Duluth Seaway Port Authority names new Facilities Manager

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Duluth, Minn., U.S.A. (11/05/15) – The Duluth Seaway Port Authority has named Jason Paulson as its new facilities manager. He will serve as a liaison with tenants, service and governmental agencies, private contractors and other property users to derive maximum safe and efficient use of Port Authority-owned land, structures, facilities, equipment and other assets. 

Paulson stepped into his new role on Nov. 5. Most recently, he was operations manager at Lake Superior Warehousing (LSW), overseeing cargo loading and vessel discharge on the docks and managing warehouse operations on the Clure Public Marine Terminal.   

Prior to his eight years at LSW, Paulson served as operations manager/trainmaster with the Union Pacific and CN-IC Railroad. Earlier in his career (and throughout college), he was a land surveyor and GIS analyst with Livgard Surveying, Inc. The former U.S. Marine Corps officer and naval aviator graduated with honors from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a double major in history and political science. 

“I am thrilled to have been given this opportunity at the Port Authority,” said Paulson. “It’s a unique opportunity to apply my logistics and project management skills within an organization I’ve come to know and respect during my time at LSW.” 

“With his rail, maritime and warehousing experience plus a solid working knowledge of our Terminal and all of our facilities, Jason is uniquely qualified to provide us with an almost seamless transition in this position,” said Vanta Coda, Port Authority executive director. “He is a great addition to our team.”  

The ‘seamless transition’ Coda referenced involves the Port Authority’s move in August to expand the role of its former facilities manager, Jim Sharrow, into that of director of port planning and resiliency. Sharrow now oversees the agency’s capital programs, maritime policy, risk management and security plans, plus its connectivity to regional planning initiatives. 

Jason Paulson can be reached at (218) 727-8525 or


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 38 million tons annually including iron ore, coal, grain, limestone, cement and salt plus heavy-lift and project cargo – which supports 11,500 jobs and contributes over $1.5 billion to the economy.

For more information:  Adele Yorde, Public Relations Director, 218.727.8525  

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