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Brown Line earns second EPA award

Posted on Thu, Feb 07, 2019

Brown Line truck 1200x630Brown Line's fleet, part of the Lynden family of companies, is among the most efficient fleets in the nation and the company has once again earned the SmartWay High Performer Award from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

According to the SmartWay Transport Partnership, just over two percent of all SmartWay carriers operate fleets so clean and efficient that they make the SmartWay High Performer list for all metrics. Whether its carbon, particulate matter or nitrogen oxide, high-performing SmartWay carriers drive cleaner, emit fewer of these pollutants – and burn less fuel – for every mile they travel and for every ton of freight they move, as compared to their SmartWay peers.

"Our team is proud to receive this award two years in a row," says Brown Line President Bill Johansen. "We continue to work with our drivers on improving driving habits to minimize idle time, sudden starts and stops and to improve mileage. This recognition is shared with the entire Brown Line team."

Since 2007, Brown Line has invested in new aerodynamic tractors and trailers, wide-base super single tires and high efficiency engines, dramatically improving miles per gallon (MPG), reducing idle time and lowering carbon emissions.

In the last five years, Brown Line has improved its fuel economy by nearly 40 percent as reported to the U.S. EPA SmartWay Transport Partnership. Most of Brown Lines’ fleet is less than 5 years old. The new tractors are equipped with modern emissions control systems that significantly reduce air pollution. Since 2012, Brown Line’s fleet has reduced its nitrous oxide and particulate matter emissions per ton mile by 44 percent and 62 percent respectively.

Over 75 percent of Brown Line reefer units are plug-in and have contributed to a nearly 90 percent decrease in idle time since 2010. "As new trailers are purchased our goal is 100 percent," Bill says. "This year we will be testing a new aerodynamic system in place of trailer tails that is designed to reduce the low pressure drag behind the trailer. The new system is expected to increase fuel economy and durability while reducing weight."

Tags: Green Lynden, Brown Line, Grocery Chill and Frozen, LTL, Temperature-Controlled, Truckload

Lynden continues humanitarian work in South Africa

Posted on Tue, Oct 02, 2018

JPG -LAC_Kotzebue_155 smIn addition to handling critical samples for the Ebola vaccine in West Africa, Lynden Logistics is supporting the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) by coordinating the transportation of HIV rapid test kits to Zambia.

Lynden Logistics Business Development Director Dan Gotham has worked with the federal agency for many years and says Lynden is proud to provide a strong link in the global health supply chain. "In the past we've provided disaster assistance and rapid response with our Hercs and multiple transportation options," he says. Now, Lynden is supporting the test kit distribution as part of the President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) established in 2003 to address the global HIV/AIDS epidemic and help save the lives of those suffering from the disease, primarily in Africa.

Lynden coordinates the shipments of temperature-sensitive, high-value kits to South Africa. "We may have 30,000 kits in one 34-pallet shipment and 18,000 in another shipment of 55 pallets," explains Eric Klunder, Senior Account Executive. "We recognize the significant health impacts of each shipment and use extreme care at every step of the process."

Lynden will handle the shipping through 2020 with destinations varying according to global health needs. "Besides delivering important cargo, we also serve as advisors to USAID," Eric says. "We have experience in the global health field and in serving challenging areas with developing economies. Our specialty is coordinating diplomatic clearance within those countries."

Tags: Lynden Logistics, Temperature-Controlled, Air, International

Ready for Bristol Bay salmon season

Posted on Mon, May 21, 2018

Loaded barge going from Dutch Harbor to NaknekAlaska Marine Trucking's Rick McKinley snapped this photo of the Alaska Trader leaving Dutch Harbor, AK last month on its way to Naknek. The fully loaded barge is carrying seven stacks of empty reefers—11 rows across and 5 high—for the Bristol Bay salmon season. "The containers will be filled with frozen salmon or salmon roe and carried back to Seattle or to Dutch Harbor for trans-loading onto a foreign ship for delivery to Asian markets," explains Greg Obeso, Alaska Marine Lines Account Manager.

Tags: Alaska Marine Trucking, Seafood, Alaska, Grocery Chill and Frozen, Temperature-Controlled, Ocean, AML

Lynden handles critical samples for Ebola vaccine

Posted on Tue, Jan 23, 2018

Phil Maxson with map.jpgPhil Maxson recently returned from the EBOVAC-Salone Labs at Kambia District Hospital in West Africa. That's where Lynden's customer, Clinical RM, is working on a clinical trial of Ebola vaccine in Sierra Leone. Ebola is a rare and deadly disease caused by infection with one of the Ebola virus species.

Lynden Logistics has been assisting government and non-government organizations with transportation and logistics in West Africa since the Ebola crisis in 2014. "This particular project involves Lynden transporting human blood samples from the clinical trial to the U.S. and Europe for testing," explains Phil, Lynden Logistics' Director of International Operations.

Due to the difficulty in keeping the samples frozen and stable during the long transport back to the U.S., Lynden is using Liquid Nitrogen Dry (LN2) shipping containers to maintain a temperature of minus 150C for up to 10 days. The containers are more commonly known as 'dewars.'

Sierra Leone lab team.jpg"Each LN2 Shipper can accommodate up to 405 2ml vials, and is equipped with a GPS-temperature sensor so at any time, (except when on an aircraft in the air), we can monitor the temperature and see exactly where the unit is anywhere in the world," Phil says. "First we ship the charged, but empty containers into Sierra Leone and then deliver them to the laboratory which is about three and a half hours from Freetown, Sierra Leon's capital city."

Once the lab has loaded all the samples into the special canister containers (see photo at right), Lynden handles the shipping of the units to various labs located in the U.S. and Europe.

Lynden Logistics handles the transportation of over 400 shipments per year into and out of Africa for various organizations; many of these are temperature-controlled products requiring specialized handling.

Tags: Lynden Logistics, Grocery Chill and Frozen, Temperature-Controlled, Air, International

Brown Line earns prestigious EPA SmartWay High Performer Status

Posted on Thu, Dec 14, 2017

Tulip field (red) with Brown Line truck.jpgBrown Line, LLC, an industry leader in temperature-controlled truck transport, earned a SmartWay Transport Partner 'High Performer' Status ranking from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this month. Among the hundreds of fleets partnering with the EPA through SmartWay, Brown Line is among the select few that have earned SmartWay High Performer status for all performance metrics. 

According to the SmartWay Transport Partnership, just over 2 percent of all SmartWay carriers operate fleets so clean and efficient that they make the High Performer list. "These companies are a step ahead in meeting the challenges of sustainable goods movement and have achieved significant shipping and freight efficiencies that merit special attention," says Gina McCarthy, EPA Administrator. "Compared to their SmartWay peers, High Performer carriers drive cleaner, emit fewer pollutants and burn less fuel for every mile they travel and for every ton of freight they move."

Over the past seven years, Brown Line has decreased its idle hours by 87 percent, its Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) emissions by 43 percent, its Particulate Matter emissions (PM) by 52 percent and its Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions per ton mile by 27 percent. The company has also improved its mile per gallon (MPG) by 44 percent. "The Brown Line team is extremely proud of this award and this recognition. To be in the top 2 percent of all trucking companies is affirmation that our efforts to improve freight efficiency are paying off," says Brown Line President Bill Johansen. "We will continue to adopt programs and practices that improve productivity and reduce our carbon footprint on the road and in our operations."

Brown Line uses highly efficient engines, lightweight equipment with enhanced aerodynamics, automatic tire inflation systems and onboard computers to manage highway speed, progressive shifting, best routing options and idle times. Other efficiency measures include:

  • Cab design, with roof fairing, side skirts, integrated sleeper, and aerodynamic mirrors and bumper, reduces drag. Ultra-lightweight 53' trailers use side skirts and trailer tails.
  • Fleet includes 53-foot trailers with California Air Resources Board (CARB) compliant reefer units.
  • Team drivers and new high-efficiency plug-in electric refrigerated trailers minimize the need to idle the truck's engine. All reefers are electric.
  • Efficient engines – DT-12 Transmission Program, Carb Emission Certification-Clean Idle.
  • Gearing – DT-12, heavy duty 12-speed overdrive automated manual transmission increases miles per gallon.
  • All trucks and trailers use wide-base, low-rolling resistant single tires and have an automatic system to keep tires properly inflated for optimum fuel economy and to reduce tire wear.
  • PeopleNet tool is used to measure engine/driver performance in decreasing idle time and increasing miles per gallon with an average of 7.6 MPG for the entire fleet and an overall reduction in fuel use.  
  • Event Recorders are installed in all tractors to ensure improved safety and reduce cost.

Brown Line became a SmartWay Transportation Partner in 2010. Sister company Lynden Transport became the first Alaska trucking company to join SmartWay in 2008, followed by LTI, Inc./Milky Way – a three-time winner of SmartWay's Excellence Award – and Alaska West Express in 2012.  

The EPA launched SmartWay in 2004 to help businesses improve the sustainability of their freight supply chains. Today, the partnership consists of 3,000 companies representing a cross section of the freight supply chain.

Brown Line is one of the Lynden family of companies whose combined capabilities include: shipping to Alaska, truckload and less-than-truckload transportation, barge service to Hawaii and Alaska, charter barges, worldwide air and ocean forwarding, third-party logistics, trade show shipping, intermodal bulk chemical hauls, scheduled and chartered Hercules L-382 cargo aircraft and multi-modal logistics. Lynden companies are repeat winners in the annual Quest for Quality customer service awards presented by Logistics Management magazine.

Tags: Awards, Green Lynden, Seafood, Brown Line, Grocery Chill and Frozen, LTL, Temperature-Controlled, Truckload, Ground

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!'"

Brown Line dock team.jpg

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, Temperature-Controlled

Brown Line service inspires Chuckanut Bay Foods to create Vendor of the Year Award

Posted on Tue, Nov 17, 2015

Chuckanut Bay LogoBrown Line, LLC, an industry leader in temperature-controlled truck transport, was selected as the first Vendor of the Year by Chuckanut Bay Foods of Ferndale, WA. The family owned and operated boutique bakery features homegrown ingredients in its cheesecakes and other products. Brown Line provides truck transport of 180,000 pounds of Chuckanut’s temperature-sensitive cheesecake each month plus butter and cream cheese to grocery stores and food service companies in the Western U.S. and Canada.

Brown Line truck in tulip field“Brown Line’s exceptional level of service inspired Chuckanut Bay Foods to create a Vendor of the Year Award to recognize our partners for outstanding performance,” says Jenn Elmore, Sales Administrator. “We have consistently been impressed by the can-do attitude, quick response and support we receive daily from the entire Brown Line team. We decided to use this benchmark of service to begin recognizing others with the award each year.”

“The Brown Line team is honored to be selected as Chuckanut Bay Foods first Vendor of the Year. We appreciate the partnership that we have developed with Chuckanut Bay Foods since 2011 and look forward to contributing to the company’s ongoing success,” says Brown Line President Bill Johansen.

Brown Line is part of the Lynden family of companies.

Tags: Awards, Brown Line, Grocery Chill and Frozen, Temperature-Controlled, Ground

Lynden Transport receives fisheries award in Cordova

Posted on Wed, Sep 16, 2015

9_2015_fisheries award.jpgLynden Transport and Alaska Airlines Air Cargo were dual winners of the 2015 Prince William Sound Science Fisheries Achievement Award which acknowledges an individual or a group who has made a significant contribution toward the sustainable use of fishery resources in Prince William Sound or the Copper River regions.

Both companies play a vital role in transporting Cordova's fish product to market and help the fishing fleet and town run smoothly. In the photo at left, Prince William Sound Science Center President and CEO Katrina Hoffman (second from left) and Copper River Nouveau Honorary Co-host Margy Johnson present the award to Lynden Transport, represented by Jim Holley (right) along with Jim's son and grandchild.

Tags: Awards, Green Lynden, Seafood, Lynden Transport, Alaska, Grocery Chill and Frozen, Temperature-Controlled

Lynden International Logistics Co. opens new facility in Milton, Ontario

Posted on Thu, Apr 30, 2015

TORONTO – Lynden International Logistics Co., a leading provider of third party logistics (3PL) services for the healthcare manufacturing industry, announces its expansion in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) with the opening of a second facility in Milton, Ontario.

Lynden International Logistics Co."The new 65,000-square-foot facility expands our capacity in the GTA and adds to our network of locations in Canada which includes Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver," says Kevin Gillies, Vice President and General Manager of Lynden International Logistics Co. "This warehouse facility will meet the growing demands of our clients and allow us to continue to offer flexible and customized solutions on a national basis, whether in cold chain management, ambient storage or controlled drug storage."

Lynden International Logistics Co. clients include manufacturers of pharmaceutical and healthcare products for humans and animals as well as natural health products, health and beauty and consumer health products. It provides warehousing, distribution, order fulfillment, customer service, transportation, order-to-cash and other specialty services.

Lynden International Logistics Co. was established in October 2000 with the acquisition of select Livingston Healthcare Services Inc. facilities, retaining over 60 years of experience and expertise within the 3PL healthcare sector.

 

For more information contact:
Kevin Gillies, Vice President & General Manager
Lynden International Logistics Co.
e-mail: kgillies@lynden.com, Phone (905) 879-2781

Tags: Canada, Lynden Logistics, United States, Grocery Chill and Frozen, Temperature-Controlled, 3PL

Lynden now offers Credo Cube® Thermal packaging solution

Posted on Fri, Aug 08, 2014

Protect your products and the environment

Lynden International Logistics Co., a Lynden company specializing in logistics solutions for the healthcare manufacturing industry, recently expanded its cold chain services by offering a new environmentally friendly packaging solution.

Credo CubeIn response to the fast-growing pharmaceutical and biological markets, Lynden is introducing Credo Cube® Thermal packaging, designed for consistent temperature stability between 2-8°C for up to 96 hours. The Credo Cube® has been tested under extreme Canadian temperature conditions. The containers are reusable and 100% recyclable at the end of its useful life.

Lynden has partnered with a carrier for the reverse logistics, cleaning and sanitization process of the Credo Cube®. Lynden’s validated conditioning process for the thermal plates ensures 96 hours of shipper effectiveness and is in conformance with Health Canada GUI-0069 Guidelines for temperature control of drug products during storage and transportation.

Credo CubeCredo® Thermal packaging is available in three sizes for modularity, simple preparation and pack-outs. The Credo Cube® is one of several temperature control packaging solutions available at Lynden.

Lynden's environmental policy calls for meeting or exceeding environmental regulations, maximizing fuel efficiency and monitoring and guarding against accidents, emissions and avoidable pollution.

Tags: Canada, Green Lynden, Lynden Logistics, Grocery Chill and Frozen, Temperature-Controlled, 3PL