Longview, WA– The Port of Longview’s Chief Executive Officer Norm Krehbiel announced this week his plans to retire from the Port at the end of February 2020, after nearly 30 years with the organization.
Krehbiel joined the Port of Longview in 1993 as the Director of Facilities and Engineering. In 2008, he was appointed Deputy Executive Director and later Chief Operating Officer before being named CEO in 2016.
“Norm’s contributions to the Port, both in leadership and facility development, have greatly contributed to the Port’s success,” said former Port Operations Director and current Port Commission President Doug Averett. “I have worked with him both as a peer and Commissioner. He will be greatly missed.”
Throughout his Port career, Krehbiel managed the construction and maintenance of more than 800 acres of infrastructure and property development. Key projects completed under his leadership include the construction of the Port’s Industrial Rail Corridor and both Berth 8 and Berth 9 cargo handling docks.
“I was recently asked what has kept me at the Port all these years,” said Krehbiel to Port staff in a meeting announcing his retirement. “It’s you, it’s this team of people that has made my career so enjoyable.”
In retirement, Krehbiel looks forward to more time with his family and doing part-time engineering consulting work.
The Port Commission will announce a plan to fill the vacancy at a future date.
The Port of Longview is the first full-service operating port with strategic transportation connections on the deep-draft Columbia River shipping channel in southwest Washington State. The Port is located just 66 river miles from the Pacific Ocean, 120 driving miles from Seattle, Washington, and 40 driving miles from Portland, Oregon. Port facilities include eight marine terminals and waterfront industrial property with direct connections to main-line rail and interstate highway. Cargo handling specialties include bulk cargos and breakbulk commodities.