Columbia Precast Products will expand

Company manufactures concrete products in Washougal

A Washougal company that manufactures manholes, catch basins and other pre-cast concrete products has plans to expand.

Columbia Precast Products has purchased a 23-acre site along Howard Way, in northwest Woodland.

The company’s four-acre property at 2930 E. Ford St., in Washougal, is approaching full capacity.

There are plans to increase Columbia’s production of drainage and underground utility products.

“Contractors, governments and utilities count on reliable supplies of precast concrete products, so they can complete their infrastructure projects in a timely manner,” said Ron Sparks, founder and general manager of Columbia Precast Products. “However, regional precast manufacturing capacity dried up during the recession.”

The company currently has 30 employees. Sparks said that number will likely double when the 50,000 square-foot building in Woodland is fully operational in 2016.

RSV Building Solutions will be the general contractor for the construction of that building.

Columbia Precast Products began operations in March 2013.

The company’s products are used in sanitary sewer, water transmission, storm drain and utility systems. Custom products include boat ramps and precast railroad crossings.

Sparks, a Brush Prairie resident, has coached the Hockinson High School boys’ soccer team for four years.

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