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Lynden helps Walmart bring Pitbull to Kodiak

Posted on Tue, Oct 30, 2012

pitbullFrom a Taco Bell promotion in Bethel to Pitbull visiting Kodiak, Lynden has provided support for several high profile projects in Alaska this past summer.  The Miami rapper visited Kodiak (population 6,300) after a marketing campaign invited people to go to Facebook and “like” the Walmart location where they wanted him to be sent. The promotion went viral when Boston Journalist David Thorpe suggested that people send Pitbull to the most remote Walmart in the U.S. When voting closed July 16, Walmart’s Kodiak location had more than 70,000 “likes” on its Facebook page, making it the clear winner.

“Walmart contacted us to help them get the stage and sound system equipment from Anchorage over to Kodiak in time for the show,” says Mark Graves, Lynden Transport Service Center Manager in Anchorage. “The timeline was very short and required loading two 28-foot trailers to move via ferry from Homer to Kodiak. The challenge was getting all this equipment moved back from Kodiak to Anchorage in one day because the vendors needed it for a concert the next day.” Lynden’s Anchorage and Kenai operations teams worked together to get everything loaded and moved to Homer in time to make the ferry and returned to Anchorage for delivery back to the vendors.

During his visit to Kodiak, Pitbull appeared at a community event at the U.S. Coast Guard base attended by about 250 people. The rapper also received the keys to the city and visited staff at the Kodiak Walmart (above) where he was presented with a survival kit that included bear repellent. Pitbull stayed in Kodiak for three hours before flying out to continue his tour.

Tags: Kodiak, Walmart, Pitbull, freight logistics, Alaska trucking, Lynden Transport, Alaska

New addition to Lynden Air Cargo fleet

Posted on Thu, Oct 25, 2012

Lynden Air Cargo recently welcomed a new Hercules to its fleet, N407LC/P2-LAE, and it is already hard at work in Papua New Guinea.  “Historically we only certify a new aircraft every five years or so,” explains Paul Willing, Lynden Air Cargo Vice President of Maintenance. “Getting the aircraft ready and showing compliance with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations is a major undertaking, especially for aircraft that have been operated under foreign registry for their entire service lives.”

New Hercules aircraftSince the new Herc was destined for operation in Papua New Guinea (PNG), Lynden Air Cargo had to earn an FAA airworthiness certificate plus a certificate from PNG. “Once we were cleared with the FAA we were only halfway there,” Paul says. To earn a certificate of airworthiness in PNG, Lynden Air Cargo was required to apply for and receive a US Export Certificate of Airworthiness, deregister the aircraft, apply for registration and certificate of airworthiness in PNG and demonstrate conformity with PNG requirements. This was all accomplished in record time – 144 days to be exact.

“The effort was nothing short of Herculean,” Paul says. “The 144-day N407LC/P2-LAE bridging and certification project included many firsts for Lynden Air Cargo, including a concurrent avionics modernization upgrade and installing systems different from our fleet standards.” Lynden Air Cargo President Judy McKenzie agrees that it took a team effort to bring the Herc online with the rest of the fleet. “This is an exciting milestone for us,” she says.

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

Lynden Transport chosen as a Top 100 Motor Freight Carrier

Posted on Tue, Oct 23, 2012

Lynden Transport was selected as one of the top national motor carriers by Inbound Logistics magazine and included in its annual Top 100 Motor Freight Carriers list. 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 appears in the September issue of Inbound Logistics.

Inbound Logistics logo"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."

"Being named a top motor carrier is a direct result of our drivers' and employees' dedication to customer service, safety and on-time performance," says Lynden Transport President Jim Beck . "It is an honor to be included on the list and reinforces our commitment to provide the highest level of service to our customers throughout the U.S."

This award is the latest of several the Lynden family of companies received this year. Lynden was chosen as one of the Top 100 third-party logistics service providers (3PLs) and as a Green Supply Chain Partner by Inbound Logistics magazine. The company was also named one of the 100 Greatest Supply Chain Partners for 2012 by SupplyChainBrain magazine and as one of Transport Topics' Top 100 For-Hire Truck Carriers. Earlier this summer, Lynden Transport was voted the No. 1 Less-than-Truckload (LTL) carrier for the Western Region in Logistics Management magazine's annual Quest for Quality Awards.

Inbound Logistics is the leading trade magazine targeted toward 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, supporting infrastructure and better matching demand signals to supply lines.

Tags: Top 100 Motor Freight Carrier, Awards, Inbound Logistics, Lynden Transport

Alaska West Express delivers Steam Engine No. 557 to Wasilla

Posted on Thu, Oct 18, 2012

AWE hauls Steam Engine to Wasilla resized 600Alaska West Express was trusted with a very important – and heavy – load recently. Driver Kenny Seipel hauled a 150,000-pound steam engine from the Alaska Railroad yard in Anchorage to a Wasilla facility for restoration. Total weight of historic steam engine No. 557, the lowboy trailer and truck: 253,850 pounds. Special permits, pilot cars and trips to the scales were all part of the process. The trip was captured in pictures in the Anchorage Daily News. No. 557 was the last Steam Locomotive in the Alaska Railroad Fleet.  The locomotive was saved from the scrap yard by Monte Holm in Moses Lake, Washington. Monte made 557 the centerpiece of museum. After Monte’s death, Vic and Jim Jansen purchased No. 557 and donated it to the Alaska Railroad. After restoration, No. 557 will be used as a dinner train between Anchorage and Whittier.

Tags: Historic steam engine, Alaska West Express, Alaska

Toyota names Lynden Transport Carrier of the Year for second year

Posted on Wed, Oct 10, 2012

For the second consecutive year, Toyota named Lynden Transport its Small/Support Carrier of the Year. Lynden was selected from 78 other carriers for providing excellent service in shipping Toyota parts throughout North America. “I am very proud of our team,” says Regional Sales Manager Bill Johansen. “This is a great accomplishment – especially two years in a row.”

2012 Toyota Award
Bill Johansen (center) with Nancy Greenburg and Jason Chappell of Toyota.

“Through rain, snow, sleet, ice, high seas and occasional landslides and floods, this carrier makes the deliveries, on time and with near zero damage,” reads Lynden’s nomination from Toyota. “They provide great account management, operational support and communication.  They work in precision with our shipping facilities and supporting logistics providers.  To them, this level of service is nothing special; it’s just part of being a member of the team.”    

Tags: shipping and project logistics, Toyota Logistics Partner, freight logistics, Lynden Transport

Alaska Marine Lines warehouseman dances with native group

Posted on Wed, Oct 03, 2012

Darius with native dance group resized 600When he’s not working on the docks at Alaska Marine Lines in Seattle, Darius Sanidad is singing and dancing in The Git-Hoan Dancers, led by world-renowned Tsimshian carver and culture bearer, David Boxley. The members of the group share a commitment to preserving cultural traditions once on the verge of extinction. The Git-Hoan Dancers are one of very few groups that use a wide variety of traditional articulated masks, drums, rattles and props to showcase this living art and culture to the world. The Dancers have traveled as far Washington D.C for shows and a ceremonial totem pole raising.

Recently Darius and his group traveled to Juneau for the annual Sealaska Cultural Celebration. “We helped the group out by donating the transportation of their van, masks, drums, props and regalia from Seattle to Juneau,” says Dave Curtis, Alaska Marine Lines Vice President of Pricing.”

 “Thanks to everyone at Alaska Marine Lines for such a generous donation to our group.  It not only saved us transportation costs, but on the chaos, headaches and worry of airline travel,” says Michelle Sanidad, Darius’ mother and Git-Hoan member.  “Alaska Marine Lines is the best.” Darius’ father, Noehl, also works at Alaska Marine Lines. 

Darius has been dancing since he can remember and joined the Git-Hoan Dancers in 2011. “We have 16 members including my mother, aunt, cousins and a nephew so it’s a family gathering every time we perform,” he says. “We make our own aprons, tunics, moccasins and drums out of buckskin and carve our masks from cedar and alder.”

Git-Hoan means “People of the Salmon.” To learn more visit the facebook page,


Tags: Alaska Marine Lines, Lynden employees, Git-Hoan Dancers

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