TACOMA - St. Clair Woodworth was last month at the annual Washington Public Ports Association meeting recognized for his service to the ports industry.
He was appointed to the Port of Sunnyside commission in 1990, serving as a commissioner until December 2009.
During this time several new large industries were brought to Sunnyside, including Darigold, Milky Way/LTI, Yakima Chief CO2 Hop Extraction Plant and DRR/All Seasons Fruit.
Port of Sunnyside Executive Director Amber Hansen said, "Woodworth played an integral part in bringing these industries to Sunnyside and the Port's industrial wastewater system."
Woodworth guided the port through $20 million in facility improvements and upgrades to the wastewater treatment facilities. Industries serviced by the industrial wastewater facility provide in excess of 1,700 full-time family jobs in a community of 14,000.
"Woodworth led the way to the port improving 1.5 miles of a major 'farm to market' road that opens over 300 acres of port and privately-owned land to industrial development," said Hansen.
In 1999, Woodworth was at the forefront in the commission's decision to purchase 106 acres of industrial land near the Sunnyside airport for its newest industrial/business park, Golob Landing. Golob Landing is the new home of Swofford/Halma Medical Clinic, which is home to six new physicians and support staff. Also at Golob Landing is Bovine Herd Health, which employs three new bovine vets and support staff. The Sunnyside School District's new transportation center is also located at Golob's Landing.
Hansen said, "During Woodworth's tenure, his heart and soul were focused on making the Sunnyside community and Port District a better place to live and work by bringing industries to Sunnyside and creating jobs."
He spearheaded the acquisition of several very important pieces of land surrounding the Sunnyside airport in order to protect the airport for the future, said Hansen.
Woodworth also worked to improve the entrances to Sunnyside. Under the commissioners' direction, the port undertook landscaping and maintaining I-82, exit 67 so that the first impression a visitor has when arriving in Sunnyside is that the city is clean and well maintained.
"As a member of a three-person commission, Woodworth brought balance to the commission with careful and thoughtful questions and comments," said Hansen.
The Port of Sunnyside has made a significant impact on the future of Sunnyside in no small part thanks to Woodworth's service on the commission for 19 years, added Hansen.