The Lynden family of companies is pleased to welcome Northland Services, a marine transportation company providing shipping between Seattle, Alaska and Hawaii.
"Northland is a dynamic company with talented people and a great reputation," says Lynden President and CEO Jon Burdick. "Its barge capabilities to Hawaii and Western Alaska complement Lynden's current service offerings and allow us to provide expanded services to our customers. We can now offer integrated service to more Alaska destinations, with more frequency and greater combined capabilities."
Northland's barge service from the Pacific Northwest to Hawaii enhances Lynden's current ship and air services to the islands. The addition of Northland's Western Alaska barge services enables Lynden to service ports throughout the State of Alaska. Both companies share a commitment to keep customers' freight moving smoothly and efficiently through the transition process.
"Lynden provides an ideal situation to better serve our customers, our employees and the communities where we operate," explains Larry Stauffer, President and CEO of Northland. "We have seen significant growth in our business over the past decade, and bringing two great companies and teams together will help improve and expand service in the communities we serve."
"We are excited about the new opportunities that will emerge from the combination of Lynden and Northland," explains Executive Vice President and COO Alex McKallor.
The Lynden family of companies includes Lynden Transport, LTI, Inc., Milky Way, Alaska West Express, Alaska Marine Lines, Lynden Air Cargo, Brown Line, LLC, Lynden International and others. Its combined capabilities include: truckload and less-than-truckload freight to Alaska, scheduled and charter barges, rail barges, intermodal bulk chemical hauls, scheduled and chartered air freighters, domestic and international shipping via air and ocean forwarding, customs brokerage, trade show shipping, remote site construction, sanitary bulk commodities hauling, and multi-modal logistics. Lynden companies are repeat winners in the annual Quest for Quality customer service awards presented by Logistics Management magazine.
Lynden International’s Chicago and Anchorage teams put together a charter move for the U.S. Coast Guard this summer to deliver radio equipment to various points in Alaska. Eighty-two crates of Motorola equipment were flown from Chicago to Anchorage and were then transported via Lynden Air Cargo Hercules to Kodiak and Juneau while the rest of the cargo was distributed across Alaska. “The move was flawless,” says Jason Hiti-Shannon, Chicago Operations Manager.
“Chris Thallemer, Robert Kokoszka and I went over at midnight to meet the chartered 747 on the field in Chicago to oversee the loading for the flight to Alaska. In Anchorage, we had two Lynden Air Cargo planes waiting to carry a portion of the freight to Juneau and Kodiak. I can’t say enough about the folks in Anchorage pulling off the various transfers and deliveries. It was a great team effort and resulted in a very happy customer.”
Lynden International welcomes Frank Butler as Southeast Regional Manager and Charles McCarthy as Northeast Regional Manager. Butler will oversee Lynden's Atlanta, Nashville, San Juan, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Charlotte service centers as part of the newly formed southeast region. McCarthy will supervise the New York, Newark, Boston, Chicago, Baltimore and Philadelphia locations comprising the newly created northeast region.
"Butler and McCarthy bring a level of experience and a track record of prior success to Lynden's Eastern U.S. locations. They will play an integral role in the future growth and development of our offshore, Canadian, Mexican and European markets," says John Kaloper, Lynden International Vice President-America.
Butler will be based in Atlanta, and McCarthy in Lynden's New York office. Butler has more than 30 years of experience in the transportation industry, including serving as Vice President-Eastern Region, for Exel Logistics (formerly MSAS Global). He holds a business degree from Clayton State College.
Prior to joining Lynden, McCarthy was Regional Manager of Cargo Sales-Northeast for United Airlines. His 25-year logistics career includes a position as Vice President/General Manager at NI Logistics. He earned a business degree from Pace University and a master's degree from Long Island University.
Lynden International is part of the Lynden family of companies whose combined capabilities include: worldwide air and ocean forwarding, third-party logistics, trade show shipping, truckload and less-than-truckload transportation, scheduled and charter barges, intermodal bulk chemical hauls, scheduled and chartered Hercules L-382 cargo aircraft and multi-modal logistics.
You will soon be able to see new Lynden ads like the one pictured below in national transportation magazines, newspapers and online. "We wanted to create branding that had a similar graphic feel to the updated Lynden website
," explains David Rosenzweig, Vice President of Marketing and Media. "Our goal was to make the ads less cluttered so customers can quickly see the transportation solutions we offer while also making them memorable and eye-catching." Feedback on the ads is welcome!
Lynden Transport recently donated the transportation of 3,000 stuffed animals from Alaska to the Lower 48. "A huge thank you to driver Ray Sorenson and Lynden Transport for helping Chance the puppy and Lucky the kitty making it from Alaska to the Lower 48," says Janette Fennell, founder and president of the KidsAndCars organization. Lynden Transport donated the shipment as a contribution to KidsAndCars' Look Before You Lock program. The program educates new parents on how to keep their baby safe by putting a stuffed animal in their child's seat as a reminder not to leave children alone in vehicles. The toys are being used to demonstrate this important safety step and are being delivered to hospitals nationwide. Lynden Transport donated truck and steamship transportation to the Lynden warehouse in Fife for distribution to hospitals. "This has been an incredible team effort from wonderful companies with large hearts who care deeply for the safety and well-being of our children," says Janette.
For the third consecutive year, Lynden Transport was selected as one of the top national motor carriers by Inbound Logistics magazine and included in its annual Top 100 Truckers list. This year was particularly challenging for the editorial staff as they had to select 100 trucking leaders from more than 230 companies that submitted credentials. The Top 100 list appears in the September issue of Inbound Logistics.
"Lynden Transport and the other carriers on our list earned recognition for serving customers safely and efficiently," says Inbound Logistics Editor Felecia Stratton. "We conduct surveys and online research and talk with truckers and shippers to come up with the Top 100 each year. It is a trusted resource for transportation buyers to find new trucking providers or to evaluate current transportation partners."
"Being recognized for working safely and productively while providing quality service is a great testament to our employees' dedication to our day-to-day duties," says Lynden Transport President Paul Grimaldi. "We are honored to be included as one of the Top 100 Motor Freight Carriers in the U.S."
This award is the latest of several the Lynden family of companies received this year. Lynden was chosen as one of the Top 100 third-party logistics service providers (3PLs) and as a Green Supply Chain Partner by Inbound Logistics magazine earlier this year. Lynden Transport was also voted the No. 1 Less-than-Truckload (LTL) carrier for on-time performance for the Western Region in Logistics Management magazine's annual Quest for Quality Awards.
Inbound Logistics is the leading trade magazine targeted toward business logistics and supply chain managers. The magazine's editorial mission is to help companies of all sizes better manage corporate resources by speeding and reducing inventory, supporting infrastructure and better matching demand signals to supply lines.
Lynden International recently celebrated its 20th anniversary of doing business in Russia. AmRusTrans, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lynden with offices in Moscow and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, has been operating in Russia since 1993. It offers shipping to, from and within Russia including air, ocean, rail, truck and barge capabilities.
“We are proud of our long-standing presence in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and look forward to serving our international customers in this region for many years to come,” says Lynden International President David Richardson. “We offer turn-key solutions for any transportation or logistics need and understand the unique challenges of doing business with government agencies, carriers and customers. Over two decades, we have honed our services, completed many projects and are now considered the experts in Russian transportation and logistics services.”
According to Pavel Mayorov, AmRusTrans Station Manager in Moscow, Lynden’s local service and knowledgeable staff set it apart from competitors. “Our team knows Russia’s business practices and government regulations, and we have established relationships with air, ocean and ground carriers and industry experts,” he explains. “We routinely coordinate air and ocean shipments from global locations to St. Petersburg and other points in Russia.”
Lynden serves a variety of industries – from retail to oil and gas – providing a wide range of expertise to, from, and within Russia and the CIS. Services include intra-country and international import and export services plus a staff well-versed in Russian documentation regulations. Lynden’s array of services, including moving heavy equipment, warehousing and cross-docking, help customers reduce the risk of delays and added expenses.
Alaska West Express has joined the SmartWay Transport Partnership. SmartWay is a collaboration between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and transportation companies to voluntarily improve fuel efficiency and reduce air pollution from freight transport. Partners with high scores are already utilizing most of the commercially available fuel saving strategies and evaluating the latest emerging technologies. Sister company Lynden Transport became the first Alaska trucking company to join SmartWay in 2008. Lynden companies LTI, Inc., Milky Way and Brown Line joined in 2010.
"Alaska West Express has been focused on efficient operations for many years as part of Lynden's overall Green Initiative. We are extremely proud to be recognized by the EPA as a SmartWay Transport Partner," says Alaska West Express President Scott Hicks. "Although we operate in very tough and harsh conditions we remain committed and focused on energy efficiency and air quality. We also understand and appreciate that our customers share this same commitment. Alaska West Express will continue to strive for clean operations on the road and at all of our locations." The company is now included on the SmartWay Partner List where it joins other transportation providers who are moving the freight industry forward to a more sustainable future.
Alaska West Express provides truckload transportation throughout the United States and Canada, specializing in heavy haul and bulk shipments to and from Alaska, where it is a leader in transporting liquid- and dry-bulk products, hazardous and non-hazardous chemicals and petroleum products. It is part of the Lynden family of companies, whose combined capabilities include: truckload and less-than-truckload freight to Alaska, scheduled and charter barges, rail barges, intermodal bulk chemical hauls, scheduled and chartered air freighters, domestic and international shipping via air and ocean forwarding, customs brokerage, trade show shipping, remote site construction, sanitary bulk commodities hauling, and multi-modal logistics. Lynden companies are repeat winners in the annual Quest for Quality customer service awards presented by Logistics Management magazine.
A massive D-10 was seen rolling into Fairbanks this summer atop an Alaska West Express lowboy. The Fort Knox Mine donated the 115,000-pound bulldozer to the University of Alaska for use in its diesel technician program, but the machine needed a lift from the mine to the university's diesel shop. Oversized loads are business as usual for Alaska West Express, so the company stepped in to help.
"Fort Knox has been hiring most employees from out of the state due to their experience with mining machinery," explains Brian Rencher, program director at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. "They approached us about donating a large piece of equipment to the university to familiarize our students with it and better prepare them for mining jobs here in the Fairbanks area. The good folks at Alaska West Express donated the transportation and the crew did an excellent job. The pilot cars and truck driver Brian Maiorano were organized and planned traffic perfectly to get the truck and trailer into our parking area with the large machine."
The dozer was first delivered to the Carlson Center in Fairbanks for a Chamber of Commerce display and was then transported to the university's deisel shop. "We fully support the university and its programs and are glad to help whenever we can," said Scott Hicks, Alaska West Express president.
Over the past six months, Guy Jansen has worked with Lynden Tank Company, Steven Blankenforth, Blue Star Welding, Maple Leaf Auto and the Lynden truck shop to restore an iconic Milky Way tractor and a set of double 2,800-gallon farm pickup milk tankers dating from the 1950's. The project was completed in time to join more than 700 antique trucks at the American Truck Historical Society Convention in Yakima, WA this spring.
"We plan to use #39 and its tankers #75B and #77B to support the agricultural communities in our service area by providing potable water and a hand-washing station at county fairs, FFA, 4-H, and similar events," said Milky Way President Brad Williamson. He encourages Lynden employees to think of otherways #39 can be used to support Lynden customers.
This 1956 single-ax Kenworth tractor and double single-axle tankers picked up milk at the Whatcom County dairy farms during the period when the industry was transitioning away from truck tanks to semi-trailers. Each single tanker picked up milk locally and was brought back to Lynden where they were trained up as a set of doubles and pulled through the Darigold plant in Lynden, WA to be topped off. They were then hooked to #39 to deliver full loads to Seattle area processors. Hub DeJong drove for Milky Way from 1949 to 1989 and spent many hours in the cab of #39. According to Guy, Hub and his family got a chance to see the restored rig and it brought back many fond memories.