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Port of Everett Commission Adds Norton Terminal to Marine Terminals Master Plan

Date: Nov 24, 2020

Everett, Wash. – On November 10, 2020, the Port of Everett Commission approved the Marine Terminals Master Plan Addendum, Appendix E that incorporated the recently acquired 66-acre former Kimberly-Clark mill property, now being called Norton Terminal. 

Located between the Port of Everett’s international Seaport and Naval Station Everett, Norton Terminal is the cornerstone of the Port’s Mills to Maritime initiative where work to create a new maritime hub is underway to enhance the movement of maritime commerce and freight, restore jobs to the site and support economic recovery and cargo diversification.

“This revised plan is ideally suited to leverage the Port’s investments in the South Terminal to market our facilities and our breakbulk niche to other customers and cargoes,” said Carl Wollebek, Chief of Operations for the Port of Everett. “This additional upland maritime capacity is critical to our ability to go after cargoes that would add jobs and help spur economic recovery in Everett.”
Norton Terminal

The Port undertook the years long planning effort for this site, with a robust public process, within the context of the existing regulatory framework for deep-water terminals. This includes the local shoreline master program designation of “Urban Deep-water Port” and recognizes the Port’s marine terminals area as transportation facilities of statewide significance. This area is already zoned for water-dependent oceangoing marine commerce, heavy industry and supporting activities. The adoption of this plan coincides with the closure of the former pulp and paper mill and provides additional capacity for other shipping uses.

Environmental remediation is currently underway at the site by the former property owner as a requirement of the Port’s purchase and sale agreement. More than 180,000 tons, or 14,000 truckloads, of contaminated material has been removed from the site in the past year. The Port’s new marine cargo terminal will serve as a cap for this environmental cleanup – integrating job creation and environmental stewardship in one project. The project, which is the recipient of a $17.75 million federal BUILD grant, is expected support more than 800 direct jobs and millions in state and local taxes. The new facility will open in 2022.

For additional information, contact Catherine Soper, Public Affairs Manager, at 425-388-0680 or by e-mail at


 About the Port of Everett’s International Seaport
The Port of Everett Seaport, located 25 miles north of Seattle, is a natural deep-water, self-operating seaport that supports nearly $21 BILLION worth of U.S. exports annually, ranking as the #2 export customs district in Washington state – #5 on the U.S West Coast. The Port of Everett is the third largest container port in Washington state and is the region’s premiere breakbulk cargo facility, handling high-value, conventional and overdimensional cargoes in support of the aerospace, construction, manufacturing, agriculture, energy and forest products industries. Most notably, the Port of Everett serves as an extension of the aerospace manufacturing process, accommodating 100-percent of the oversized aerospace parts for the 747, 767, 777, 777X and K-C Tanker programs. The Port of Everett’s regional transportation network supports more than 40,000 jobs and $433 million in state and local tax revenue. With more than 60 percent of jobs tied to trade in Snohomish County, the Port of Everett continuously looks for ways to expand our cargo handling capabilities and keep freight moving efficiently.