Port sells industrial land to Quantum Leap for $370K

Steigerwald Commerce Center has about 75 acres left for businesses looking to lease, purchase

Two companies that will locate in the Steigerwald Commerce Center are expected to bring 75 jobs, with annual average salaries of more than $60,000, to the Port of Camas-Washougal.

Columbia Forge and Next Machining Solutions plan to locate in two future 10,000 square foot industrial/warehouse buildings at 3925 S. Lincoln St., Washougal.

The Port of C-W Commission has approved the sale of 1.71 acres for $370,000 to Quantum Leap LLC.

Tom Leaptrott, owner and chief executive officer of Quantum Leap, Columbia Forge and Machine Works and Next Machining Solutions, has lived in Washougal for 13 years..

He said Columbia Forge has been fulfilling industrial and government contracts for custom products of carbon, alloy and stainless steel for more than 50 years. Next Machining Solutions, a high-tech computer numerical control machining company, opened in 2013.

Leaptrott said the Washougal Washington Jobs and Industrial Site Project in the Steigerwald Commerce Center, would create an apprentice program with Clark College and the Washougal, Camas and Evergreen school districts, for new job growth in machining and engineering fields.

Of the 100 acres in the Steigerwald Commerce Center, approximately 75 are available to lease or purchase from the Port.