The U.S. Economic Development Administration has awarded a $2 million grant to the Port of Port Angeles, WA for retrofitting a building that will house the Composite Recycling Technology Center’s workforce training facility.
Commerce Sec. Penny Pritzker said in a release that this EDA investment supports recycling and environmental stewardship and will provide critical job training in Washington.
The $2 million EDA grant required a dollar-for-dollar match, and was made possible through a combination of state and local funding. So the project is getting $4 million, additionally the EDA grant, another $1 million from the Washington State Clean Energy Fund, and $1 million in local government funds.
High-strength and lightweight carbon fiber composites are increasingly being used to build everything from aircraft to automobile parts and have a wide range of applications across all major industries.
The CRTC will house a reprocessing center that will receive some of the two million pounds of carbon fiber that gets landfilled in WA State annually. CRTC will annually convert 1.4 M lbs of valuable carbon fiber material by its fifth year into useful products that will not only reduce the environmental impact of the waste, but also create new jobs and income.
A Peninsula College program will be co-located in a purpose-built facility at CRTC that will offer workforce training for staff of CRTC and composite companies. The EDA, state and local investment into this project will create an estimated 111 jobs in its first five years of operation, in addition to the industrial and workforce training the facility will provide for green jobs.
By the sixth year, an additional 89 jobs are expected to be created in the advanced composites sector as products developed at CRTC are commercialized. These activities will result in the creation of another 140 indirect jobs in the economy.
Governor Jay Inslee said in the release that this is a tremendous example of a community with a vision for how clean technology will create jobs and opportunity to secure its economic future.
The Composite Recycling Technology Center is a public-private project led by the Port of Port Angeles. Partners in the project include Peninsula College, the City of Port Angeles, Clallam County, Governor Inslee’s Office, and the Washington State Department of Commerce, in addition to many other private companies and research institutions.
Federal investment in the project was facilitated by the fact that it is located in Clallam County, which is a part of the IMCP-designated Washington Aerospace Manufacturing Community. Communities so designated under the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership program receive preferential consideration for federal grants from participating agencies, which includes the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration.