2000 - 2016

2000

  • The Port dedicated Berth 8, the newest berth in 30 years, on October 5, 2000.
  • The historic rose bushes and plum trees planted by the Long-Bell Lumber Company were transplanted to accommodate improvements to International Way.
  • The Reynolds Metals Company merged with Alcoa, who then sold the plant to Michael Lynch's company, Longview Aluminum.

2001

  • Brown-Strauss Steel located at the Port.
  • North American Pipe and Steel (Napsteel) located at the Port. The company was the first tenant to locate at the Industrial Park.
  • Kinder Morgan assumed the operating agreement at Berth 2 from International Raw Materials.
  • Prudential Steel closed its doors at the Mint Farm Industrial Park.
  • Mirant Energy announced plans to build an energy plant at the Mint Farm Industrial Park.
  • Michael Lynch (Longview Aluminum) declared bankruptcy and closed the former Reynolds Metals Company plant. Aluminum plants throughout the region also closed, due to a West Coast power crisis. The Port was impacted by reduced volumes of imported coal tar pitch used by the aluminum plant.
  • The September 11, 2001 terrorist bombings of the World Trade Center in New York City resulted in new legislation and security requirements for ports throughout the nation.

2002

  • The Port began construction of the Industrial Rail Corridor and completed Phase 1, the Fibre Way Overpass, in March 2002.
  • Sause Bros. began operating a barge service to the Hawaiian Islands through the Port's ro/ro berth.
  • A West Coast dockworkers lock out caused cargo delays.
  • Weyerhaeuser Company merged with Willamette Industries.

2003

  • The Port declared a six-acre parcel, including five warehouse buildings, surplus to its needs and sold it to Wood's Logging Supply.
  • The Port handled its first shipments of wind energy cargo.
  • The U.S. declared war on Iraq.

2004

  • The Port restricted all public access to its terminals in compliance with legislation implemented since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

2005

  • The Port's Industrial Rail Corridor was officially opened for business with the arrival of 2,500 Union Pacific rail cars carrying soda ash for export at the Berth 2 terminal.
  • Port Commissioners authorized the sale of 35 acres of land at the West Industrial Park to Simpson Timber Company of Tacoma, Washington.

2006

  • Port Commissioners authorized the sale of 35 acres of land at the West Industrial Park to R & R Trading Company of Delta, B.C., Canada.
  • MedBulk Maritime Limited began shipping wood pulp through the Port.

2007

  • Port continues to handle imports of wind energy cargo.
  • International Salt Company begins shipping Chilean salt through the Port.
  • Port Commissioner Larry Larson retires after 29 years as commissioner. Roger Allen is appointed to fill his position.
  • Commissioner Darold Dietz joins the Commission in December.

2008

  • Commissioners Bob Bagaason takes the oath of office in January.
  • Port welcomes 4.6 million dollar crane for heavy lift cargo.
  • Port handles wind energy blades for export for the first time.
  • Port sells Willow Grove property for wetland preservation.
  • Port sets record year, operating revenue reaches all time high.

2009

  • Port signs lease for first export grain terminal built in the United States in more than 25 years.
  • Port of Longview named 2009 Port of the Year by Washington Public Ports Association
  • Sets another operating record, second year in a row.

2010

  • Logs, which became a scarce commodity in the 1990s, have resurfaced as a stronghold cargo at the Port.
  • Port signs Skyline Steel as a new tenant in the West Industrial Park.
  • Port purchases 275 acres down river, known as the Barlow Point property, for future development.
  • Sets third consecutive record revenue year.

2011


  • ILWU member Lou Johnson replaces Dan Buell as Commissioner of District Number 2.
  • Port Director Ken O'Hollaren announces retirement from Port of Longview after 25 years.

2012


  • Port of Longview posts 4th consecutive record-setting revenue year; operating revenue tips $28 million.
  • Geir-Eilif Kalhagen becomes the new CEO of Port of Longview; replacing Ken O'Hollaren.
  • EGT boosts Port's profits; more than makes up for drop in log exports.

2013

  • Port triples net operating income, posts 5th consecutive record-setting revenue year.
  • Port purchases second Liebherr Mobile Harbor Crane.
  • Port surpasses Port of Vancouver as 3rd largest port in the state; posts $33.8 million in revenue.
  • Economic impact study finds 1 in 10 local jobs in Cowlitz County is related to the Port of Longview.

2014

  • Port commissioners approve plan to purchase Willow Grove Park from Cowlitz County.
  • Port launches $10 million Industrial Rail Corridor expansion project.
  • First phase of Port's Berth 4 redevelopment begins.

2015


  • Port commissioners reject plan for propane export terminal near Berth 4.
  • Lou Johnson resigns as District 2 Port Commissioner; Doug Averett chosen to serve remaining two years of Johnson's term.
  • Port of Longview rebrands itself, adopts "Washington's Working Port" as new tagline.
  • Jeff Wilson becomes new Port of Longview Commissioner; replaces Darold Dietz as District 1 representative.

2016

  • In January, former Director of Facilities and Engineering, Norm Krehbiel, became the Port's Interim Chief Executive Officer, replacing Geir Kalhagen. Commissioners would vote Krehbiel as permanent CEO in September of that year.
  • Port Commissioners unanimously reject proposal from Texas-based Waterside Energy to construct a $1.25 billion oil refinery and propane terminal
  • Port begins first round of improvements to the newly acquired Willow Grove Park and Boat Launch; establishes policies and creates Park Advisory Board.
  • Wind Energy blows back through the Port of Longview after a 4-year hiatus; Port becomes first West Coast port to load Vestas blades direct-to-rail.
  • Citing a healthy financial position, Port Commissioners approve a 20% tax reduction for citizens of the Port district.
  • Port of Longview completes dock repairs and long-awaited maintenance dredging of the Willow Grove Boat Launch.