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Lynden Transport and Lynden International 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 International 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 International 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 International 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 International 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: Lynden International, Logistics Management magazine, Quest for Quality Award, Lynden Transport

Lynden International sends classics across the pond

Posted on Wed, Jun 01, 2016

Gas tank drained. Check. Battery cables tied back. Check. Original Bill of Sale and shipper photo ID. Check.

After 18 years at Lynden International and countless global shipments, International Agent Colleen Delaney knows what is needed to ship just about anything overseas. Automobiles have become her specialty over the past few years as she handles the safe ocean transport of vintage automobiles from the U.S. to the U.K. for London-based American Legends, LLC. “We don’t typically ship vehicles, due to the extensive paperwork and customs requirements, but we will handle this type of shipment for customers who approach us with these special requests,” she says. So far, Colleen has handled the transport of Corvettes, Mustangs, Ferraris, a 1965 Buick Riviera and she is preparing to ship over a Trans-Am from the Smokey and the Bandit film and a replica of the General Lee, a 1969 Dodge Charger from the TV show The Dukes of Hazzard.

When it comes to loading and securing the valuable automobiles into containers Lynden turns to trusted partner SeaPac Transportation Services of Seattle. “We use SeaPac for all our ‘special needs and delicate handling’ FCL shipments,” Colleen says. President Paul Kimball was Lynden Transport’s Vice President of Administration in the 1970s and understands the Lynden brand of customer service and excellence. In addition to cars, engines and other specialty parts are palletized and shipped via ocean for the company. “SeaPac is the best of the beColleen__Jack_best_pic.jpgst in this area. We won’t partner with just any company – we require top notch service to keep our customers happy,” Colleen explains.

The export of vehicles requires an extensive amount of paperwork. The original title and Bill of Sale is required by customs to prevent stolen freight. Customs filing must also be presented 72 hours prior to the sailing of the vessel so that the vehicle is available for inspection by customs if they so choose. “Lynden International offers this premium service at reasonable prices compared to other forwarders,” Colleen says.

Most of the classics that Lynden ships for American Legends are headed to auctions in London or are sold to car collectors throughout Europe.

Tags: Lynden International, international shipping, Lynden, Lynden Transport

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: John Schank, Lynden Transport, Alaska, Capitol Christmas Tree

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: John Schank, Lynden Transport, Alaska

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: John Schank, Lynden Transport, Alaska, Capitol Christmas Tree

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

Posted on Mon, Aug 17, 2015

Logistics Management coverLynden Transport and Lynden International 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 International/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 International 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 International 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: Lynden International, Logistics Management magazine, Quest for Quality Award, Lynden Transport

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

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
(Article courtesy of Transport Topics. Click image to view larger)

 

Tags: John Schank, Driver of the Year, Alaska Trucking Association, Lynden employees, Safety, Alaska trucking, Lynden Transport

Lynden Transport earns top score among all LTL regional carriers in Quest for Quality Awards

Posted on Mon, Aug 11, 2014

Quest for Quality AwardLynden Transport earned the top score among Less-than-Truckload (LTL) carriers in the Western Region in Logistics Management magazine’s 31st annual Quest for Quality Awards. Lynden swept the category, earning No. 1 rankings for on-time performance, customer service, equipment and operations and information technology. Its total weighted score of 53.01 was the highest among all carriers in the national LTL sectors of Western, Northeast, South/South Central and Midwest/North Central. This is the second year Lynden Transport earned the No. 1 ranking for on-time performance in the Western Region.

The Quest for Quality Awards go straight to the customers, asking shippers to evaluate providers on the following criteria: on-time performance, equipment and operations, value, information technology and customer service. This year the research group received 7,451 total responses—1,272 more than last year. In order to be a “winner,” a company had to receive at least five percent of the category vote. The result offers the logistics market a crystal clear look at not only the overall winner in any given category, but a list of companies that finished above the average. With this year’s award, Lynden Transport has received 18 Quest for Quality Awards.  

Quest for Quality logo“Lynden employees continue to put the customer first in every aspect of our day-to-day activities, and that effort is reflected in our scores this year,” says Lynden Transport President Paul Grimaldi. “We are very proud of our ranking in the LTL category and just as proud of our employees who provide top-notch transportation solutions to our customers.  We will continue to offer the most innovative service, whether in the form of information technology, fuel efficiencies, versatile equipment to increase pay loads, or helping customers plan and carry out successful projects in the oil and gas, mining or construction industries.” 

According to editors at Logistics Management magazine, “Lynden Transport is among the carriers who received the ultimate vote of confidence, posting the highest scores across our lists of critical service criteria. Those in the Regional LTL sector work tirelessly to manage the onslaught of increased regulation and related operational challenges while maintain top service levels.”

For more than three decades, Quest for Quality has been 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: Logistics Management magazine, Awards, Quest for Quality Award, Lynden Transport

Lynden International and Lynden Transport combine offices in Dallas

Posted on Thu, Jan 30, 2014

Lynden Transport TruckLynden International and Lynden Transport have combined offices in Dallas to offer customers a total transportation solutions package. Lynden International is a full-service freight forwarding and logistics company and Lynden Transport provides truckload and less-than-truckload (LTL) services throughout the Lower 48, Alaska and the oil patch areas of Western Canada.

"Combining the two companies under one roof allows us to meet all of our customers' transportation, forwarding and logistics needs," says Dallas District Manager Kyle Fisher. "Lynden International and Lynden Transport have each had offices in the Dallas market and served customers here for many years. This combined service center will allow us to work more efficiently and coordinate our services. It also gives us the capabilities to provide additional services and products to help existing customers and to offer a full suite of services to new customers – especially those in the oil and energy sector."                                  

The Lynden office, located at 1319 S. Beltline Road, is centrally located between major freeways with easy access to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. In addition to truck transportation offered by Lynden Transport, Lynden International offers import and export services, customs brokerage and the capabilities of Lynden's worldwide forwarding and logistics network.

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