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Satsop Business Park biz of quarter110812

ELMA — The Elma Chamber of Commerce named the Satsop Business Park as business of the quarter for the third quarter of 2012. The award was presented at the chamber’s Oct. 10 meeting at Elma’s GuestHouse Inn & Suites.

“This is an unusual business, but the folks at Satsop Business Park have great business sense and seem to keep finding ways to recycle what is at the park into new and creative ventures,” said chamber president, Rick Jensen. “They are a key part of our local economy with a bright future.”

“We appreciate this honor because it means that our efforts at attracting and encouraging businesses and bringing more jobs to this area are making a difference to our community,” said Tami Garrow, CEO of the business complex on Fuller Hill, south of Elma.

The park is at the site of a planned nuclear power plant. When the project halted, local leaders created a business park there. Thirteen years later, more than 40 businesses are located at the park, which includes a 1,300-acre working forest, a new tunnel rescue training center and other job-training programs and partnerships, a news release from the park said.

To strengthen both organizations and attract more business to Grays Harbor, the Satsop Business Park and the Port of Grays Harbor will merge next Jan. 1.