Alaska West Express Driver Brian Ambrose took first place in the Tanker Class at the Alaska Trucking Association's 20th Truck Driving Championships June 1 in Anchorage. Brian is pictured with Jamie Faria Benson of the truck driving championship committee. Brian has almost 40 years of commercial driving experience and has competed in the ATA truck driving championships every year since 2005. He has collected an assortment of trophies including three for state champion and best overall in 2015 as well as being named ATA's Driver of the Year in 2016. He will head to Pittsburg in August to compete in nationals. Alaska West Express Drivers Edward Tuia, Joseph George and James Elliott also competed in the June 1 Alaska championships, along with Lynden Transport Drivers Billy Mast, Doug Longerbone, Jack Sorensen, Jeff Clark and Stephen Hill.
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The Alaska Aviation Museum presented Lynden Chairman Jim Jansen with a Lifetime Achievement Award recently and inducted him into its Hall of Fame. The annual Hall of Fame event celebrates pilots and entrepreneurs who have shaped Alaska’s aviation history.
Jim earned his pilot’s license in 1965. In 1967, he was driving a truck at the remote Kennecott mine and also flying people and supplies from Anchorage to the mine in a Piper Comanche. Over the past 50 years, he has flown various aircraft including the Stinson 108-3, Cessna 185, Beech Baron, Turbo Commander and King Air in Alaska. He is also Type Rated in the Lockheed Hercules. A 16,500-hour ATP rated pilot, Jim has flown his Cessna 185 for 41 years and the Lynden King Air for the past 22 years. The creation of Lynden Air Cargo in 1995 combined Jim’s love of aviation with his vision of a multi-mode transportation company in Alaska.
"The Alaska Aviation Museum greatly appreciates the tremendous contributions Jim Jansen has made to Alaska’s aviation, transportation and infrastructure development and welcomes him into the Hall of Fame," says Board Member and Past President Bill Odom.
Knik Construction received both the Contractor of the Year and Distinguished Excellence Awards from the Alaska Department of Transportation Civil Rights Office. The awards recognize Knik’s commitment and dedication to the state’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program in the South Coast and Central Districts of Alaska. According to Norma Lucero of the Department of Transportation, this is the first time a prime contractor has won an award in two separate districts in the same year. Knik President Dan Hall is pictured above receiving the award from Dennis Good, Civil Rights Programs & Compliance Specialist. On Dan’s right are Alicia Siira, Associated General Contractor Executive Director, and John Mackinnon, Department of Transportation & Public Facilities Commissioner.
"We are pleased to be recognized for our efforts to work with disadvantaged business," Dan says.
Alaska West Express received the 2018 Alaska Safe Truck Fleet of the Year Award from the Alaska Trucking Association (ATA) at its annual meeting in April. Alaska West Express also received the award in 2016, 2014, and 2013. The carrier was recognized for its safety performance in 2018, including accident frequency rates, Compliance, Safety and Accountability (CSA) scores and OSHA recordable injuries. Pictured to the right are members of ConocoPhillips, Alaska West Express and the ATA at the meeting.
The ATA sponsors this prestigious safety award with ConocoPhillips to recognize and reward carriers who operate safely on the highway and in the workplace. CSA is a major safety measurement and reporting initiative of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
"This award demonstrates the dedication and hard work of our entire team of transportation professionals," says Alaska West Express President Eric Badger. "Our drivers, maintenance personnel, operators, dispatchers, supervisors, managers and administrators all share in this success. Their efforts to continually identify safety improvements in our extremely challenging conditions is the cornerstone of our program. The safety of our people, the environment and our equipment is our most important objective each day."
"Alaska West Express clearly demonstrates to themselves, their management and the general public that the trucking industry can and does operate safely. Safety is our number one priority. ATA is proud that Alaska West Express is a member" said Aves Thompson, Executive Director of the Alaska Trucking Association.
Alaska West Express was also the Grand Award recipient for the National Tank Truck Carrier (NTTC) Competitive Safety Contest in the 7–12.5 million mile class. The award is based on best in class for the number of accidents, personnel injuries and actions the carrier takes to better the cargo tank industry.
Alaska West Express provides truckload transport of liquid- and dry-bulk products throughout the U.S. and Canada and specializes in trucking to Alaska with terminals in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Tacoma. It also operates a training center and offers classes in hazardous materials transport, emergency response and workplace safety.
Each year, LTI, Inc. honors its Everyday Heroes with dinner events at various locations in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Retirees are also included to celebrate employees past and present for their many years of dedicated service to Lynden.
Milky Way Driver Scott Polinder achieved a milestone of 40 years of safe driving in 2018, and Jeff Smith celebrated 30 years without an accident. Retirees from the past year Jeff Kok, Arnie DeKubber and Mark Coppinger were also recognized for their years of service.
"Lynden's Green Initiative grew out of a depression era distaste for waste and a common sense desire to do what's right," says Coordinator Anna Deal. "Now, 10 years later, I am truly amazed at what we have accomplished together." The 10-year mark coincides with Lynden being named one of the top 75 Green Supply Chain partners for 2018 by Inbound Logistics magazine. It is Lynden's eighth award.
"Lynden's operating companies have continued to invest in modern high efficiency equipment to increase payload and reduce idle time, work with drivers to improve driving habits, and to look for innovative ways to improve freight operations. These efforts have paid off with the steady and measurable improvement in our freight efficiency and reduced emissions," Anna explains. "We are doing more with less at all levels."
Anna shared the additional Green Initiative accomplishments throughout the companies:
- Our new facilities are designed to be energy efficient and we continue to upgrade lighting and heating systems across companies. We have invested in over 60 separate energy efficiency projects which have saved nearly 1,900 metric tons of CO2, 3,535 MWh of electricity, and 4,430 MMbtu of natural gas annually.
- We have replaced our highest use propane forklifts with electric lifts leading to a 32% reduction in Lynden's small lift emissions.
- We have initiated recycling programs at each of the Lynden locations and, along with our Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling (ALPAR) partners, backhaul recyclables free of charge from Alaskan communities to Seattle for recycling.
- Computer power saving software that automatically puts computers to "sleep" when not in use has reduced those energy costs by 20 percent.
- Lynden's Green and Fit Challenge rewards employees for alternative transportation in their work commute and fitness activities.
"Although we have accomplished a great deal, we know there is more we can do," Anna says. "We recently encouraged all employees to provide feedback and ideas so we can keep the momentum going that we started 10 years ago. The Green Initiative was, and is, a company-wide effort. Our accomplishments are the results of the hard work, talent and passion of Lynden's highly dedicated employees."
Anchorage Lynden Transport Driver Doug Longerbone’s first-place finish at the Alaska Truck driving competition earned him a spot at the national competition this summer in Columbus, OH. Doug placed ninth overall in the 5-axle category. He is pictured above at the award dinner on Aug. 18.
In May, Lynden Chairman Jim Jansen was honored with the Walter J. Hickel Award from Commonwealth North, Alaska's non-partisan public policy forum, for distinguished public policy leadership. The award was established in 1999 to recognize the contributions and achievements of individuals who have played a significant role in advancing Alaska's public policy interests. Former recipients include: Walter Hickel, Ted Stevens, John Katz, Willie Hensley and Lisa Murkowski. Jim received the award at a gala event on May 11 at the Anchorage Hilton Hotel Ballroom. Jim is a Navy Seabee with a tour of duty in Vietnam in the 1960s. He has served as an advisory director of Wells Fargo Bank of Alaska, director of National Bank of Alaska, director of the Boy Scouts of America, director of the Resource Development Council and as director of the Nature Conservancy of Alaska. He is also co-chair of the Make Alaska Competitive Coalition, a distinguished alumnus of Central Washington University and he has been an Alaska business leader for more than 40 years.
Lynden Transport Driver Jack Sorensen was recently named the 2018 Alaska Truck Driver of the Year by the Alaska Trucking Association (ATA). Lynden drivers have been named Driver of the Year four out of the past five years. Lynden Transport Driver John Schank received the award twice – in 2014 and 2017 – and Alaska West Express Driver Brian Ambrose was recognized in 2016. Brian was named second place overall champion of this year's competition on May 19 as well as taking first place in the sleeper truck class.
Pictured above from left: Jim Jansen, Justus Uphus, Jack Sorensen, Brian Aszmus, Doug Longerbone and Brian Ambrose.
"We are extremely proud of the professionalism and commitment our drivers exhibit every day on the job, but also the knowledge and skills they bring to the annual ATA truck driving championships," says Lynden Transport President Paul Grimaldi. "These drivers are the best of the best. They must complete a written knowledge test, a pre-trip inspection and a skills course as part of their participation."
Jack has earned many first-place finishes in the annual driving competition in Anchorage and has maintained an accident-free record for 34 years. He has traveled to the national truck driving competition seven times over his long driving career. "Driving in Alaska can certainly be a challenge with moose on the road year-round, tourists on the road in the summer and extreme weather in the winter," he says.
Lynden Transport Driver Doug Longerbone took first place in the five-axle category, Greg Sims, seventh place in the five-axle; Brian Aszmus, fourth in the stepvan and Cody McFarlane took fourth place in the four-axle class. Alaska West Express Driver Joseph George placed fourth in the five-axle, James Elliott took third in the four-axle and Edward Tuia placed fourth in the flatbed class.
Lynden Air Cargo received the Governor’s North Star Award for its long history of assisting in humanitarian relief and environmental disasters worldwide. The 2017 North Star Awards were announced this week by Gov. Bill Walker in Juneau. Lynden Air Cargo was recognized in the Transportation and Humanitarian Exchange categories and was one of only four companies to receive the honor. For more than 30 years, the Governor's North Star Awards for International Excellence have recognized Alaskan companies and organizations engaged in successful international business and activities.
“We are honored to receive this prestigious award which we share with our employees and the Lynden family of companies,” said Rick Zerkel, Lynden Air Cargo President. “All of our employees – in the air and on the ground – pride themselves on providing safe and reliable service while opening new international markets and opportunities to Alaska. We are also proud of our service in assisting victims of natural disasters and our environmental cleanup response. Wherever Lynden Air Cargo flies, it proudly represents Lynden, but also its home state of Alaska.”
Lynden pioneered service to Alaska in 1954 and today serves customers in every sector of the Alaska economy, including energy, mining, seafood, retail, military and government. Lynden Air Cargo’s fleet of L-382 Hercules aircraft transport everything from groceries to cars within Alaska through weekly scheduled flights and oversized cargo worldwide through charter flights. Its Hercules aircraft have responded to fires, earthquakes in Haiti, supported a peacekeeping mission in the African Congo and, most recently, mobilized relief flights to help those affected by Hurricanes Irma, Jose, and Maria in the Caribbean. Flight crews worked in situations where there was little information about airport conditions and contaminated fuel supplies.
“Since 1986, these awards have honored Alaskan companies that engage in successful international business and activities, and this year’s honorees should be proud of the role they play in connecting our state to the rest of the world,” said Governor Walker. “This diverse group of organizations is emblematic of the spirit of the North Star Awards.”
The 2017 North Star honorees include:
• Chena Hot Springs Resort (Tourism)
• Hecla Greens Creek Mine (Trade, Export of Goods)
• Lynden Air Cargo (Transportation, Humanitarian Exchange)
• U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Alaska (Trade, Import of Goods and People)