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Join these respected leaders and organizations who have already pledged their support:

  • Lynden Mayor Scott Korthuis
  • Sumas Mayor Bob Bromley
  • Nooksack Mayor Jim Ackerman
  • Everson Mayor John Perry
  • Ferndale Mayor Gary Jensen
  • The City of Ferndale
  • Bellingham Technical College President, Patricia McKeown
  • State Senator Doug Ericksen
  • State Representative Vincent Buys
  • State Representative Jason Overstreet
  • Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, Washington State Legislative Board
  • Northwest Jobs Alliance
  • Northwest Washington Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO
  • Northwest Washington Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO
  • International Longshore Warehouse Union, Puget Sound District Council
  • Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO
  • Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO
  • Maritime Trades Department, AFL-CIO
  • Puget Sound Pilots Association
  • Bellingham-Whatcom Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Whatcom County Republicans
  • Washington Realtors
  • Alliance for Northwest Jobs and Exports
  • Citizens for a Working Whatcom County
  • 58 members of Congress
  • Pierce County Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO

Project Overview

The Gateway Pacific Terminal is a planned multi-commodity export facility that will create 1,250 permanent family wage jobs* at full operations and generate nearly $140 million of economic activity annually in Northwest Washington. The terminal will achieve high environmental standards and will advance the balance of trade using American products to create American jobs. Learn More!

*includes direct, indirect and induced jobs

Who’s in Support of Gateway Pacific Terminal?
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Local Roots, Global Reach

With 125 operations across the globe, SSA Marine is one of the largest shipping terminal operators and stevedores in the world. Our regional offices and international operations extend across the United States and Latin America, as well as to South Africa, New Zealand, and Vietnam.

Our roots reach back to 1949 when Fred R. Smith, the patriarch of the two families who would own and operate the company for the remainder of the 20th century, formed Bellingham Stevedoring Company, the foundation upon which SSA Marine was built.

Today, SSA Marine and our affiliates operate more cargo terminals than any other company in the world.

Worldwide, SSA Marine employs 13,000 people speaking 30 languages. In Washington state, we employ 700 full-time union and non-union employees and another 400 union employees part-time. In 2010, we paid $115 million in wages to Washington state union members.

Few transportation service companies in the world extend as far and wide as SSA Marine, but we continue to look for new opportunities at ports and intermodal facilities around the world – and we strive to ensure that our size and global network of resources continue to add value for our customers.

Built on the foundation of three generations of Northwest families, we are proud to be called, “the most significant success story in the independent stevedoring industry.”


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