Top Labor, Business Leaders Endorse Gateway Pacific Terminal

  Top Labor, Business Leaders Endorse Gateway Pacific Terminal

Business Wire

SEATTLE -- December 14, 2012

Speaking to a crowd of supporters at the Washington State Convention Center in
Seattle today, prominent leaders of King County and state labor groups and the
Association of Washington Business added their voices in support of the
proposed $665 million bulk commodity export terminal proposed for the Cherry
Point industrial area in Whatcom County.

Calling for a balanced and prompt environmental review, all four of the
speakers said that the project should be held to Washington State’s high
environmental standards but emphasized that the state as a whole needs to
cooperate in the interest of more jobs and increased trade.

David Freiboth, Executive Secretary, M.L. King County Labor Council and a Vice
President of the Washington State Labor Council, noted that the state labor
council has strongly backed the Gateway project. “The state labor council has
for two consecutive years strongly endorsed the Gateway project. We call on
our public officials to keep the scope of review focused on site-specific
issues and to support the creation of these thousands of family-wage jobs.”

Brandon Housekeeper of the Association of Washington Business called on the
permitting agencies to avoid giving in to delay tactics in the review process.
“We can have good jobs and environmental safeguards. What we cannot do is
allow opponents of this project to change the rules and create a precedent
that could cripple our state’s economy,” he said.

Larry Brown, Aerospace Machinists, IAM Local 751, legislative director, said,
“Washington is a trade state and whenever the state expands trade across the
Pacific – especially export trade – it benefits all Washingtonians – including
Boeing workers.”

Lee Newgent, Seattle Building & Construction Trades Council Executive
Secretary, said, “The construction industry around our state, with few
exceptions, is still on its knees. A major project like the Gateway terminal
takes up a lot of slack and helps union workers all over the region. We know
these projects can be done right and we call on the agencies to get on with
the review.”

The Gateway Pacific Terminal will be a new, highly efficient shipping terminal
to expand America’s exports of dry bulk commodities. Proposed by Seattle-based
SSA Marine, the terminal will meet our state’s stringent environmental
standards while providing a major boost to the region’s economy, creating at
full capacity 4,400 jobs during the construction phase, and 1,250 permanent
jobs and $140 million a year in economic benefits from operations. More
information at

Contact information for Gateway supporter media event

The following people made statements to the media at the Convention Center on
13 December 2012 in support of the Gateway Pacific Terminal. They are
available for follow-up comments at:

David      Freiboth       Executive Secretary, M.L.        (206)
                                King County Labor Council            818-5222
Brandon       Housekeeper       Association of Washington            (360)
                                Business                             870-2918
Larry         Brown             Aerospace Machinists, IAM            (206)
                                Local 751                            713-2437
Lee           Newgent           Seattle Building &                   (206)
                                Construction Trades Council          441-0550
Gary          Jensen            Mayor, City of Ferndale              (360)
Scott         Korthuis          Mayor, City of Lynden                (360)
                                Blaine City Council Member
Ken           Oplinger          and Pres./CEO of the                 (360)
                                Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber           734-1330
                                of Commerce
                                International Longshore and          (360)
Leroy         Rohde             Warehousemen’s Union, Local          739-9706
Hugh          Foulke            Ferndale School Board Member         (360)


SSA Marine
Bob Watters, 206-604-6288
Senior Vice President
Smith & Stark
Gary Smith, 206-972-8846
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