Growth & Expansion Watershed

In the early 1960s, a new manager and a new comprehensive plan led to significant developments for the Port.

The Port expanded into the air transportation business in 1961 with the purchase of the Olympia Airport, now the Olympia Regional Airport, from the City of Olympia. Several years later, an Industrial Development District, now called the NewMarket Industrial Campus, encompassed 700 acres of the airport property.

Continued Expansion
By the mid-1960s the Port had filled its property in Olympia’s West Bay area, purchased tidelands on the East Bay side of the Budd Inlet peninsula and added acreage to the airport.

The year 1967 marked the beginning of the twilight of Olympia’s lumber trade when three plywood mills located on the Port Peninsula closed. By the end of the decade, however, total shipping volume consisting mainly of raw logs was almost 100% higher than any previous year.