Something old and something new is an apt description for this newly constructed parlor car perched atop Alaska Marine Lines’ containers in the Seattle yard. The cars are new but built to look like the vintage 1890s rolling stock original to the railroad when it began carrying miners from Skagway to the Klondike gold fields. It is one of three that Alaska Marine Lines barged from the Seattle dock to Skagway this spring to be used on the historic White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad. According to Susan Ashton, Alaska Marine Lines Account Manager in Juneau, the cars routinely make an appearance on Alaska Marine Lines barges. “These were newly built at Hamilton Manufacturing in Sedro Woolley, WA for the railroad. The White Pass Railroad also sends the older parlor cars to Hamilton for refurbishing. We have been handling the careful transport of the cars from Alaska to Washington and back for many years now.”
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Petroleum Newspapers of Alaska, based in Anchorage, Alaska, recently released "Exploring the Alaska-Washington Connection 2011", the most recent edition of their annual publication.
As a multi-modal transportation company pioneering the way between Washington and Alaska for over 50 years, Lynden’s name shows up throughout the magazine. We are proud to serve our customers and communities in Alaska, Washington, and throughout the world.
You can read more about Lynden's activities on the following pages of the magazine:
Page 6: Mining activity is also an important lifeline for numerous Alaska and Washington transportation companies, like Lynden Inc.
Page 18: Lynden, for example, provides trucking services for Capstone Mining Corp.’s Minto Mine in west-central Yukon Territory.
Page 28: The U.S. Department of Energy is introducing wind energy to the nation’s small communities...an effort that Lynden is supporting with an offer to transport wind turbines and towers to 14 communities in Alaska.
Page 36: Alaska Airlines, Lynden Inc. and other businesses have taken numerous steps in recent years to reduce their environmental footprints.
When a Wal-Mart customer in Kenai places a carton of milk in their shopping cart, that milk made its way to Alaska via Lynden Transport – at least since September of this year. Thanks to innovations in equipment, customer service and value, Darigold chose Lynden Transport to move its milk and dairy products supplied to Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Kenai.
The product originates from the Darigold plant in Seattle, which is the same facility Milky Way delivers raw product to from dairy farms in Eastern Washington and other locations.
“We knew from our relationship with LTI, Inc. on milk hauling that this new project would be handled with the same professionalism,” says Wayne Cottrell, Darigold Senior Manager Supply Chain-Logistics. “Lynden has shipped over 100 trailers to date without issue. They understand the local dynamics unique to Alaska.”
According to Lynden Transport Northwest Regional Sales Manager Russ Walker, many Lynden employees were involved in securing the business, including Lee Peterson, Charlie Mottern, Jerry Wendorf, Paul Grimaldi, Mike Oliver, Alex McKallor and Jim Beck.
The project required plenty of meetings and planning ahead of time. Russ went to Alaska in September with Darigold representatives to meet the Anchorage operations team of Blaine Ghan, Jered Post and Andy Collins. “The folks at Darigold were very impressed with the enthusiasm and willingness to get the job done right by the Anchorage operations staff,” he says.
To move the dairy products efficiently, Lynden designed a three-axle 28-foot refrigerated trailer with the K-beam system to allow double stacking of packages. The new reefers will be capable of handling 45,000 pounds of net payload. Lynden trucks the Darigold packages to the dock in Tacoma where they are loaded onto steamship for delivery in Alaska. Lynden then completes truck delivery of the products to Sam's Club and Wal-Mart stores.
In August the first test shipment to Fairbanks went off without a hitch, but the day of the actual changeover was not so smooth.
Darigold experienced an unusual mechanical problem, and product that was supposed to be ready at 10 a.m. on the day of the sailing was not ready until around 10 p.m. “We had five loads to pick up in Seattle and needed to have through the gate at the steamship lines in Tacoma by 11 p.m.” Russ explains. “Kreig DeYoung was working operations that night and somehow got it done. I didn’t ask how, but it was Lynden ‘can do’ spirit at its best.”
Lynden Transport will carry Darigold products to Alaska for the next five years, per the new agreement. Darigold products also move via Alaska Marine Lines barges into Juneau and Ketchikan from Seattle, and Brown Line hauls Darigold products to Costco stores in Washington and Idaho.
You can imagine the planning and preparation it took to move this 12-foot wide, 11-foot tall bucket from the Lynden Transport yard in Fife to a gold mine in Fairbanks.
(From left: Lynden Transport employees John Thuney, Jered Nelson, Butch Brocato, Steve Flores and Doug McBride)
The 70,000-pound load required two AH52 heavy duty forklifts for the pick and placement on a trailer and a 4-axle tractor to pull it to TOTE in Tacoma for shipping to Alaska. Driver Tim Logsdon was escorted by a pilot car for the trip to the dock. In Anchorage, pilot cars and oversized permits were again needed along with an Alaska West Express 48-foot, 3-axle steel step deck trailer rated for 40-plus tons. “It took a real team effort to make this happen,” says Dane Anderson, Operations Manager in Fife.
Lynden Transport was selected as an Inbound Logistics Top 100 Motor Freight Carrier for 2010. This year was particularly challenging for the editorial staff as they had to select 100 trucking leaders from more than 250 companies that submitted their credentials. The Top 100 list appeared in the September issue of Inbound Logistics.
“The Top 100 Motor Carriers list is a good place for transportation buyers to shift gears, slow down, and take a look at a group of truckers that are paving the road for innovation,” explains Inbound Logistics magazine Editor Felecia Stratton. “We pared this year’s roster from a huge pool of companies, evaluating surveys, conducting online research, and talking with truckers and shippers. Readers use this directory to find carrier partners that will put their company in the driver’s seat.”
Lynden Transport was also recently voted the Top LTL Carrier for the Western Region by Logistics Management magazine. Lynden Transport is an industry leader in trucking to Alaska, from Alaska and within Alaska, as well as the Lower 48.
Lynden has been named the 7th top business in Alaska by Alaska Business Monthly.
Lynden Transport trucks have been rolling in and out of a construction site this summer hauling panels, joists and steel for a new fish hatchery near Anchorage. The $96 million Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery will open in June 2011 on the north bank of Ship Creek and will rear rainbow trout, Chinook and Coho salmon, Arctic Char and Arctic Grayling for the state’s anglers.
Lynden has been transporting construction materials for contractor Kiewit Building Group to build a 141,511-square-foot building that will house 105 circular fish tanks. Lynden drivers have transported steel and aquaculture tanks and equipment from British Columbia, deck and joist from Washington and insulated panels from California.
“We started the job in the summer of 2009 by hauling 20 truckloads of steel sheet piles to stabilize the area for building,” says Paul Friese, Alaska Sales Manager for Lynden Transport. “I have managed many projects for Kiewit over my 20 years, and each job is unique. On this one, we have been able to assist Kiewit with managing the site's limited storage capacity.”
According to Kiewit General Superintendent W. Scott Davis, Lynden has always been professional and reliable. “When moving and tracking freight, especially materials critical to the project’s schedule, it’s nice to be able to trust that deliveries will be made as scheduled,” he says.
It’s estimated that nearly three of four rainbows pulled from Alaska streams and lakes grew up in one of Alaska's fish hatcheries. Hatcheries are responsible for 70 percent of the rainbows and 20 percent of the king salmon caught in the state.
Fourteen employees staffing the facility will incubate and rear the fish in tanks ranging from 2 feet to up to 26 feet in diameter. According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the first fish developed at the new hatchery will be grayling and rainbow trout fingerling next summer, with the first rainbow trout hitting local lakes in the spring of 2012.
The new hatchery will serve the state's need for 30 to 50 years. Instead of transferring fish from the old facility to the new one, biologists will begin with eggs at the William Jack Hernandez Hatchery to minimize the risk of disease. “Many Lynden employees love to fish Alaska’s waters, so this project was a great fit for us,” Paul says.
Lynden drivers ruled the road at the May 21 Alaska Truck Driving Championships in Anchorage. Competitors were required to complete a written exam, a pre-trip inspection and an obstacle course. Tom Martin of Lynden Transport took first place in the Day Cab division and placed third overall, and Brian Ambrose of Alaska West Express took first in the Sleeper Berth category and finished second overall. Other top drivers were Lynden Transport’s Don Harrison who placed third in the Day Cab division and Jered Post, taking third in the 3-axle category.
Brian and Tom are now preparing to compete in the National Truck Driving Championships August 3-7 in Columbus, OH. Brian has driven for both Lynden Transport and Alaska West Express over the years, and he says he’s always been conscientious behind the wheel. “You have to be on your game every day. You can’t afford to have a bad day,” he explains. “I take pride in doing a good job, and although the competition will be tough in Ohio, I think I can handle it,” he predicts.
Tom is a 16-year Lynden Transport veteran. “I’ve always been competitive, and I enjoy testing my skills,” he says. This was his third year participating in Anchorage, and he said he’s excited about competing on a national level.
We will keep fans of the Lynden Facebook page updated with the results of the competition. Good luck, Brian and Tom!
Enhanced EZ Tracing and redesigned website puts customer in the driver’s seat
ANCHORAGE – Lynden Transport’s industry leading EZ Tracing system just got better with the addition of GPS mapping of shipment locations while in route over the highway. By clicking on a link on the Lynden Transport website, customers can monitor their shipments on a digital map that shows the truck as it moves from origin to destination. Lynden Transport is the only Alaska trucking company to offer this live tracking service to its customers. The company also launched a brand new website, www.lynden.com/ltia, redesigned based on customer feedback for easier navigation.
“We are very interested in customers’ ideas to improve service and value,” says Jim Beck, Lynden Transport President. “Lynden Transport has some long highway routes such as from Texas to Alaska and our customers requested that we provide more than depart and arrive status. With the new GPS live tracking maps we can provide multiple location updates per day.
“GPS mapping adds a dimension of transparency that puts the customer in control and assures them that their shipment will arrive on time,” Beck added. “We plan to expand our network to include freight moving on marine vessels so our customers can see the same visibility on the water as we now offer on land.”
GPS mapping example (click to view larger):
GPS mapping is the latest addition to Lynden Transport’s other recent service improvement, Predictive Delivery, which provides customers up-to-date delivery times for their shipments in major services centers in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Kenai, Juneau and Ketchikan.
The EZ Tracing GPS mapping feature is automatically engaged each time a shipment is viewed through the EZ Commerce system. If you would like to sign up for Lynden’s free EZ Commerce program, go to www.lynden.com/ltia and click on the “sign up now” link, or call your local Lynden representative.
Lynden Transport is the trusted leader for trucking to Alaska. Its network of service centers is the largest in Alaska and provides extensive coverage with integrated truck, marine and air services. The Lynden family of companies combined capabilities include: truckload and less-than-truckload transportation, scheduled and charter barges, rail barges, intermodal bulk chemical hauls, scheduled and chartered air freighters, domestic and international air forwarding, international 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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Three Lynden companies teamed up to support the development of geothermal energy in King Salmon, Alaska. Naknek Electric Association is drilling a 9,000 to 12,000 foot exploration well near King Salmon in hopes of harnassing power to supply 28 villages in Southwest Alaska. Lynden Air Cargo, Lynden International and Lynden Transport provided shipping and project logistics, often on short notice, to meet deadlines for assembling the drill rig and prepping it for drilling.
Lynden International handled the oversized shipping of a 15-foot, 4,000-pound replacement shaft for the drill rig from Houston to Anchorage. Lynden Transport took over in Anchorage, picking up the shaft and delivering it to a fabrication shop. Other overnight shipments for the project included two 2,600-pound motors for the drill rig picked up in Houston on a Saturday to have it in the customer's hands on a Monday morning.
If the wells are successful, the clean energy produced would replace 3.5 million gallons of diesel fuel now used to generate electricity in Naknek. This is a groundbreaking effort for Alaska and Lynden employees were proud to help get the project off the ground.
From the Lynden Archives: This story was originally written in November 2009.