Founded in 1913 and rich in local history, the Port of Bremerton has grown to encompass the Bremerton Marina, Port Orchard Marina, Bremerton National Airport, and Olympic View Industrial Park.
Olympic View Industrial Park boasts businesses from four main sectors – defense, aerospace, maritime, and recreation – including major companies like General Dynamics Electric Boat, SAFE Boats International, Radian Aerospace, and Amazon.
“We have 1,700 acres of Port-owned land with 11 pad-ready sites, which means you don’t have to wait for permits, saving new businesses a lot of time,” says Port of Bremerton CEO Jim Rothlin.
The second largest job creator in Kitsap County, the Port of Bremerton was awarded the 2021 Job Creator of the Year by the Washington Public Ports Association. It offers businesses and industries premier office and manufacturing space — plus access to Kitsap’s skilled workforce. These businesses supply more than 2,500 jobs and play a key role in Kitsap County’s continued growth.
Businesses located within the port also benefit from a transportation network that offers easy access to air, road, harbor, and rail transportation.
Olympic View Industrial Park’s proximity to Bremerton National Airport – the largest airport on the Kitsap Peninsula – provides world-class general and corporate aviation services and capabilities, and is also home to the Avian Flight Center.
“Our airport has a 6,000-foot runway that can handle a 737,” Rothlin says. “And we’ve spent $22 million in the last 10 years upgrading and expanding infrastructure.”
Another key feature of the industrial park is its location in a foreign-trade zone – areas within the U.S. where foreign and domestic merchandise is considered to be outside of U.S. Customs territory, which “creates savings to businesses by deferring, reducing, or eliminating duty fees,” Rothlin says.
The port’s location also provides a spectacular natural setting along with the affordability of the Kitsap Peninsula and is centrally located within a short commuting distance to the urban centers of Seattle and Tacoma.
The Port of Bremerton is involved in a variety of community events by donating funds and allowing them to occur on their land. Examples include the Fly-In & Car Show, Bremerton Blackberry Festival, Bremerton Bridge Blast, and many others.
Additionally, they support non-profits such as the Bremerton Pilots Association, Bremerton Aviation Center for Education, and Great Peninsula Conservancy.
“Our mission is to increase the economic opportunity for all of Kitsap County by creating jobs, developing infrastructure, and improving local quality of life,” Rothlin says.
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