A new company is coming to the Sunnyside area, Colorado-based Envirotech Services, Inc.
Port of Sunnyside commissioners approved a one-acre land lease with the company following an executive session last night.
Envirotech specializes in environmentally friendly dust abatement and de-icing solutions, said Port Manager Amber Hansen.
The company's Sunnyside location, situated just south of the port's operation office on Midvale Road, will have four large pillow-like bladder containers filled with salt water-based solutions. Each bladder is about the size of a room and will be situated in a burm protected with an underlay of vinyl. The site will be fenced.
Envirotech will hire a part-time employee here to start, Hansen said, then add to its Sunnyside staff as growth allows.
Hansen said the company's Spokane office approached the port about expanding here because the site is adjacent to a Union Pacific railroad spur.
"Their salt water solution is brought in by rail from the Great Salt Lake," Hansen said. "They had to have a location near a Union Pacific rail line."
Hansen said the salt water is diluted with a solution while in transport, depending on whether the water will be used for de-icing or dust abatement.
In addition to lease payments, Envirotech will pay the port $1.75 per ton of saltwater they bring in on the railroad.
The land lease, at $300 per month for five years, also gives Envirotech a central location to serve contracts already in place, noted Hansen.
"They have a new contract with Yakima County and some contracts in the Benton County area," she said. "We seemed like a central location as a hub for them."
Depending on the contract, Envirotech will either deliver tanker trucks of the salt water solution to construction sites requiring dust abatement, or the client, such as Yakima County, may drive out to the leased property to fill up with de-icer solution.
When Envirotech has finished preparing the land for its saltwater solution bladders, Hansen said the site will be landscaped.
"I'm trying to arrange a ribbon cutting for them once they're finished," she said.