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Lynden brings Lost Heroes Quilt to Hawaii

Posted on Thu, Oct 28, 2010

Earlier this year, Lynden International helped bring a special piece of art honoring men and women killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to Honolulu. The Lost Heroes Art Quilt is traveling the United States and made a stop in Honolulu in July. The quilt pays homage to fallen American soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan since Sept. 11, 2001. Created by artist Julie Chaleff Feingold, the quilt consists of squares honoring a fallen soldier from each of the 50 states who represents all of the soldiers who have lost their lives. In all, 82 military members are represented on the quilt with childhood photos and dates of service.

Group photo
(From left: Chris Palmer, Libby Lee-Hobbs, Artist Julie Feingold, Major General Robert Lee, Gold Star Mother Nancy Hecker, and Ken Hodges)

Army Corporal Kyle Ka’eo Fernandez is Hawaii’s soldier honored on the quilt. Hawaii’s Lost Heroes were honored and their families recognized at a ceremony held in the state capitol featuring several speakers including the artist and Lt. Governor James Aiona. 

Lynden and its airline partner, American Airlines, donated the shipping of the quilt from Alexandria, VA, to Honolulu. Ken Hodges, Honolulu Operations Manager, attended the ceremony with District Manager Chris Palmer and Libby Lee-Hobbs of American Airlines. “It was very moving,” Ken says. “It was also an eye-opener for me because it makes you realize the true sacrifice these people make to defend their country.” For more information about the quilt, visit www.heart2hand4art.com/lostheroesartquilt

Quilt close up

Tags: Lynden International, Lost Heroes Quilt, Hawaii

Lynden Transport named a Top 100 Motor Freight Carrier

Posted on Mon, Oct 25, 2010

Lynden Transport was selected as an Inbound Logistics Top 100 Motor Freight Carrier for 2010. This year was particularly challenging for the editorial staff as they had to select 100 trucking leaders from more than 250 companies that submitted their credentials. The Top 100 list appeared in the September issue of Inbound Logistics.

Top 100 Motor Carrier - Lynden Transport

“The Top 100 Motor Carriers list is a good place for transportation buyers to shift gears, slow down, and take a look at a group of truckers that are paving the road for innovation,” explains Inbound Logistics magazine Editor Felecia Stratton. “We pared this year’s roster from a huge pool of companies, evaluating surveys, conducting online research, and talking with truckers and shippers. Readers use this directory to find carrier partners that will put their company in the driver’s seat.” 


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Lynden Transport was also recently voted the Top LTL Carrier for the Western Region by Logistics Management magazine. Lynden Transport is an industry leader in trucking to Alaska, from Alaska and within Alaska, as well as the Lower 48.

Lynden has been named the 7th top business in Alaska by Alaska Business Monthly.

Tags: Top 100 Motor Freight Carrier, trucking to Alaska, Trucking, Inbound Logistics, Lynden Transport

Trucking a 75,000 lb spool? All in a day's work.

Posted on Tue, Oct 12, 2010

This 75,000-pound tubing spool is headed north on the Dalton Highway via Alaska West Express. According to Project Specialist Steve Willford, this particular spool for customer Nabors Drilling was lighter than usual.

Nabors Drilling spool

The larger tubing spools are 15 feet in diameter and range in weight from 55,000 to 90,000 pounds, depending on the type of tubing. Alaska West Express has moved specialized coils, both on round spools and on more specialized work reels, with weights ranging from 100,000 to 120,000 pounds. The heavier spools are transported on lowboys with additional axles to distribute the weight.

 “We regularly haul tubing spools that come into our yard on rail cars. They are unloaded and stored for transport to the North Slope as needed,” he explains. “Our primary customer is Schlumberger, but we also have occasional spools that belong to Nabors Drilling.”

The smaller tubing spools measure 135 inches in diameter and weigh 40,000 to 45,000 pounds. “This is just another day’s work for most of our yard workers and drivers,” Steve says. “This is the type of service we provide our customers on an everyday basis.”

Tags: Heavy Haul, Haul Road, Alaska West Express, oversize shipping, shipping in Alaska, Dalton Highway, Alaska, oversize freight

Photos from the annual company picnic

Posted on Tue, Oct 05, 2010

“Although it rained the whole day, the cedar trees in the picnic area provided some cover for most of the attendees. We had around 900 people which is in line with what we have had in the past,” says Lynden Picnic Co-coordinator Kevin DeKoster of LTI, Inc. “Considering the weather I was somewhat amazed at this year’s turnout.” Those 900 people consumed 1,200 rolls, 1,000 ears of corn (husked by LTI, Inc. and Milky Way drivers, Lynden Tank welders and LTI, Inc. shop maintenance personnel) and 1,200 servings of beans and salad.  Employees from all over the country come together each year in Lynden, WA to celebrate with co-workers, family and friends.

Here are some scenes from this year’s event:

Salmon prep
LTI, Inc. Director of Safety and Compliance Jeff Kok begins preparations for over 400 pounds of salmon with Hank Jansen’s “secret” sauce to be added later. Jeff arrived around 8 a.m. and had four helpers to cook the fish.


BBQ at the picnic
Doug Gustafson (in cowboy hat and apron) showed up at 3 a.m. to barbecue almost 450 pounds of beef in an open fire pit. He is assisted by two Lynden Lions Club volunteers also wearing red aprons. Doug has been a part of Lynden picnics for more than 30 years.


Kids money hunt
Retired LTI, Inc. Driver Jack Bostwick (center in red sweater) volunteered as supervisor of the balloon stomp and money hunt.

Tags: Lynden, Lynden employees, company picnic

Lynden teams wrestle pigs at Jerome County Fair in Idaho

Posted on Fri, Oct 01, 2010

LTI, Inc. drivers in Jerome, Idaho held their own with some wily pigs at the Jerome County Fair. The Moo Crew of Josh Gailey, George Dennis, Jason Kiser and Cesar Espino competed against 70 other teams to wrestle a pig into a 50-gallon barrel inside a muddy pen. See this spectacle for yourself, watch the video!

Jerome County Fair - LTI pig wrestlers video

The Lynden team appears in green shirts 20 seconds into the clip.

LTI, Inc. also sponsored two children’s teams. Office Clerk Nichol Harris’ daughter Izabelle was a member of the Mini Moo Crew, made up of 6 and 7 year olds, and the Junior Moo Crew was for 12 and 13 year olds. Josh and Cesar have pig wrestled the past two years at the fair. Cesar’s son Eli participated on a separate team which took first place. An article about the event appeared in the Jerome newspaper the Magic Valley Times News.

Jerome County Fair - Lynden pig wrestlers
The Moo Crew: Josh Gailey, George Dennis, Jason Kiser and Cesar Espino

Tags: Jerome County Fair, LTI Inc., Milky Way, Lynden employees

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