Duluth Seaway Port Authority names new Facilities Manager

Friday, September 28, 2018

Duluth, Minn., U.S.A. (09/28/18) - The Duluth Seaway Port Authority welcomes Dean Lembke as its new facilities manager Monday, Oct. 1. He will serve as the agency's liaison with tenants, service and government agencies, private contractors and other property users to derive safe and efficient use of all Port Authority-owned land, structures, equipment and other assets.                  

Lembke previously was a site supervisor with North Shore Track overseeing rail construction and maintenance projects. For 13 years prior, he was a senior project coordinator at Krech Ojard and Associates, during which time he provided 20 months of onsite construction oversight during the Port Authority's $18 million redevelopment project on the Clure Terminal Expansion (formerly known as Dock C&D).

"I am very excited to be joining the Port Authority team," said Lembke. "During the Clure Terminal Expansion project, I quickly recognized and appreciated the knowledge and professionalism shown by all DSPA staff. I am honored to contribute my skill set and experience to the goal of promoting, maintaining and growing the organization." 

Lembke will be responsible for establishing cost-effective, environmentally sound asset-management programs for all Port Authority properties. He also will work closely with the executive director and CFO on long-range planning with regard to capital improvement programs and new construction projects. 

 "Dean's working knowledge of our terminal and years of construction management experience make him exceptionally qualified for this position," said Deb DeLuca, Port Authority executive director. "He will be a huge asset to our team." 

Lembke, a graduate of Wrenshall High School, earned his degree in civil engineering technology from Duluth Technical College. He, his wife Laura and son Joel live in Wrenshall.

Dean Lembke can be reached at the Port Authority (218) 727-8525, ext. 107, on his cell (218) 393-1648 or via email:

Duluth Seaway Port Authority is an independent, public agency created by the Minnesota Legislature to bring business to the port and economic development to the region, plus advocate for maritime interests. Port of Duluth-Superior, the largest tonnage port on the Great Lakes, moves an average of 35 million tons annually - iron ore, coal, grain, limestone, cement, salt and clay plus heavy-lift and project cargo - all of which supports nearly 8,000 jobs and contributes over $1.4 billion to the area economy.


For more information:  Adele Yorde, Public Relations Director  │  218.727.8525  │  218.390.6973  (cell)



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