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Lynden Air Cargo names Richard Zerkel president

Posted on Wed, Jul 24, 2013

describe the imageLynden Air Cargo has promoted Richard Zerkel to president. Zerkel succeeds retiring president Judy McKenzie. Zerkel began his career with Lynden Air Cargo in 1999 as a first officer on the company's Hercules aircraft. He was promoted to captain and then director of operations in 2008. He most recently was vice president of operations.

"Rick has an outstanding leadership record delivering safe and high-quality services for Lynden customers," says Lynden Inc. President & CEO Jon Burdick. "His 15 years of experience in various positions with the company ensures Lynden Air Cargo customers and employees are in good hands."

Before joining Lynden Air Cargo, Zerkel held management positions at various airlines in Alaska. He is a member of the executive council of the National Air Carriers Association (NACA) and a volunteer with the Boy Scouts of Anchorage. 

Lynden Air Cargo logoLynden Air Cargo is part of the Lynden 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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Lynden continues to help employees work safer and smarter

Posted on Wed, Jul 17, 2013

Lynden companies are customer-focused, but helping employees work smarter and safer is an ongoing goal as well. Last month LTI, Inc. Eastern Region Safety and Compliance Manager Allison Russell participated in hands-on research at the Milky Way Service Center in Sunnyside, WA with Han Kim from Labor and Industries (L&I). Han is an ergonomist representing L&I’s Safety & Health Assessment and Research Prevention (SHARP) program and the Trucking Injury Reduction Emphasis Study (TIRES) division. Allison, along with Operations Manager Darrell Scott, Driver Joey Fayard, Dispatcher and former driver Robert Tripp and Vice President of Operations Bob Griggs spent two days working together at a Sunnyside dairy and in the Sunnyside yard to explore ways to work safer while hauling liquid bulk products.

Picture for NewsletterDarrell Scott, Jr. hooks up a milk hose at the Sunnyside Milky Way yard. His movements are mirrored on a computer program provided by Han Kim of Labor & Industries.


“We invited Han to Sunnyside to guide us in safety education and training,” Allison explains. “Han’s visit was to focus on best practices for tasks such as ascending and descending fixed ladders attached to milk trailers as well as pulling and carrying hoses.”

The team wound milk hoses, simulated different workplace scenarios and “did a ton of pulling and winding,” Allison says. “We discussed stresses on different body parts, low back stress, balance.” LTI, Inc. will take this information and work with Han to develop training videos and educational tips on proper posture and injury prevention. LTI, Inc. and Milky Way have regularly scheduled safety and training meetings but this is one more valuable tool to add to the mix. “We value our employees and want them to be at their best each day while serving our customers. This is one more way to improve customer service,” Allison says.

Lynden Transport has also worked with the TIRES group, most recently in Fife, WA. “We have been involved in several projects,” says Trevor Lindberg, Safety & Loss Prevention Manager. “We were featured in safety poster photo shoots and research projects including forklift safety, load binders and safe working practices. We appreciate any opportunity we are given to help increase a focus on working safely, and were happy to participate.”

Tags: LTI Inc., Milky Way, Lynden employees, Safety, Lynden Transport

Lynden employee's sculpture featured on NBC show

Posted on Wed, Jul 10, 2013

sculpture photo 2Lynden Vice President of Marketing & Media David Rosenzweig’s sculpture "Gemini" made an appearance in an episode of NBC’s Grimm TV series. The episode, entitled “Kiss of the Muse,” aired May 7. Outside of work, David is a nationally recognized artist and sculptor.

“I received a phone call from a decorator who works for NBC. He said he was working on the set design for Grimm and he wanted to use one of my sculptures,” David says. The Gemini sculpture is of two dancers in the same pose, but facing opposite directions (above right). “The decorator had seen my work on the website for the Pacific Northwest Sculptors Association, and he wanted to use it in the interior of a house. This totally came out of the blue. I am thrilled.” The Grimm series is set in Portland, OR and was inspired by the classic Grimm Brothers' Fairy Tales.

David grew up in Seattle and is a graduate of the University of Washington and The Burnley School of Art. He has been recognized nationally in American Art Collectors magazine as well as for his graphic art by the New York Art Directors Club and Communication Arts magazine. Over the past few years he has focused his efforts as a sculptor on his series of dance pieces. David said he finished the large version of the piece several years ago, but has been working on a smaller version for clients. More of David's work can be seen on his website: www.dance-sculpture.com

sculpture photo

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Lynden Air Cargo receives Patriotic Employer Award

Posted on Thu, Jul 04, 2013

Patriotic Employer award   LAC copyLynden Air Cargo Senior Aircraft Mechanic James Martiny (left in photo) nominated Chris Diltz and Lynden Air Cargo for an award for supporting employees who are also National Guardsman and Reservists. The Office of the Secretary of Defense for Employer Support of the National Guard and Reserve agreed with Jim and issued a “Patriotic Employer” recognition plaque to Chris and Lynden Air Cargo this Spring.

The patriotic award recognizes individual supervisors and bosses for support provided to a member serving in the National Guard or Reserve. Employer support includes a wide-range of measures such as flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence if needed.

“Since Chris, and Lynden as a whole, supported me in fulfilling my Reserve Duty requirements I thought he deserved recognition,” James says. “Also, Lynden has a track record of hiring veterans, which by my count, is approximately 66 percent of our Lynden Air Cargo maintenance staff.” James is stationed at Elmendorf Air Force Base with the 477TH Fighter Group as a F-22 Raptor Crew Chief in the U.S Air Force Reserves.

“Being flexible with my guys that are in the Guard and Reserve seems like normal operating procedure to me,” says Chris, Lynden Air Cargo Maintenance Manager. “They are taking the time in their lives to support our nation. I do my best to support them by being flexible with their schedules during their times of service.”

Lynden Air Cargo also employs the following Guardsman and Reservists: Maintenance Mechanic Jeremy Leep, National Guard Powerplant Technician; Loadmaster Matt Haug, National Guard Pilot; and Pilot Tom Cubit, National Guard Crew Chief.

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Lynden drivers compete in annual ATA Truck Driving Championships

Posted on Tue, Jul 02, 2013

2013 Truck Driving Championships resized 600Lynden drivers were behind the wheel at the Alaska Trucking Association’s (ATA) 14th Annual Truck Driving Championships May 11 in Anchorage. Professional drivers must complete a written exam, a pre-trip inspection and an obstacle course as part of the rigorous competition.

Lynden Transport driver Jack Sorensen took second place in the 5-axle Day Cab division and driver Tom Martin placed second in the Flatbed class. Brian Ambrose of Alaska West Express also competed as did Lynden Chairman Jim Jansen. Jim was part of a team called the “Desk Bound Geezers” made up of Wilbur O’Brien of Alaska Freight Lines, John McDonald of Carlile and Richard Assay of Assay Trucking. Wilbur took first place, Jim second and John and Richard, third and fourth, respectively. “Wilbur is one of the original Alcan drivers who drove for Alaska Freight Lines,” Jim says. “He drives Old No. 27 around Alaska for us, plus other projects for Lynden. He is an honorary Lynden employee and a great friend to us."

Tom Martin   2013 Truck Driving ChampionshipsJack Sorenson   2013 Truck Driving Championships resized 600

 

Above photo: Tom Martin (at right) and Jack Sorenson (far right) accepting their awards.

Top right: Jim Jansen (second from left) accepting his award with the 'Deskbound Geezers' team. Wilbur is third from the left.

Tags: Anchorage, Lynden, Awards, Alaska Trucking Association, Alaska Truck Driving Championships

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