Port board to talk about Ostrom today

Special meeting set for noon


The Port of Sunnyside has extended the deadline to close a land-purchase deal with Ostrom Mushroom Farms. The company’s Everson plant, pictured, currently employs 300.

Ostrom Mushroom Farms
The Port of Sunnyside has extended the deadline to close a land-purchase deal with Ostrom Mushroom Farms. The company’s Everson plant, pictured, currently employs 300.



— Port of Sunnyside commissioners will meet in special session at noon today to consider amendments to purchase and sales agreements with The Ostrom Co.

The meeting comes about after a March 13 session in which commissioners voted to extend the deadline for the land purchase agreement with Ostrom.

The company is planning to build a mushroom farm here, and today’s meeting will focus on the sale and purchase agreement, as well as any incidental or related matters.

The meeting is set for noon in the Port Administration Office at 2640 E. Edison Ave.

Earlier this month, the company requested the delay due to a late-breaking change in the state’s capital funding.

Ostrom’s new deadline to sign the purchase and sale agreement is April 16.

The original purchase agreement deadline expired March 13, Port Executive Director Jay Hester said previously.

The extension follows an announcement the state is allocating an additional $1 million to help the Port of Sunnyside offset the construction of a building off Midvale Road for the Everson-based company.

Sen. Jim Honeyford and Rep. Bruce Chandler had both championed the request for grant money to offset taxes on new construction.

Their efforts helped convince the state to aid the port in obtaining $1 million, Hester said. The funds will be used to help with infrastructure costs.

The Western Washington company is seeking to purchase more than 40 acres of Port of Sunnyside land, according to port records.

Port attorney Rob Faber previously said the commissioners’ decision to extend the deadline gives both parties the opportunity to make sure the state grant will be used properly.

The new, state-of-the-art $25 million farm will bring 200 year-round jobs to the area, officials said previously.

The Sunnyside location offers access to labor and sources of raw materials, many of which already come from Eastern Washington, officials said.

Ostrom, which has been in the mushroom business since 1928, grows a variety of mushrooms — white, crimini and portabella — that are shipped to consumers in the Pacific Northwest, Alaska and Hawaii.

The company currently employs 300 growers, pickers and packers.

Mushrooms are grown entirely indoors to control moisture and temperature, officials said.

That allows for harvesting 360 days a year for one of the most stable produce crops available to consumers.



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