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Brown Line earns second EPA award

Posted on Thu, Feb 07, 2019

Brown Line truck 1200x630Brown Line's fleet, part of the Lynden family of companies, is among the most efficient fleets in the nation and the company has once again earned the SmartWay High Performer Award from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

According to the SmartWay Transport Partnership, just over two percent of all SmartWay carriers operate fleets so clean and efficient that they make the SmartWay High Performer list for all metrics. Whether its carbon, particulate matter or nitrogen oxide, high-performing SmartWay carriers drive cleaner, emit fewer of these pollutants – and burn less fuel – for every mile they travel and for every ton of freight they move, as compared to their SmartWay peers.

"Our team is proud to receive this award two years in a row," says Brown Line President Bill Johansen. "We continue to work with our drivers on improving driving habits to minimize idle time, sudden starts and stops and to improve mileage. This recognition is shared with the entire Brown Line team."

Since 2007, Brown Line has invested in new aerodynamic tractors and trailers, wide-base super single tires and high efficiency engines, dramatically improving miles per gallon (MPG), reducing idle time and lowering carbon emissions.

In the last five years, Brown Line has improved its fuel economy by nearly 40 percent as reported to the U.S. EPA SmartWay Transport Partnership. Most of Brown Lines’ fleet is less than 5 years old. The new tractors are equipped with modern emissions control systems that significantly reduce air pollution. Since 2012, Brown Line’s fleet has reduced its nitrous oxide and particulate matter emissions per ton mile by 44 percent and 62 percent respectively.

Over 75 percent of Brown Line reefer units are plug-in and have contributed to a nearly 90 percent decrease in idle time since 2010. "As new trailers are purchased our goal is 100 percent," Bill says. "This year we will be testing a new aerodynamic system in place of trailer tails that is designed to reduce the low pressure drag behind the trailer. The new system is expected to increase fuel economy and durability while reducing weight."

Tags: Green Lynden, Brown Line, Grocery Chill and Frozen, LTL, Temperature-Controlled, Truckload

Lynden Transport and Lynden Logistics 2018 Quest for Quality winners

Posted on Tue, Aug 07, 2018

2018 Quest for Quality AwardLynden Transport was awarded its sixth consecutive No. 1 ranking and its 22nd overall award in the 35th annual Logistics Management Quest for Quality Awards, receiving the highest scores among Less-than-Truckload (LTL) western regional carriers in the on-time performance and information technology categories and topping the overall weighted scores. Lynden Logistics achieved strong results in the air freight category, earning its 16th Quest for Quality award.

“We work hard every day to be the best of the best and, for the 22nd time, we’re honored our customers have recognized us with a Quest for Quality Award. We are incredibly humbled to be ranked at the top for six years in a row,” says Lynden Transport President Paul Grimaldi. “The credit goes to our dedicated drivers, customer service representatives, support staff, and the entire Lynden Transport team. We intend to keep the momentum going by continuing to provide the Lynden brand of service to our customers.”

“Our employees are the key ingredient in our excellent customer service and our many years of Quest for Quality Awards,” says Lynden Logistics President John Kaloper. “The air freight industry is challenging and competitive and we strive to provide the best on-time performance, service and value."

For more than three decades, Logistics Management’s Quest for Quality Awards has been regarded as the most important measure of customer satisfaction and performance excellence in the transportation and logistics industry. The results are the culmination of a six-month research project conducted by Peerless Research Group. Thousands of ballots are cast and counted to determine the leaders across a number of critical criteria, including: on-time performance, equipment & operations, value, information technology and customer service. To be a winner, a company had to receive at least five percent of the category vote.

Tags: Awards, Lynden Transport, Lynden Logistics, LTL, Air

Lynden's Jack Sorensen named 2018 Alaska Truck Driver of the Year

Posted on Wed, Jun 27, 2018

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.

ATA Truck Driving Championships 2018
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.

 

Tags: Awards, Lynden Employees, Safety, Lynden Transport, Alaska, Drivers, LTL, Truckload, Ground

Brown Line earns prestigious EPA SmartWay High Performer Status

Posted on Thu, Dec 14, 2017

Tulip field (red) with Brown Line truck.jpgBrown Line, LLC, an industry leader in temperature-controlled truck transport, earned a SmartWay Transport Partner 'High Performer' Status ranking from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this month. Among the hundreds of fleets partnering with the EPA through SmartWay, Brown Line is among the select few that have earned SmartWay High Performer status for all performance metrics. 

According to the SmartWay Transport Partnership, just over 2 percent of all SmartWay carriers operate fleets so clean and efficient that they make the High Performer list. "These companies are a step ahead in meeting the challenges of sustainable goods movement and have achieved significant shipping and freight efficiencies that merit special attention," says Gina McCarthy, EPA Administrator. "Compared to their SmartWay peers, High Performer carriers drive cleaner, emit fewer pollutants and burn less fuel for every mile they travel and for every ton of freight they move."

Over the past seven years, Brown Line has decreased its idle hours by 87 percent, its Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) emissions by 43 percent, its Particulate Matter emissions (PM) by 52 percent and its Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions per ton mile by 27 percent. The company has also improved its mile per gallon (MPG) by 44 percent. "The Brown Line team is extremely proud of this award and this recognition. To be in the top 2 percent of all trucking companies is affirmation that our efforts to improve freight efficiency are paying off," says Brown Line President Bill Johansen. "We will continue to adopt programs and practices that improve productivity and reduce our carbon footprint on the road and in our operations."

Brown Line uses highly efficient engines, lightweight equipment with enhanced aerodynamics, automatic tire inflation systems and onboard computers to manage highway speed, progressive shifting, best routing options and idle times. Other efficiency measures include:

  • Cab design, with roof fairing, side skirts, integrated sleeper, and aerodynamic mirrors and bumper, reduces drag. Ultra-lightweight 53' trailers use side skirts and trailer tails.
  • Fleet includes 53-foot trailers with California Air Resources Board (CARB) compliant reefer units.
  • Team drivers and new high-efficiency plug-in electric refrigerated trailers minimize the need to idle the truck's engine. All reefers are electric.
  • Efficient engines – DT-12 Transmission Program, Carb Emission Certification-Clean Idle.
  • Gearing – DT-12, heavy duty 12-speed overdrive automated manual transmission increases miles per gallon.
  • All 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.
  • PeopleNet tool is used to measure engine/driver performance in decreasing idle time and increasing miles per gallon with an average of 7.6 MPG for the entire fleet and an overall reduction in fuel use.  
  • Event Recorders are installed in all tractors to ensure improved safety and reduce cost.

Brown Line became a SmartWay Transportation Partner in 2010. Sister company Lynden Transport became the first Alaska trucking company to join SmartWay in 2008, followed by LTI, Inc./Milky Way – a three-time winner of SmartWay's Excellence Award – and Alaska West Express in 2012.  

The EPA launched SmartWay in 2004 to help businesses improve the sustainability of their freight supply chains. Today, the partnership consists of 3,000 companies representing a cross section of the freight supply chain.

Brown Line 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 customer service awards presented by Logistics Management magazine.

Tags: Awards, Green Lynden, Seafood, Brown Line, Grocery Chill and Frozen, LTL, Temperature-Controlled, Truckload, Ground

John Schank earns second ATA Driver of the Year award, sets record for 40 years of safe driving

Posted on Thu, Aug 17, 2017

When John Schank started driving for Lynden Transport in 1975, he probably never imagined he would be named the Alaska Truck Driver of the Year, not once, but twice. The Alaska Trucking Association (ATA) presented John’s award this summer at a special event in Fairbanks. In addition to that honor, John was recognized for setting a new record as the first Lynden Transport driver to log 40 years of safe driving – 5,360,000 miles to be exact. Starting with the opening of the Dalton Highway in 1975, John has been driving one of America’s most treacherous roads: the haul road between Fairbanks and Prudhoe Bay. The haul road is known for extreme grades and extreme weather. John still drives the route today, making the 1,000-mile round trip twice a week.

John Schank 2017 next to truck.jpg"John is a true professional," says Lynden Transport President Paul Grimaldi. "He was named ATA Driver of the Year in 2014 and participates in the annual ATA truck driving championships each year. He received a letter of commendation in 2014 from former Governor Sean Parnell for his driver of the year award and from Governor Walker for his awards." He also received a letter of congratulations from Joe Marushack, President of ConocoPhillips Alaska, and Janet Weiss, President of BP Alaska, for helping these Lynden customers continue to safely perform their work.

"Receiving the ATA Driver of the Year again this year, along with his award for 40 years of safe driving for Lynden Transport, makes us all very, very proud," says Paul. The highlight of John’s career was being chosen to transport the 2015 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree from Seward to Anchorage and from Seattle, WA to Washington D.C. "It was my honor," John says. "I stopped along the way for community events and met a lot of kids who thought I was Santa taking the Christmas tree to the White House. I’ll never forget it."

"For 43 years, John has been climbing behind the wheel and doing his job safely and as the quiet professional," says Lynden Chairman Jim Jansen. "He exemplifies the Lynden Everyday Heroes who consistently, efficiently and safely serve our customers. John has set the standard for drivers on the haul road with a spotless safety record. We are proud of him and his commitment to safety while driving in the most challenging conditions in the nation."

Tags: Awards, Lynden Employees, Safety, Lynden Transport, Drivers, LTL, Truckload

Lynden Transport voted #1 in 2017 Quest for Quality awards

Posted on Tue, Aug 15, 2017

Lynden Transport’s 21st award and fifth consecutive No. 1

Lynden Transport was awarded its fifth consecutive No. 1 ranking and its 21st overall Quest for Quality Award in the 2017 awards issued by Logistics Management magazine. Lynden Transport received the highest scores among Less-than-Truckload (LTL) western regional carriers in the on-time performance, value, and equipment & operations categories and topped the overall weighted scores.

“We are extremely proud of our No. 1 ranking again this year,” says Lynden Transport President Paul Grimaldi. “We strive to help customers utilize the full range of Lynden’s capabilities and ‘only pay for the speed they need’. Our top marks in the on-time performance and value categories confirm that our efforts are making a difference to customers.”

“What makes the Quest for Quality Awards stand out in the market is the fact that the winners are determined by the readers of Logistics Management - the buyers of logistics and transportation services who put these carriers and service providers to work around the clock and around the globe,” said Michael Levans, Group Editorial Director of Peerless Media, LLC., the publisher of Logistics Management.

Logistics Management’s Annual Quest for Quality Awards is the culmination of a six-month research project conducted by Peerless Research Group. For more than three decades, Quest for Quality has been regarded in the transportation and logistics industry as the most important measure of customer satisfaction and performance excellence. This year 5,437 logistics and supply chain decision makers cast their votes.

Tags: Awards, Lynden Transport, LTL, Ground

Lynden Transport and Lynden Logistics 2016 Quest for Quality winners

Posted on Mon, Aug 15, 2016

Lynden Transport's 20th award and fourth consecutive No. 1

Lynden Transport was awarded its fourth consecutive No. 1 ranking and its 20th overall Quest for Quality Award in the 2016 awards issued by Logistics Management magazine. Lynden Logistics also earned a No. 1 ranking for the second consecutive year and its 15th Quest for Quality Award.

Lynden Transport ranked highest among Less-than-Truckload (LTL) western regional carriers and Lynden Logistics was the winner among Airfreight Forwarders. Lynden Transport received the highest scores in the information technology, customer service, and equipment & operations categories and topped the overall weighted scores. Lynden Logistics was rated highest in the performance, value and customer service categories with a weighted score well above the other national and international airfreight forwarders.

"When you consider the challenging environment for transportation and logistics service providers, earning a No. 1 ranking is quite an accomplishment. We are very proud to be at the top year after year," says Lynden Transport President Paul Grimaldi. "We celebrate this achievement with our dedicated employees who provide quality service to our customers each day."

"We thank our customers for recognizing us again and our employees for taking good care of our customers and earning a top ranking for a second consecutive year," says Lynden Logistics President John Kaloper. "This prestigious award reflects our commitment to providing quality service, on-time performance and value to our customers."

For more than three decades, Logistics Management's Quest for Quality Award has been regarded as the most important measure of customer satisfaction and performance excellence in the transportation and logistics industry. The results are the culmination of a six-month survey of 4,725 ballots cast for the 'best of the best' in service across a number of critical criteria, including: on-time performance, equipment & operations, value, information technology and customer service. To be a winner, a company had to receive at least five percent of the category vote. Voting is by invitation only and the voter must have had experience with that particular provider at some point over the past year.

Tags: Freight Forwarding, Awards, Lynden Transport, Lynden Logistics, LTL, Air

Lynden looking for next generation of drivers

Posted on Wed, May 18, 2016

The Lynden companies are looking for a few good men and women to follow in the footsteps of the Lynden Legends, the courageous group of drivers who pioneered service on the Alcan in the 1950s and the hundreds of Lynden drivers who have continued the tradition by driving trucks safely and efficiently through the years.

Wyatt_Nagle_-_LTI_Inc._-_Vancouver.jpgTo find them, Lynden launched a driver recruitment campaign last year, headed by Marketing Project Manager Dorene Kolb and Vice President of Employee Relations and Business Development Gail Knapp with the help of an employee committee representing Alaska West Express, Lynden Transport, Alaska Marine Trucking, Brown Line, LTI, Inc. and Milky Way.

“At Brown Line, we have a significant number of drivers retiring or preparing for retirement, so we are taking a proactive position to find the best drivers to replace them. Driver retirements are not only impacting Lynden, but the nation as a whole. Trucks move the goods that keep the country running. It is an extremely important profession and industry,” explains Al Hartgraves, National Accounts Manager for Brown Line.

To attract the best and brightest, Lynden developed a brochure and website to spread the word and committee members have attended job fairs at Joint Base Lewis-McChord AFB in Tacoma and other employment events as well as recruiting from trucking schools.

“Our goal is to let people know Lynden is unique in the marketplace. With more than 18 transportation and logistics companies, you can work in a variety of positions and locations. The driving experience is different here and the opportunities for advancement are unparalleled,” Dorene explains. “Although we are interested in all ages and those launching second careers, we are also appealing to the millennials in their 20s.”

Interviews with summer interns and the drivers themselves have yielded interesting feedback. In addition to good pay and benefits, drivers are also interested in a stable company and upward mobility.

Jered Post, Vice President of Operations for Lynden Transport, took advantage of those advancement opportunities 10 years ago. After starting as a Milky Way Driver in 2005 in Jerome, ID he worked his way up to managJered_Post_Truck_Driving_Championships.jpging Lynden Transport locations in Fairbanks and Anchorage. He later became Director of Operations and was then promoted to Vice President with the company in Seattle. Many Lynden executives started their careers driving, including former Lynden Transport President Jim Beck and Chairman Jim Jansen.

Wyatt Nagle drives for LTI, Inc./Milky Way in Chehalis, WA. “Every day brings a new adventure,” he says. “I started out as a night driver picking up milk, and I worked up into driving freight. Now I am the night supervisor. I have no plans to go anywhere else, but if I wanted to, I could go drive in the oil fields in Alaska and Texas. And if I get tired of driving, I can find a different role with Lynden, keep my benefits and status, and start another new adventure.”

The recruitment committee is asking Lynden employees to help refer qualified driver candidates. “Every job at Lynden is affected by trucking,” Al says. “Everyone plays a part in attracting good people to keep the companies healthy and the freight moving.” Go to www.lynden.com/drive for a brochure or a driver interest form.

Tags: Lynden, Lynden Employees, Alaska, Drivers, United States, LTL, Truckload, Ground

Four-year refinery project completed in Canada

Posted on Wed, Apr 06, 2016

Over the past four years, approximately 14,000 shipments from all over the world arrived in Alberta, Canada for the construction of a bitumen refinery near the Kearl oil sands. Lynden Logistics, Lynden Canada Co. and Canadian Lynden Transport provided support and logistics to engineering firm AMEC for the refinery project which included 12 Lynden employees in Edmonton and Calgary.

“The last four truckloads were delivered in late March, but over the past few years we moved everything from small packages to heaters weighing 150,000 pounds,” says Walter Rakiewich, Canadian Lynden Transport President.  The Lynden companies provided international freight forwarding, warehousing, just-in-time shipping and truck transportation from Calgary to the refinery site 70 miles outside Fort McMurray.  Most of the project was based at the Foster’s Wheeler’s Construction Staging Area (CSA) facility in Northern Alberta.  Freight came from all over the world via air, truck, rail and ship, all coordinated by Lynden Logistics.

“I’ve never been involved in a project of this complexity and size and it was a great experience. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of employees to work with,” Walter says.  The project also affected the Canadian Lynden Transport crew as trucks were needed to haul  truckload, less-than-truckload and heavy haul loads. Walter singled out Dispatcher Deanna Benson as key to keeping things running smoothly during the busy project years.

AMEC_laydown_yard-Alberta_Canada.jpgLynden’s adaptability was a huge plus, according to Steve Foster, CSA Manager at Foster Wheeler. “Lynden provided great service to AMEC. Our ability to meet the contractors’ requirements was solely based on the excellent service provided by Lynden personnel at this facility.” He specifically noted Lynden’s ability to mobilize when priorities changed, the availability of trailers and other equipment and the availability of a dedicated driver to assist when the changes hit.

“After working on several of these projects in my career, this one stood out as the most successful because we had buy-in from the entire team on safety and service. That leads to success for both companies.”

In 2014, Lynden was selected from all of AMEC’s global business units as a recipient of the Beyond Zero Outstanding Achievement award for working 100,000 hours accident-free.  Lynden Administrative Assistant Candice Fox also received an award for exceptional dedication to the CSA team.

With an established Canadian presence through Lynden Canada Co. and Canadian Lynden Transport, Lynden is ready to continue its support of Canada’s oil industry. “I think we all feel a great sense of accomplishment with the way this project turned out and great pride in our employees who made it a success,” says Randy Jackson, Lynden Logistics Vice President.

Tags: Lynden, Canada, Lynden Transport, Lynden Logistics, Energy, LTL, Oversized/Heavy Haul, Project Logistics, Truckload, 3PL

Lynden Transport, Lynden Logistics voted No. 1 in annual Quest for Quality Awards

Posted on Mon, Aug 17, 2015

Logistics Management coverLynden Transport and Lynden Logistics earned first place in the Less-than-Truckload (LTL) regional carriers and Airfreight Forwarders categories in Logistics Management magazine’s 32nd annual Quest for Quality Awards. It is the third consecutive year Lynden Transport has taken the No. 1 spot. Lynden Transport received the highest rankings in the customer service, information technology and equipment & operations categories and topped all other overall weighted scores. Lynden Logistics/Lynden Air Freight was rated highest in the value and equipment & operations categories and finished in first place among 23 service providers. Lynden Transport has earned 19 Quest for Quality Awards.

Each year, thousands of transportation and logistics customers are asked to evaluate service providers in the following categories: on-time performance, equipment & operations, value, information technology and customer service. This year the research group received 4,649 total responses. To be a “winner,” a company had to receive at least five percent of the category vote. The results provide customers with a definitive ranking of companies by category and those that finished above average.

“To be voted No. 1 by our customers for a third year is something to be Quest for Quality Logoproud of and affirmation that we are on the right track with our service, equipment and performance,” says Lynden Transport President Paul Grimaldi. “We face many regulatory and operational challenges in the LTL industry, but we pride ourselves on maintaining the Lynden brand of customer service no matter how tough the challenges and obstacles. This award truly belongs to our dedicated employees who work tirelessly to take good care of our customers.”

“The Quest for Quality Awards give us a real sense of how our customers perceive us. It is an award based strictly on service quality and is the only survey of its kind in the market. This makes our No. 1 ranking even more meaningful,” says Lynden Logistics President Dave Richardson. “I am proud of our employees and the quality service we provide to customers day after day, year after year.”

According to editors at Logistics Management magazine, “This year our survey results yield 125 providers of transportation and logistics services that have received the ultimate vote of confidence, posting the highest scores across our lists of critical service criteria. Lynden Transport and Lynden Logistics are among those who received the ultimate vote of confidence, posting the highest scores in their respective categories and overall.”

Since its creation in 1985, the Quest for Quality Awards program is widely recognized as the transportation industry’s most important measure of customer satisfaction and performance excellence. Voting is by invitation only and the voter must have had experience with that particular provider at some point over the past year.

Tags: Awards, Lynden Transport, Lynden Logistics, LTL