Industrial activities that contribute to Wasilla’s economic base include steel fabrication, agriculture, manufacturing of both concrete and wood products, and distribution of building materials. Robust residential and commercial markets have kept the construction industry busy, making it a significant contributor to job growth.
The growing development of Port MacKenzie outside of town is becoming a factor in the Wasilla economy. Port MacKenzie has 9,033 acres, 14 square miles, within the port district dedicated to commercial and industrial development. The docks are designed to efficiently export natural resources, but can accommodate many other types of cargoes.
Port MacKenzie Rail Extension
The Port Mackenzie Rail Extension involves 32 miles of new rail line from Port MacKenzie to the ARRC mainline just south of Houston, Alaska. The line will ultimately provide improved rail transportation between the Port and Interior Alaska, expanding the regional transportation network, making it a significant project affecting the Mat-Su area’s economic development.