Building up at Hood River

The recession isn’t stopping industrial-building construction from getting under way.

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Construction of industrial buildings is under way at Hood River, where manufacturing makes up a large part of the local economy.

That helps explain why, during a deep recession, the Port of Hood River is developing a 20,000-square-foot industrial building without having a tenant lined up. Construction of the Halyard Building is scheduled to begin next month at Portway Avenue and North Eighth Street.

Michael McElwee, the port’s executive director, said the local economy hasn’t been as bad as Oregon’s. That combination of a weak state economy and a stronger Hood River economy could benefit the port in two ways, he said.

Read the full story at the Daily Journal of Commerce.

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