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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

Lynden Transport employee, "Fish Man", becomes junior hockey league celebrity

Posted on Thu, May 23, 2013

Art Karvonen, aka Fish ManThere’s nothing fishy about Lynden Transport Account Manager Art Karvonen as he goes about his business each day at Lynden’s Kenai office. But off the job he is known for holding a salmon over his head at local junior hockey games.

The tradition started in 2009 when Art was working the penalty box at a Kenai River Brown Bears hockey game. After the Bears scored their first goal, someone threw a frozen humpy (salmon) onto the ice. The referee refused to pick it up so Art dutifully walked onto the ice to remove it. In an inspired moment, he hoisted the humpy in the air. The crowd cheered and a tradition was born. Since then, Art has never missed a game or his new task of clearing the ice after the crowd throws a fish to commemorate the Bears’ first goal of the game. The fish “tale” has spread throughout the North American Hockey League making Art somewhat of a local celebrity in hockey circles.

Art and his wife Lori open their home to NAHL players nine months a year, serving as a billet family for players up to 20 years of age. “It’s a great experience having them,” he says of his role in trying to help the teen players get noticed by colleges. Art played semi-pro hockey overseas and now plays on the Rusty Blades team in Soldotna.

“This is the kind of community support I like to see our employees involved in,” says Lynden Alaska Sales Manager Paul Friese.

Art was featured in a newspaper article in the Peninsula Clarion last month. “I’ve received many calls, emails and texts since then,” he says. “It’s been unbelievable and a lot of fun to be recognized. It’s also helped the team get recognition, too.”

 

Tags: Community Service, Lynden employees, Alaska

Lynden is proud to sponsor mushers in the 2013 Iditarod!

Posted on Sat, Mar 02, 2013

The 2013 Iditarod - the “Last Great Race on Earth” - officially starts today, March 2nd. Lynden is proud to be a sponsor of two of this year's racers, Pete Kaiser and Mike Williams. Pete is an employee of Bering Marine Corporation, part of the Lynden family of companies, and will be racing for the 4th time. He finished in the Top 10 in both 2012 and 2011. Mike is also sponsored by Lynden, mushing in the Iditarod for the 15th time. He was born and raised in Alaska, and has a son (Mike Williams, Jr.) who will also be competing in this year's race.

Pete and his dogs
Pete and his dogs

The Iditarod race, the ultimate test against nature, winds over 1,150 miles of difficult terrain throughout rough weather conditions. Mushers will start in Anchorage and ultimately finish in Nome, Alaska. The race typically takes 9-15 days for mushers to finish.

Lynden employees are familiar faces at Alaska sled dog races, volunteering for things such as race announcing, caring for dog teams, and lending other support. You can learn more about the Iditarod and follow along with this year's race by visiting the official website: www.iditarod.com.

Tags: Bering Marine Corporation, Iditarod, Lynden, Alaska

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