We are the Port of Centralia

Centrally located between Seattle, Washington, and Portland, Oregon, the Port of Centralia has both easy highway and railroad access. The Port currently has 35 businesses in its parks providing over 2,000 jobs to the local economy and is developing a mixed-use project called Centralia Station.


Our mission is to create economic development through our master-planned industrial parks and mixed-use developments that provide jobs and tax revenues to the local economy, while improving the quality of life for citizens of Centralia and Lewis County.


Our vision is to enhance and diversify the county’s economy and employment base. Our goal is to be the premier site for industrial development in Lewis County and along the I-5 corridor.

Governance Structure

The Port of Centralia is a municipal corporation governed by a three-member elected commission. Since its inception in 1986, the Port has grown to comprise over 1,500 acres in two master-planned industrial campuses and one mixed-use development.

Supporting the Community

The Port represents over 20 percent of the tax base in Centralia. The tax revenue generated by Port of Centralia tenants helps fund the Centralia School District and Lewis County, as well as important social services including Riverside Fire Authority and Timberland Regional Library.


The Port of Centralia Commission meets at 3:00 pm on the first and third Wednesday of every month at the Port’s Administrative Office, 3508 Galvin Road, Centralia, WA 98531.


District 1

Kyle Markstrom is a lifelong Centralia resident and a Centralia High School graduate. He has volunteered with the Centralia School District and Lewis County Citizens Budget Committee and serves as the president of the Noah Jon Markstrom Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides grants and scholarships to individuals who wish to pursue careers in pediatric medicine.


District 2

Originally from southwestern Minnesota, Julie Shaffley has been the owner of Good Health Nutrition Center since 1990. She is very active in many local volunteer and community service organizations.


District 3

Peter Lahmann is a lifelong Centralia resident and graduated from both Centralia High School and Centralia College. He and his wife, Denise, have two children and have owned a small antique store downtown Centralia since 1984. Peter is currently serving on the Lewis County Historical Society Board and Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council Board.

Past Commissioners

Bob Thompson


Don Meek


Art Lehman


Gene Groshong


Matt Evans


Dan Keahey