Cascade Manufacturing Industrial Center designated by PSRC

Executive Board certifies plan for center in Arlington Marysville area

On June 27 the Executive Board approved designation of the Cascade Industrial Center in Snohomish County as the region’s newest manufacturing industrial center.

The Cascade Industrial Center – formerly the Arlington-Marysville Manufacturing and Industrial Center – is one of 10 designated manufacturing industrial centers in the region, and the second to be designated in Snohomish County.

Arlington Mayor Barb Tolbert, Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring, and Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers expressed gratitude for the partnerships that helped move the center to designation.

“We’re looking at the advanced manufacturing center to bring in those jobs of the future and to provide family wages to the people of north Snohomish County,” said Mayor Tolbert, adding that having more jobs in the Cascade center will help Arlington and Marysville residents work closer to home.

“This is a huge thing for our community and for the entire region. These are going to be strong, family-wage, middle class jobs that will really boost the economy,” said Mayor Nehring.

“This makes perfect sense for the region, the county and the cities. It’s served by rail, air, and close to I-5. Having industrial lands available for development in this region is a critical part of our future,” said Executive Somers.

Manufacturing industrial centers serve as concentrations of regional employment growth, support industrial and manufacturing sectors of the region’s economy, and promote efficient use of land and infrastructure.  The centers receive priority for federal transportation funding through PSRC.

The Cascade Industrial Center includes 4,019 total acres, 57% in the City of Marysville and 43% in the City of Arlington.

The center currently supports 8,000 jobs – 45% directly in manufacturing – and is anticipated to reach nearly 25,000 total jobs by 2040.

Employers include Senior Aerospace; Top Cub Aircraft; Acro Machining; Swire Coca-Cola, USA; Dungeness Gear Works; Hampton Lumber and Western Forest Products.

As part of the designation process, Arlington and Marysville jointly developed a subarea plan.

The Executive Board has certified that the subarea plan meets planning requirements, including restricting incompatible land uses, supporting growth of the airport and aviation-related uses, and buffering adjacent residential, commercial and rural land from industrial uses.

Regional centers are a core component of the region’s plan for managing growth and serve as focal points for planned growth, economic development and transportation infrastructure investments.