Construction activity is ramping up on the West Main Street campus. (Calvin Bratt/Lynden Tribune)

Construction surge meets strong demand for doors, says administrator

  LYNDEN ­— Lynden Door Inc., the city’s largest private employer, is in expansion mode for increased door manufacturing capacity on its West Main Street campus.

  “The expansion is all taking place here in Lynden, to keep up with our customer demand,” John Ridder, senior vice president for the company, told the Tribune.

  The west Lynden construction of several new buildings is to produce more wood doors of the residential, commercial and architectural types as well as to accommodate “raw materials staging” and increase value-added steps such as machining and pre-finishing of product, Ridder said.

  Sales of Lynden Door products are all across the Western United States and Canada.

  He credited Shawn DeKoster, Lynden Door director of operations, with having to balance a lot  of ongoing projects right now.

  While this expansion will allow more automation of operations, it will also create more employment prospects for the community, Ridder said. Moreover, it is the commitment of dedicated employees, for whom Lynden Door is “extremely thankful, that makes this expansion possible, he said.

  Many local companies have been active for weeks and months on the scene of construction visible off West Main Street west of existing Lynden Door facilities, which have continued to grow since their start in Lynden in the 1980s. 

  Until now, much of preparatory work has been at ground level, but now construction will rise upward.

  Ridder said ongoing approval of building permits from the city will allow construction to “carry on, from one (building) to the next,” this year.

  Plans processed by city departments show:

  • A campus Building 12 of 58,500 square feet was approved in February, and construction has begun.

  • On 30.2 acres just west on Main, four buildings totalling more than 350,000 square feet, plus parking for about 740 vehicles, are planned.

  • This month, the building permits for building A1 of 162,000 square feet and building A5 of 94,500 square feet were approved. 

  • Columbia River Steel & Construction of Grandview WA is the structural engineer, while various local companies involved in aspects of construction include: Valley Plumbing & Electric, Lynden Sheet Metal, Freeland & Associates (civil engineering), DeKoster Excavating and Triple S Construction (concrete).

  • Still on the drawing board are building A2 of 48,750 square feet and building A3 of 54,000 square feet.