A loader moves wood chips into a pile on the Homer Spit several years ago. Gates Construction's last chip ship, the M/V Forest King, pulled out of Homer in January. With little fanfare, the company came closer to wrapping up its Homer operations. The last logging ship is expected within the next few months. Once Gates, a Kasilof-based company owned by Kevin Gates, wraps up its Homer outfit, the city will lose about half a million dollars from the moorage, lease, tariffs and sales taxes. Gates is pulling out of the southcentral peninsula because it could no longer secure long-term contracts with its former customers in Japan and Canada, the Homer News reported. The company notified Homer officials in the early fall of last year that chip shipments to Japan and log shipments to Canada would be ceasing in the early part of this year. Gates has been operating on the Homer Spit for 10 years since it bought out Circle D Pacific.
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