As new bridges, buildings and roads are built and reconstructed up and down the West Coast, Longview will literally be providing the foundation for that work, courtesy of the product coming out of the new Skyline Steel facility at the Port of Longview. Grand opening ceremonies were held yesterday at the 30,000 square-foot plant, where Governor Chris Gregoire was a keynote speaker. The plant is now producing threaded steel bar that’s used to help reinforce rock walls along highways, along with large-diameter straight-weld and spiral-welded steel pipe that’s used as pilings underneath buildings, bridge abutments and other large construction projects. About 40 people are now working at the plant, and at full production, about 65 people will be running the plant. It’s noted that nearly all of those now employed are local people, many who had unemployed prior to this startup. This is one of six Skyline facilities across the country, and the first on the West Coast. It’s planned that this facility will serve the construction industry for Washington, Oregon, California and Alaska, already producing materials for major projects. This plant is providing pilings for the 520 Floating Bridge and the Alaskan Way Viaduct projects in Seattle, and is also expected to provide materials for the pending I-5 Crossing project.