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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, Alaska Trucking Association, Lynden employees, Safety, Trucking, Lynden Transport, Drivers, Safety Award, Driver of the Year

Brown Line dock team celebrates five years of working safe

Posted on Fri, Sep 08, 2017

"The Lynden companies believe in safety and it is one of our core values at Brown Line," says President Bill Johansen. The dock team, led by Dock Manager James Briscoe, just celebrated five years of working accident and injury free. The seven-member team moves all freight from around the yard, moving trailers and driving forklifts to unload and reload freight. "It takes communication, coordination and collaboration between each of the team members to make this happen," says Manager of Health, Safety, Security and Environment Bill Smith. Bill along with Bill Johansen and John Hillman presented each employee with a custom jacket, a plaque and a certificate commemorating this milestone. "We are very proud of this team and their accomplishments. They are all very humble and get the job done without incident. Their comment? 'Let's go for another five years and beyond!'"

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The Brown Line dock team. Top row, from left: Justin Johnson, James Briscoe, Jason Lawlor and James Buckingham. Front row, from left: Shane Hill, Don Treat and Jason Ronen. Not pictured Cory Eiler.

Tags: Safety, Brown Line

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, Alaska Trucking Association, Lynden employees, Safety, Trucking, Lynden Transport, Drivers, Safety Award, Driver of the Year

Lynden Air Cargo receives 14th consecutive AACA Safety Award

Posted on Wed, Jun 01, 2016

AACA_Safety_Award_-_Michelle_Fabry_LAC.jpgMichelle Fabry, Lynden Air Cargo’s Director of Safety, accepted the Alaska Air Carriers Association (AACA) Safety Award from Director John Duncan of the Federal Aviation Administration at the February award luncheon in Anchorage.  With the 2015 award, Lynden has received 14 consecutive safety awards which are presented to incident and accident-free carriers each year.

“We are very proud of our safety record,” Michelle says. “It all goes back to our employees and their dedication to safety in the operation of our aircraft, maintenance, cargo handling and following established procedures.”

Also in February, Lynden Air Cargo received news that it is the only carrier in the nation to receive approval of its Safety Management System Implementation Plan (SMSIP) on first submission to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The Implementation Plan details how Lynden will meet the FAA’s regulatory requirements. “We’ve been working on SMS Implementation for over three years. At the time of submittal, we showed that our plan was 80 percent complete with full implementation scheduled for the end of 2016,” Michelle explains.

A team of department managers from operations, cargo services and maintenance worked together to develop the plan which included going through every FAA line item and detailing how Lynden would meet the requirement. According to Michelle, carriers who do not receive initial approval receive a visit from a team of FAA officials to help them finish the plan correctly. “This is a big deal for us. We have a great group here that got it right the first time.” Full implementation of the SMSIP is not required until 2018, so Lynden is not only ahead of schedule but setting the bar for other carriers.

Tags: Lynden, Awards, Lynden Air Cargo, Safety, Safety Award

New marine safety system launched

Posted on Wed, May 25, 2016

Safety_Management_System_training.jpgExecutive management from Naknek Barge Lines, Bering Marine Corporation and Alaska Marine Lines met in Seattle earlier this year for the first training session to launch the joint Marine Safety Management System (SMS).  They were joined by Jim Maltby, Lynden Director of HSSE, and Rheagan Sparks, Lynden’s Marine Risk Manager.  Their objective: to educate participants about the internal audit processes within the SMS and to prepare them to conduct field audits aboard Lynden vessels during the 2016 operating season.

The first day of the training, led by Lynden Consultant Dione Lee of QSE Solutions, consisted of classroom learning and goal identification.  Participants took their newfound skills into the field on day two by conducting mock vessel audits aboard the Naknek tugboats Crosspoint and Polar Wind (see photo).  The group took turns in the roles of auditor and crew.

 Implementation of a formal Safety Management System is a growing trend in the maritime industry, according to Rheagan. “Since the acquisition of Northland Services in 2013, the three primary Lynden maritime companies have been working to consolidate their pre-existing procedures into a more coordinated format,” she says. “The SMS allows the companies to standardize and document their procedures.  This is part of a continually evolving process of improvement that reduces the likelihood of accidents and promotes a culture of safety.”  The new SMS system is endorsed by Lynden’s maritime liability insurer, Steamship Mutual P&I Club, positioning Lynden as an elite operator within the maritime industry.

 Captains from Naknek, Bering Marine and Western Towboat Company gave positive feedback about the January training.  “The SMS manual mostly reflects what we already do, but now it’s documented and accessible for everyone,” says Tim Kinkopf, Naknek General Manager. Future training sessions for vessel crews are scheduled later this year.

Tags: Bering Marine Corporation, Alaska Marine Lines, Safety, HSSE

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

Tags: Awards, Lynden employees, Safety, Lynden Canada Co.

Alaska West Express named safe truck fleet of the year

Posted on Thu, Jun 05, 2014

6_2014_AWE safe fleet.jpgAlaska West Express received the Alaska Safe Truck Fleet of the Year Award from the Alaska Trucking Association (ATA) at its annual awards banquet this spring. Alaska West Express was recognized for its safety performance in 2013, including accident frequency rates, compliance, safety and accountability (CSA) scores and OSHA recordable injuries. It also received three other safety awards from the ATA including Line Haul, Local Cartage and Line Haul Most Improved.

The ATA sponsors the safety awards with ConocoPhillips to recognize and reward carriers who operate safely on the highway and in the workplace. CSA is a major safety measurement and reporting initiative of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

"This award represents the hard work, professionalism and integrity of our managers, operations team, drivers and mechanics," says Alaska West Express President Scott Hicks. "We haul a variety of commodities in very challenging conditions, including hazardous chemicals, petroleum products, dry bulk commodities and retail products. Safety is extremely important to us, and we appreciate that our efforts are recognized by the ATA and ConocoPhillips."

Tags: Awards, Alaska West Express, Alaska Trucking Association, Safety, Safety Award

Brown Line takes two national awards in ATA safety contest

Posted on Fri, Nov 22, 2013

Brown Line wins two national safety awards.Brown Line Safety Director Bill Smith proudly displays the company's two award plaques for workplace safety issued by the American Trucking Association (ATA). The ATA's National Truck Safety Contest results were announced last month and Brown Line placed in two categories for the second year in a row. The Mount Vernon trucking company placed first in the general commodities LTL/local division, up to 10 million miles category, and took third place in the general commodities LTL/line-haul division, up to 10 million miles category. "We are up against much bigger trucking companies with hundreds of employees and trucks, so these awards are hard-won and extremely meaningful," Bill says. Congrats to the Brown Line team!

Tags: Lynden, Awards, Lynden employees, Safety, Brown Line, Safety Award

Lynden Transport donates transportation of stuffed animals for good cause

Posted on Wed, Oct 16, 2013

Lynden Transport recently donated the Lynden truck driver Ray Sorensontransportation of 3,000 stuffed animals from Alaska to the Lower 48. "A huge thank you to driver Ray Sorenson and Lynden Transport for helping Chance the puppy and Lucky the kitty making it from Alaska to the Lower 48," says Janette Fennell, founder and president of the KidsAndCars organization. Lynden Transport donated the shipment as a contribution to KidsAndCars' Look Before You Lock program. The program educates new parents on how to keep their baby safe by putting a stuffed animal in their child's seat as a reminder not to leave children alone in vehicles. The toys are being used to demonstrate this important safety step and are being delivered to hospitals nationwide. Lynden Transport donated truck and steamship transportation to the Lynden warehouse in Fife for distribution to hospitals. "This has been an incredible team effort from wonderful companies with large hearts who care deeply for the safety and well-being of our children," says Janette.

 

 

 

 

Tags: Community Service, Safety, Lynden Transport

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.”

Tags: LTI Inc., Milky Way, Lynden employees, Safety, Lynden Transport

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