Port of St. Helens has issued a statement announcing that a Korean manufacturer has an interest in Columbia City.
Dong Chun Co. Ltd. manufactures magnetic car bumpers. The company signed a letter of intent to lease 15 acres along Highway 30 in Columbia City from Port St. Helens.
According to the Port, the company is planning an initial build of four buildings on six acres at the Columbia City Industrial Park, creating approximately 200 jobs after construction to support plant operations.
The new facility would produce automobile safety bumpers that use permanent magnet and electromagnets to absorb the shock generated in a collision. The bumpers can either be retrofitted or included as part of the vehicle assembly process. It’s a system that Dong Chun has patented in the United States, Korea, China and internationally.
“Not only does this bring jobs to the county, but this product has the potential to change the landscape of the automobile industry and save lives,” said Doug Hayes, executive director of the Port.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for Columbia County that will bring jobs for people who live here in the county,” Port Commissioner Larry Ericksen said.
The Port also emphasized that all work at the facility would be done by hand, and that there was no industrial equipment or pollution concerns for the community. After being produced in Columbia City, the product would be shipped to client locations for vehicle assembly.
“It is one of the most encouraging events to happen in Columbia City and Columbia County in a long time,” Columbia City Mayor Cheryl Young said. “Dong Chun appears to be exactly what we need – a clean manufacturing industry with plenty of jobs and the potential for growth.”
“We are very grateful to both the Port and Doug Hayes for bringing this company here, and the city is all for doing as much as we can to get this going as soon as possible,” Young said.
Dong Chun was looking at a 20-year lease with the option to extend for an additional 20 years, according to the Port. The details of the lease were still being negotiated and with a deadline of June 30, 2018 to sign the final agreement.
For more information about Dong Chun Co. Ltd. visit www.dongchun.kr/en.