On Thursday, Dec. 1, federal, Washington state and local officials participated in a ribbon-cutting event at the Port of Everett to celebrate the completion of the new 40-acre Norton Terminal.
The $40 million terminal is the centerpiece of the port’s more than $100 million “Mills to Maritime” initiative aimed at bolstering cargo flow and jobs in the region.
The event also celebrated the completion of the MTCA (Model Toxics Control Act) Third Interim Action Cleanup Project.
“This work transformed the former Kimberly-Clark mill site into a new 40-acre maritime hub to enhance the movement of commerce, restore jobs and keep our region competitive, all while achieving environmental stewardship,” the port said in a statement.
The port broke ground on the terminal project in July 2021 and was funded in part by a $17.75 million federal BUILD grant administered through the Maritime Administration and a $7.65 million Washington State Department of Ecology MTCA grant.
“This project is mission critical to this community and the economic vitality of our working waterfront and region,” port CEO Lisa Lefeber previously said. “This work literally paves the way to our economic recovery, supporting cargo and industry diversification and restoring meaningful family-wage jobs to this site.”