Millennium Bulk CEO Bill Chapman Announces Retirement

Millennium Bulk CEO Bill Chapman Announces Retirement

Four years after becoming President and CEO of Millennium Bulk Terminals – Longview, Bill Chapman has announced his retirement.

“I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with so many leaders and community members in Longview to support this great project,” Chapman said.

Chapman joined Millennium as CEO over 4 years ago to shepherd Millennium through a very complex phase of the permitting process. His 30+ year career in permitting was critically important to help the project advance, ultimately obtaining an environmental impact statement that shows that Millennium is designed to protect air and water quality, fish and wildlife, groundwater, and people in accordance with regulatory requirements.

While hurdles remain, Chapman said the project is well-positioned for success. “I am delighted the record before the courts is the solid foundation we need to pursue for this site to ultimately realize its potential for hundreds of family-wage jobs in a community that needs them – pipefitters, electricians and operators. Rural Washington is being left behind in our tech-driven economy, and we need projects like Millennium to bridge the economic divide between our rural and urban communities with an essential industrial base.”

Under his leadership, Chapman has run a safe operation. “I am proud of the impeccable record my team and I have created over the last four years for the safety of our workers and the environment in which we work and live. And yes, after 30 years in law practice and four years as CEO of Millennium, I am delighted to be retiring and spending even more time in the mountains and with my wife, Frankie.”

Millennium is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lighthouse Resources. With its sister companies under the Lighthouse umbrella that operate coal mines in Montana and Wyoming, Millennium is an important part of an integrated supply chain to deliver western U.S. coal to our energy vulnerable allies in Asia. At full operation, the new coal export facility could help boost annual coal exports by 44 million metric tons and increase the annual value of U.S. exports by more than $2.5 billion.

TJ Mangold, Chairman of Lighthouse Resources, said, “We are very grateful for Bill’s contribution over eight years toward developing a world-class export terminal at the site of a former aluminum plant on the Columbia River, first as legal counsel, then as President and CEO.  We wish him and Frankie the very best.” 

Kristin Gaines has been working at Millennium since 2011 and was part of the management team when Chapman joined as President and CEO. She has worked closely with him over the past four years to advance the project and will continue to lead the efforts to build the world-class port facility that is envisioned for the site. Gaines said, “I am grateful for the opportunity to work with Bill. We will miss him. Everyone at Millennium wishes Bill a long, happy and healthy retirement.”