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Lynden Transport donates transportation of stuffed animals for good cause

Posted on Wed, Oct 16, 2013

Lynden Transport recently donated the Lynden truck driver Ray Sorensontransportation of 3,000 stuffed animals from Alaska to the Lower 48. "A huge thank you to driver Ray Sorenson and Lynden Transport for helping Chance the puppy and Lucky the kitty making it from Alaska to the Lower 48," says Janette Fennell, founder and president of the KidsAndCars organization. Lynden Transport donated the shipment as a contribution to KidsAndCars' Look Before You Lock program. The program educates new parents on how to keep their baby safe by putting a stuffed animal in their child's seat as a reminder not to leave children alone in vehicles. The toys are being used to demonstrate this important safety step and are being delivered to hospitals nationwide. Lynden Transport donated truck and steamship transportation to the Lynden warehouse in Fife for distribution to hospitals. "This has been an incredible team effort from wonderful companies with large hearts who care deeply for the safety and well-being of our children," says Janette.





Tags: Community Service, Safety, Lynden Transport

Alaska West Express donates transportation of bulldozer to university

Posted on Thu, Sep 12, 2013

Alaska west Express heavy haulA massive D-10 was seen rolling into Fairbanks this summer atop an Alaska West Express lowboy. The Fort Knox Mine donated the 115,000-pound bulldozer to the University of Alaska for use in its  diesel technician program, but the machine needed a lift from the mine to the university's diesel shop. Oversized loads are business as usual for Alaska West Express, so the company stepped in to help.

"Fort Knox has been hiring most employees from out of the state due to their experience with mining machinery," explains Brian Rencher, program director at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. "They approached us about donating a large piece of equipment to the university to familiarize our students with it and better prepare them for mining jobs here in the Fairbanks area. The good folks at Alaska West Express donated the transportation and the crew did an excellent job. The pilot cars and truck driver Brian Maiorano were organized and planned traffic perfectly to get the truck and trailer into our parking area with the large machine."

The dozer was first delivered to the Carlson Center in Fairbanks for a Chamber of Commerce display and was then transported to the university's deisel shop. "We fully support the university and its programs and are glad to help whenever we can," said Scott Hicks, Alaska West Express president.   

Tags: Community Service, University of Alaska, Alaska West Express, oversize freight

Vintage Milky Way tractor and tankers restored and on the road again

Posted on Tue, Sep 10, 2013

1950s Milky Way truck

Over the past six months, Guy Jansen has worked with Lynden Tank Company, Steven Blankenforth, Blue Star Welding, Maple Leaf Auto and the Lynden truck shop to restore an iconic Milky Way tractor and a set of double 2,800-gallon farm pickup milk tankers dating from the 1950's. The project was completed in time to join more than 700 antique trucks at the American Truck Historical Society Convention in Yakima, WA this spring.

"We plan to use #39 and its tankers #75B and #77B to support the agricultural communities in our service area by providing potable water and a hand-washing station at county fairs, FFA, 4-H, and similar events," said Milky Way President Brad Williamson. He encourages Lynden employees to think of otherways #39 can be used to support Lynden customers.

This 1956 single-ax Kenworth tractor and double single-axle tankers picked up milk at the Whatcom County dairy farms during the period when the industry was transitioning away from truck tanks to semi-trailers. Each single tanker picked up milk locally and was brought back to Lynden where they were trained up as a set of doubles and pulled through the Darigold plant in Lynden, WA to be topped off. They were then hooked to #39 to deliver full loads to Seattle area processors. Hub DeJong drove for Milky Way from 1949 to 1989 and spent many hours in the cab of #39. According to Guy, Hub and his family got a chance to see the restored rig and it brought back many fond memories.


Tags: Community Service, Milky Way, Historic, Lynden History

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, hockey, Lynden employees, Alaska

Teamwork Builds Field of Dreams in Sitka

Posted on Tue, Feb 12, 2013

Moeller Field in Sitka, AKFor years, Sitka High School baseball coach Ed Conway tried without success to work out a plan that would restore his team’s eroding baseball and softball fields. So he went to his power lineup.

Ed tapped into the services of Alaska Marine Lines, Arrowhead Transfer and a handful of city and political administrators to help him build his field of dreams in Sitka this past summer. He recruited Senator Bert Steadman of Sitka and Representative Bill Thomas of Haines to aid his cause. The elected officials helped secure a $2 million state grant that brought the dream one step closer to realization.

He then worked with Arrowhead Transfer’s Vice President of Operations Paul Haavig and Alaska Marine Lines who reduced the shipping rate on 1.2 million pounds of freight to bring the materials from Seattle. Suddenly, the long-time dream became reality.

The final result was a newly carpeted baseball and softball field complex – Moeller Field – with a permanent Alaska Marine Lines logo imprinted on the turf as a show of appreciation from the high school. The fields will be used for Sitka high school baseball and softball, community little league teams and men’s and women’s community softball.

The new venue was officially dedicated in a ceremony on Alaska Day. Paul was in attendance with Steadman, Thomas, Alaska Marine Lines President Kevin Anderson, Arrowhead Transfer President Gordie Harang, Sitka Mayor Mim McConnell and approximately 75 others, many of them ballplayers and construction workers on the project.

“The whole community is excited about it,” Paul says. “Everyone had a part in making it happen.”

Tags: Sitka, Community Service, Baseball, barge service to Alaska, Arrowhead Transfer, Alaska Marine Lines

Tugboat propeller donated for Seattle maritime monument

Posted on Wed, Sep 05, 2012

PropellerNORTHPASSAGEPOINT THIEL resized 600A 70-inch, 1,300-pound propeller from Bering Marine Corporation’s Arctic Bear tugboat now graces Seattle’s North Passage Point Park as a sculpture honoring the Seattle-Alaska maritime industry. The prop was one of a pair on the shallow-draft tug that was in service in Prudhoe Bay.

It’s been a long journey from the day Bering Marine gifted the stainless steel prop to Naval Architect Philip Thiel and its installation at the park this spring. Philip, a University of Washington Professor Emeritus of Architecture, Urban Design and Planning, designed the base for the propeller and he planned to donate the prop to the parks department for use in the maritime sculpture.

Shortly after the prop was delivered to Philip’s home in Seattle, thieves pulled up in a truck and stole it right out of the back yard.  A Seattle TV station aired a story about the crime and the Seattle Parks Department issued a press release asking for the public’s help to find the missing prop.

“Philip filed a police report, but we Prop Parkdidn’t hold out much hope,” says Linda Hubert, Maintenance Manager for Seattle Parks and Recreation. “They were obviously thieves with some mechanical resources to nab a huge, heavy propeller inside a retaining wall and fence. Phil was broken-hearted.” He offered a $1,000 reward to anyone with information about the crime. Police speculated that the thieves wanted the stainless steel propeller for its scrap metal value.

After the word got out, a security guard at an industrial park in Kent, WA discovered the stolen propeller and contacted the Kent Police Department.  The propeller was transported back to the site and the sculpture was completed. The monument (above) includes a plaque identifying the Arctic Bear propeller and Bering Marine Corporation’s donation.

Tags: Community Service, Bering Marine, Seattle

Lending a hand in Papua New Guinea

Posted on Wed, Jun 20, 2012

Tari Disable Care Centre, Papua New GuineaIn keeping with Lynden’s commitment to give back to the communities where it does business, Lynden Air Cargo (PNG) Ltd., is providing assistance and support to a center for disabled children and orphans in Tari, Papua New Guinea. “We donated a computer to the Tari Disable Care Centre and plan to provide more support to this organization and others in the future,” says Greg Vaughan, Lynden Air Cargo (PNG) President.

In addition to this initial donation, Greg says Lynden will explore ways to provide support in logistics, equipment and even staff to the school in Tari “so that these less fortunate children are given equal opportunities and skills in their lives.”

Lynden also sponsored students from Tari this year at several educational training institutions in the country. Six students receive full tuition, accommodations and living allowances at the Institute of Business Studies (IBS) in Port Moresby while another student is being sponsored for training as an airport safety officer.

Lynden Air Cargo has been operating in Papua New Guinea for the past two years. The local community has already benefited from Lynden’s presence with spin-off economic and business opportunities and activities.

Tari Disable Care Centre, Papua New GuineaLynden moves cargo from Nadzab Airport in Lae to Tari in the PNG Highlands. Air delivery is necessary due to the deteriorating condition of the Highlands Highway, mountainous terrain and to speed projects along. Lynden Air Cargo uses three of its Lockheed L-382 Hercules freighters to fly in machinery, equipment, parts, supplies, containers and other materials. Lynden has an office and maintenance base at Nadzab Airport and supports mining and petroleum projects in Papua New Guinea.

According to Greg, the Tari centre is located about a mile from the airport and Lynden’s office. “It consists of two grass huts with dirt floors that were built by the volunteer teachers,” he says. “The children and several teachers were there when I presented the computer,” he says.  “I took these pictures that day. They were very appreciative.”

Tari Disable Care Centre, Papua New Guinea

Tags: Community Service, Lynden Air Cargo PNG, Lynden donation, Papua New Guinea

Lynden supports the ‘troops’ in Seattle and Alaska

Posted on Wed, Jun 06, 2012

A girl scout helps out with the processIt’s become an annual tradition at Alaska Marine Lines’ warehouses in Seattle and Southeast Alaska: Thousands of cases of Girl Scout cookies arrive on pallets each spring ready to be sorted for distribution to local troops. Alaska Marine Lines has donated warehouse space, forklifts and volunteers to the organization for many years. In Alaska, the cookies are shipped to Ketchikan where they are unloaded in the warehouse and reorganized for distribution to 10 other locations. Each community receives palletized cookies, then coordinates with local troops for final distribution. In Seattle, 3,435 cases – that’s 41,220 boxes – of Thin Mints, Trefoils and other cookies were sorted in just three hours. Alaska Marine Lines Warehouse Manager Brett Beck gets up early on a Saturday morning to help each year. “I finish around noon,” he says, “and I usually get some free cookies out of the deal. But I always buy some too,” he is quick to add. “We appreciate Alaska Marine Lines letting us use their warehouse for the seventh year,” says Cheryl Brown, Girl Scouts Cookie Manager in West Seattle.Girl Scout cookie delivery at AML resized 600

                      Above, minivans lined up for cookies at the Seattle warehouse. 

Tags: Community Service, Alaska Marine Lines, Lynden donation, Girl Scouts, Lynden employees

Lynden employees play Easter Bunny!

Posted on Thu, May 10, 2012

Lynden International and Lynden Transport employees in Houston had a chance to play Easter Bunny this spring after Business Support Analyst Joyce Teehan responded to a request for help from Montgomery County Child Protective Services and Child Welfare Division. After the Easter Basket Project lost its corporate sponsor, Joyce and Lynden employees volunteered to secure donations then gather and assemble 800 Easter baskets during lunch hours and after work to distribute to foster children. “Everyone at Lynden Houston has been involved,” Joyce says. “I don’t think the organization expected Lynden to collect all the baskets they needed, but they were pleasantly surprised!” says Houston International Service Center Manager Vickie Gould. Below, employees load the baskets for delivery.

Lynden employeesLeft to right: Leo Rodriguez, Francisco Martinez, Rigo Rodriguez, Angela Black, Cathie Norwood and Lucky Thompson. Front: Romeo Longoria.

Tags: Lynden International, Community Service, Lynden employees, Lynden Transport, Easter Basket Project

Lynden Transport distributes Freddy's Coats for Kids throughout Alaska

Posted on Tue, Feb 07, 2012

Lynden is known for supporting the President Jim Beck speakscommunities where it does business and Lynden Transport got a chance to illustrate this last month by partnering with customer Fred Meyer in a unique program to keep Alaska children warm this winter. Alaska Governor Sean Parnell and Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan were on hand for a press event last December at the Salvation Army warehouse to kick off an event to give away $100,000 worth of coats to kids throughout Alaska. Freddy’s Coats for Kids is a unique partnership between Fred Meyer, the Salvation Army and Lynden Transport. Fred Meyer is donating 10,000 coats and 2,000 pair of snow pants, the Salvation Army is finding children in Alaska who need them most and Lynden Transport is donating the transportation of the clothing from the Fred Meyer warehouse in Chehalis, WA to Anchorage, the Mat-Su Valley, Fairbanks, Kenai and Juneau. “This is a very worthy cause and helped a lot of Alaska's needy children. Fred Meyer asked for our help with their project and, like a good neighbor, we answered the call,” says Jim Beck, President of Lynden Transport.

(Above): Lynden Transport President Jim Beck speaking at the press conference in the Salvation Army warehouse. Left to right, Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan, his wife Lynnette, Sandy Parnell next to her husband Gov. Sean Parnell and Major George Barker, head of the Alaska Salvation Army.

Tags: Community Service, Governor Sean Parnell, Salvation Army, Lynden Transport

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