Past North Star Award Winners

2020 Cargo Anchor Award Winner

Mac Piper logo

The Cargo Anchor Award is presented to an organization whose activities have grown cargo volumes in the NWSA gateway, spurring economic growth for the region. In 2020, MacMillan-Piper was chosen for the award based on an expansion in the Tacoma harbor, coupled with the launch of a new logistics division that provides freight brokerage services throughout the United States. These efforts increased employment by more than 18% year over year, with MacMillan-Piper committing to continue to grow jobs, capacity, and revenue by more than 50% over the next five years. MacMillan-Piper is the largest transload and container freight station in the Pacific Northwest and a leader in national and international transportation services.    


Honorable Mention: Northland Services

2020 Environmental Stewardship Award Winner

SSA Marine logo

The Environmental Stewardship Award recognizes businesses that support the continued health of the environment while promoting trade and economic development. In 2020, SSA Marine was selected for a host of environmental programs that are reducing pollution here in the Puget Sound region.

By exchanging traditional light bulbs to LED, SSA Marine reduced their energy consumption by 1.2 kilowatt-hours. Their commuter benefits program incentivized 'greener' commuting options and 'last-mile' connections between transit services and SSA Marine headquarters, reducing CO2 emissions by 157 tons annually. SSA Marine also transitioned to compostable products at their Harbor Island corporate headquarters, removing 26 tons of waste from landfills each year. SSA Marine is an international Marine Terminal Operator (MTO) operating in the NWSA’s Seattle and Tacoma harbors.


Honorable Mention: African Chamber of Commerce

2018 Cargo Anchor Award Winner


Prologis received the 2018 Cargo Anchor Award, which recognizes businesses for activities that grow cargo volume in the NWSA gateway and drive economic activity for the Puget Sound region. The company was nominated for the Prologis Park Tacoma project, a 1.3-million-square-foot logistics park, and for the Prologis Georgetown Crossroads, a first-of-a-kind multi-story in-fill warehouse project near Seattle.


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2018 Environmental Stewardship Award Winner

TOTE Maritime Alaska

TOTE Maritime Alaska received the 2018 Environmental Stewardship Award, which recognizes businesses that promote environmental sustainability and demonstrate a commitment to the natural environment. The U.S. domestic shipping company earned a nomination for its plans to convert its Orca Class vessels to liquefied natural gas (LNG) as fuel.


Learn more about the Environmental Stewardship Award.