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Brown Line service inspires Chuckanut Bay Foods to create Vendor of the Year Award

Posted on Tue, Nov 17, 2015

Chuckanut Bay LogoBrown Line, LLC, an industry leader in temperature-controlled truck transport, was selected as the first Vendor of the Year by Chuckanut Bay Foods of Ferndale, WA. The family owned and operated boutique bakery features homegrown ingredients in its cheesecakes and other products. Brown Line provides truck transport of 180,000 pounds of Chuckanut’s temperature-sensitive cheesecake each month plus butter and cream cheese to grocery stores and food service companies in the Western U.S. and Canada.

Brown Line truck in tulip field“Brown Line’s exceptional level of service inspired Chuckanut Bay Foods to create a Vendor of the Year Award to recognize our partners for outstanding performance,” says Jenn Elmore, Sales Administrator. “We have consistently been impressed by the can-do attitude, quick response and support we receive daily from the entire Brown Line team. We decided to use this benchmark of service to begin recognizing others with the award each year.”

“The Brown Line team is honored to be selected as Chuckanut Bay Foods first Vendor of the Year. We appreciate the partnership that we have developed with Chuckanut Bay Foods since 2011 and look forward to contributing to the company’s ongoing success,” says Brown Line President Bill Johansen.

Brown Line is part of the Lynden family of companies.

Tags: Brown Line, Chuckanut Bay Foods, Vendor of the Year Award

Jason Jansen named president of LTI, Inc./Milky Way; Bill Johansen new president of Brown Line

Posted on Fri, Oct 17, 2014

Milky WayThe Lynden family of companies announced earlier this month two executive appointments: Jason Jansen was named president of LTI, Inc. and its Milky Way division based in Lynden, Washington, and Bill Johansen is the new president of Brown Line, LLC based in Mount Vernon, Washington. LTI, Inc. is one of the Lynden family of companies and specializes in the transport of liquid and dry bulk commodities. Its Milky Way division is a leading bulk milk hauler in the Pacific Northwest. Brown Line is a trucking company providing temperature-controlled transportation to customers throughout the U.S. and Western Canada.

Jansen was previously president of Brown Line and Johansen was regional sales manager for Lynden Transport in the Vancouver/Portland area.

"LTI, Inc. will be well served by Jason's proven leadership ability, focus on safety and efficiency, and passion for our business and its people," says Brad Williamson, LTI, Inc. board member and former president.

Jansen began his Lynden career as an equipment operator with Knik Construction Co. and worked in various departments at LTI, Inc., before becoming regional manager of the Lynden, Wash. Service Center and five satellite locations. Jansen has served as a member of the Lynden Airport Board, the Lynden Chamber of Commerce Board and volunteered for the Lynden Boys & Girls Club.

Brown Line"Bill has over 30 years of experience in the transportation industry and an impressive record of success including leadership roles in air, LTL trucking operations and marketing," says Lynden Executive Vice President Alex McKallor. "His enthusiasm and positive approach will be a great addition to an already strong team at Brown Line."

Johansen joined Lynden Transport in 2007 and was named salesman of the year in 2008. Prior to his Lynden career, he served as operations manager at Joel Olson Trucking and spent over 20 years in various leadership positions at Alaska Airlines. Johansen also served as a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. He has coached youth sports in his community and received many awards during his extensive career.

 

 

Tags: LTI Inc., Bill Johansen, Jason Jansen, Milky Way, Lynden employees, Brown Line

Lynden companies awarded for workplace safety

Posted on Wed, Jun 19, 2013

Lynden Air Cargo, Brown Line and Lynden International were each recognized for workplace safety earlier this year.

Lynden International celebrated noBrown Line Safety Award with Bill Smith resized 600 Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) recordable accidents in 2012, according to Human Resources Manager Kristie Duggan. Brown Line received three awards from the American Trucking Association (ATA) in its National Truck Safety Contest. The company took first place in the general Commodities LTL/Line-Haul Division (up to 10 million miles traveled category); third place in the general Commodities LTL/Local Division and third place in the general Commodities LTL category.

“The awards are based on our accident-free records for the year,” explains Brown Line Safety Director Bill Smith. “Now that we are covering 6 to 7 million miles a year with 56 trucks and 120 drivers, we are in a new, more challenging category. We compete with trucking companies from throughout the U.S. with up to 1,000 employees and hundreds of trucks which makes the awards even more meaningful.”

LAC AACA award 2012 resized 600For more than 10 years, Lynden Air Cargo has received an annual Alaska Air Carriers Association (AACA) Safety Award.  AACA Board Members Mike Stedman and Bob Hajdukovich personally presented the 2012 award plaque to Director of Safety and Security Anthony Knapp in Anchorage last month (at left) in recognition of another year of operating with no aircraft accidents. “We couldn’t do the safe flying we do every day without the support and outstanding work of our maintenance and flight operations departments and the entire team,” Anthony says. “We work hard to follow safety measures and protocols and to do the job right. It’s rewarding to be recognized for these efforts year after year.”

Lynden Air Cargo, Lynden International and Brown Line will continue to focus on workplace safety in the coming year with regular meetings and employee training. “This year we are focusing our training efforts on a new and improved driver development program and driver retention as well as additional training for the shop, dock and office departments,” Bill says. “Safety is our No. 1 priority.”

Tags: Lynden International, Lynden, Awards, Lynden Air Cargo, Lynden employees, safety awards, Brown Line

Brown Line’s new tractor-trailer design improves fuel economy

Posted on Thu, May 24, 2012

Brown Line's new tractor trailerOver the last three years, Brown Line has implemented a number of changes resulting in a radical improvement in fuel economy. The company recently added 18 new tractor-trailer combinations that are achieving over 7 mpg on average.  “With the new equipment fuel economy increased by 23 percent, trailer cubic foot capacity by 16 percent, and improved payload capacity by 6 percent,” says Brown Line President Jason Jansen. 

Driver behavior has also contributed to fuel savings, with PeopleNet onboard computing systems enabling drivers to assess their fuel consumption and compete to be the best. Maximum truck speed was reduced from 68 mph to 64 mph for eastbound routes and to 62 mph for all other routes. “We adjusted the gearing to match the lower speeds, and we set low idle time standards for drivers,” Jason says. “PeopleNet also gives us the tools to improve routing, monitor tractor performance and idle time.”

As a fleet, Brown Line's average fuel economy has improved from 5.4 mpg in 2008 to 5.84 mpg in 2011. All new tractors have roof farings and new trailers have side skirts to improve aerodynamics. The side skirts are estimated to save about 5 percent in fuel economy. Brown Line now has 30 new 53-foot trailers with side skirts that have replaced the older 48-foot trailers, and will be exploring retrofit options for the older equipment.

The new 53-foot trailers are 1,900 pounds lighter than the older 48-foot trailers they replaced and compliant with California Air Resources Board (CARB) rules for reefers units. All new trucks and trailers use wide-base, low-rolling resistant single tires and have an automatic system to keep tires properly inflated for optimum fuel economy and to reduce tire wear.

Tags: green Lynden, efficiency, Trucking, Brown Line

Brown Line receives Safety Award from WTA

Posted on Fri, Feb 03, 2012

The Washington Trucking Association (WTA) recently presented Brown Line with the Common Carrier Fleet Safety of the Year Award for 2011. The award is based on a carrier’s accident rates, driver training, safety programs and Receiving awardvehicle maintenance. In addition to the yearly safety award, Brown Line Safety Director Bill Smith was recognized as one of the latest WTA members to become a Certified Safety Director through the North American Transportation Management Institute (NATMI ).

Brown Line is headquartered in Mount Vernon, WA and provides temperature controlled truck transport throughout the U.S and Canada. Bill is pictured holding the two awards with Captain Groondell from the Washington State Patrol and Kevin Skow of Great West Casualty.

Tags: Washington Trucking Association, safety awards, Brown Line

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