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Lynden celebrates 10th anniversary of Pogo Mine and ongoing partnership

Posted on Tue, Apr 12, 2016

This spring, Lynden Transport and Alaska West Express celebrated 10 years of doing business with the Pogo Gold Mine near Fairbanks. To commemorate both the mine’s anniversary and the ongoing business relationship, Fairbanks Sales Manager Ken Hall presented External Affairs Manager Lorna Shaw and General Manager Chris Kennedy wPogo_mine_-_Lynden_emp.jpgith a plaque at the mine headquarters office in Delta Junction.

Pogo Mine is one of Lynden’s largest customers in Fairbanks and the partnership goes way back – pre-dating this year’s 10th anniversary. Exploration at the Pogo Mine began in 1990 and gold deposits were discovered in 1994. During the mine construction in 2005 and 2006, Lynden companies were an integral part of the construction effort. Prior to completion of the all-season road, Alaska West Express Project Manager Steve Willford, Al Guettinger and a crew of drivers were based in a small office near Delta Junction to coordinate the movement of building materials and supplies over the winter ice road to the mine site. Alaska West employees worked long days receiving inbound freight and consolidating loads to be positioned at the Quartz Lake staging area. Each morning the staged loads would be dispatched to move via the ice road to the mine site. This allowed the mine to receive supplies to support construction until the all-season road was opened.

Today, Lynden Transport collects freight and consolidates loads at its Fairbanks Service Center for twice weekly delivery to the mine (see above). Alaska West Express handles the heavy hauls and Alaska Marine Lines also handles barge needs from time to time. “It’s soup to nuts,” Ken says of the freight. “Alaska West Express hauls fuel, cement and heavy hauls and we move tires and other cargo. We also move freight for the companies supporting Pogo Mine like Redpath and water treatment and engineering companies. We make ourselves available for whatever is needed to support the mine’s 24-hour operation and 320 employees.”

Pogo Mine is located 38 miles northeast of Delta Junction. Access to the mine is via a 49-mile all-season road on the Richardson Highway. As Lynden drivers make their way up the narrow haul road, they check in at regular milepost intervals to assure safety and speed requirements are met. “We are not in a convenient location. The road narrows to one lane in some areas requiring radio communication and coordination,” Lorna explains. “We really appreciate Lynden’s dependable drivers and commitment to safety." 

The Pogo Mine has produced 3.1 million ounces of gold and is considered an example of mining done right. “Our success has been possible because of Lynden’s ongoing support,” Chris says. “They have been our partners from the early days and even before. We have had only one air shipment in the history of the mine. Everything else we need has been trucked in primarily by Lynden companies. We know we can rely on the friendly, day-in and day-out service Lynden provides.”

Tags: Lynden, Pogo Mine

Four-year refinery project completed in Canada

Posted on Wed, Apr 06, 2016

Over the past four years, approximately 14,000 shipments from all over the world arrived in Alberta, Canada for the construction of a bitumen refinery near the Kearl oil sands. Lynden International, Lynden Canada Co. and Canadian Lynden Transport provided support and logistics to engineering firm AMEC for the refinery project which included 12 Lynden employees in Edmonton and Calgary.

“The last four truckloads were delivered in late March, but over the past few years we moved everything from small packages to heaters weighing 150,000 pounds,” says Walter Rakiewich, Canadian Lynden Transport President.  The Lynden companies provided international freight forwarding, warehousing, just-in-time shipping and truck transportation from Calgary to the refinery site 70 miles outside Fort McMurray.  Most of the project was based at the Foster’s Wheeler’s Construction Staging Area (CSA) facility in Northern Alberta.  Freight came from all over the world via air, truck, rail and ship, all coordinated by Lynden International.

“I’ve never been involved in a project of this complexity and size and it was a great experience. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of employees to work with,” Walter says.  The project also affected the Canadian Lynden Transport crew as trucks were needed to haul  truckload, less-than-truckload and heavy haul loads. Walter singled out Dispatcher Deanna Benson as key to keeping things running smoothly during the busy project years.

AMEC_laydown_yard-Alberta_Canada.jpgLynden’s adaptability was a huge plus, according to Steve Foster, CSA Manager at Foster Wheeler. “Lynden provided great service to AMEC. Our ability to meet the contractors’ requirements was solely based on the excellent service provided by Lynden personnel at this facility.” He specifically noted Lynden’s ability to mobilize when priorities changed, the availability of trailers and other equipment and the availability of a dedicated driver to assist when the changes hit.

“After working on several of these projects in my career, this one stood out as the most successful because we had buy-in from the entire team on safety and service. That leads to success for both companies.”

In 2014, Lynden was selected from all of AMEC’s global business units as a recipient of the Beyond Zero Outstanding Achievement award for working 100,000 hours accident-free.  Lynden Administrative Assistant Candice Fox also received an award for exceptional dedication to the CSA team (see photo below).

With an established Canadian presence through Lynden Canada Co. and Canadian Lynden Transport, Lynden is ready to continue its support of Canada’s oil industry. “I think we all feel a great sense of accomplishment with the way this project turned out and great pride in our employees who made it a success,” says Randy Jackson, Lynden International Vice President.

Tags: Lynden International, Lynden, AMEC Construction, Canada, Lynden Canada Co., Canadian Lynden Transport

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