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Lynden International appoints John Kaloper President

Posted on Tue, Dec 01, 2015

John KaloperLynden International, a full-service freight forwarding and logistics company, announces the appointment of John Kaloper as President. Kaloper succeeds David Richardson who retired Nov. 30 after 35 years with Lynden.

Kaloper began his career with Lynden International in 1984 as an account executive in the Seattle office. Over his 32 years with the company, John has served as district sales manager, regional manager, regional vice president and, most recently, Vice President of the company's America Division. His career has taken him on projects throughout Russia, Eastern Europe and Asia.

"John's three decades with the company, and his many leadership roles along the way, will serve him well as president," says Lynden Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Alex McKallor. "With his broad knowledge of both operations and sales, I am confident that he will continue to position Lynden International as a leader in the freight forwarding industry and ensure outstanding service to its customers."

Kaloper is a graduate of Central Washington University where he earned a degree in finance and business administration. Lynden International is part of the Lynden family of companies.

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Brown Line service inspires Chuckanut Bay Foods to create Vendor of the Year Award

Posted on Tue, Nov 17, 2015

Chuckanut Bay LogoBrown Line, LLC, an industry leader in temperature-controlled truck transport, was selected as the first Vendor of the Year by Chuckanut Bay Foods of Ferndale, WA. The family owned and operated boutique bakery features homegrown ingredients in its cheesecakes and other products. Brown Line provides truck transport of 180,000 pounds of Chuckanut’s temperature-sensitive cheesecake each month plus butter and cream cheese to grocery stores and food service companies in the Western U.S. and Canada.

Brown Line truck in tulip field“Brown Line’s exceptional level of service inspired Chuckanut Bay Foods to create a Vendor of the Year Award to recognize our partners for outstanding performance,” says Jenn Elmore, Sales Administrator. “We have consistently been impressed by the can-do attitude, quick response and support we receive daily from the entire Brown Line team. We decided to use this benchmark of service to begin recognizing others with the award each year.”

“The Brown Line team is honored to be selected as Chuckanut Bay Foods first Vendor of the Year. We appreciate the partnership that we have developed with Chuckanut Bay Foods since 2011 and look forward to contributing to the company’s ongoing success,” says Brown Line President Bill Johansen.

Brown Line is part of the Lynden family of companies.

Tags: Brown Line, Chuckanut Bay Foods, Vendor of the Year Award

U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Makes Special Appearance in Seattle on Nov. 7

Posted on Wed, Nov 04, 2015

U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Makes Special Appearance in Seattle on Nov. 7
“People’s Tree” Visits Lake Union Park on Historic Journey from Alaska to Washington D.C.

For more than 50 years, a tree has graced the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol for the holiday season. The Chugach National Forest in partnership with nonprofit Choose Outdoors is bringing the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree from Alaska to Washington, D.C. for the 2015 season, involving more than 10 communities along the way, including an appearance at Lake Union Park near the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) on Saturday, November 7 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree pulled by Lynden Transport truck(photo courtesy http://www.trackthetree.com/)

The tree was cut on Oct. 27 near Seward, Alaska, and prepared for the 4,000-mile expedition by land and sea. The tree left the Chugach National Forest driven by Lynden Transport’s nationally recognized driver John Schank and followed by a caravan of caretakers for the journey to the U.S. Capitol. Fifteen community celebrations are being planned throughout the tour, culminating with the official tree lighting in early December.

Kenworth Trucks and Lynden Transport are two area-based sponsors supporting the 2015 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree initiative. A specially decaled Kenworth T680 will transport this year’s U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree across the country with Lynden’s John Schank at the wheel. A 1924 Kenworth truck built at the company's first assembly plant in Seattle is on special loan from PACCAR and is on display at (MOHAI).Kenworth truck - U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree

The Nov. 7 festivities in Seattle will include the 2015 U.S. Capitol Christmas tree on display, the debut of the Kenworth T680 and Christmas-themed truck wrap, Lynden Transport’s 1954 truck museum, representatives from the U.S. Forest Service and Choose Outdoors, Smokey Bear and Sasha Salmon, and special performance by Alaska band, Blackwater Railroad. Activities are open to the public and free for all to enjoy. Attendees are encouraged to visit MOHAI following the event. “We are honored to be a part of this historic project,” says Paul Grimaldi, Lynden Transport President. “There is no one better to transport this precious cargo – the People’s Tree – than our veteran driver John Schank who has logged 37 years and 5 million miles on the road accident-free.”

Schank was recognized as the 2014 Driver of the Year by the Alaska Trucking Association (ATA) and received a letter of commendation from former Alaska Governor Sean Parnell for 37 years of accident-free driving over the treacherous Dalton Highway linking Fairbanks to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. Schank has logged 5 million miles on the highway – more than any other driver in history.

“This historic journey is only possible with the help of strong community partnerships throughout Alaska and beyond state lines,” said Bruce Ward, founder of Choose Outdoors. “We’re grateful for the time and resources Lynden Transport is providing to help make this the best tour to date.”

Associated costs are paid for in part by the U.S. Forest Service, while costs for the tree's transportation and special events are covered by in-kind services and donations from major 2015 supporters Lynden Transport, Shell, Alaska Airlines, Skybitz, Alaska Railroad, Alaska Crane, Granite Construction Company, ReThink Wood, Truckload Carriers Association, TOTE Maritime Alaska, Hale Trailer, Kenworth Truck Company and more.

For more information on the Seattle tour stop, visit www.mohai.org. For related news, events and tour information, and to track the tree cross-country, visit www.capitolchristmastree.com.

Tags: John Schank, Lynden Transport, Alaska, Capitol Christmas Tree

LTI, Inc. receives third consecutive EPA SmartWay Excellence Award

Posted on Mon, Oct 19, 2015

SmartWay logoLTI, Inc. and its Milky Way division received a third consecutive SmartWay Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA awards recognize the top one percent of SmartWay partners for superior environmental performance and leadership. LTI, Inc. earned a top score in the Tanker Fleet Category based on its exceptional fuel economy, payload, idle time and modern emissions equipment.

"We are extremely proud to receive a third Excellence Award from the EPA. Our entire team deserves credit for maintaining our high standards of productivity, efficiency and environmental stewardship," says LTI, Inc. President Jason Jansen. "We will continue our efforts to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions while serving our customers."

Milky WayLTI, Inc. was one of 39 truck carriers to receive this distinction, representing the best environmental performers of SmartWay's nearly 3,000 Partners. The carrier awardees were honored at American Trucking Associations Annual Management Conference & Exhibition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania today.

"EPA is pleased to honor these SmartWay Partners with a 2015 Excellence Award," said Chris Grundler, Director, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality. "SmartWay carriers work diligently to bring our families the goods we need each day, while contributing to a healthier, more sustainable future for our children."

LTI, Inc. specializes in the transport of liquid and dry bulk commodities, and its Milky Way division is a leading bulk milk hauler in the Pacific Northwest. The company uses the most efficient engines available, lightweight equipment with enhanced aerodynamics, automatic tire inflation systems and onboard computers to manage highway speed, progressive shifting, best routing options and idle times. Drivers are trained on these systems to better understand the impacts and effects while driving.

EPA's SmartWay Transport Partnership empowers businesses to move goods in the cleanest, most energy-efficient way possible, while protecting public health and reducing environmental impacts. Since 2004, SmartWay Partners have saved 144.3 million barrels of oil and $20.6 billion in fuel costs. SmartWay's clean air achievements (61.7 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, 1,070,000 tons of nitrogen oxides, and 43,000 tons of particulate matter emissions avoided) help to protect the well-being of citizens.

LTI, Inc./Milky Way became a SmartWay Transportation Partner in 2010. Sister company Lynden Transport became the first Alaska trucking company to join SmartWay in 2008, and Lynden companies Brown Line, LLC and Alaska West Express are also members.

Tags: LTI Inc., green Lynden, SmartWay certification, Milky Way, environmental efforts

Lynden Transport Driver John Schank to Drive the 2015 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree from Alaska to Washington, D.C.

Posted on Mon, Oct 19, 2015

John SchankFor more than 50 years, a tree has graced the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol for the holiday season. The Chugach National Forest in partnership with nonprofit Choose Outdoors will bring this special gift from Alaska to Washington, D.C. for the 2015 season with the help of Lynden Transport and its nationally recognized driver John Schank. This is the first time the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will come from Alaska.

The tree will be cut on Oct. 27 and begin its journey with a community celebration in Seward, Alaska before it is prepared for the 4,000-mile expedition by land and sea. With great fanfare, driver John Schank will leave the Chugach National Forest with the tree followed by a caravan of caretakers for the journey to the U.S. Capitol. Two community celebrations will take place in Anchorage at Cabela’s on Oct. 30 and Trick or Treat Street on Oct. 31.

The tree will then be loaded onto a Totem Ocean Trailer Express (TOTE) ship for the journey to Seattle. The Seattle celebration and tour kickoff will take place at the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) on Sat., Nov. 7. Schank will drive the tree to the event before heading east on the first leg of the Lower 48 tour. Community celebrations are being planned along the way, culminating with the official tree lighting in early December.

“There is no one better to transport this precious cargo – the People’s Tree – than our veteran driver John Schank,” says Lynden Transport President Paul Grimaldi. “Lynden is an Alaska-based company and our roots run deep in the state. We are proud to be entrusted with the delivery of the national Christmas tree and delighted to support the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree tour which provides communities with the opportunity to celebrate the spirit of the season. John will do a great job – just as he does every day he drives for Lynden.”

Schank was recognized as the 2014 Driver of the Year by the Alaska Trucking Association (ATA) and received a letter of commendation from former Alaska Governor Sean Parnell for 37 years of accident-free driving over the treacherous Dalton Highway linking Fairbanks to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. Schank has logged 5 million miles on the highway – more than any other driver in history.

Lynden Transport is a major sponsor of the project along with in-kind services, donations and overall support both locally and nationwide from Shell Oil, Alaska Airlines, Skybitz, Alaska Railroad, Alaska Crane, Granite Construction Company, ReThink Wood, Truckload Carriers Association, TOTE Maritime Alaska, Hale Trailer, Kenworth Truck Company and others.

“This historic journey is only possible with the help of strong community partnerships throughout Alaska and beyond state lines,” said Bruce Ward, founder of Choose Outdoors. “We’re grateful for the time and resources Lynden Transport is providing to help make this the best tour to date.”

For related news, events and tour information, and to track the tree cross-country, visit www.capitolchristmastree.com and on www.facebook.com/USCapitolChristmasTree.

Tags: John Schank, Lynden Transport, Alaska

Lynden Transport Driver John Schank to Drive the 2015 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree from Alaska to Washington, D.C.

Posted on Mon, Oct 19, 2015

John SchankFor more than 50 years, a tree has graced the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol for the holiday season. The Chugach National Forest in partnership with nonprofit Choose Outdoors will bring this special gift from Alaska to Washington, D.C. for the 2015 season with the help of Lynden Transport and its nationally recognized driver John Schank. This is the first time the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will come from Alaska.

The tree will be cut on Oct. 27 and begin its journey with a community celebration in Seward, Alaska before it is prepared for the 4,000-mile expedition by land and sea. With great fanfare, driver John Schank will leave the Chugach National Forest with the tree followed by a caravan of caretakers for the journey to the U.S. Capitol. Two community celebrations will take place in Anchorage at Cabela’s on Oct. 30 and Trick or Treat Street on Oct. 31.

The tree will then be loaded onto a Totem Ocean Trailer Express (TOTE) ship for the journey to Seattle. The Seattle celebration and tour kickoff will take place at the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) on Sat., Nov. 7. Schank will drive the tree to the event before heading east on the first leg of the Lower 48 tour. Community celebrations are being planned along the way, culminating with the official tree lighting in early December.

“There is no one better to transport this precious cargo – the People’s Tree – than our veteran driver John Schank,” says Lynden Transport President Paul Grimaldi. “Lynden is an Alaska-based company and our roots run deep in the state. We are proud to be entrusted with the delivery of the national Christmas tree and delighted to support the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree tour which provides communities with the opportunity to celebrate the spirit of the season. John will do a great job – just as he does every day he drives for Lynden.”

Schank was recognized as the 2014 Driver of the Year by the Alaska Trucking Association (ATA) and received a letter of commendation from former Alaska Governor Sean Parnell for 37 years of accident-free driving over the treacherous Dalton Highway linking Fairbanks to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. Schank has logged 5 million miles on the highway – more than any other driver in history.

Lynden Transport is a major sponsor of the project along with in-kind services, donations and overall support both locally and nationwide from Shell Oil, Alaska Airlines, Skybitz, Alaska Railroad, Alaska Crane, Granite Construction Company, ReThink Wood, Truckload Carriers Association, TOTE Maritime Alaska, Hale Trailer, Kenworth Truck Company and others.

“This historic journey is only possible with the help of strong community partnerships throughout Alaska and beyond state lines,” said Bruce Ward, founder of Choose Outdoors. “We’re grateful for the time and resources Lynden Transport is providing to help make this the best tour to date.”

For related news, events and tour information, and to track the tree cross-country, visit www.capitolchristmastree.com and on www.facebook.com/USCapitolChristmasTree.

Tags: John Schank, Lynden Transport, Alaska, Capitol Christmas Tree

Lynden International and Hermes Transport Logistics strengthen global networks with collaborative agreement

Posted on Wed, Sep 16, 2015

SEATTLE/HAMBURG – Lynden International, a full-service freight forwarding and logistics company, has entered into an exclusive agreement with its German partner Hermes Transport Logistics to strengthen the company’s services between North America and Germany. The two companies will focus on developing new business in Canada, the U.S., Mexico and Germany with a goal of providing both Lynden and Hermes customers an enhanced, premium service.

describe the image “Although Lynden and Hermes are based in different countries, we share the same corporate spirit and culture. This agreement will position both companies to enjoy greater successes and provide expanded services and products to our customers. The agreement strengthens Lynden’s capabilities in retail supply chain services, fulfillment and home delivery in new markets,” says Dave Richardson, Lynden International President.

“We are excited about the opportunities this agreement presents to us. Expanding our work with Lynden positions us as a stronger international logistics provider,” says Stephan Schiller, Hermes Managing Director of Sea and Air Freight.

Lynden International is one of the Lynden family of companies whose combined capabilities include worldwide air and ocean forwarding, third-party logistics, trade show shipping, shipping to Alaska, truckload and less-than-truckload transportation, scheduled barges to Alaska and Hawaii, charter barges, intermodal bulk chemical hauls, scheduled and chartered Hercules L-382 cargo aircraft and multi-modal logistics. Lynden International was just voted No. 1 among air freight forwarders in the annual Quest for Quality awards presented by Logistics Management magazine.

Hermes provides international logistics services to the retail industry. Headquartered in Hamburg, it is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Otto Group. The company is a leading specialist for retail-related services and partners with numerous sellers in Germany and internationally. The range of services provided by the 12 Hermes companies embraces the full length of the supply chain: sourcing, quality assurance, transport, fulfillment, home deliveries and two-man handling. In 2014 the Hermes Group grew consolidated revenue to 2.230 billion euros and increased the number of employees to 12,470. Hermes operates worldwide and has established country companies in the U.K., Russia, Italy and Austria.

Tags: Lynden International, international shipping, Hermes Transport Logistics

Lynden International and Hermes Transport Logistics strengthen global networks with collaborative agreement

Posted on Wed, Sep 16, 2015

SEATTLE/HAMBURG – Lynden International, a full-service freight forwarding and logistics company, has entered into an exclusive agreement with its German partner Hermes Transport Logistics to strengthen the company’s services between North America and Germany. The two companies will focus on developing new business in Canada, the U.S., Mexico and Germany with a goal of providing both Lynden and Hermes customers an enhanced, premium service.

“Although Lynden and Hermes are based in different countries, we share the same corporate spirit and culture. This agreement will position both companies to enjoy greater successes and provide expanded services and products to our customers. The agreement strengthens Lynden’s capabilities in retail supply chain services, fulfillment and home delivery in new markets,” says Dave Richardson, Lynden International President.

“We are excited about the opportunities this agreement presents to us. Expanding our work with Lynden positions us as a stronger international logistics provider,” says Stephan Schiller, Hermes Managing Director of Sea and Air Freight.

Lynden International is one of the Lynden family of companies whose combined capabilities include worldwide air and ocean forwarding, third-party logistics, trade show shipping, shipping to Alaska, truckload and less-than-truckload transportation, scheduled barges to Alaska and Hawaii, charter barges, intermodal bulk chemical hauls, scheduled and chartered Hercules L-382 cargo aircraft and multi-modal logistics. Lynden International was just voted No. 1 among air freight forwarders in the annual Quest for Quality awards presented by Logistics Management magazine.

Hermes provides international logistics services to the retail industry. Headquartered in Hamburg, it is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Otto Group. The company is a leading specialist for retail-related services and partners with numerous sellers in Germany and internationally. The range of services provided by the 12 Hermes companies embraces the full length of the supply chain: sourcing, quality assurance, transport, fulfillment, home deliveries and two-man handling. In 2014 the Hermes Group grew consolidated revenue to 2.230 billion euros and increased the number of employees to 12,470. Hermes operates worldwide and has established country companies in the U.K., Russia, Italy and Austria.

 

Tags: Lynden International, international shipping, Hermes Transport Logistics

Lynden Transport, Lynden International voted No. 1 in annual Quest for Quality Awards

Posted on Mon, Aug 17, 2015

Logistics Management coverLynden Transport and Lynden International earned first place in the Less-than-Truckload (LTL) regional carriers and Airfreight Forwarders categories in Logistics Management magazine’s 32nd annual Quest for Quality Awards. It is the third consecutive year Lynden Transport has taken the No. 1 spot. Lynden Transport received the highest rankings in the customer service, information technology and equipment & operations categories and topped all other overall weighted scores. Lynden International/Lynden Air Freight was rated highest in the value and equipment & operations categories and finished in first place among 23 service providers. Lynden Transport has earned 19 Quest for Quality Awards.

Each year, thousands of transportation and logistics customers are asked to evaluate service providers in the following categories: on-time performance, equipment & operations, value, information technology and customer service. This year the research group received 4,649 total responses. To be a “winner,” a company had to receive at least five percent of the category vote. The results provide customers with a definitive ranking of companies by category and those that finished above average.

“To be voted No. 1 by our customers for a third year is something to be Quest for Quality Logoproud of and affirmation that we are on the right track with our service, equipment and performance,” says Lynden Transport President Paul Grimaldi. “We face many regulatory and operational challenges in the LTL industry, but we pride ourselves on maintaining the Lynden brand of customer service no matter how tough the challenges and obstacles. This award truly belongs to our dedicated employees who work tirelessly to take good care of our customers.”

“The Quest for Quality Awards give us a real sense of how our customers perceive us. It is an award based strictly on service quality and is the only survey of its kind in the market. This makes our No. 1 ranking even more meaningful,” says Lynden International President Dave Richardson. “I am proud of our employees and the quality service we provide to customers day after day, year after year.”

According to editors at Logistics Management magazine, “This year our survey results yield 125 providers of transportation and logistics services that have received the ultimate vote of confidence, posting the highest scores across our lists of critical service criteria. Lynden Transport and Lynden International are among those who received the ultimate vote of confidence, posting the highest scores in their respective categories and overall.”

Since its creation in 1985, the Quest for Quality Awards program is widely recognized as the transportation industry’s most important measure of customer satisfaction and performance excellence. Voting is by invitation only and the voter must have had experience with that particular provider at some point over the past year.

Tags: Lynden International, Logistics Management magazine, Quest for Quality Award, Lynden Transport

Lynden named Green Supply Chain partner, Top 100 3PL for fifth consecutive year

Posted on Wed, Jul 22, 2015
Inbound Logistics Green Supply Chain Partner 2015

For the fifth consecutive year, the Lynden family of companies was named one of Inbound Logistics magazine’s annual Top 100 3PLs and 75 Green Supply Chain Partners. Lynden is profiled in the June issue of the magazine for “demonstrating its commitment to the environment and the global community year after year.” The Top 100 3PL list appears in the July issue and focuses on companies who are exceeding in meeting customers’ logistics needs.

“If you want your carbon footprint to be as small as possible, and your business to be sustainable, make sure you are doing business with supply chain partners like Lynden who are at the head of the pack,” says Felecia Stratton, Inbound Logistics Editor. Both lists are compiled by surveys and polls of supply chain professionals. Inbound Logistics’ annual 75 Green Supply Chain Partners (G75) showcases the top 75 companies that demonstrate green best practices in their supply chain, logistics and transportation operations. Editors examine corporate sustainability initiatives, collaborative customer-driven projects, and participation in public-private partnerships, then choose the G75 based on four benchmarks: Measurable green results, sustainability innovation, continuous improvement and industry recognition.

Top 100 3PLThe Top 100 3PL Providers list is the result of editors soliciting questionnaires from hundreds of 3PLs, detailing the services they provide and their expertise in warehousing, web services and vendor management. Lynden provides transportation, logistics and customs clearance for customers’ supply chain needs in the U.S. and Canada, including warehousing, distribution, return programs and raw materials handling.

“This ongoing recognition from our customers reinforces Lynden’s commitment to operate cost-effectively and efficiently while reducing the environmental impact where we do business. We are proud of our track record as a ‘green’ company and a leader among 3PL and we will continue to pioneer innovative solutions for our customers while offering the Lynden brand of outstanding customer service,” says Lynden President and CEO Jon Burdick.

Inbound Logistics is the leading trade magazine for 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 and supporting infrastructure.

Lynden Transport was the first Alaska-based transportation company to join the EPA’s SmartWay partnership in 2008 followed by Lynden companies Milky Way, LTI, Inc., Brown Line and Alaska West Express. LTI, Inc. has received a SmartWay Excellence Award for the past two years. Lynden was recognized by Alaska’s Green Star program for environmental stewardship beginning in 2009, becoming Alaska’s first trucking company to earn the award. Lynden’s environmental policy calls for meeting or exceeding environmental regulations, maximizing fuel efficiency, and monitoring and guarding against accidents, emissions and avoidable pollution.

Tags: Inbound Logistics' Top 100 3PL Providers, green Lynden, Green Supply Chain Partner, environmental efforts, Inbound Logistics

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