Alaska West Express Driver Brian Ambrose took first place in the Tanker Class at the Alaska Trucking Association's 20th Truck Driving Championships June 1 in Anchorage. Brian is pictured with Jamie Faria Benson of the truck driving championship committee. Brian has almost 40 years of commercial driving experience and has competed in the ATA truck driving championships every year since 2005. He has collected an assortment of trophies including three for state champion and best overall in 2015 as well as being named ATA's Driver of the Year in 2016. He will head to Pittsburg in August to compete in nationals. Alaska West Express Drivers Edward Tuia, Joseph George and James Elliott also competed in the June 1 Alaska championships, along with Lynden Transport Drivers Billy Mast, Doug Longerbone, Jack Sorensen, Jeff Clark and Stephen Hill.
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"Pam's Law" was signed by Washington Governor Jay Inslee this spring, easing the burden on grieving families and payroll departments across the state. An amendment to an existing law "concerning an employer's payment of indebtedness" increases the amount Washington employers may pay the survivors of deceased employees. The previous law in Washington allowed Lynden to pay the survivors directly, but only up to $2,500. "Lynden Payroll Supervisor Pam Sorenson asked us to get a bill introduced in Olympia to increase the limit to $10,000," explains Lynden General Counsel Everett Billingslea. "We called it Pam's Law."
"The previous law left families unable to collect all of the final paycheck or unpaid vacation for a family member without opening probate or appointing an executor – a high and expensive hurdle," Pam explains. "The minimum of $2,500 doesn't go far with household expenses and funeral expenses." Lynden partnered with Senators Keiser, Van De Wege, Salomon, and Saldana to sponsor the bill. Senate Bill 5831 passed the legislature unanimously and was quickly signed into law by the governor. "It was a proud moment for Pam and for the entire company," Everett says. For more information on the bill, visit http://bit.ly/PamsLaw.
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A Lynden customer appreciation event in Valdez brought old friends together. Lynden Chairman Jim Jansen (far right) is pictured with Marie Blood, wife of Slim Blood, Lynden's first Alaska employee. Slim opened Lynden's first Fairbanks terminal in 1958 and established Lynden's early reputation for customer service. The new location was a WWII Quonset hut and meant drivers didn't have to unload their own trucks or stay overnight. Marie, her son Russ, grandchildren and great-grandchildren all attended the event in Valdez. "Between us, we could name every Alcan driver in the pictures in the #27 museum," Jim says. "Marie hosted dinners for the drivers when they arrived in Fairbanks, making them feel at home. She now resides in Valdez."
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.
The quick response of new Alaska Marine Trucking Driver Andrew Lawson saved company equipment and prevented the loss of three new cars belonging to a customer. Alaska Marine Trucking delivers vehicles to an auto dealership in Juneau twice weekly, year-round, with a specialized car-hauling trailer. Andrew was on the road to the dealership when he heard a loud ‘BOOM!’ He saw flames in his rear view mirror, pulled over and saw the trailer was on fire. The brakes of the trailer overheated and the brake drum blew in a fiery explosion. This, in turn, caught the inside trailer tire on fire, destroying it.
Andrew grabbed the fire extinguisher from his truck and quickly put out the flames. After the incident, he inspected all the gear and freight involved, and called his dispatcher. Fortunately Andrew and the cargo being transported were unharmed. Dispatcher Carolyn Smith contacted the dealership, and Andrew was able to unload the cars safely to complete delivery to the customer. "Thanks to his quick thinking and actions, Andrew saved the customer's shipment and Alaska Marine Lines what might have been a total loss of our equipment. I would like to recognize him for using his safety training, quick thinking and fast actions to save a disaster from happening," Carolyn says.
Aloha Marine Lines Account Executive Joan Nacino made the cover of Building Industry Hawaii magazine’s March issue. Joan serves as Vice President of the Honolulu Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), and she was interviewed about the opportunities and challenges for women in the construction industry.
We are proud of Joan and consider her to be an important part of our Hawaii sales team with the years of experience, knowledge and dedication she brings each day. To read the article, visit https://www.tradepublishing.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/BI0319_LR.pdf
Each year, LTI, Inc. honors its Everyday Heroes with dinner events at various locations in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Retirees are also included to celebrate employees past and present for their many years of dedicated service to Lynden.
Milky Way Driver Scott Polinder achieved a milestone of 40 years of safe driving in 2018, and Jeff Smith celebrated 30 years without an accident. Retirees from the past year Jeff Kok, Arnie DeKubber and Mark Coppinger were also recognized for their years of service.
Lynden is proud to congratulate Pete Kaiser for finishing first in the 2019 Iditarod race. Pete is an employee of Knik Construction, part of the Lynden family of companies, and counts Lynden among his team sponsors. In a close race heading out of the White Mountain checkpoint, Pete skillfully guided his team the final 77 miles to the finish line in Nome. He finished with a time of 9 days, 12 hours and 39 minutes. This is the tenth time Pete has competed in the Iditarod.
“We are all very excited for Pete and enjoyed tracking his race this past week. Pete’s grit and determination show the world what it means to be a proud Alaskan,” says Jim Jansen, Lynden Chairman.
"Pete is not only a great employee for our company, but his passion and dedication to his work shows in his mushing as well. We are excited for his accomplishments and look forward to more races in the future," says Dan Hall, President of Knik Construction.
In addition to the Iditarod, Pete regularly competes in the Kuskokwim 300 dogsled race. He holds the record for most consecutive victories in the Kuskokwim 300, winning four times between 2015 and 2018. He placed second earlier this year in the 2019 race.
Looking back to when sunny skies drew approximately 1,000 employees and friends to the annual Lynden Picnic this past summer. Barbecued salmon was on the menu, as usual, plus 1,000 ears of sweet corn that arrived the day before from Kallstrom Farms in Ephrata, WA. According to Sandy Hartman of LTI, Inc., drivers and office staff shucked corn for most of Friday afternoon to prepare for the big day on Saturday. "The water slides and toys were a big hit this year," Sandy says. "At 4 p.m., when the games had to come down it was hard to tell the wee ones it was over." Lillybug face painting and henna tattoos were also popular along with wagon rides, the money pit, music and more. We had a great time at this family event!
Twelve deserving students will receive financial assistance through the Lynden Memorial Scholarship Program for 2018. The independent scholarship service, Scholarship America of St. Peter, MN, selects recipients based on criteria established by the organization. Congratulations to the following winners who will each receive $2,500 for the 2018-19 school year:
Chloe Billingslea will be a junior at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, where she is studying Public Health.
Jake Butler will be a sophomore at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Marietta, GA, where he will study Aeronautics.
Jordan Craft will be a freshman at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA and plans to study Political Science.
Brooke DeBeeld will be a freshman at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA where she plans to study Accounting.
Briahna Gerlach will be a sophomore at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, TX where she is studying Social Work.
Parnika Godkhindi will be a sophomore at McMaster University in Hamilton, ON, where she is studying Arts and Sciences.
Melody Hoza will be a freshman at Bemidji State University in Bemidji, MN, where she plans to study Sports Management and Criminal Justice.
Clarine Long will be a first year student at the medical school at Ohio State University in Columbus, OH.
Allison Rollins will be a first year student at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle.
Natalie Smith will enter her junior year at the University of Portland in Oregon where she continues her studies in Nursing.
Andrew Spencer will be a senior at the University of Alaska in Anchorage where he plans to study Logistics.
Largim Zhuta will be a junior at Stanford University in Stanford, CA and study Engineering.
"Lynden offers these scholarships to children and grandchildren of our employees. This year's scholarship winners are very accomplished students and community leaders." says Gail Knapp, Director of the scholarship fund and coordinator for Lynden. "On behalf of all our employees, we congratulate these students and wish them the best of luck with their future studies."