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Big River Construction moves to Miles Crossing

Company has outgrown space on Olney Avenue
By Edward Stratton

The Daily Astorian

Published on August 2, 2018 5:37PM

Heavy equipment sits at the construction site of the new headquarters of Big River Construction in Miles Crossing.

Colin Murphey/The Daily Astorian

Heavy equipment sits at the construction site of the new headquarters of Big River Construction in Miles Crossing.

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Big River Construction is establishing a new headquarters along U.S. Highway 101 Business in Miles Crossing.

The company has been located on about 1 acre along Olney Avenue since shortly after forming in the early 2000s but had outgrown the space, said Michael Sarin, a co-owner of the company with Clyde Stanley, Anthony Ewing and Bill Gunderson.

Big River works on commercial, civil, wetland mitigation and other projects, along with operating quarries.

The company is building an 8,000-square-foot steel building to house its office and equipment on a 3-acre lot next to the Astoria School District’s transportation department. It expects to move in by the end of the year, Sarin said.

Big River had owned the property for several years and used it as a laydown yard for projects, but hadn’t initially planned on moving there, Sarin said. The company grew from around five employees at its founding to 100 before the Great Recession caused it to scale back, but is now back up to around 50 employees.

Big River sold its previous location to Northwest Ready Mix, which located next door, and is leasing its office before making the move.

The unincorporated Miles Crossing and Jeffers Garden communities south of Astoria have seen a number of businesses relocate recently.

Bergerson Tile & Cabinets, located in downtown Astoria, recently applied for a conditional use permit to build a new 4,000-square-foot warehouse at the intersection of Highway 101 Business and Lewis and Clark Road. The site had previously been proposed for a butterfly sanctuary. Enola’s Ship Out, a seafood cart, recently opened just south of the site, next to Lewis and Clark Golf & RV Park.



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