DARRINGTON — A small town in the Cascade foothills will soon be the site of a 100-acre campus for developing cutting-edge timber technology.

Darrington received a $2 million state grant for the Darrington Wood Innovation Center this week. It will house companies manufacturing or building mass timber, cross-laminated timber and modular housing and an educational component.

The project could bring more than 100 jobs to Darrington in the next five years, Mayor Dan Rankin said.

“We define ourselves by what we do, and Darrington has been involved in the timber and wood industry for close to a century,” Rankin said. “To be able to bring those opportunities and pathways to this community will stabilize and add resilience to our economy.”

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