Lynden Transport looked like it was carrying a giant white goose recently as it transported a 22-foot by 8-foot helicopter fuselage and spare parts from Anchorage to Tacoma. The shrink-wrapped fuselage required a 53-foot stepdeck trailer and permits as well as a crane to lift it on and off the trailer. No straps were allowed over the cargo and Lynden's driver had to do some careful backing to position the trailer under the big load while it was hoisted at the pickup location. The final destination is Australia.
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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 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."
Following in the footsteps of Lynden Transport Driver John Schank of Fairbanks, Brian Ambrose of Alaska West Express was named 2016 Truck Driver of the Year by the Alaska Trucking Association (ATA). Brian’s award was presented at the 17th annual ATA truck driving championships in Anchorage where Lynden truck drivers competed. Drivers also competed at a truck rodeo in Kent, WA in June, turning in impressive performances as usual.
“Brian has 36 years of commercial driving experience including 16 with Alaska West Express,” says Anchorage Service Center Manager Dave Heston. “And he has more than 3 million miles in the seat and 13 consecutive years without an accident. He has driven all types of configurations on Alaska’s highways, including heavy haul up to 13-axles and tankers.” Brian has competed in the truck driving championships every year since 2005 and has collected an assortment of trophies including three for state champion and best overall in 2015.
“We are very proud of all Brian has accomplished,” adds Alaska West Express President Scott Hicks. “We are even prouder of his work ethic and integrity. Brian is a true professional who represents our company and industry with class.”
In the June 18 competition in Kent, WA, Lynden Transport Driver Dan Jenkins competed in the Flatbed Division as a rookie and Brown Line Drivers Vincent Hannick, Carl Carter and Michael Kidrick competed in the Sleeper Berth division.
Ten Lynden Transport drivers competed in the Alaska competition, including Jack Sorensen, placing first in the 5-axle Tanker Division, and Tanner Heisler, placing third in the 5-axle Flatbed category. Other Lynden competitors were: Randy Estrada, Chris Hudson, John Phillips, Cody McFarlane, Doug Longerbone, Pha Lee, Stephanie Winder and Jay Capala. Brian Ambrose, David Lambe and Edward Tuia competed for Alaska West Express. Lynden’s Deskbound Geezers were on hand to steer Old No. 27 through the cones.
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!
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Over the last three years, Brown Line has implemented a number of changes resulting in a radical improvement in fuel economy. The company recently added 18 new tractor-trailer combinations that are achieving over 7 mpg on average. “With the new equipment fuel economy increased by 23 percent, trailer cubic foot capacity by 16 percent, and improved payload capacity by 6 percent,” says Brown Line President Jason Jansen.
Driver behavior has also contributed to fuel savings, with PeopleNet onboard computing systems enabling drivers to assess their fuel consumption and compete to be the best. Maximum truck speed was reduced from 68 mph to 64 mph for eastbound routes and to 62 mph for all other routes. “We adjusted the gearing to match the lower speeds, and we set low idle time standards for drivers,” Jason says. “PeopleNet also gives us the tools to improve routing, monitor tractor performance and idle time.”
As a fleet, Brown Line's average fuel economy has improved from 5.4 mpg in 2008 to 5.84 mpg in 2011. All new tractors have roof farings and new trailers have side skirts to improve aerodynamics. The side skirts are estimated to save about 5 percent in fuel economy. Brown Line now has 30 new 53-foot trailers with side skirts that have replaced the older 48-foot trailers, and will be exploring retrofit options for the older equipment.
The new 53-foot trailers are 1,900 pounds lighter than the older 48-foot trailers they replaced and compliant with California Air Resources Board (CARB) rules for reefers units. All new 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.
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 is introducing a new feature called Predictive Delivery that provides up to the minute estimated delivery times for your shipments once the freight has reached its destination city. We know our customers want to make their operations as streamlined as possible and we hope that by providing accurate delivery times we will help you become even more efficient. Lynden's new Predictive Delivery system not only improves service but also reduces costs and our impact on the environment.
No registration or sign-up is required for you to use Predictive Delivery - it will automatically appear whenever you track a shipment (please note that Predictive Delivery is initially only available for the destination cities of Anchorage and Fairbanks, and beginning March 8, 2010 for deliveries to Juneau and Kenai). For more information please see our website: www.lynden.com/predictive.
What do you think?
Will this service be beneficial to your business? What are other features that could help your company's supply chain become more efficient?
Lynden International was entrusted with some mighty important cargo this past fall and winter. The State of Alaska selected Lynden as the distributor for the H1N1 flu vaccine to various locations around the state. Since mid-October, Lynden has moved around 500 shipments of nine different types of vaccine.
Handling the temperature-sensitive packages is a huge responsibility. Lynden's knowledge of Alaska and its experience delivering to just about anywhere is paying off with not a single shipment late or missed. The distribution points range from larger cities where truck delivery is the norm to smaller villages where bush pilots deliver the vaccine to someone waiting on the ground.
The vaccine is flown into Anchorage and repackaged for local deliveries. Lynden's EZ Commerce tracking system has been a big help in keeping track of daily shipments. Lynden follows up each delivery with a phone call to verify
"From the Lynden Archives": This story was originally written in December 2009.