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AMEC presents Lynden Canada Co. with safety award

Posted on Tue, Jan 06, 2015

safety 2“This is a great accomplishment,” says Project Manager Walter Rakiewich, of the performance of Lynden Canada Co. employees. Lynden was selected from all of AMEC’s global business units as the recipient of a Beyond Zero Outstanding Achievement Award for incident-free work. “The award was presented by AMEC and its construction staging facility to honor Lynden for working more than 100,000 man hours without even a minor scratch or anything requiring first aid treatment,” Walter explains.

For the past three years, Lynden Canada Co. has been providing services to engineering firm AMEC at the Construction Staging Area (CSA) facility in Northern Alberta. AMEC is building the Kearl Oil Sands expansion plant for Imperial Oil/Exxon Mobil.  Material is staged at the facility and shipped to the construction site as required.

Lynden Canada Co. Administrative Assistant Candice Fox also received an award from AMEC. She was one of the first Lynden employees hired for the project. “Candice was nominated for this award by Kearl Project Director John Day,” Walter says. “I have personally worked with Candice and she certainly displays all the qualities the award stands for.” Candice (pictured above) was honored for exceptional dedication in providing support to the Construction Staging Area (CSA) and coordinating an award-winning CSA Safety Rodeo video and luncheon.describe the image

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Jason Jansen named president of LTI, Inc./Milky Way; Bill Johansen new president of Brown Line

Posted on Fri, Oct 17, 2014

Milky WayThe Lynden family of companies announced earlier this month two executive appointments: Jason Jansen was named president of LTI, Inc. and its Milky Way division based in Lynden, Washington, and Bill Johansen is the new president of Brown Line, LLC based in Mount Vernon, Washington. LTI, Inc. is one of the Lynden family of companies and specializes in the transport of liquid and dry bulk commodities. Its Milky Way division is a leading bulk milk hauler in the Pacific Northwest. Brown Line is a trucking company providing temperature-controlled transportation to customers throughout the U.S. and Western Canada.

Jansen was previously president of Brown Line and Johansen was regional sales manager for Lynden Transport in the Vancouver/Portland area.

"LTI, Inc. will be well served by Jason's proven leadership ability, focus on safety and efficiency, and passion for our business and its people," says Brad Williamson, LTI, Inc. board member and former president.

Jansen began his Lynden career as an equipment operator with Knik Construction Co. and worked in various departments at LTI, Inc., before becoming regional manager of the Lynden, Wash. Service Center and five satellite locations. Jansen has served as a member of the Lynden Airport Board, the Lynden Chamber of Commerce Board and volunteered for the Lynden Boys & Girls Club.

Brown Line"Bill has over 30 years of experience in the transportation industry and an impressive record of success including leadership roles in air, LTL trucking operations and marketing," says Lynden Executive Vice President Alex McKallor. "His enthusiasm and positive approach will be a great addition to an already strong team at Brown Line."

Johansen joined Lynden Transport in 2007 and was named salesman of the year in 2008. Prior to his Lynden career, he served as operations manager at Joel Olson Trucking and spent over 20 years in various leadership positions at Alaska Airlines. Johansen also served as a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. He has coached youth sports in his community and received many awards during his extensive career.

 

 

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John Schank honored as Alaska's Driver of the Year

Posted on Fri, Sep 26, 2014

Congratulations to John Schank, the Alaska Trucking Association’s Driver of the Year!

For almost 40 years – driving nearly 5 million miles – John has represented Lynden and set the standard for drivers in Alaska. Please join us in congratulating and thanking John for his many years of safe, exceptional driving!

 

Alaska Trucking Association's Driver of the Year - John Schank
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Lynden International names Butler and McCarthy new regional managers

Posted on Mon, Oct 28, 2013

Lynden InternationalLynden International welcomes Frank Butler as Southeast Regional Manager and Charles McCarthy as Northeast Regional Manager. Butler will oversee Lynden's Atlanta, Nashville, San Juan, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Charlotte service centers as part of the newly formed southeast region. McCarthy will supervise the New York, Newark, Boston, Chicago, Baltimore and Philadelphia locations comprising the newly created northeast region.

"Butler and McCarthy bring a level of experience and a track record of prior success to Lynden's Eastern U.S. locations. They will play an integral role in the future growth and development of our offshore, Canadian, Mexican and European markets," says John Kaloper, Lynden International Vice President-America.

Butler will be based in Atlanta, and McCarthy in Lynden's New York office. Butler has more than 30 years of experience in the transportation industry, including serving as Vice President-Eastern Region, for Exel Logistics (formerly MSAS Global). He holds a business degree from Clayton State College.

Prior to joining Lynden, McCarthy was Regional Manager of Cargo Sales-Northeast for United Airlines. His 25-year logistics career includes a position as Vice President/General Manager at NI Logistics. He earned a business degree from Pace University and a master's degree from Long Island University.

Lynden International is part of the Lynden family of companies whose combined capabilities include: worldwide air and ocean forwarding, third-party logistics, trade show shipping, truckload and less-than-truckload transportation, scheduled and charter barges, intermodal bulk chemical hauls, scheduled and chartered Hercules L-382 cargo aircraft and multi-modal logistics.

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Lynden Air Cargo names Richard Zerkel president

Posted on Wed, Jul 24, 2013

describe the imageLynden Air Cargo has promoted Richard Zerkel to president. Zerkel succeeds retiring president Judy McKenzie. Zerkel began his career with Lynden Air Cargo in 1999 as a first officer on the company's Hercules aircraft. He was promoted to captain and then director of operations in 2008. He most recently was vice president of operations.

"Rick has an outstanding leadership record delivering safe and high-quality services for Lynden customers," says Lynden Inc. President & CEO Jon Burdick. "His 15 years of experience in various positions with the company ensures Lynden Air Cargo customers and employees are in good hands."

Before joining Lynden Air Cargo, Zerkel held management positions at various airlines in Alaska. He is a member of the executive council of the National Air Carriers Association (NACA) and a volunteer with the Boy Scouts of Anchorage. 

Lynden Air Cargo logoLynden Air Cargo is part of the Lynden family of companies offering truckload and less-than-truckload freight to Alaska, charter barges, rail barges, intermodal bulk chemical hauls, scheduled and chartered air freighters, domestic and international shipping via air and ocean forwarding, customs brokerage, trade show shipping, remote site construction, sanitary bulk commodities hauling and multi-modal logistics. Lynden companies are repeat winners in the annual Quest for Quality customer service awards presented by Logistics Management magazine.

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Lynden continues to help employees work safer and smarter

Posted on Wed, Jul 17, 2013

Lynden companies are customer-focused, but helping employees work smarter and safer is an ongoing goal as well. Last month LTI, Inc. Eastern Region Safety and Compliance Manager Allison Russell participated in hands-on research at the Milky Way Service Center in Sunnyside, WA with Han Kim from Labor and Industries (L&I). Han is an ergonomist representing L&I’s Safety & Health Assessment and Research Prevention (SHARP) program and the Trucking Injury Reduction Emphasis Study (TIRES) division. Allison, along with Operations Manager Darrell Scott, Driver Joey Fayard, Dispatcher and former driver Robert Tripp and Vice President of Operations Bob Griggs spent two days working together at a Sunnyside dairy and in the Sunnyside yard to explore ways to work safer while hauling liquid bulk products.

Picture for NewsletterDarrell Scott, Jr. hooks up a milk hose at the Sunnyside Milky Way yard. His movements are mirrored on a computer program provided by Han Kim of Labor & Industries.


“We invited Han to Sunnyside to guide us in safety education and training,” Allison explains. “Han’s visit was to focus on best practices for tasks such as ascending and descending fixed ladders attached to milk trailers as well as pulling and carrying hoses.”

The team wound milk hoses, simulated different workplace scenarios and “did a ton of pulling and winding,” Allison says. “We discussed stresses on different body parts, low back stress, balance.” LTI, Inc. will take this information and work with Han to develop training videos and educational tips on proper posture and injury prevention. LTI, Inc. and Milky Way have regularly scheduled safety and training meetings but this is one more valuable tool to add to the mix. “We value our employees and want them to be at their best each day while serving our customers. This is one more way to improve customer service,” Allison says.

Lynden Transport has also worked with the TIRES group, most recently in Fife, WA. “We have been involved in several projects,” says Trevor Lindberg, Safety & Loss Prevention Manager. “We were featured in safety poster photo shoots and research projects including forklift safety, load binders and safe working practices. We appreciate any opportunity we are given to help increase a focus on working safely, and were happy to participate.”

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Lynden employee's sculpture featured on NBC show

Posted on Wed, Jul 10, 2013

sculpture photo 2Lynden Vice President of Marketing & Media David Rosenzweig’s sculpture "Gemini" made an appearance in an episode of NBC’s Grimm TV series. The episode, entitled “Kiss of the Muse,” aired May 7. Outside of work, David is a nationally recognized artist and sculptor.

“I received a phone call from a decorator who works for NBC. He said he was working on the set design for Grimm and he wanted to use one of my sculptures,” David says. The Gemini sculpture is of two dancers in the same pose, but facing opposite directions (above right). “The decorator had seen my work on the website for the Pacific Northwest Sculptors Association, and he wanted to use it in the interior of a house. This totally came out of the blue. I am thrilled.” The Grimm series is set in Portland, OR and was inspired by the classic Grimm Brothers' Fairy Tales.

David grew up in Seattle and is a graduate of the University of Washington and The Burnley School of Art. He has been recognized nationally in American Art Collectors magazine as well as for his graphic art by the New York Art Directors Club and Communication Arts magazine. Over the past few years he has focused his efforts as a sculptor on his series of dance pieces. David said he finished the large version of the piece several years ago, but has been working on a smaller version for clients. More of David's work can be seen on his website: www.dance-sculpture.com

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Lynden Air Cargo receives Patriotic Employer Award

Posted on Thu, Jul 04, 2013

Patriotic Employer award   LAC copyLynden Air Cargo Senior Aircraft Mechanic James Martiny (left in photo) nominated Chris Diltz and Lynden Air Cargo for an award for supporting employees who are also National Guardsman and Reservists. The Office of the Secretary of Defense for Employer Support of the National Guard and Reserve agreed with Jim and issued a “Patriotic Employer” recognition plaque to Chris and Lynden Air Cargo this Spring.

The patriotic award recognizes individual supervisors and bosses for support provided to a member serving in the National Guard or Reserve. Employer support includes a wide-range of measures such as flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence if needed.

“Since Chris, and Lynden as a whole, supported me in fulfilling my Reserve Duty requirements I thought he deserved recognition,” James says. “Also, Lynden has a track record of hiring veterans, which by my count, is approximately 66 percent of our Lynden Air Cargo maintenance staff.” James is stationed at Elmendorf Air Force Base with the 477TH Fighter Group as a F-22 Raptor Crew Chief in the U.S Air Force Reserves.

“Being flexible with my guys that are in the Guard and Reserve seems like normal operating procedure to me,” says Chris, Lynden Air Cargo Maintenance Manager. “They are taking the time in their lives to support our nation. I do my best to support them by being flexible with their schedules during their times of service.”

Lynden Air Cargo also employs the following Guardsman and Reservists: Maintenance Mechanic Jeremy Leep, National Guard Powerplant Technician; Loadmaster Matt Haug, National Guard Pilot; and Pilot Tom Cubit, National Guard Crew Chief.

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Lynden companies awarded for workplace safety

Posted on Wed, Jun 19, 2013

Lynden Air Cargo, Brown Line and Lynden International were each recognized for workplace safety earlier this year.

Lynden International celebrated noBrown Line Safety Award with Bill Smith resized 600 Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) recordable accidents in 2012, according to Human Resources Manager Kristie Duggan. Brown Line received three awards from the American Trucking Association (ATA) in its National Truck Safety Contest. The company took first place in the general Commodities LTL/Line-Haul Division (up to 10 million miles traveled category); third place in the general Commodities LTL/Local Division and third place in the general Commodities LTL category.

“The awards are based on our accident-free records for the year,” explains Brown Line Safety Director Bill Smith. “Now that we are covering 6 to 7 million miles a year with 56 trucks and 120 drivers, we are in a new, more challenging category. We compete with trucking companies from throughout the U.S. with up to 1,000 employees and hundreds of trucks which makes the awards even more meaningful.”

LAC AACA award 2012 resized 600For more than 10 years, Lynden Air Cargo has received an annual Alaska Air Carriers Association (AACA) Safety Award.  AACA Board Members Mike Stedman and Bob Hajdukovich personally presented the 2012 award plaque to Director of Safety and Security Anthony Knapp in Anchorage last month (at left) in recognition of another year of operating with no aircraft accidents. “We couldn’t do the safe flying we do every day without the support and outstanding work of our maintenance and flight operations departments and the entire team,” Anthony says. “We work hard to follow safety measures and protocols and to do the job right. It’s rewarding to be recognized for these efforts year after year.”

Lynden Air Cargo, Lynden International and Brown Line will continue to focus on workplace safety in the coming year with regular meetings and employee training. “This year we are focusing our training efforts on a new and improved driver development program and driver retention as well as additional training for the shop, dock and office departments,” Bill says. “Safety is our No. 1 priority.”

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Energy efficiency continues across Lynden companies

Posted on Tue, Jun 11, 2013

Green LyndenLynden companies continue to be committed to working lean and green every day of the year.  Since 2008, improvements such as lighting upgrades, motion sensors, heating and air conditioning improvements, and strategic insulation have resulted in dramatic energy efficiency improvements.

Alaska Hovercraft in Bethel replaced High Pressure Sodium (HPS) lights with high efficiency fluorescents at the airport and shop and saw an immediate 26 percent reduction in electricity use. “We recouped the cost of both upgrades in less than two months. The new lights are so bright that we can shut down half the warehouse lights during low traffic work hours without any safety concerns,” says General Manager Kevin Carter.

At Alaska Marine Lines in Seattle, the newEnergy efficiency at Alaska Marine Lines Container Freight Station (CFS) expansion also included the installation of high efficiency lights. Employees came up with the idea to paint walls, ceiling, doors, and headers bright white and scrubbing and resealing floors. The white walls reflect light and eliminate the need for more lighting fixtures. “We also replaced the old thermostats and eliminated several heating systems working against each other,” explains Seattle Terminal Manager Mark Gaska.

Other improvements throughout Lynden companies include:

  • At LTI, Inc. in Sunnyside, WA, lighting upgrades in the shop and individual motion sensors installed on each light allow partial instead of full lighting of the shop. The change resulted in a 20 percent reduction in energy use.

  • Lynden International’s Boston employees worked with their landlord to install an automatic thermostat and saw a 30 percent reduction in electricity and heating use.

  • Anchorage's South Air Park facility uses "heat recovery" to heat some spaces while cooling others. A split duct in the IT computer room reroutes warm air into the basement below the offices and warm air from the second floor offices is rerouted to the cross dock.

  • In Fairbanks, Lynden Transport’s recent warehouse expansion and upgrades included installing a dock door “curtain” to reduce heat loss in the winter months plus new dock plates and insulation to keep a tight seal around the doors.  “But the biggest change was a new heating system which allowed us to manage our heat with digital thermostats. We can now set temperatures for specific times of day and days of the week,” says Manager Greg Busher. The changes have resulted in a 20 percent reduction in natural gas use from 2011 to 2012. The Fairbanks upgrades were identified as potential ideas in an energy audit for the company done in 2011.

“A number of our companies participated in the Alaska Energy Authority program and signed up for audits to identify priorities for energy upgrades in 2011 and 2012,” explains Anna Deal, Lynden’s Green Team and Green Initiative Coordinator. “The greatest opportunity for savings comes from replacing inefficient lighting, installing automatic controls such as digitally controlled thermostats and motion sensors, sealing air leaks and repairing insulation around dock doors and other areas.”

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