‘North Pole’ shipment requires thinking outside the box
Mon, Jan 07, 2013
“This project was a little out of the ordinary,” explains Lynden Transport Account Representative Matt Malone. Matt got a chance to display the Lynden brand of customer service when he received a call from a customer about shipping 172 wood poles via truck – some measuring 110 feet long – from Carlton, OR to Alaska. “After discussing the pros and cons of moving the poles over the road, we talked about alternative and more economical methods like putting them on rail cars, railing them on the barge and barging them over the water to a drop site. This was a foreign concept to the customer, so Allison Griffith and I got to work putting the multi-modal project together.”
The poles sent to Cooper Landing will be used for rebuilding the oldest sections of the 50-year-old power line connecting Anchorage to the Kenai Peninsula.
"Pacific Wood Preservers, Sea Pac Transportation, The Alaska Railroad, Wesco and Alcan Electric were all very pleasant to work with and provided teamwork on this project," Matt says. "This goes to show how thinking outside the box and providing our customers with a variety of options can result in a successful outcome."