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Lynden marks Earth Day by introducing more fuel-efficient equipment

Posted on Thu, Apr 26, 2012

Lynden celebrated the 42nd anniversary of Earth Day this month by continuing its environmental sustainability efforts. The Lynden family of transportation companies has been an industry leader in reducing its carbon footprint including recent design changes in its truck fleet that have improved fuel economy by 23 percent.

"Earth Day is a perfect time to reflect on the many ways Lynden is committed to protecting the environments where we do business. We were working 'green' before it became so popular," says Alex McKallor, Chief Operating Officer for Lynden Inc. "From innovative containers to equipment that requires less fuel and reduces harmful pollutants, we are constantly searching for ways to save energy and use resources efficiently. Our culture of innovation and efficiency is in harmony with our commitment to reduce waste and be a model of environmental stewardship."

Lynden was the first transportation company in Alaska to gain SmartWay certification from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and to earn the state's Green Star Award. It is on the list of Inbound Logistics' Green Supply Chain Partners and, in 2008, Lynden launched a Green Initiative stating its goals and asking employees for ideas on how to operate 'leaner and greener.' Many of these suggestions have been implemented.

Most recently, Lynden company Brown Line LLC introduced an aerodynamic tractor-trailer design with side skirts and roof fairings that improved fuel economy. The design, plus other changes such as driver training, reducing speeds and new engines and tires, has helped Brown Line drastically reduce fuel consumption and emissions by nearly 25 percent.

In addition to its own green efforts, Lynden supports local organizations in their environmental programs. Lynden transports recyclable paper from Anchorage to Seattle for Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling (ALPAR) and moves aluminum cans from Cordova to Anchorage for recycling in support of Cordova High School's fundraising program. Lynden Air Cargo participates in a back haul program for the Yukon River Tribal Watershed Council to help clean up Alaska's village communities and Alaska Marine Lines transports gillnets for recycling in Cordova.

For more information on Lynden's environmental policy and programs, visit www.lynden.com/about/green/stewardship.html. Lynden is a family of companies offering truckload and less-than-truckload freight to Alaska, 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.

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No space? No problem. Lynden secures flight for urgent shipment

Posted on Wed, Apr 25, 2012

Lynden International Account Executive Nanci Ruese and International Manager Colleen Fort averted a crisis for a mining customer last year when a scheduled flight to move oversized magnetic separators from Birmingham, U.K. to Vancouver, B.C. stalled. The flight was overbooked and suddenly there was no space available to the shipper.

Nanci Ruese with oversized drums in Seattle warehouse(web) resized 600“Three huge drums needed to go to a manufacturing plant in Vancouver for customization and then on to the mine in Platinum, AK,” explains Colleen. “The mine was shut down waiting for these parts.” Nanci and Colleen “beat the bushes” to find another flight and the drums were soon on their way to Seattle. “Talk about heavy,” Nanci says of the 81,000-pound load, “even the forklifts were complaining!”   

From Seattle, the drums moved to B.C. via truck and on to the mine in Alaska after customization. “We actually feel our clients’ pain in these situations,” says Colleen. “Forwarders can step in and protect shippers’ interests, and we were happy to do so in this case.”

Photo: Lynden International Account Executive Nanci Ruese is dwarfed by the crate containing 81,000 pound magnetic separators bound for a mine in Alaska.

 

Tags: Lynden International, air freight, oversize freight

Milky Way begins milk pickup in Montana

Posted on Thu, Apr 19, 2012

Milky Way/LTI, Inc. began farm pickup operations for 32 Darigold farms in Montana on Jan. 1. The farms and newly hired drivers are located around Bozeman and Missoula. Some of the milk will be delivered to Darigold in Bozeman and some will be delivered a longer distance to Spokane, Jerome and Billings. “I would like to welcome Gear Lemon and Brandon Barnez back to the Lynden family of companies. These two men worked for Dairy Express in Montana in the 1990s,” says Brad Williamson, LTI, Inc. President.


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Tags: LTI Inc., Milky Way, Montana

Lynden Transport named 2011 Company of the Year

Posted on Tue, Apr 17, 2012

Lynden Transport was honored in January by the Tacoma Transportation Club as the 2011 Company of the Year for its accomplishments in transportation sustainability. “We are honored to be recognized with this award and will continue to serve the industry with outstanding customer service, on-time deliveries, leading-edge technology and the highest standards of safety,” says Lynden Transport President Jim Beck, pictured below accepting the award with Mike Oliver.

Lynden Transport - Company of the Year for 2011

Tags: 2011 Company of the Year, Tacoma Transportation Club, Lynden Transport

Lynden International opens new office in Belgium

Posted on Thu, Apr 12, 2012

Lynden International (BE)

This February, Lynden International enhanced its European network with the opening of a new service center in Brussels, Belgium, operating under a new company, Lynden International (BE). “We are very excited about this opportunity to introduce the Lynden International name and brand to the Western European market,” says Lynden International President David Richardson. “We have had an agent presence in Belgium for years and understand the local demographics and business needs, but now we are offering our customers even greater opportunities and improved services.” The new location adds a key strategic link to Lynden’s global network and will help meet the increasing demand for transportation and logistics services in Belgium’s medical, pharmaceutical and other growth industries. The new service center is located in Brucargo at the cargo terminal of Brussels International Airport.

 

Tags: Lynden International, Lynden International (BE), Belgium

Lynden companies transport wrecked plane from Alaska to Nevada

Posted on Tue, Apr 10, 2012

Add a six-seat Eclipse 500 business jet to the list of unusual items that have flown inside Lynden Air Cargo’s Hercules. The C-130 was put into service last year when a private aircraft was damaged upon landing in Nome, AK.

“The owner needed to get it out of that remCrate in Herculesote spot and down to a repair facility in Henderson, NV,” explains Lynden Air Cargo Sales Manager Bob Barndt.

After investigating a complicated barge route to transport the plane south, Glenn Austin, Director of Quality at the repair shop VNE Jet, Inc., contacted Lynden seeking alternatives. “We had a short window of time to disassemble the plane and design and build a custom crate to transport the disassembled aircraft parts,” Glenn says. “Weight and dimensions were major concerns as well as protecting the aircraft from the environment and added damage.”

Bob and Glenn devised a plan to fly the crated Eclipse to Anchorage via Lynden Air Cargo then transfer it to a Lynden Transport van for a dedicated ride down to Nevada.  Lynden crews carefully loaded and unloaded the 8,600-pound crate via forklift at each transfer point: Nome, Anchorage and Henderson.

Glenn has heard a few horror stories of Ike with crated airplaneaircraft that were repairable only to be destroyed in recovery shipping. “We have scheduled multiple aircraft transports in the past and have a track record of never adding damage, so we were very concerned when choosing a carrier,” he says. “When we uncrated the aircraft, it was great to see that it fared well without even a scratch. We were very happy with Lynden’s service.”

VNE designed the 8x8x32-foot Eclipse crate for strength and versatility. A cable was installed on both ends so it could be winched in and out of tight cargo spaces. Only 260 Eclipse aircraft were produced so it was important to the company to protect this one so it can be repaired and put back into service.

“We used many Lynden resources on this custom move,” Bob says. “If we are asked to do this type of project again, this is the model we will use. Aircraft salvage operations could be a whole new niche market for us. “

Tags: Hercules, Lynden Air Cargo, Lynden Transport, transport wrecked plane

Smooth moves for Lynden International

Posted on Thu, Apr 05, 2012

Lynden International pulled together a last-minute charter move of oversized scanners for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) late last year. The scanners, weighing a total of 17,000 pounds, were needed at the Honolulu Airport immediately to replace malfunctioning machines used for scanning passenger luggage for explosives. 

“They were down to just one machine to scan passenger luggage for explosives at a very busy airport,” explains Juancarlos Cruz, District Manager at the Puerto Rico Over-sized scannersoffice. The Lynden team chartered a flight from San Juan to Los Angeles, handled all the rigging and packing, and set up another direct flight on a freighter into the Honolulu Airport. “It was a very complex move, but we knew it was a matter of public safety to get the machines to Honolulu as quickly as possible,” explains Juancarlos Cruz, Puerto Rico District Manager.  “Our team in San Juan with the help of Daniel Gotham in Houston and Roberta McClelland in Seattle pulled together to get it done”.

In another high-profile move, the Orlando and Newark offices handled the delivery of microphones and other audio equipment for use at the General Assembly of the United Nations Meeting at New York’s Warwick Hotel. Orlando Manager Danny LaVallee received a thank-you letter from customer ProLingo for Lynden’s outstanding service despite multiple last-minute schedule changes, Secret Service screenings and heavy security. “These events require time-sensitive deliveries, as well as good communication. All venues have heavy security and this meeting required several delivery time changes,” LaVallee explains. By keeping in contact between the Orlando and New Jersey offices, Lynden made all deliveries on time. “These deliveries were not easy, especially in a busy city like New York during UN week,” writes ProLingo Shipping Manager Julie Youmans. “Lynden made it seem effortless.”

Tags: Lynden International, freight logistics, oversize freight

Lynden companies and employees weather brutal winter storms

Posted on Tue, Apr 03, 2012

Historic storms hit Alaska and Washington this winter and Lynden companies pulled together to keep the freight moving and equipment operating in the harsh temperatures and record snows. Hardest hit is the Railbelt in Central Alaska while Whittier, Fairbanks, Anchorage and Kenai have had adverse weather for most of the winter.  Whittier has had 380 inches of snow this winter, and Valdez has received 403.9 inches of snow and is considered the snowiest locale in America. Cordova and Whittier are not far behind. Anchorage has had over 10 feet of snow this year. “With snowfall expected to be heavy in March*, we have a shot at the all-time record,” says Scott Hicks, Vice President of Operations for Alaska West Express.

Whittier Storm 2012
Conditions at the Alaska Railroad Corp. yard in Whittier, AK.

Compounding problems was a cycle of storms which hampered barge arrivals off and on since October. The Whittier terminal has been dealt further blows by storms which bring heavy snow, then melting conditions. The cold temperatures cause train wheels to freeze onto the tracks and make rail, truck and forklift operations very difficult. “We have experienced crippling conditions for rail and cargo operations,” Scott explains. Excessive ice buildup throughout the terminal shut down all rail movement in or out of Whittier for days. Avalanches caused train delays extending the time required for loading and unloading our barges, and tug crews have battled through storms, rough seas and lengthy voyages. 

snowy trains

“Our crew in Whittier has worked very hard to keep the freight, trains, trucks and barges moving,” Scott says. “They have worked almost every weekend since the first part of November. This includes our drivers shuttling and trucking loads on the weekends to take care of the priority freight for customers. Anchorage yard crews have also worked around the clock to unload trains and keep the trains and trucks moving. Fairbanks crews have battled temperatures as low as minus-60 degrees.”

snowy train

The Nana Provider has been cycled in as a fourth rail barge which has helped maintain weekly service.  “We have received help from multiple Lynden companies and I would like to thank them,” Scott says. “Our partners Western Towboat and the Alaska Railroad also deserve much credit for helping us ‘weather the storm.’” Lynden employees have done an outstanding job through this very difficult time with manpower and schedule changes. It truly is a team effort and a great example of what Lynden is capable of.”

In Washington, winter storms also brought freezing rain, heavy snow and extended road closures on Snoqualmie Pass due to avalanches. The governor declared a state of emergency and waived the hours of service limits for drivers hauling milk from farms to processing plants.

“Our Sunnyside and Moses Lake Milky Way drivers did an extraordinary job given the challenges they faced. They received help from the Portland, Chehalis, Skagit, Whatcom and Seattle services centers to deliver loads and keep our customers from having to dump milk,” says LTI, Inc. President Brad Williamson. Dispatchers met twice a day via teleconference and worked around the clock coordinating with the milk plants. It was an outstanding display of teamwork throughout the organization.”

As a side-note, LTI, Inc. delivered a record amount of road de-icer salt this winter to the Washington Department of Transportation and the City of Seattle. During January, LTI, Inc. trucks moved 30,771 tons of bulk salt from stockpiles at Seattle and Moses Lake to maintenance sites around the state.

* Note: This article was originally written in mid-March, 2012.

Tags: LTI Inc., Alaska West Express, Winter conditions, Alaska Railroad, Alaska shipping, Alaska, WSDOT

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