Lynden Transport's former employee, Jaapje Kukors, has a daughter who is competing in the 2012 Summer Olympic games in London. Ariana Kukors, born and raised in Auburn, Washington, has reached the finals in the Women's 200m Individual Medley. She swims for a chance at gold at 12:43 pm (Pacific) today, July 31st. View the schedule and more details here:
Ariana missed an Olympic opportunity in 2008 when she finished third during trials, but this year she made her first Olympic appearance in London. Ariana is the world record holder in the 200 IM (time of 2:06.15, set in 2009, Rome).
Jaapje has raised three daughters, all who were college swimmers. "It's always been a sisters thing," said Jaapje, "You mess with one of them, you mess with all of them. That's just the way it's been."
Lynden wishes Ariana and her family the best of luck at the Olympics games in London. To read more on Ariana Kukors and her family please follow the links below.
Photo Credits: TeamUSA.com and Matt Ryerson/US Presswire
"Auburn's Kukors reaches 200 IM final at London Games"
"Ariana Kukors earns spot in London Olympics in 200 individual medley"
"With Family by her side, Kukor wins"
"Catching up with Ariana Kukors after winning Olympic berth"
Lynden International Business Development Manager Ken Davis is fond of telling customers “Never walk away from a project. There is always someone that can help.” That someone is usually Lynden. Ken and Sheila Culwell at the Boston office and LaDonna Blackwell in Houston stepped in to help an Iowa manufacturer with an oversized international shipment.
"They had gone to other transportation companies and they just couldn’t produce the results,” Ken says. The customer needed to move a huge mold to their plant in China from the Iowa facility. “With our experience moving oil equipment of odd sizes I knew we had the knowledge and contacts to get the job done,” Ken explains. “The crate was 132-feet-long and weighed 20,000 pounds. That meant a special flatbed trailer with permits and routes mapped out. That is not something that you normally drive through a city!”
Ken and LaDonna mapped out the route, picked up the shipment in Iowa and trucked it to the Port of Houston where it was loaded onto a breakbulk carrier into Taicang, China. The ship sailed in April and the mold arrived in Shanghai in May.
Earlier this year Lynden Air Cargo PNG completed their 1,500th flight into the Highlands of Papua New Guinea as they continue to deliver cargo in support of the PNG LNG gas development project. “This is an extraordinary achievement,” says Lynden Air Cargo (PNG) President Greg Vaughan. “There are not many in the industry who could deliver 1,500 loads into a remote place like Tari and do it safely and reliably. Congratulations to the crews on a job well done.” Lynden uses three of its Lockheed L-382 Hercules aircraft to fly machinery, equipment and supplies from Nadzab Airport in Lae to the remote Highlands for the Project.
Lynden Transport and Alaska West Express drivers took the top three spots in the Alaska Trucking Association’s 13th Annual Truck Driving Championship in Anchorage in May of this year. Alaska West Express Driver Brian Ambrose earned first place overall followed by Steve Daugherty and Russ Cox of Lynden Transport. All three drivers are eligible to compete in the national competition in Minneapolis.
“We cleaned up,” says Richard Hennigan, Lynden Transport Health and Safety Supervisor. “We are proud of all 11 Lynden drivers who participated.” Drivers are required to complete an obstacle course, a written exam and perform a pre-trip inspection as part of the competition. In addition to taking the top three overall trophies, drivers placed in the following categories: Brian, first place, sleeper truck; Russ, first place, and Brian Aszmus (Lynden Transport) third place, 5-axle van; Steve, first place, 3-axle; and Jack Sorensen (Lynden Transport), second place, flatbed.
“I was on my game this year,” Brian says of his win. “I did better on the driving course than I ever have.” With 12 years of driving in Alaska and a previous trip to nationals in 2010, he says he knows what to expect in August. “It’s a huge step up from the state competition. I will be studying and practicing to prepare between now and then. I set a very high standard for myself.”
In addition to Brian’s first-place finish, one of the highlights of the day was Alaska West Express Driver Kenny Seipel winning the Old Geezer Award in Lynden’s original tractor-trailer Old No. 27. “He strong-armed the old girl to 180 points which was amazing,” says Scott Hicks, Vice President of Operations at Alaska West Express. “We have phenomenal drivers. The Lynden companies definitely have bragging rights this year.”
Pictured above (from left) with Old No. 27: Kenny Seipel, Jim Jansen, Brian Ambrose, Jack Sorensen, Russ Cox and Steve Daugherty
A sure sign of spring in Alaska is when the world-renowned Copper River Salmon season begins in mid-May. Alaska Marine Lines, along with other Lynden companies, plays a big part in bringing this fish to market via its well-placed Cordova Service Center. This year is no different as Alaska Marine Lines helped coordinate the move of a 66-foot-long, 17-foot-wide and 13-foot-high ice barge for Copper River Seafoods in Cordova. “The barge was originally supposed to come up the Duwamish River in Seattle and be craned from the water, but due to a backlog of work at the Port Townsend Shipyard, it had to be trucked to us in the middle of the night,” explains Account Representative Patrick Crosby. “Our yard crew craned the barge to a 53-foot platform and then set about fashioning a cradle to support the barge for its 1,400-mile-plus trip to Cordova via Whittier.” The platform was then placed on a chassis so it could be moved on and off the barge. Copper River will use the barge in Prince William Sound to hold and deliver ice to the fisherman to keep their catch of salmon cool and fresh.
Above: Ryan Tranholt (left) and Mana Mitchell maneuver the ice barge at the Seattle yard.
Lynden International, a full-service freight forwarding and logistics company, opened a new service center in San Francisco in June. The new office is managed by District Manager Chuck Paterson and adds a key Northern California location to Lynden's domestic network.
"We have served the California market for many years, and we are excited to offer San Francisco customers the benefits and capabilities of Lynden's worldwide forwarding and logistics network," says Mike Nagle, Lynden International Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
"Our new office is in a great location," notes Paterson. "It is only three miles from the San Francisco International Airport and offers warehouse space for customers. We will focus on San Francisco's IT, biotech and pharmaceutical industries as well as other businesses in the area."
Paterson is a 28-year veteran of the transportation industry. Prior to joining Lynden, he held key positions with DB Schenker and BAX Global. Lynden International's office is located at 268 Lawrence Avenue in South San Francisco.
Lynden International is one of the Lynden family of companies whose combined capabilities include: worldwide air and ocean forwarding, international shipping, freight shipping and 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. Lynden International was voted top forwarder in the 2011 Quest for Quality Awards presented by Logistics Management magazine.