Vashon Island’s former largest employer

Vashon Island’s largest employer used to K2, which produces ski and snowboard equipment. They used to produce it locally within Vashon Island until they shut down the manufacturing and moved it to China. You can read about it here. The site now is vacant while the landlords, K2, are trying to lease it out in hopes to re-developing the land into a mix-use property which you can read about at It doesn’t sound like they’ve been very successful at getting the bite they’ve wanted to.

Below is a side door I found. As you can see it is a restricted area but there isn’t a door knob on the door! Whatever was going in there, it must of been secretive..

Below are the shipping docks. You could imagine they were always busy with rigs going to the Port of Seattle and Port of Tacoma, but that was a long time ago.


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