated $350 million in private investment, and created over 2,000 new jobs in Yakima Valley communities.