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Operation Santa Claus brings warmth to Alaska children

Posted on Tue, Dec 15, 2015

2_2015_Operation Santa Claus.jpgFor the fifth year, Fred Meyer, The Salvation Army Alaska Division and Lynden Transport teamed up 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 received free winter coats. The shipment arrived in Anchorage courtesy of Lynden Transport, in cooperation with Totem Ocean Trailer Express, 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 the following communities: Cordova, Fairbanks, Kodiak, Angoon, Ketchikan, Haines, Hoonah, Juneau, Kake, Kenai, Klawock, Petersburg, Sitka and Wrangell.

"One of the deliveries was made to a community of 500 between Nome and Kotzebue and the town is still abuzz with the excitement of Operation Santa Claus," says Jenni Ragland of the Salvation Army. "I heard from one of the community members about a family with three boys that was in particular need of winter coats. They had been wearing the same light jackets for a year. The look on the 12-year-old's face was wonderful. He tried not to show it, but he was very proud and happy. He couldn't keep himself from hugging the coat to his chest. Thank you so much for all you do. You really touch lives."

Tags: Lynden Transport, Community Service

U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Makes Special Appearance in Seattle on Nov. 7

Posted on Wed, Nov 04, 2015

U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Makes Special Appearance in Seattle on Nov. 7
“People’s Tree” Visits Lake Union Park on Historic Journey from Alaska to Washington D.C.

For 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 is bringing the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree from Alaska to Washington, D.C. for the 2015 season, involving more than 10 communities along the way, including an appearance at Lake Union Park near the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) on Saturday, November 7 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree pulled by Lynden Transport truck(photo courtesy http://www.trackthetree.com/)

The tree was cut on Oct. 27 near Seward, Alaska, and prepared for the 4,000-mile expedition by land and sea. The tree left the Chugach National Forest driven by Lynden Transport’s nationally recognized driver John Schank and followed by a caravan of caretakers for the journey to the U.S. Capitol. Fifteen community celebrations are being planned throughout the tour, culminating with the official tree lighting in early December.

Kenworth Trucks and Lynden Transport are two area-based sponsors supporting the 2015 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree initiative. A specially decaled Kenworth T680 will transport this year’s U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree across the country with Lynden’s John Schank at the wheel. A 1924 Kenworth truck built at the company's first assembly plant in Seattle is on special loan from PACCAR and is on display at (MOHAI).Kenworth truck - U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree

The Nov. 7 festivities in Seattle will include the 2015 U.S. Capitol Christmas tree on display, the debut of the Kenworth T680 and Christmas-themed truck wrap, Lynden Transport’s 1954 truck museum, representatives from the U.S. Forest Service and Choose Outdoors, Smokey Bear and Sasha Salmon, and special performance by Alaska band, Blackwater Railroad. Activities are open to the public and free for all to enjoy. Attendees are encouraged to visit MOHAI following the event. “We are honored to be a part of this historic project,” says Paul Grimaldi, Lynden Transport President. “There is no one better to transport this precious cargo – the People’s Tree – than our veteran driver John Schank who has logged 37 years and 5 million miles on the road accident-free.”

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.

“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.”

Associated costs are paid for in part by the U.S. Forest Service, while costs for the tree's transportation and special events are covered by in-kind services and donations from major 2015 supporters Lynden Transport, Shell, Alaska Airlines, Skybitz, Alaska Railroad, Alaska Crane, Granite Construction Company, ReThink Wood, Truckload Carriers Association, TOTE Maritime Alaska, Hale Trailer, Kenworth Truck Company and more.

For more information on the Seattle tour stop, visit www.mohai.org. For related news, events and tour information, and to track the tree cross-country, visit www.capitolchristmastree.com.

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

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 Transport, Alaska, Capitol Christmas Tree, Lynden employees

A Mission of Mercy in Fairbanks

Posted on Thu, Oct 08, 2015

10_2015_Mission in FBK.jpgLynden helped put smiles on a lot of faces in Fairbanks recently. Lynden Transport's Ken Hall and Alan Hoza of Alaska West Express assisted in bringing a free mobile dental clinic, the Alaska Mission of Mercy, to the community. Ken coordinated the move of a trailer filled with 60 dental chairs, 49 treatment chairs and other equipment to the two-day event. The biggest challenge, according to event organizer Dr. Heather Willis, was getting the equipment from the Lower 48 up to Alaska. "The trailer came from Tacoma to Anchorage via TOTE, then via the Alaska Railroad to Fairbanks. Lynden delivered it to the event site," Ken says. "Wolverine Equipment, our trailer maintenance provider, re-inspected the trailer to make sure everything was ready to go."

It's estimated that the dental group treated 878 patients at a donated cost of $800,000 in 24 hours (see above). Dr. Tim Woller expressed appreciation to Lynden for its assistance. "Your support and generosity are typical of the community spirit that makes Alaska and Fairbanks a great place to live and work," he says.

Tags: Lynden Transport, Alaska West Express, Community Service

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

Lynden Air Cargo flies aid to Vanuatu after cyclone devastates islands

Posted on Thu, Mar 26, 2015

Lynden Air Cargo HerculesLynden Air Cargo’s L-100 Hercules aircraft is being put to use flying relief supplies to Vanuatu after Tropical Cyclone Pam devastated the South Pacific Islands March 13. Communications company Digicel Fiji chartered a Lynden Air Cargo plane from Nadi, Fiji, to the capital city of Port Vila within days of the cyclone. It was loaded with food rations and technical equipment to repair towers and networks to restore communications throughout the islands. Now working with the World Food Programme (WFP), Lynden continues to pick up more supplies from Brisbane, Australia, for air delivery to Port Vila in support of humanitarian efforts.

“We are coordinating flights as quickly as possible in cooperation with government authorities,” says Rick Zerkel, Lynden Air Cargo President. “With 65,000 people left homeless from Cyclone Pam, there is an urgent need for relief supplies. We are committed to helping in any way we can for as long as our services are needed.”

Lynden Air Cargo Disaster ReliefLynden operates a fleet of six Hercules around the world specializing in remote site services and requiring minimal equipment for loading and offloading. The unique features of the aircraft make it ideal for flying aid into isolated disaster areas. Lynden Air Cargo has provided disaster relief assistance at some of the world's worst disasters, including the Haiti earthquake in 2011 and the Indonesian earthquake and Samoan tsunami in 2009. Working with the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA), the Red Cross and the U.S. Military, Lynden has delivered emergency vehicles, portable hospitals, food, water and relief workers to ravaged areas across the globe.

Lynden Air Cargo is one of the Lynden family of companies, whose combined capabilities include shipping to Alaska, truckload and less-than-truckload transportation, barge service to Hawaii and Alaska, charter barges, worldwide air and ocean forwarding, third-party logistics, trade show shipping, intermodal bulk chemical hauls, scheduled and chartered Hercules L-382 cargo aircraft and multi-modal logistics. Lynden companies are repeat winners in the annual Quest for Quality awards presented by Logistics Management magazine.

 

Tags: Community Service, Lynden Air Cargo, International shipping, Disaster Relief

Giving back: Tanana Valley Special Olympics

Posted on Wed, Dec 17, 2014
12_2014_Tanana Special Olympics.jpgFor many years, Lynden Transport has supported the Tanana Valley Special Olympics in Fairbanks. "We appreciate that the Lynden family of companies realizes the benefit Special Olympics is to our community," writes Sheryl Powell in a thank you letter. Lynden's Ken Hall, his wife Debbie and daughter Stacey are all involved in the organization. "We have served on the management team for several years," Ken says. "The highlight for us this year was Stacey traveling to New Jersey to compete in the National Special Olympics games. She bowled her personal best and took a gold medal in singles, pairs and a silver in team."

Tags: Lynden Transport, Community Service

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

Lynden is ALPAR's Contributor of the Year

Posted on Thu, Jun 26, 2014

Alpar.jpgLast month, Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling (ALPAR) recognized outstanding achievements in recycling and litter prevention for 2013. Lynden, Inc., Alaska Marine Lines, Alaska West Express and Lynden Transport were recognized together as the Outstanding Contributor of the Year for support of ALPAR through the donation of shipping and transport services for the Railbelt's community recycling centers.

"Each year we recognize an outstanding business or organization that contributes significant resources to further ALPAR's mission," says Mary Fisher, ALPAR Executive Director. "Lynden and its companies, Alaska Marine Lines, Alaska West Express and Lynden Transport, have been important contributors to ALPAR for many years by helping distribute our litter bags to communities across Alaska. In 2004 Alaska Marine Lines and Alaska West Express made a commitment to move recyclables to outside markets and in 2009, Lynden Transport stepped up partnering with the Alaska Railroad to move recyclables collected by the Fairbanks Rescue Mission's Recycling Center to Anchorage and on to markets in Seattle."

Alaska West Express handles the containers from Anchorage to Whittier, Alaska Marine Lines transports them by barge to Seattle, and Lynden Transport handles them in Seattle as well as donating the shipment of some line haul vans from Fairbanks to Anchorage. "Lynden companies in Alaska have partnered with ALPAR for the last 10 years to donate the transportation of recyclables like aluminum cans, plastic bottles and paper, from Central Alaska to Seattle for recycling. We are proud to participate in this partnership to make free and convenient recycling possible for Alaska residents along the Railbelt," says Anna Deal, Lynden's Green Initiative Coordinator.

"It takes many people in the Lynden Family of Companies to do this work and direct their resources to help us make recycling and litter prevention work in Alaska," Mary adds. "Thanks to them, ALPAR can provide services to our communities that help the environment and keep our communities litter-free without significant government support."

ALPAR is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing economically viable recycling and eliminating litter in Alaska.

Tags: Green Lynden, Community Service, Recycling

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

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