2000 - 2018

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.
  • In a record breaking cargo handling year, the Port of Longview moved more than 8.3 million metric tons of cargo across the dock in 2016 - the most cargo handled annually in the last three decades. 

2017

  • Dan Stahl joins the Port of Longview to guide day-to-day operations as the new Chief Operating Officer.
  • Port of Longview's Board of Commissioner's entered into an agreement with International Raw Materials (IRM) to lease the Port's newly-named Bridgeview Terminal. IRM previously operated at the Port from 1981-2001.
  • Mark Price joins the Port of Longview as the new Director of Marine Terminals. 

​2018

  • Port of Longview Board of Commissioners elect Commissioner Jeff Wilson as the new Board President. Mr. Wilson takes over for Commissioner Doug Averett, who served as President in 2017.
  • In the early morning hours of June 28th, a maritime accident occurred at the Port resulting in two tragic fatalities. ILWU member Byron Jacobs and Chief Mate Pinshan Li of China died when a vessel line snapped and struck both men.
  • The American Association of Pacific Ports (AAPA) honored the Port's communications team with it's coveted Overall Award of Communications Excellence trophy for it's 2017 Summer Tour Series. This was the first time the Port had scored the top prize in the AAPA's annual communications award program. 
  • Larry Marko retired as the Port's Manager of Marine Terminals. Larry first joined the Port 32 years earlier, as the Port's plumber in 1986. 
  • Commission Vice-President Bob Bagaason announced his resignation from the Port of Longview, effective September 30, 2018. Mr. Bagaason was elected to represent the 3rd Commission District in the 2007 general election - serving just short of two full terms in office.