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Employee ideas save energy and reduce waste

Posted on Tue, Feb 28, 2012

Last year, Lynden’s Green Team once again asked employees for their ideas for Lynden to be "leaner and greener."  The Green Team received more than 100 responses and many ideas have already been put into action.

New paperless processes are available due to employee suggestions. For example, Lynden's IT group has improved systems to upload electronic images eliminating the need to print and then scan.  Lynden Transport and LTI, Inc. are testing electronic-logs to replace paper time cards, and Lynden Transport is testing the use of handheld devices to collect signatures electronically rather than using paper driver records. Lynden International has reduced its greenbar paper waste by 40 percent by changing to electronic reports and eliminating unnecessary prints with their General Office is saving roughly 180,000 sheets of paper and $6,000 per year.

Lynden Recycle LogoThere were a number of recommendations to provide extended training for use of the paperless EZ commerce system. As a result, a Learning Management System (LMS) training piece is currently under development to teach sales, customer service and accounting employees how to help our customers use the EZ commerce. 

Energy efficiency was a top priority for employees who responded to the survey. Between 2008 and 2010, nine Lynden locations invested in energy efficiency upgrades such as lighting, motion sensors, dock seals and fans. Together, these investments are saving nearly 1,000 megawatts of electricity, 25,000 therms of natural gas, 415 metric tons of CO2, and over $100,000 per year in energy costs. Lynden Transport's Fife Service Center recently replaced high pressure sodium lights with energy efficient LED lights, and upgrades are underway at Anchorage's South Air Park facility.  Also in 2011, Alaska Hovercraft in Bethel, Alaska Marine Trucking in Juneau, and Lynden Transport in Fairbanks conducted energy audits to identify top priorities for energy efficiency.

Lynden employees asked for recycling at locations where it was not yet available. Recycling programs are now in place at all 60 Lynden locations. Lynden recycles items that are accepted locally as well as toxic items like batteries, fluorescent lights and ink cartridges.  In remote locations in Alaska, the Lynden system is used to backhaul items to locations where they can be recycled. 

Visit Lynden's Environmental Stewardship webpage to learn more about Lynden's green efforts!

Tags: EZ Commerce, energy efficiency, Green Initiative Team, recycling, environmental efforts

Alaska Marine Trucking first Green Star certified business in Juneau

Posted on Thu, Feb 23, 2012

Alaska Marine Trucking is Juneau's first Green Star Award business.  Employees worked hard to complete all 10 standards to achieve the Green Star Award, including adding the Green Star policy to the environmental policy statement in the employee handbook. Other efforts include replacing paper coffee cups with ceramic mugs, offering bio-friendly water bottles to reduce paper cup use, encouraging double-sided copying and improving fuel efficiency for vehicles through maximizing payloads and eliminating unnecessary weight. PeopleNet on-board computers monitor truck speed, shifting and idle time. Employees also participated in energy audits, implemented a company-recycling program, and removed lighting from vending machines to cut down on unnecessary energy use. “Alaska Marine Trucking has blazed a trail in Juneau for efficient and energy-wise business practices," says Christina Grande, Community Outreach & Communications Coordinator for Green Star in Anchorage.

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From left: Green Star's Kim Kovol and Randy Virgin, Alaska Marine Trucking's Bill Merk and Lynden Inc.'s Anna Deal with the Green Star certificate at the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

Tags: Alaska Marine Trucking, green Lynden, efficiency, Green Star certificate, environmental efforts, Juneau

The 2012 Jr. Iditarod is coming soon!

Posted on Tue, Feb 21, 2012

Jr. Iditarod LogoLynden is a proud sponser of the 2012 Jr. Iditarod race in Alaska, this year beginning February 25th in Wasilla on Knik Lake. The 12 young mushers (ages fourteen to seventeen) will travel from the starting point to Eagle Song lodge for a checkpoint and then to the Yetna Station turnaround point, where they lay over for 10 hours before heading back towards the finish line in Willow. The journey will total approximately 150 miles, regardless of weather and/or trail conditions.

Lynden awards scholarships to the top five finishers and to the winners of the Rookie of the Year and Sportsmanship Awards. Lynden employees are familiar faces at Alaska sled dog races, volunteering as race announcers, caring for the dog teams and lending other support.

Jeremiah with dogs Jeremiah Klejka was the winner of the 2011 Jr. Iditarod race (pictured above).

View photos of past events, find more information on this year's race, and help us support these young mushers by becoming a "fan" of the Jr. Iditarod Facebook Page! More information is also available on the Jr. Iditarod website.

Tags: Lynden employees, Jr. Iditarod, Alaska

A new Lynden company and airline is born: LAC PNG takes flight

Posted on Thu, Feb 16, 2012

Group shot in PNGThis past year the Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Papua New Guinea issued an Air Operator Certificate to Lynden Air Cargo (PNG) Ltd., creating the world’s newest airline. After nearly two years of hard work by Lynden Air Cargo employees, the company is operational.

“The first run was crewed by Captain Steve Thompson, First Officer Craig Breitung, Flight Engineer Paul Krawchuck and Loadmaster Dan Marshall with support from Mechanics Ken Horwood and Stewart McArvail.  There was no time wasted afterward in loading the aircraft for its first revenue flight under the P2 flag,” says Lynden Air Cargo President Judy McKenzie.

Lynden’s presence in Papua New Guinea began with a project in 2010, operating under another Papua New Guinea airline’s certificate. Lynden’s Hercules moved supplies into the jungle terrain.

“On my first trip to Papua New Guinea in March Ethan Bradford2010, I never imagined we would be starting a new airline there, nor that I would return there four times within 20 months,” says Vice President of Maintenance Paul Willing. “By late September 2010, with Greg Vaughan onboard as our PNG knowledge resource, it became clear we would need to start our own airline.”

As one of the world’s most regulated industries, the challenge was huge. In the U.S. it can now take up to three years to certify an airline. Adding to the challenge was the requirement to learn an entirely new set of aviation regulations and develop a working relationship with a new regulatory agency. Opportunities in Papua New Guinea have been compared to those in the Alaska of 40 years ago.

Paul, along with LAC PNG President Greg Vaughan, Captain and LAC PNG Director of Flight Operations Kevin Ruane and Manager of Technical Services Ethan Bradford, was in Papua New Guinea during August finalizing the operating certificate.

Lynden is still supporting the project on the island, but now has the potential for mining project support and other development projects Paul Willing, Greg Vaughan and John Bromley   LAC PNG(web) resized 600plus outsized cargo service within Papua New Guinea. The new company has an office and maintenance base at Nadzab Airport in Lae, which was one of the major World War II battles. The Lae operation is supported by Greg, Kevin, Paul and Ethan,  Jeff Pull, Director of Quality Control, Anthony Knapp, Director of Safety, and Chris Caden, Head of Training and Checking.

“This is a significant achievement that came with great sacrifice over a long period of time, including long work hours due to different time zones and project needs, changing interpretations,  application of regulations, and so much more,” Judy explains. “The creation of LAC PNG was a true team effort and a huge milestone for Lynden.”

Tags: Lynden Air Cargo PNG, Papua New Guinea, New Airline

Milky Way takes second place in Sunnyside Lighted Parade

Posted on Tue, Feb 14, 2012

Going on its 23rd year, Sunnyside's Annual Lighted Farm Implement Parade is one of the top 10 lighted Christmas parades in the U.S.  LTI, Inc.’s Sunnyside crew entered a lighted truck for the first time in 10 years and took second place. Office Manager Barb Kluever offered a small prize for the design, and Mechanic Juan Romero and Wash Bay Attendant Luis Solis came up with a plan and prepared the truck for the parade.  Barb and her daughter Megan helped string 10,000 lights with the help of other volunteers. “We had the truck/float in four lighted parades throughout the valley,” Barb says. “The community was very excited to see it and we received many compliments. “ Juan purchased a Santa suit and drove the truck in the parade accompanied by Luis who was dressed as an elf.  “They were great with the kids and the community loved them,” Barb says. “I was very proud to be part of it.”

Lighted Milky Way truck

Tags: LTI Inc., Milky Way, Lynden employees, Sunnyside Lighted Parade, LTII Sunnyside

LTI, Inc. sets record in Sunnyside

Posted on Thu, Feb 09, 2012

During late 2011, in the midst of the already busy harvest season, LTI, Inc. Sunnyside service center set a new line-haul record. In a single day, drivers hauled 42 loads of milk, 13 loads of milk product and 24 loads of wine. “Drivers and equipment from other regions of the company assisted Sunnyside in a tremendous display of teamwork to serve our customers during the period,” says LTI, Inc. President Brad Williamson.

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Tags: LTI Inc., Sunnyside, line-haul record

Lynden Transport distributes Freddy's Coats for Kids throughout Alaska

Posted on Tue, Feb 07, 2012

Lynden is known for supporting the President Jim Beck speakscommunities where it does business and Lynden Transport got a chance to illustrate this last month by partnering with customer Fred Meyer in a unique program to keep Alaska children warm this winter. Alaska Governor Sean Parnell and Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan were on hand for a press event last December at the Salvation Army warehouse to kick off an event to give away $100,000 worth of coats to kids throughout Alaska. Freddy’s Coats for Kids is a unique partnership between Fred Meyer, the Salvation Army and Lynden Transport. Fred Meyer is donating 10,000 coats and 2,000 pair of snow pants, the Salvation Army is finding children in Alaska who need them most and Lynden Transport is donating the transportation of the clothing from the Fred Meyer warehouse in Chehalis, WA to Anchorage, the Mat-Su Valley, Fairbanks, Kenai and Juneau. “This is a very worthy cause and helped a lot of Alaska's needy children. Fred Meyer asked for our help with their project and, like a good neighbor, we answered the call,” says Jim Beck, President of Lynden Transport.

(Above): Lynden Transport President Jim Beck speaking at the press conference in the Salvation Army warehouse. Left to right, Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan, his wife Lynnette, Sandy Parnell next to her husband Gov. Sean Parnell and Major George Barker, head of the Alaska Salvation Army.

Tags: Community Service, Governor Sean Parnell, Salvation Army, Lynden Transport

Brown Line receives Safety Award from WTA

Posted on Fri, Feb 03, 2012

The Washington Trucking Association (WTA) recently presented Brown Line with the Common Carrier Fleet Safety of the Year Award for 2011. The award is based on a carrier’s accident rates, driver training, safety programs and Receiving awardvehicle maintenance. In addition to the yearly safety award, Brown Line Safety Director Bill Smith was recognized as one of the latest WTA members to become a Certified Safety Director through the North American Transportation Management Institute (NATMI ).

Brown Line is headquartered in Mount Vernon, WA and provides temperature controlled truck transport throughout the U.S and Canada. Bill is pictured holding the two awards with Captain Groondell from the Washington State Patrol and Kevin Skow of Great West Casualty.

Tags: Washington Trucking Association, safety awards, Brown Line

Historic steam engine returns home to Alaska

Posted on Wed, Feb 01, 2012

A piece of Alaska railroad history is now back where it belongs. In December, #557, the last operating steam locomotive in the state, made the journey from a museum in Moses Lake, WA to Seattle where it rode an Alaska Marine Lines barge to Whittier. From there it was off-loaded on a flatbed train car to ride the rails to Anchorage (watch the news video) where it now awaits renovation for its next life with the Alaska Railroad.

The story of the 160,000-pound #557 rides the railslocomotive began in 1944 when it was built for the US Army Transportation Corps and then diverted to Alaska to pull trains for the Alaska Railroad. Old photos show the engine pulling passenger trains from the Anchorage depot to Seward in the 1950s and idling at the roundhouse. It made its last run in 1957 to the state fair in Palmer.

It was finally sold for scrap. Monte Holm, a well-known local and scrap dealer in Moses Lake, WA, purchased the engine from a steel dealer in Everett, WA in 1964. He kept it at his House of Poverty Museum which showcased railroad-related items and was a tribute to his years of riding the rails as a hobo. According to his grandsons, Monte would run the engine through town pulling local residents and even a few visiting dignitaries in an old rail car that was used by Presidents Woodrow Wilson and Harry Truman.

When Monte died in 2006, personal friend Vic Jansen stepped in. Vic and Jim Jansen purchased the engine and decided to donate it to the Alaska Railroad.

#557 arrives"The best thing about the donation of the engine back to the Alaska Railroad is that it will be put back into service for people to ride and enjoy,” Vice says. The Jansens only request was that the engine be restored and operating within eight years and that Monte's relatives be allowed to ride it for free - forever.

“557 is a significant piece of the Alaska Railroad's history and of Alaska's history as well,” said ARRC President and CEO Chris Aadnesen. "We look forward to working with the volunteers and charitable organizations that will be the front line in getting 557 back on the tracks. It is important to us that we make the wishes of Mr. Holm and the Jansens a reality.”  A plaque will be mounted on the engine honoring Monte's efforts to save it from the salvage yard. 

Tags: Lynden, Historic steam engine, Alaska Marine Lines, Monte Holm, Alaska Railroad, Alaska

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