Millennium is committed to operating in a responsible manner, valuing our natural environment and ensuring a safe place to work. Our employees have lived in and around Cowlitz County for generations. They understand the unique opportunities offered by the Columbia River and the responsibility that comes with protecting the air, water and land that surround it.
SOUTH PLANT DEMOLITION
The South Plant facilities were originally constructed by Reynolds Aluminum in 1941. They provided vital materials for military efforts in World War II and thousands of jobs for the booming industrial town of Longview.
Over the decades the buildings were a part of the six-mile long stretch of existing industrial development on the banks of the Columbia River. Manufacturing operations were terminated in 2001 and facilities sat underutilized for 13 years.
As part of the process to redevelop the brownfield site, Millennium began planning to demolish the facilities and recycle or reuse the materials. A Cowlitz County demolition permit was issued following an environmental review and notice to agencies.
In June of 2014, a local union team from Northwest Demolition and Dismantling began the process to disassemble these massive structures.
As of October 2014, over 3,000 tons of materials had been removed.
At Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview, we know fulfilling the remarkable potential for our facility requires careful planning, hard work and a commitment to community. Our objective is to provide a responsible, productive and prosperous global port facility here on the Columbia River.
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“The South Plant provided a family wage for many in Cowlitz County. It provided much needed Aluminum for the war effort in the 1940s. That is 60 years of history and I’m looking forward to the new developments and job opportunities that are forth coming with Millennium on that site.”
— Lou Locke, Retired Reynolds Employee
During the demolition process, teams of union workers carefully deconstructed the buildings with a focus on recycling as much of the materials as possible. We are proud of the work they did and we put together a short video to show you what was involved.
Our objective is to transform the former Reynolds smelter site into a new, economically vibrant and environmentally responsible world-class port facility. To accomplish this, we are actively working with state and local agencies in our cleanup operations.
Millennium, Northwest Alloys (Alcoa) and Ecology have entered a voluntary agreement to ensure the cleanup of the site follows all state rules and regulations. Evidence of localized contaminants from Reynolds’ operations have been measured, and although the site has been classified by the Department of Ecology as low-risk, we are closely and carefully coordinating an extensive cleanup process. Cleanup costs are carried by the private entities and not the public. Reports on the progress of our efforts are regularly submitted to local and state agencies.
By conducting a thorough investigation and developing cleanup plans in compliance with applicable laws and regulations, we are a step closer to our goal of building a world-class port facility in an environmentally responsible way.
Millennium purchased the site, knowing there were numerous pre-existing compliance issues that needed to be addressed. Here’s a list of a few key accomplishments that our team has achieved over the past few years. Check out our Millennium Today & Tomorrow map to see more examples of our progress.
Removed unpermitted and unstable structures
Upgraded potable water system and employee facilities
Repaired landfill cap
Donated enormous amounts of surplus furniture to charities
Recycled two-thirds of the 260,000 total tons (8,600 semi-truck loads) of materials removed from the site
Fixed damaged levy
Removed old creosoted pilings from the Columbia River
Restored dock fire system
Millennium: Today & Tomorrow
View interactive points of interest on this aerial map of the facility.
Community History & Timeline
Learn about major milestones dating back to the initial construction.