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Women in Construction Week at Lynden companies

Posted on Fri, Jun 24, 2022

WICAloha Marine Lines and Lynden Logistics participated in Women in Construction (WIC) Week 2022 in March as part of Women's History Month and International Women's Day. Mary Kutscherenko, Lynden Logistics Account Executive, served as event chairperson for the second year with the help of AML Account Manager Ipo Fukuda and AML Pricing-Business Analyst Joan Nacino, both members of WIC's Honolulu chapter. The week included a build day for Habitat for Humanity Leeward Oahu and visits to construction sites. "The grand finale was a virtual panel luncheon sponsored and organized by HPM Building Supply, a large customer of AML featuring prominent women in the industry," Joan says. AML and Lynden Logistics have business relationships with many of the other NAWIC Hawaii Chapter members. AML ships the Ammonium Nitrate Fuel Oil used to blast and expose the seams of rock at the quarry, and rebar and machinery for the Kapalama container yard and Wai Kai Waterfront projects. Lynden Logistics ships materials and parts for companies like Hensel Phelps and Otis Elevators.

Knik Construction's Dora Hughes and Annie Gardner are also NAWIC members and participated in events in Alaska. Dora is on the NAWIC WIC Week Committee and serves as the Alaska Chapter Safety Chair and Pacific Northwest Region Safety Co-Chair. "This year we wanted to highlight women who have worked for Knik throughout WIC Week. We also sponsored five door prizes at the Close Out event which was a gathering of Women in the Trades and NAWIC," she says.

Tags: Lynden Employees, Lynden Logistics, Knik Construction, AML

Everyday Hero Profile: David Greco

Posted on Tue, Jun 21, 2022

Lynden is recognizing employees who make a difference every day on the job and demonstrate our core values, Lynden's very own everyday heroes! Employees are nominated by managers and supervisors from all roles within the Lynden family of companies.

Introducing David Greco, Driver at Lynden Transport in Fife, Washington.

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Name: David Greco

Company: Lynden Transport

Title: Driver

On the Job Since: 2011

Superpower: Making work fun

Hometown: Port Orchard, WA

Favorite Movie: Mel Gibson’s The Passion of Christ

Bucket List Destination: Alaska

For Fun: Fishing, backpacking and camping with family

How and when did you start working for Lynden Transport?
I started working for Lynden as a casual driver in April 2011.

What is a typical day like for you?
Working the Lynden Tacoma dock and flatbed yard and driving semi trucks throughout the day.

What has been most challenging in your career?
The most challenging is hauling oversized flatbed loads and staying safe day in and day out amongst all the Seattle traffic.

Can you tell us about your family?
I grew up with one older brother and four younger sisters in Gig Harbor, WA. I am married with three kids: a boy, 8, a girl, 6, and another son who is almost one year old.

What was your first job?
Christmas tree farm helper.

How do you spend your time outside of work?
I enjoy spending time with family, backpacking, fishing and playing acoustic guitar at church.

What do you like best about your job?
Working with all the different types of people. Lynden is a really great place to work.

 

Tags: Lynden, Lynden Employees, Lynden Transport, Everyday Heroes

Knik ready for 2022 construction season

Posted on Mon, Jun 06, 2022

Knik projectAfter successfully completing the Aniak Runway, Kasigluk Airport Improvements and Nome Bering Streets Rehabilitation projects last year, Knik Construction crews are gearing up for the 2022 season.

According to Knik President Dan Hall, crews will be continuing work on the McGrath Airport Reconstruction and Erosion project, and airport rehabilitation projects in Nome and Soldotna.

"We had a very successful 2021 and completed many complex projects with our talented employees," he says. "This year, we are continuing work on ongoing projects and starting work on others for the State of Alaska Department of Transportation and other customers. We carefully schedule the best season and equipment for each phase of a project. That may mean moving materials via waterways in summer and performing work in winter by constructing ice roads to transport workers and equipment. We have a variety of methods of getting work done in Alaska’s challenging environment."

On tap for this spring are the Bethel Airport Main Runway Reconstruction, an Emergency Watershed Project in McGrath and Kipnuk Airport Rehabilitation.

Knik was hired by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to stabilize eroding riverbank in McGrath, AK by constructing four streams to provide watershed protection. In Kipnuk, Knik will complete a federally funded project to resurface the main gravel runway, taxiway and apron at the Kipnuk Airport. The runway will be widened and expanded. Improvements also include airport lighting, visual navigational aids, dust palliative, signage and aircraft tiedowns. The Bethel Airport project is also federally funded. Crews will reconstruct runways, taxiways and complete resurface improvements to airfield lighting, a backup generator with enclosure, visual NAVAIDs and airfield guidance signs.

Other continuing projects include the Federal Aviation Administration-funded project to rehabilitate the Soldotna runway and the Nome Airport.

Tags: Knik Construction

On-Demand flights keep Lynden Air Cargo busy

Posted on Fri, Jun 03, 2022

My project - 2022-05-27T113517.059"We completed 26 on-demand charter flights during the month of March," says Lynden Air Cargo Charter Manager Dan Marshall. "That’s a record number." The cargo ranged from a rocket bound for a launchpad in Alaska to automotive equipment destined for various factories in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. Lynden flight crews even dropped into McGrath and loaded up dogs, sleds and other equipment in support of the recent Iditarod race.

"Two of our aircraft were in the ad hoc market basing out of the Dallas area, with the majority of the flights supporting the automotive industry with critical material for assembly lines, as well as a couple flights pulling some equipment out of the Dominican Republic destined for Germany for refurbishment," Dan explains.

In addition to these flights, Lynden Air Cargo made fuel deliveries to Anaktuvuk Pass and Kotlik, AK, both at critical levels due to the extremely low temperatures this winter. An aircraft engine was also delivered via charter flight to Alaska Airlines for a time-sensitive Airplane On Ground (AOG) situation.

"The rocket move was another successful delivery by the amazing Lynden Air Cargo flight crew of Captains Brett Dodson and Jake Johnson, Flight Engineer John McClellan, Loadmasters Leo Lopez and Chris Hoffman and Mechanic Joe Farley," Dan says. "Lynden Air Cargo is proud to play a role in all of these critical moves for our customers."

Tags: Lynden Air Cargo, Canada, United States, Charters, Air, International

Lynden transports 3,000-pound antennae for SpaceX

Posted on Wed, Jun 01, 2022

My Post - 2021-12-08T113208.725Lynden Transport recently wrapped up the final delivery for a year-long SpaceX project in Alaska. "The first two antennas were delivered to us in Fife early last year, and they required careful loading for the trip north to Prudhoe Bay," says John Husby, Northwest Regional Sales Manager. At 7-feet by 9-feet, and weighing 3,000-pounds each, the pieces required forklift placement onto the trailers. 

“They are extremely fragile, so no other freight can come in contact with them. The crew that loaded and secured them did a fantastic job. Fife Safety Supervisor, formerly Operations Supervisor, Zach Joraanstad was the lead on the project with assistance from Driver Casey Mack," John says. Lynden delivered the high-value antenna to various Alaska locations over the past year via truck, steamship and barge as the global installation of satellites continues. In all, 27 units were transported – nine to Fairbanks, nine to Ketchikan and nine more to Nome in 2021.

Tags: Lynden Transport, Alaska, Project Logistics, Ground

Lynden launches redesigned website

Posted on Wed, May 25, 2022

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After many months of research and feedback from customers, we’re excited to launch our new website: www.lynden.com! We’ve made it easy to access the tools and information you use most. You can visit the website from any mobile or desktop device, so details are available whenever or wherever you need them.

Please take a moment to review these additional website features. If you have any feedback or suggestions, let us know!

New Features

Quickly access shipment tracking, request a quote, or schedule your shipment.

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Online Tools are now listed in one convenient location, and help pages with tutorials have been added. Quick access to the EZ Commerce login is still in the same familiar place!

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Locate Service Center directions and contact information faster with our improved layout.

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Read the latest company news and review important updates.

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Now easily visit the site from either desktop or mobile devices.

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Quicker access to information through menus.

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Everyday Hero Profile: Gayle Adams

Posted on Fri, May 20, 2022

Lynden is recognizing employees who make a difference every day on the job and demonstrate our core values, Lynden's very own everyday heroes! Employees are nominated by managers and supervisors from all roles within the Lynden family of companies.

Introducing Gayle Adams, Senior Payroll Specialist at Lynden in Seattle, Washington.

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Name: Gayle Adams

Company: Lynden Inc.

On the Job Since: 1986

Title: Senior Payroll Specialist

Superpower: Customer Service

Hometown: Vancouver, B.C.

Favorite Movie: Under the Tuscan Sun

Bucket List Destination: New Zealand

For Fun: Walking on nature trails and the beach, photography, wine tasting, gardening and going to sporting events.

How and when did you start working for Lynden? Have you worked for or done projects with other Lynden companies?
My neighbor Kitty Samuel (former VP/Controller) mentioned to me that Lynden Inc. had a position open for a part-time filing clerk, which was perfect while attending college in 1986. Almost 35 years later, I have had experience in all the accounting department processes so I have been able to support most of the Lynden companies with various projects and responsibilities. I have been processing payroll for Lynden Logistics, Lynden Puerto Rico and Lynden Air Cargo for 25 years and Lynden Transport now for 10 years so I feel like I actually work for those companies specifically.

What is a typical day like for you?
Processing payroll is pretty much a set schedule and consistent deadlines, so I always know what to expect when I start my workday. Today I mostly gather, audit and review payroll records for payment processing. In addition, I provide documentation for various projects and data reporting.

What has been most challenging in your career?
I’ve been through multiple payroll, timekeeping and accounting implementations and upgrades, so learning how to use new software is always a challenge. Lynden has been really good at keeping up with the latest technology so that it has made our jobs so much easier and efficient.

What are you most proud of in your career?
How I am easily able to adapt to changes and additional responsibilities in my job.

Can you tell us about your family and growing up years?
I was born in Vancouver B.C., and moved to Prince Rupert B.C., back to Vancouver, then finally settled in the Seattle area when I was 10. I have a younger sister, half brother and sister. From age 12 to 17 I was on a drill team, and we got to travel to a lot of the western states. After high school, I met my late husband and raised three wonderful children (two daughters and a son) which kept us quite busy.

What was your first job?
McDonalds. Hosting birthday parties was the highlight of my job there.

What would surprise most people about you?
Recently I have been going for rides/trips on a motorcycle. I can be very subdued and not much of a risk taker, so this would probably surprise people the most.

How do you spend your time outside of work?
Due to isolation and working from home, I have been tackling small DIY projects and a lot of re-organizing around the house. In the warmer months I try to spend as much time outdoors, going for walks, small road trips, gardening and going to my son’s baseball games.

What do you like best about your job?
Definitely all of the great people I work with.

 

Tags: Lynden, Lynden Employees, Everyday Heroes

Lynden supports WaveForm's U.S. growth

Posted on Tue, May 17, 2022

My project (100)Explosive growth in the diabetes care industry has ushered in many new products, including the Cascade Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) created by WaveForm, an international company developing innovations in wearable glucose monitoring devices. WaveForm's product is currently pending approval by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) for distribution in the U.S. Until then, Lynden Logistics is coordinating ocean shipments of experimental assembly line machinery along with critical components in and out of Seattle and Portland.

"We moved our first shipment from Singapore to Seattle last year, and we are ready to support WaveForm as it grows into the U.S. market," says Ahmad Abed-Rabuh, General Manager at Lynden's Portland Service Center.

Currently, Lynden is shipping the sensors between the U.S., Vietnam, China and multiple countries in Western and Eastern Europe. Ahmad credited Lynden's Seattle and Portland international team members with their attention to detail and care in managing the sensitive and irreplaceable cargo. "This project has been challenging. Most is 'no touch' international commerce of shipper to consignee. We hope to secure more shipments as WaveForm increases its global shipments," he says.

WaveForm's unique patented sensor technology is already in use by diabetics in select international markets. The Cascade CGM system is based on pioneering work in glucose sensor technology and offers users a convenient way to view current glucose readings on a smartphone for up to 14 days.

The WaveForm team has been using Lynden's EZ Commerce system to dispatch shipments. "We had issues with shipment visibility with our previous carrier," says WaveForm Logistics Manager Mike Cordell. "Lynden's online tracing and tracking programs has been a great solution for us."

Tags: Lynden, Lynden Logistics, Project Logistics, Ocean, International

Lynden Air Cargo celebrates 25th anniversary

Posted on Fri, May 13, 2022

My project - 2022-05-09T170529.698Ethan Bradford is one of Lynden Air Cargo's most senior employees still on the job. "I am very proud and thankful to be part of the Lynden family to support 25 years and 200,000 hours of Hercules aircraft operations for Lynden Air Cargo," he says.

The company is now the largest civilian operator of Hercules aircraft in the world and is known for flying disaster relief missions and supporting the oil and gas, construction and mining industries.

"Our airline startup team brought on in the first few months of 1997 (see photo above) were faced with many challenges to get our FAA 121 Operating Certificate," Ethan explains. He is now Vice President of Technical Operations, but started as a Chief Inspector. The challenges included conforming the first two L382G aircraft from Safair in South Africa, setting up all the required training, maintenance programs, operations control, ground equipment and then coordination with the FAA on approving manuals and conducting proving runs to get a 121 certificate.

"At around this same time, we received our 137 certificate for oil spill response," Ethan says. "I commend everyone who was involved in the birth of the Lynden Air Cargo airline."

"I don't think any of us realized what we had signed up for: long hours and few days off while we were building this airline," says Roberta Avila, Manager of Crew Operations. "No one did just one job, we all worked together to accomplish the tasks that were required to get the L382 and the L188 on our certificate. One of my proudest moments was when we were granted our operating certificate for 'the little airline that could.' It was truly remarkable, and the adventure was just beginning."

Although some of those hard-working people have retired, passed away or moved on, some are still with Lynden Air Cargo today, contributing to safe and efficient operations around the world. They are: Gregg Thompson, Maintenance Station Manager who started in 1995; Joe Anderson, Special Projects Coordinator in 1996; and in 1997 Captains Jonathan Sluka, Tom Lindberg, Jason Wells, Pat Madland and Burr Maly; Clint Swanson, Flight Engineer; Roberta Avila; Ken Welch, Logistics/Purchasing Manager; and James Schneider, Director of Maintenance.

"I can quite clearly recall in the first few months of my employment with Lynden Air Cargo asking myself, 'What have I done?'" James recalls. "Now, 25 years later and looking back, it's 'look what we've done, and look where we've been.' The acquaintances we've made and long-term relationships we've established worldwide have been an amazing slice of the Lynden experience."

Tags: Lynden, Lynden Air Cargo, Disaster Relief, Air

Everyday Hero Profile: Don Werhonig

Posted on Wed, Apr 20, 2022

Lynden is recognizing employees who make a difference every day on the job and demonstrate our core values, Lynden's very own everyday heroes! Employees are nominated by managers and supervisors from all roles within the Lynden family of companies.

Introducing Don Werhonig, Instructor/HSSE Manager at Alaska West Express/Lynden Training Center in Fairbanks, Alaska.

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Name: Don Werhonig

Company: Alaska West Express/Lynden Training Center

Title: Instructor/HSSE Manager

On the Job Since: 2013

Superpower: Ability to make complex information understandable to all

Hometown: Harlowton, MT

Favorite Movie: Megamind

Bucket List Destination: Thailand

For Fun: Lots of outdoor stuff and Taekwondo with my kids

How and when did you start working for Alaska West Express/Lynden Training Center? Have you worked for or done projects with other Lynden companies?
I went to work for Alaska West Express in 2013. Before that, I did some emergency response work and training instruction for the company as a contractor. As for how, I had worked with employees of Alaska West starting in 2001, which turned into lifelong friendships. I had an understanding of Lynden and the way they treat their employees and their operating philosophy, so I jumped at the chance to come to work for AWE.

What is a typical day like for you?
My days vary. If I am teaching a class, it is pretty much in the classroom or out on the training ground for the day. If I am not training, I am answering questions for AWE, developing training, or working on AWE programs. Basically, at my workstation unless I can escape and get outside.

What has been most challenging in your career?
Maintaining the status of an expert of subject matter in everything we do. I have to know Department of Transportation (DOT) compliance, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), plus all the emergency response stuff like firefighting, rescue, medical, and hazmat response. It is hard sometimes to keep up with changing regulations and standards.

What are you most proud of in your career?
This is an easy question to answer. I am proud of all the people I have offered professional development to. I understand that professionally developing our work force and clients is a great responsibility and one I don’t take lightly. But knowing I can develop people to make better decisions or respond to bad situations is incredibly satisfying. The goal would be to develop someone’s skills and knowledge until they are better than I am.

Can you tell us about your family and growing up years?
I grew up on a ranch in Montana. With a saddle horse and a dirt bike, I didn’t spend much time at home. I eventually joined the Army to get out of Montana and start my own life. This also probably kept me from going to jail as I was a “work hard, play even harder” ranch kid and made some not so great decisions in my youth.

What was your first job?
My first real job was changing irrigation pipe twice a day for a neighboring rancher. I worked about four hours each pipe change and made a whopping $0.08 per pipe I moved, for a grand total of about $33 a day.

 What would surprise most people about you?
That I am very compassionate and a very nice person with a giant bleeding heart. I am very outgoing but with a very serious look on my face all the time, so people are probably surprised to find out who I really am.

How do you spend your time outside of work?
Outdoor activities when the Alaska winter life is not working me to death. My kids and I love shooting, hunting, and camping. In the winter our primary activity is a martial arts class that we have been doing for the last few months.

What do you like best about your job?
I like working with our customers to see how they operate in different industries and the challenges they face.

Tags: Lynden, Alaska West Express, Lynden Employees, Safety, Lynden Training Center, Everyday Heroes