Our region is rich in agriculture and has vibrant business climate. Industry large and small is investing in the greater Hermiston area; logistics are an important factor as Hermiston is located on the corner two major highways that connect products via the I-84 and I-82 corridor.
The Port of Umatilla County is located right on the mighty Columbia River and is situated adjacent to the region’s vast highway and rail systems and serves the commercial, industrial agricultural, wood products, maritime surface transportation and distribution. Since the 1860s Hermiston has been connected to the railroad industry and the Union Pacific Railroad in Hermiston is home to a major rail terminal and diesel shop that work 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to keep the American economy moving.
Our goal is to keep pace with local and regional development. Hermiston recently completed several transportation projects such as an upgrade to its airport taxiway. This project not only sets us up for future expansions, but also will allow the airport to service more aircraft with fuel and continue to serve the large corporate jet traffic that uses the airport to access their business in Hermiston, Umatilla and Boardman. Currently, the Hermiston Airport has over 30,000 takeoffs and landings a year, and the number continues to increase.
The City of Hermiston and ODOT have recently partnered to install new traffic signals and additional turn lanes at Elm and 11th (also known as Hwy. 207) located by the hospital. This addition on the trucking route will help local producers move their products to the processing plants on the edge of town. Meanwhile, the hospital is in the middle of several large expansion projects, which will result in 50 new full-time jobs.
Regionally Hermiston is home to a Wal-Mart distribution center, generating power plants, major food processors, the largest onion producer in the world, Dupont Pioneer Seed Company, Fed Ex, UPS, transport and trucking companies, data centers, solar farms and a manufactured home company. New businesses are also opening their doors as the industry and trade continues to grow.
In addition, new retail stores, art plan and revitalizing Hermiston’s Downtown District are on the horizon.