According to John Brewer, two developments have the potential to improve Port Angeles in 2017:
— Composites, composites, composites. One of Port Angeles’ accomplishments is its successful positioning as a composite manufacturing hub.
The new Port Angeles Composite Recycling Technology Center just announced its first product — the world’s first pickleball paddle made from recycled carbon fiber.
More products are promised. Supporters say the facility will grow from its startup crew of eight to 200 new jobs in Port Angeles over the next six years.
Brewer said: "CRTC is trying to demonstrate that a market exists for products made from carbon fiber scrap; it is the first company in the world to take on this significant challenge."
The center is coupled to Peninsula College’s unique advanced manufacturing and composites technology program. PC recently held an open house for the public and to sign up new students.
Across the parking lot from the center is Angeles Composite Technologies Inc.
Its products are made from aerospace-quality composites, and ACTI describes itself as “a world-class supplier of advanced structural composite assemblies and components serving the global commercial and military aerospace markets.”
ACTI now has about 105 employees, with plans to more than double its workforce.
— Baseball and more. The newest baseball team in the West Coast League will take the field next summer as the Port Angeles Lefties.
Civic Field will get upgrades that will provide cushioned seats, corporate boxes and a party deck with beer and wine available.
The first game will be June 1, 2017, against the Victoria HarbourCats.
The HarbourCats and other WCL clubs like the Walla Walla Sweets and Yakima Valley Pippins draw more than 1,000 people to each game — and, according to Brewer, this will hopefully be duplicated in Port Angeles.