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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, Safety, Lynden Transport, Safety Award

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

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

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.”

Tags: Lynden International, Lynden, Awards, Lynden Air Cargo, Lynden employees, Brown Line, Safety Award

Brown Line receives Safety Award from WTA

Posted on Fri, Feb 03, 2012

The Washington Trucking Association (WTA) recently presented Brown Line with the Common Carrier Fleet Safety of the Year Award for 2011. The award is based on a carrier’s accident rates, driver training, safety programs and Receiving awardvehicle maintenance. In addition to the yearly safety award, Brown Line Safety Director Bill Smith was recognized as one of the latest WTA members to become a Certified Safety Director through the North American Transportation Management Institute (NATMI ).

Brown Line is headquartered in Mount Vernon, WA and provides temperature controlled truck transport throughout the U.S and Canada. Bill is pictured holding the two awards with Captain Groondell from the Washington State Patrol and Kevin Skow of Great West Casualty.

Tags: Washington Trucking Association, Brown Line, Safety Award

Alaska West Express receives ConocoPhillips safety award

Posted on Tue, Jun 29, 2010

Alaska West Express received the Alaska Safe Truck Fleet Most Improved Award at the Annual Alaska Trucking Association (ATA) Safety Awards banquet in Anchorage. The annual Most Improved Award is presented for the safety record based accident rates from the previous year to the current year.

"ATA is pleased to join with ConocoPhillips to recognize the achievement of Alaska West Express in improving their safety performance over the past year," says ATA Executive Director Aves Thompson. "Safety on the highway and in the workplace is the highest priority for our industry. Alaska West Express is a fine example of practicing what we preach."

"This is a total team effort by all managers, drivers and mechanics," explains Alaska West Express Safety Director Jim Maltby. "Our employees have worked hard and deserve all the credit." Terminal Manager Al Guettinger agreed. "I echo Jim's appreciation for our employees' efforts and greatly appreciate ConocoPhillips' interest in the transportation industry and its sponsorship of this award."

ATA Safety Award - Alaska West Express
Pictured (from left): Wendy King, ConocoPhillips Vice President External Affairs, Steve de Albuquerque, ConocoPhillips Interim Manager of Safety, and Al Guettinger and Scott Hicks, Alaska West Express Terminal Managers in Fairbanks and Anchorage.


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

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