Fertilizer company Agrium is expanding its presence in Finley.
Port of Kennewick commissioners unanimously approved selling almost 13 acres of land along Piert Road in the Twin Tracks Industrial area to Agrium for $75,000 on Tuesday.
The property had been saved to extend Piert Road, however, Benton County chose a different path and the land was not needed, said Larry Peterson, Port of Kennewick planning and development director.
The property is just south of the 52 acres where Agrium operates a bulk fertilizer mixing facility. The company wants the land in case it want so expand in the future.
The land sale also would provide a buffer for Agrium's current activities, Peterson said.
A neighboring business, Columbia Colstor, still will be able to access Piert Road and the rail line, Peterson said.
Agrium has about 60 employees. The business has three locations in Finley, with fertilizer being made at what the company calls its Kennewick plant off Bowles Road.
The Finley plant on Game Farm Road is used only for storage and as a transfer station. The Hedges plant on Perkins Road was closed in 2005 when Agrium stopped making dry granular ammonium nitrate.
Agrium's plant in Finley makes several nitrogen-based fertilizers, including ammonium nitrate.