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Lynden Transport Driver John Schank to Drive the 2015 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree from Alaska to Washington, D.C.

Posted on Mon, Oct 19, 2015

John SchankFor more than 50 years, a tree has graced the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol for the holiday season. The Chugach National Forest in partnership with nonprofit Choose Outdoors will bring this special gift from Alaska to Washington, D.C. for the 2015 season with the help of Lynden Transport and its nationally recognized driver John Schank. This is the first time the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will come from Alaska.

The tree will be cut on Oct. 27 and begin its journey with a community celebration in Seward, Alaska before it is prepared for the 4,000-mile expedition by land and sea. With great fanfare, driver John Schank will leave the Chugach National Forest with the tree followed by a caravan of caretakers for the journey to the U.S. Capitol. Two community celebrations will take place in Anchorage at Cabela’s on Oct. 30 and Trick or Treat Street on Oct. 31.

The tree will then be loaded onto a Totem Ocean Trailer Express (TOTE) ship for the journey to Seattle. The Seattle celebration and tour kickoff will take place at the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) on Sat., Nov. 7. Schank will drive the tree to the event before heading east on the first leg of the Lower 48 tour. Community celebrations are being planned along the way, culminating with the official tree lighting in early December.

“There is no one better to transport this precious cargo – the People’s Tree – than our veteran driver John Schank,” says Lynden Transport President Paul Grimaldi. “Lynden is an Alaska-based company and our roots run deep in the state. We are proud to be entrusted with the delivery of the national Christmas tree and delighted to support the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree tour which provides communities with the opportunity to celebrate the spirit of the season. John will do a great job – just as he does every day he drives for Lynden.”

Schank was recognized as the 2014 Driver of the Year by the Alaska Trucking Association (ATA) and received a letter of commendation from former Alaska Governor Sean Parnell for 37 years of accident-free driving over the treacherous Dalton Highway linking Fairbanks to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. Schank has logged 5 million miles on the highway – more than any other driver in history.

Lynden Transport is a major sponsor of the project along with in-kind services, donations and overall support both locally and nationwide from Shell Oil, Alaska Airlines, Skybitz, Alaska Railroad, Alaska Crane, Granite Construction Company, ReThink Wood, Truckload Carriers Association, TOTE Maritime Alaska, Hale Trailer, Kenworth Truck Company and others.

“This historic journey is only possible with the help of strong community partnerships throughout Alaska and beyond state lines,” said Bruce Ward, founder of Choose Outdoors. “We’re grateful for the time and resources Lynden Transport is providing to help make this the best tour to date.”

For related news, events and tour information, and to track the tree cross-country, visit www.capitolchristmastree.com and on www.facebook.com/USCapitolChristmasTree.

Tags: Community Service, Lynden employees, Lynden Transport, Alaska, Capitol Christmas Tree

Lynden Oilfield Services to serve Alaska’s North Slope customers

Posted on Thu, May 28, 2015
Lynden Oilfield Services

Lynden companies have provided support to Alaska oil and gas customers for decades. A new Lynden business, Lynden Oilfield Services, was created specifically to serve customers on the North Slope of Alaska’s Prudhoe Bay oilfields. A division of Alaska West Express, Lynden Oilfield Services provides support for oilfield exploration and production and transportation and logistics solutions to the companies working to redevelop Alaska’s existing oil and gas resources.

“Dependable transportation and logistics are critical to the growing activity on the North Slope,” says Scott Hicks, Alaska West Express President. “Through our family of companies Lynden Oilfield Services provide multi-modal air, sea and land opportunities and heavy-haul options for drilling contractors, chemical suppliers, camp support, construction and all types of activity on and off the road system throughout the North Slope and offshore Alaska.”

Based in Deadhorse, Lynden Oilfield Services offers in-field logistical services for Prudhoe Bay and all other North Slope oilfields. Its new 15-acre facility includes storage for supplies like pipe and bulk materials, a cross-dock operation and a full-service maintenance shop and mechanics. “We have intermodal capability and a 90,000-pound-capacity forklift with all attachments for containers, intermodal tanks and support flats,” Hicks explains. “We also offer trans-loading and offloading capabilities including ISO tanks and containers.” Same-day field hauling and intra-field hauling of water, fuel and bulk liquids to various work sites on the North Slope will also be a focus.

Tags: Oil Industry, Logistics, Alaska, Lynden Oilfield Services

Lynden Air Cargo flies wood bison to new home in Alaska

Posted on Thu, Apr 02, 2015

Lynden Air Cargo, Alaska West Express and Alaska Marine Lines were part of a major wildlife conservation project to relocate 100 wood bison from Girdwood, AK to remote Shageluk, AK in late March. Alaska Marine Lines donated containers that were retrofitted into 'bison boxes' to hold seven animals each. The animals were trucked from Portage to Anchorage for loading into Lynden Air Cargo's Hercules aircraft and the one-hour flight to their new home near Shageluk. The animals were nearly extinct at one point and have not lived in the Shageluk area in almost a century.

Wood Bison Shageluk, AK

Photo credit: Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center/Doug Lindstrand

Lynden companies donated containers, employees, equipment and discounted the flights to help the effort. "Wood bison are the largest land animal in North America, and it took Lynden's Hercules aircraft, capable of landing on the short gravel runway at Shageluk, to transport them," says Jim Davis, Lynden Air Cargo Vice President of Marketing and Sales. "We have always been a niche operator, but this move made our top 10 list of unusual moves. We are proud to support this uniquely Alaskan effort."

Wood Bison - Lynden Air Cargo

Photo credit: Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center/Doug Lindstrand

Lynden's commitment included Loadmaster Ike McGowan accompanying the animals on the flights and Director of Cargo Operations Jerry Stout loading the animals into the bison boxes at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage, AK. Alaska West Express Driver Doug Scott transported the containers to the back of the Hercules for loading in Anchorage. "It was a huge undertaking. The animals were brought in from the pens, then radio-collared, vaccinated and shuttled through a chute into the containers," Stout explains. "We moved 100 animals with no incidents. All of them are alive and doing well."

"It's been a privilege to work with the Lynden crew. They have been great partners, and we appreciate their support in bringing wood bison back to Alaska's wild," says Cathie Harms, Regional Program Manager for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Division of Wildlife Conservation.

Tags: Community Service, Hercules, Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, Lynden Air Cargo, Green Lynden, Unique freight, Alaska, Wildlife

Coats for Kids arrive via Lynden

Posted on Thu, Dec 11, 2014

describe the imageFor the fourth year, Fred Meyer is partnering with The Salvation Army Alaska Division and Lynden Transport to provide new coats for children throughout Alaska through the Coats for Kids program. The program helps prepare Alaska’s neediest schoolchildren for winter. More than 4,500 Alaska students are due to receive free winter coats this year. The shipment arrived in Anchorage Aug. 6, courtesy of Lynden Transport, in cooperation with Totem Ocean Trailer Express (TOTE), and was unpacked and sorted with the help of Fred Meyer volunteers. Lynden Transport donated the shipping costs of the coats from Fred Meyer’s distribution center in Chehalis, WA, to Anchorage and donated shipping to communities throughout Alaska.

The Salvation Army is coordinating distribution with Lynden Transport to the following Alaska communities: Cordova, Fairbanks, Kodiak, Angoon, Ketchikan, Haines, Hoonah, Juneau, Kake, Klawock, Petersburg, Sitka and Wrangell.

Tags: Community Service, Coats for Kids, Salvation Army, Lynden Transport, Alaska

Lynden fifth largest business in Alaska

Posted on Thu, Nov 07, 2013

Lynden accepts award from ABMFor 27 years, Alaska Business Monthly (ABM) magazine has created a list of Alaska's Top 49ers; the top revenue-generating Alaskan-owned and -operated companies. In the October 2013 issue of the magazine, Lynden Inc. was ranked number five on the Top 49ers list for the second year in a row and referred to as a "Blockbuster of Business".

These companies are the producers, directors, actors, costumers and set designers in Alaska's economy, keeping it alive, fresh and making money," writes Tasha Anderson in the October issue of the magazine. Alaska Native Corporations (ANCs) dominated the list, occupying 20 of the 49 spots. Overall, the 49 companies employed more than 70,000 people worldwide and over 25,000 within Alaska.

"Lynden is honored to make the list again this year and is proud to see the positive impact our companies have on the Alaska economy. We employ more than 700 people in the state," says Jeanine St. John, Vice President of Lynden Logistics. Jeanine attended the luncheon in Anchorage to accept Lynden's award.

Lynden at the Top 49ers luncheon

Tags: Lynden, Alaska Business Monthly, Awards, Lynden employees, Alaska

Northland joins the Lynden family of companies

Posted on Fri, Nov 01, 2013

Lynden Northland logos

The Lynden family of companies is pleased to welcome Northland Services, a marine transportation company providing shipping between Seattle, Alaska and Hawaii.

"Northland is a dynamic company with talented people and a great reputation," says Lynden President and CEO Jon Burdick. "Its barge capabilities to Hawaii and Western Alaska complement Lynden's current service offerings and allow us to provide expanded services to our customers. We can now offer integrated service to more Alaska destinations, with more frequency and greater combined capabilities."

Northland's barge service from the Pacific Northwest to Hawaii enhances Lynden's current ship and air services to the islands. The addition of Northland's Western Alaska barge services enables Lynden to service ports throughout the State of Alaska. Both companies share a commitment to keep customers' freight moving smoothly and efficiently through the transition process.

"Lynden provides an ideal situation to better serve our customers, our employees and the communities where we operate," explains Larry Stauffer, President and CEO of Northland. "We have seen significant growth in our business over the past decade, and bringing two great companies and teams together will help improve and expand service in the communities we serve."

"We are excited about the new opportunities that will emerge from the combination of Lynden and Northland," explains Executive Vice President and COO Alex McKallor.

The Lynden family of companies includes Lynden Transport, LTI, Inc., Milky Way, Alaska West Express, Alaska Marine Lines, Lynden Air Cargo, Brown Line, LLC, Lynden International and others. Its combined capabilities include: truckload and less-than-truckload freight to Alaska, scheduled and 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.

 

Tags: Western Alaska, Lynden, Barge, Alaska Marine Lines, Southeast Alaska, Hawaii, Alaska

Now that's a heavy haul!

Posted on Thu, Jun 20, 2013

Last fall Alaska West Express heavy haulAlaska West Express transported this boat (left, below) from Palmer to Anchorage. At 24 feet wide, 80 feet long and 17 feet tall, the cargo dwarfs the tractor. The kicker? The boat is not even as big as it gets. It’s missing its wheel house, which adds another 17 feet on top.

According to Steve Willford of Alaska West Express, the most challenging aspect of the project was moving the boat from the shop where it was built. “The shop outside of Palmer was not much bigger than the boat itself and was not one you could just casually drive away from, given the dimension of the boat,” he says. “With assistance from a winch truck and a short-yard tractor, the load was maneuvered safely to the main roadway. Ken Seipel was the driver and expertly demonstrated his dedication to getting the boat to its destination safely.”

Alaska West Express heavy haul

Photo credit: Sam Amato

Tags: Heavy Haul, Alaska West Express, Oversize shipping, Alaska

Alaska Marine Lines moves canoes for historic native gathering

Posted on Sat, Jun 15, 2013

AML moves canoesTwenty people in two canoes left Douglas, AK this spring on their way to Wrangell for the rededication of the Chief Shakes Tribal House, a memorable and long-awaited event in the tribal community. Alaska Marine Lines donated the transportation of the canoes from Seattle to Juneau in support of the event and its organizers, the One People Canoe Society (OPCS). The historic tribal house has been undergoing renovation and a special ceremony was held May 4 to rededicate it in the village of Ka’saan on Prince of Wales Island. Canoe teams from other Southeast Alaska communities paddled to Wrangell and on to the island for the two-day celebration.

“Helping the OPCS was especially gratifying because of the scope of their reach. From Seattle to Yakutat, the group unites all communities, big and small, throughout Southeast Alaska in the cultural activity of paddling traditional canoes. Coordinating this shipment also highlighted the importance of our Alaska Marine Lines service within the various communities in Alaska,” says Jake Maenpa, Alaska Marine Trucking Juneau Service Center Manager.

 

Tags: Alaska Marine Lines, Lynden donation, Logistics, Historic, Alaska

Git along, little… caribou?

Posted on Thu, Jun 13, 2013

Hovercraft with caribou

Here's something you don't see every day! Lynden’s hovercraft almost looks like it’s moving along with the migrating caribou in this photo. According to Bering Marine Vice President and Captain Jack Rasmussen, the shot was taken this past winter at the hovercraft storage area near Oliktok Point, AK, about 40 miles west of Deadhorse.

Tags: Bering Marine Corporation, Hovercraft, Alaska, Wildlife

Alaska Marine Lines prepared for heavy herring shipments this season

Posted on Sun, May 26, 2013

Herring opening in SitkaHerring season has arrived in Southeast Alaska.  Each year, fishermen eagerly await the opening of the Sitka Sound Herring season.  The fish is a valued commodity in Japan and where most of the product is shipped in foreign export containers.  Alaska Marine Lines positions the necessary equipment northbound to support this market every year.  “This year’s forecast was 11,500 tons and most likely will be caught in four openings, processed at plants in Southeast Alaska (Sitka, Petersburg and Wrangell) and sent south on the Alaska Marine Lines barge back to Seattle and markets beyond,” explains Patrick Crosby, Alaska Marine Lines Account Representative in Seattle. This photo is from opening day of the Sitka Sac Roe Herring Fishery.

Tags: Alaska Marine Lines, Alaska

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