In Juneau, local business Capital Canvas converted its facility to start producing face masks, shields and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for frontline medical and emergency personnel. Owner Hal Doughtery sterilized his entire shop and began PPE production this spring, according to Alaska Marine Trucking Health and HSSE Manager Brett Farrell. Hal provided Alaska Marine Trucking with 200 masks for distribution to employees. In turn, Alaska Marine Lines made a cash donation to help the effort as well as providing free shipping of all materials to fabricate the masks.
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Alaska Marine Lines and Lynden Transport donated the transportation of a container of wrestling mats earlier this year to Soldotna, AK for use by the nonprofit youth wrestling club the Soldotna Whalers. Pete and Tanya Dickinson (pictured right with the mats and team) manage the wrestling program. Whaler wrestlers range in age from 5 to 18. "We could not do what we do without Lynden," says President Tanya Dickinson. "It is very costly shipping these mats from Pennsylvania. We plan to recognize Lynden with a big banner when our new facility opens."
Lynden continues its financial support of the Highline Community College Follow the Supply Chain Study Abroad Logistics Program. Recently, students toured an orchard in Wenatchee, then followed the apple shipments overseas to a market in Vietnam. "None of this happens without Lynden's support. We can't express enough thanks for helping these students—from so many diverse backgrounds—to learn about the supply chain," says Sam Kaplan, Director of the Supply Chain Management Program. Alaska Marine Lines Vice President Jake Maenpa serves on the advisory board for Highline College's Global Trade and Supply Chain Management Program. Lynden is one of six corporate donors funding the study abroad program.
Lynden made a donation to the 2019 Captains for a Cure event honoring Lynden friend and partner Trident Seafoods founder Chuck Bundrant (right). The Captains for a CURE fundraiser and auction was held September 14 in Seattle hosted by Trident Seafoods and four of the "Deadliest Catch" Captains, all with the goal of raising funds to benefit the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA). These funds will also be used for a research grant in honor of Chuck Bundrant to study how Parkinson's develops.
When a water main broke in the small community of Kake, AK, the mayor and two city employees put out over 2,000 feet of fire hose to bypass the blown-out section. While that solved the problem for businesses and homes, it did not provide drinking water. Alaska Marine Lines and Arrowhead Transfer teamed up to donate three pallets of bottled water and shipped it to Kake to be distributed to the 10 percent of homes still in need of potable water. "I distributed the water just days after the break and received many thanks and high praise for the companies' kind gesture," says Arrowhead Operations Manager Adam Davis. The companies also received a thank-you letter from the mayor and city manager.
Alaska Marine Lines Vice President Jake Maenpa serves on the advisory board for Highline College's Global Trade and Supply Chain Management Program. He replaced Lynden Transport retiree Mike Oliver who served on the board for many years. Lynden recently contributed $5,000 to help fund the program's study abroad program to help students follow the supply chain internationally, domestically and locally. Students will study global transportation and trade in China and other locations. Lynden is one of six corporate donors funding the program.
A life-size bronze statue of the late Alaska Senator Ted Stevens was unveiled Feb. 23 at the Anchorage airport that bears his name. With Lynden’s long relationship with the senator, it was only fitting that Lynden companies donate the transportation of the statue to Anchorage where it is now gracing the airport. Lynden assisted with customs for shipment of materials from China, and shipped materials from Los Angeles to Alaska for the background of the statue.
Alaska Marine Lines picked up the clay form from the artist Joan Bugbee Jackson in Cordova, AK for transport to Seattle. From Seattle, Alaska Marine Lines delivered the form to a foundry in Oregon for bronzing. Lynden Transport handled the final leg back to Anchorage and stored the statue until the installation and final unveiling ceremony at the Ted Stevens Anchorage Airport.
Karina Waller of the Ted Stevens Foundation thanked Jim Jansen and Lynden for their support at the unveiling. "This is such a wonderful tribute to the Senator who truly loved Alaskans and shaped our state," says Jeanine St. John, Vice President, Lynden Logistics.
Brown Line and Lynden Logistics donated to the Growing Veterans Starbird Farm project in Mount Vernon, WA. The Growing Veterans organization empowers military veterans to grow food at local farms in Lynden, Mount Vernon and Seattle as a transition after military service. The Lynden donation will help provide veterans with a commercial greenhouse on their Mount Vernon farm and modify the grounds for disabled veterans. Above, Brown Line President Bill Johansen (right) presents the check to Andy Mayer, President of the Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce.
For more than 50 years, the World Food Programme (WFP) has been getting food to wherever it is needed in the world, saving the lives of those affected by war, civil conflict and natural disasters. Last month, the program received a boost when Lynden Air Cargo took on a three-month assignment to provide air lift of food and supplies from Assosa, Ethiopia, to Doro, South Sudan, with the potential of several other locations within Africa. Nearly 150,000 South Sudanese have sought asylum in western Ethiopia since conflict erupted in their homeland in late 2013.
“We expect between three to four flights a day, six days a week,” explains Jim Davis, Lynden Air Cargo Vice President of Marketing and Sales. “Our task is to make deliveries to ensure the South Sudanese refugees receive the food they desperately need. I would like to give credit to the Lynden employees who volunteered to do this work. This is one of the most remote places in the world and very poor living conditions. We have an amazing group of people. It is always inspiring to me how everyone rises to the challenges we face.”
The WFP is the food assistance branch of the United Nations and the world's largest humanitarian organization addressing hunger. On average, the WFP provides food to 100 million people per year in 77 of the poorest countries. This year, WFP Ethiopia plans to assist nearly 6.5 million vulnerable people with food and assistance, including school children, farmers and refugees. Up to to 350,000 refugees are expected in Gambela, Ethiopia, by the end of the year.
“We are looking forward to the challenge as this is a new market for us in a new part of the world. We have put together a great team and are excited to get started,” Jim says.
Three dogs and 26 Lynden employees participated in the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in October in Anchorage. Lynden was a 'silver' sponsor of the event - donating $1,500, and the team raised an incredible total of $7,606. Lynden was the top fundraising team at the event, which drew about 2,000 people out for a great cause. "It was a beautiful day for a walk. I know we had at least two breast cancer survivors on our team," says Jeanine St. John, Vice President of Lynden Logistics. Team captain Dani Camden of Lynden Air Cargo spearheaded the tie-dye shirts and lunches and breakfasts for fundraising. Lynden International warehouse lead Leo Lopez drew a special logo for the team.