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Freight gets white-glove treatment from Lynden

Posted on Thu, Jan 13, 2022

Lynden Los Angeles TeamRachael Ray is a big name in the cooking world, and her husband, co-host and business partner John Cusimano is also a well-known musician and founder of the band The Cringe. The couple recently renovated a villa in Tuscany that serves as a new home and studio for Cusimano. Lynden Logistics was asked to transport valuable musical instruments, mixing equipment and household items for the band and the show from Los Angeles to Genoa, Italy, this past fall.

“We wanted this air and ocean project to be a shining example of our value-add business,” explains James Bisho, Lynden’s Los Angeles Service Center Manager. “Although the equipment was in manufacturer packaging, we still had the items crated professionally to ensure that nothing was damaged or missing. Zero defects was the mantra, and everyone at Lynden did their part to make this happen. At our suggestion, Sam Jett, who is managing A/V and logistics for the villa project, came to our warehouse and meticulously went through his list of items for customs clearance in Italy. Being such a high-profile move, there was no room for error. All pieces were loaded into a sealed ocean container for added security.” With backlogs at seaports, the project was not without its challenges, according to Lynden Logistics Business Development Manager Maggie Parks. “The ocean carrier was delayed and the container was rolled on many sailings, but it finally made it into Genoa,” Parks explains. “Our goal was for John to simply unpack his gear in Tuscany, plug in and play, and for Rachael and her guests to have what they needed when they needed it.” Above photo from left, John Hollan of Fastforward Crating, and from the Lynden team James Bisho, Sam Jett and Maggie Parks.

Tags: Lynden Logistics, Air, Ocean, International

Lynden moves historic Austrian farmhouse to Canada

Posted on Tue, Jan 04, 2022

Farmhouse reassembled in Vernon, B.C.It took almost two years, but visitors to the Sparkling Hill Resort in Vernon, B.C. can now walk into a 16th century farmhouse originally built in the Alps to enjoy dinner. Pictured above, the farmhouse being reassembled in Vernon, B.C. 

Sparkling Hill Resort Project Manager Barry Jackson has built many structures at the resort over the years, including a unique glass and steel teepee, but he was surprised at the complex process involved in moving the centuries-old farmhouse, timber by timber and container by container, across an ocean and by the expertise provided by Lynden Logistics to make it happen.

austria movePictured right, the 1587 farmhouse was originally located in Weerberg, Tyrol, Austria. The owner of Sparkling Hill Resort, Gernot Langes-Swarovski of Swarovski Crystal, heard about it and decided he would like to move it to Canada as a special attraction at the resort. Engineers took it down piece by-piece and delivered it to a warehouse in Austria where they cleaned hundreds of years of dirt and moss off the hand-hewn timbers. Each was meticulously numbered for future reassembly. The timbers were placed into five different open-top containers for the ocean voyage from the Port of Antwerp to Vancouver, B.C., all coordinated through Lynden Logistics.

The shipment would prove to be a challenge. “Not all five containers were loaded on the same vessel as planned,” explains Elodie Gergov, Lynden’s International Manager in Seattle. “This created issues with Canadian customs upon arrival in Vancouver, accentuated by issues with the fumigation certificates. These delays caused storage issues and mounting charges at the port. We reduced the financial impact of these costs for our customer by moving the containers in-bond until things were sorted out and the customs clearance was processed.”

Next, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) required an onsite inspection for each container at the exact time it was delivered to the resort in Vernon. “We overcame all these challenges, but the last hurdle was the longest and the toughest,” Elodie explains. “This project took place right when the world went on pandemic lockdown. By the time the cargo arrived, the carpenters and engineers that took apart the farmhouse in Austria could not travel to Canada to reassemble it.”

Eventually, restrictions eased, and the Austrian carpenters arrived in Canada to reassemble what is now called Gerni’s Farmhouse. It took four men 10 days to reassemble the building. Now, the restaurant is open, and a spa is planned for the upstairs of the building. “For those who have never been to Europe, Gerni’s Farmhouse provides an opportunity to experience authentic Austrian dining and a bit of time travel, too,” Jackson says.

“International shipping is always exciting due to its complexities and challenges,” Elodie says. “Managing one-of-a-kind projects like this makes my job even more rewarding. Lynden teams in Seattle and Canada worked together to make it happen.”

Tags: Canada, Lynden Logistics, Ocean

Everyday Hero Profile: Rudy Dacumos

Posted on Tue, Dec 21, 2021

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. Learn more about the people behind your shipment.

Introducing Rudy Dacumos, Warehouse Lead at Lynden Logistics in Anchorage, Alaska.

Everyday Hero Rudy Dacumos

Name: Rudy Dacumos

Company: Lynden Logistics

Title: Warehouse Lead

On the Job Since: 1995

Superpower: Solving problems

Hometown: Tarlac, Philippines

Favorite Movie: Die Hard

Bucket List Destination: Tahiti

For Fun: Travel and spending time with family

How and when did you start working for Lynden?
An old boss at my previous employer transferred to Lynden, and he suggested I apply. He said it was a great company to work for. I've been at Lynden since September 1995.

What is a typical day like for you?
I assist with receiving shipments and loading and unloading the airplanes. As a lead, I am always motivating my team and keeping our spirits high. It is very important for me to make sure my team succeeds and enjoys being at work.

What has been most challenging in your career?
Sometimes it is challenging dealing with upset customers because it makes our job difficult. However, when we have happy customers and develop a strong relationship with them, it is probably the most rewarding part of the job.

What are you most proud of in your career?
When I started at Lynden, I was a Warehouse Representative and I worked my way up to becoming a Lead which took a lot of dedication and hard work.

Can you tell us about your family and growing up years?
I was born and raised in Tarlac, Philippines. I am the second youngest of five siblings. I have one brother and three sisters. My family came from the Philippines to Kodiak, AK in March 1980. I am very family oriented and I worked hard to make sure my sisters were able to attend college to become registered nurses. While I was in Kodiak, I met my late wife Jean and we have three wonderful children (one son and two daughters) and four amazing grandchildren.

What was your first job?
My first job was in Kodiak, AK at the cannery processing seafood.

What would surprise most people about you?
I love to bake and cook. My wife and I owned a bakery/restaurant in downtown Anchorage.

How do you spend your time outside of work?
Outside of work I enjoy playing with my daughter's puppy, Yoshi, fishing, cooking and traveling. I try to visit my son and his family in Salt Lake City and my daughter in Las Vegas as much as I can.

What do you like best about your job?
There are many things I like best about my job, it is hard to choose just one. I enjoy coming to work because of the team. Everyone is friendly and we work well together. I also enjoy meeting the customers and building a professional relationship with them. It is very important for me to gain customers' trust. Last but not least, Lynden is a great company to work for. Lynden offers great benefits and opportunities to grow with the company.

Tags: Lynden Employees, Lynden Logistics, Everyday Heroes

Employees retire with 200 years of combined service

Posted on Mon, Dec 20, 2021

Scott Polinder

Scott Polinder
Scott is one of Lynden's longest-tenured drivers. He started driving for Milky Way in 1974. "Scott continuously showed his reliability and commitment to safety throughout his driving career and achieved an amazing 43 years of safe driver awards," says LTI, Inc. President Jason Jansen. "He made a positive impact to our company over the years, and Lynden is honored to have had him on our driver team."

Brian Wood
Brian started with Lynden as a contractor in 1993. Two years later, he was hired as the Imaging Manager managing the ViewStar Software System in IT at Lynden, Inc. Brian has performed various tasks for Lynden over the past 20 years, filling in where needed. He says he looks forward to retirement and "reinventing himself into something completely different" as well as spending time with family.

John KaloperJohn Kaloper
"I was traveling through Anchorage on business one day in 1983, and I bumped into Bill Ferrari (then Vice President of Sales) in the hotel where we were both staying. We began a conversation, and I went to work for Lynden shortly after that in January 1984," John says. His first position was Account Executive in Seattle, then District Sales Manager and ongoing promotions culminating in his final role as President.

Looking back, John says his most memorable project was Lynden Logistics' involvement in the rebuilding of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow in 1994. "We were awarded the contract to move 225 40-foot oversized modules via ocean freight from Houston to Moscow to serve as housing for the U.S. construction workers," he says.

There were multiple challenges with this project including the offload of a crane in St. Petersburg that crashed through the pier when the rigging broke. The crane was a total loss, and there wasn't time to ship a new one. A crane was rented locally at a significant increase in costs plus the expense of legal challenges resulting from the damage.

The second challenge was the result of a barge sinking in the waterway connecting St. Petersburg and Moscow which caused a two-week delay on delivery of the modules to the building site. "I had a number of sleepless nights dealing with the many calls needed to get these issues resolved," John remembers.

John says he is proud of the great relationships and long friendships forged with so many people in the organization. His plans for retirement include traveling to see his granddaughters in Michigan with his wife, Julie, and spending time on their boat. Fishing, golfing, skiing and house projects are on the agenda, too.

Dorene KolbDorene Kolb
Dorene leaves Lynden after 29 years with the satisfaction of helping to launch one of Lynden's most important programs: EZ Commerce. From meeting with customers to creating forms to adding features to create EZ Tracing and EZ Reporting, it took almost two years. "There were so many times I went to former Vice President Skip Hanson and said EZ Commerce was going to kill me, but I remained diligent and kept things moving," she says. Skip created the Bull Dog award and presented it to Dorene in recognition of her tireless work on the new program.

Dorene's Lynden career began in 1992 at Lynden Air Freight in Los Angeles as an Air Export Customer Service and Ocean Manager. She then moved to Seattle where she served in a variety of marketing positions, ending with Senior Marketing Project Manager for Lynden. In all those years, Dorene says she is most proud of the Driver Recruiting program she coordinated and the opportunity to mentor fellow employees.

"When I first came to Lynden's marketing team one of my areas of responsibilities included creating a Driver Recruiting program. I learned that it wasn't much different than working with sales. Although each Lynden operating company is responsible for their own hiring processes, they helped me learn the ropes and create a program that is valued and utilized," she says. "We now have a dedicated webpage, recruiting materials and analytics to monitor success."

Dorene has shaped many careers over her decades with Lynden. "My last few years have focused on mentoring people and providing support and feedback when requested. I've had some great people like Rich Wilroy, David Rosenzweig, Charlie Weaver, Skip Hanson, Alex McKallor and Ryan Dixon who mentored me. The best thing I could do was pay it forward."

After living in Edmonds, WA for 26 years, Dorene and her husband Carl have relocated to Lake Havasu, AZ and will be building a home there. "We planned a 21-day cruise for April sailing through the Panama Canal," she says. "We also plan to see the country in our motorhome, stopping whenever we like, staying as long as we like and moving on towards the next sunrise/sunset."

Jeanine St. JohnJeanine St. John
Jeanine retires as Vice President of Lynden Logistics, 27 years after she started her career managing Lynden's work with BP. "There have been so many exciting projects over the years, but the thing they all have in common is Lynden companies working as a team to achieve great results," Jeanine says. "Whether it was oil, mining, communications, defense or construction – each had challenges that the Lynden team was able to meet."

In 40 years working in Lynden's home state, Jeanine says she is most proud of the way the One Lynden team has coalesced in Alaska. "I love Alaska, both personally and professionally, and I've been very fortunate to work for a company full of people who have that same determination to make Alaska a great place to live and work."

Another part of Jeanine's career was working with industry, business groups, and community leaders to support Alaska's resource industries.* "Working on advocacy and campaign issues is always full of challenges, but when you win, it's a great feeling of accomplishment. I truly believe that the Lynden team will have great success continuing to move Alaska forward in developing its resources and infrastructure."

Jeanine will now enjoy unlimited time with her husband, Al, who also retired this fall. "We look forward to fun times with friends and family, including our five grandchildren," she says. "Fishing, hunting and quilting will move right up the priority ladder, as will working with a variety of nonprofits we support."

*This fall, Jeanine received the Chuck Becker Lifetime Achievement Award from the Alaska Support Industry Alliance, a nonprofit trade association that promotes responsible exploration, development and production of oil, gas and mineral resources to benefit all Alaskans. Jeanine is only the second recipient of the award which recognizes an individual who commits time and passion to the Alliance. She served as president and as a board member of the organization for more than 20 years.

Bob GehrkeBob Gehrke
After more than 32 years with Lynden, Bob Gehrke retires as Software Asset Manager at Lynden, Inc. in Seattle. Bob started his career with Lynden Air Freight in 1989 as a Property Control Specialist, later added Telecom and Facilities to his tasks, and was then hired as Purchasing Manager in 2006.

Bob says his most memorable project was the remodeling of floors 6, 7 and 8 at the SeaTac headquarters building. "It was a project that lasted almost two years from the planning stages to final construction. I was able to work with and meet many employees from different companies. The greatest challenges were the first Microsoft and the first Oracle audits. I lost some sleep and years of my life. I will not miss them!"

"During his tenure Bob was instrumental in many things and always kept us on track with purchasing and asset management," says Ken Kinloch, Director of IT Infrastructure and Security. "His knowledge and ability in this area will be missed." Bob plans to spend his days tending his coffee farm and relaxing on the beach at his home on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Tags: Lynden, LTI Inc., Lynden Employees, Lynden Logistics

Lynden Logistics announces executive promotions

Posted on Wed, Dec 01, 2021

My Post (11)-2Lynden Logistics, Inc., part of the Lynden family of companies, announced the following executive promotions today. Stuart Nakayama has been named President after most recently serving as Vice President of Trade Development. He replaces John Kaloper who retired on Nov. 30. Dennis Mitchell has been named Senior Vice President of Freight Operations, directing transportation services focused on the key markets of Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. Brian MacAskill was named Vice President of Logistics which includes supply chain management, 3PL services, and Canadian healthcare and pharmaceutical logistics.

“All three of these individuals have contributed greatly to the success of Lynden throughout the years and demonstrated their leadership and commitment,” says Alex McKallor, Lynden’s Executive Vice President and COO. “Each brings specific strengths and experience to ensure that our customers continue to receive the high level of service and innovation that Lynden is known for.”

Nakayama is a 30-year veteran of the transportation and logistics industry. As President, he brings a collaborative approach to how Lynden supports business relationships and will be responsible for the strategic growth of the company. Nakayama graduated from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) with a degree in Political Science/International Relations and earned his master’s degree in International Studies from Claremont Graduate University.

Mitchell joined Lynden in 1994 after owning his own customs brokerage firm in Anchorage. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Supply Chain Management from the University of Alaska and is a licensed customs broker. Mitchell serves on the board of the Airforwarders Association (AfA).

MacAskill brings 30 years of experience in the logistics industry, including a special emphasis on pharmaceutical and consumer industries with the startup of more than 20 distribution centers across North America. He is a graduate of the University of Waterloo with post-graduate work completed at York University’s Schulich School of Business in Toronto, Canada.

Tags: Lynden Logistics

Alaska Marine Lines wraps up strong fish season

Posted on Mon, Nov 08, 2021

My Post - 2021-11-01T112738.579"We had a very good seafood year," says Tyler Maurer, Alaska Marine Lines Seafood Sales Manager. The 2021 fish season for Alaska Marine Lines and the supporting Lynden companies has been strong. Alaska salmon runs were 15 percent higher than projected, and the Bristol Bay sockeye salmon run stunned scientists with a record 66.1 million fish, with a catch of approximately 40 million which was 90 percent of the record 44 million.

At Lynden, salmon season is an 'all hands on deck' event typically lasting from May through September. All Lynden companies were busy keeping up with the volume this year, prompted not only by larger returns, but by restaurants opening back up after pandemic closures and a change in consumer buying habits.

Each year, Lynden Air Cargo flies fresh fish from Naknek, Emmonak, Cold Bay, Sand Point and Dillingham to Anchorage where Lynden Logistics provides support for transloading to Alaska Marine Lines, Alaska West Express and Lynden Transport and ships seafood with other air carriers all over the world. LTI, Inc. trucks provide Seattle surface delivery support and provides transportation to locations in the Lower 48.

On average, Alaska Marine Lines moves 7,000 containers of fish each year from Alaska fisheries southbound to Seattle. "We moved over 11,000 containers this year," Tyler explains, "and we still have more frozen and canned product to clean out of Alaska for a few more weeks to come."

Alaska Marine Lines moves significant volumes of frozen and canned fish from all over the state departing Western Alaska, Prince William Sound and Southeast. "We also have a new facility in Kodiak and have started to move domestic fish from the island. We use Kodiak as a re-handle port for fish originating in Western Alaska," Tyler says.

To prepare for the push each year, Lynden asks its customers for projections so it can build realistic expectations for staffing and equipment. "We knew this would be a big year," Tyler says. "We just didn't expect it would be this big of a year with all regions having strong returns."

Equipment reliability is extremely important when moving a temperature-controlled, high-value commodity like fish, so reefer techs take on an even more important role during fish season.

"With Copper River Kings selling at $80 per pound to retailers in the Lower 48 states, to start the season, we must have everything in place and running well to deliver the fish in pristine condition," Tyler says. "We are sometimes pushed to the limit in the summer months, but we all get the job done safely. From top to bottom, it's a Lynden-wide group effort, and we all lean on each other to get the job done including our partners at Western Towboat, Bering Marine and Dunlap Towing."

Tags: LTI Inc., Alaska West Express, Lynden Air Cargo, Seafood, Lynden Transport, Alaska, Lynden Logistics, Multi-Modal, AML

Lynden International announces name change to Lynden Logistics, Inc.

Posted on Mon, Sep 20, 2021
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Lynden International announced today that the company will begin operating under the name Lynden Logistics, Inc. (“Lynden Logistics”) to more accurately reflect its full range of capabilities and services. The name change is effective today, Sept. 20.

Since its inception in 1977, Lynden International has expanded from a pure air freight forwarder to a full-service provider of logistical services and solutions that support the entire supply chain. Adding ‘logistics’ to its name also represents Lynden’s ongoing commitment to invest in technologies that help customers manage and streamline their transportation and logistics processes.

Lynden offers logistics platforms such as its customizable EZ Commerce shipping portal, a mobile app providing real-time shipment updates, barcode scanning processes, Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) interface with customers, and other specialized technology programs.

“We are excited about the change to Lynden Logistics and believe that the services we provide in the offshore markets of Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico, as well as internationally and within North America, are best-in-class,” says President John Kaloper. “The transition to Lynden Logistics is not related to a change in company ownership, management, structure, or resources. Our full-service capacity remains intact, and our focus on providing customers the highest level of service is greater than ever. We will continue to create customized solutions to fit customers’ logistics needs and leverage the full multi-modal capabilities of the Lynden family of companies.”

Tags: Lynden Logistics

Alaska Marine Lines increases capacity with 600 new containers

Posted on Wed, Aug 11, 2021

AML containersThis spring, the M/V Saga Welco Indiana departed the port of Qingdao, China, with 600 new refrigerated shipping containers on their way to be put into service at Alaska Marine Lines. These units are the latest addition to Alaska Marine Lines' fleet of nearly 29,000 shipping containers, flats and tanks. While they will primarily be used for transporting seafood products from Alaska, they will also carry all types of temperature controlled products.

"The story of how the containers made their way into service with AML is noteworthy," says Purchasing Manager Jay Marchand. Eastbound global steamship space was in short supply and prices were rising. Alaska Marine Lines collaborated with Lynden Logistics to export the containers from China and charter a ship to bring them east. Lead by International Manager Elodie Gergov, the Lynden Logistics team worked on the release from Chinese customs while Jay and AML's Steve Hardin worked with the container factory on specifications, pricing, inspections and production schedule.

With five days to go before the containers were scheduled to be loaded onto the ship, everything was on track for departure. But, at the eleventh hour, the Lynden team identified an unforeseen gap in port documentation and port release fees. On Friday afternoon of a Chinese holiday week, Lynden's local agent was asked to help clarify the issues. "By being there in person and having local contacts, the agent was able to act on behalf of both Lynden companies and clear the way for the containers to be delivered to the port," Jay says. "The ship successfully departed with all 600 containers and arrived in Dutch Harbor 10 days later."

The next challenge came at the offloading in Dutch Harbor. Alaska Marine Lines contracted with a company to perform the stevedoring using local labor. Due to a high demand of labor and a shortage of workers between fish seasons, only 50 percent of that labor was available, and the delays were counting against AML's contracted detention time. With the threat of the ship being detained another week before it could finish unloading, AML sought the assistance of Alaska Marine Trucking equipment operators, Bering Marine tugboat crews, and local AML Dutch Harbor operations employees to help unload the ship using the ship's gantry cranes. Once the ship was anchored in the bay, two AML barges were brought alongside the M/V Indiana and the Lynden team unloaded directly onto the barge decks.

"While the container purchase had many unexpected challenges, it was the access to logistics professionals and their perseverance that allowed the project to succeed," Jay says. As Elodie put it, "The world of international shipping is very unpredictable, but we never give up and always do our best."

Tags: Seafood, Alaska, Lynden Logistics, Grocery Chill and Frozen, Temperature-Controlled, Ocean, AML

Lynden companies team up to deliver emergency supplies for Anacortes water system

Posted on Tue, Aug 03, 2021

Lynden companies stepped up to help the City of Anacortes, WA when it experienced a shortage of chlorine for its regional water system. Despite a national shortage of sodium hypochlorite (chlorine), employees from Lynden Logistics Services, LTI, Inc. and Alaska Marine Lines worked together on a plan to deliver chlorine to the city as quickly as possible. Lynden Logistics Services moved 21 totes of chlorine product from Houston, and LTI, Inc., using Alaska Marine Lines' fiberglass-lined ISO tanks, delivered two loads from California to Anacortes. Thanks to these efforts and others, the treatment plant is now at full capacity and the regional water system is stable.

"The City of Anacortes is extremely thankful to Lynden as they assisted Marathon Refineries with the shortage of sodium hypochlorite," says Anacortes Mayor Laurie Gere. "This is an amazing community and the protection of the safe drinking water for our region was a priority for all. Again, the city has much appreciation and gratitude for the rapid and generous response."

Anacortes water system unloading chlorine2

Lynden has been a transportation partner to the Anacortes refinery for more than 20 years. "Our refinery team members have great relationships with a number of suppliers and contractors such as Univar and Lynden Logistics Services who were able to quickly respond to the supply shortage," says James Tangaro, Manager of the Marathon Anacortes Refinery. Pictured to the right is LTI, Inc. Driver Glenn Manning (top) and Mechanic Tyler Manke unloading a tank of chlorine.

Anacortes water system unloading chlorine

"It's a great feeling to know that our assistance averted what could have been a very serious situation for the community drinking water supply," says Lynden Logistics Logistics Services Manager Becky MacDonald. "It was a great team effort by all three companies with assistance from Lynden Safety Director Jim Maltby on the bulk loads, Al Hartgraves, Anthony Knapp and the LTI, Inc. crew providing the drivers and quick response, and Alaska Marine Lines providing the tanks."

Tara Havard, of the Marathon Anacortes Refinery, expressed her appreciation for Becky's quick response. "Through Becky's efforts, not only were we able to keep the refinery situation under control, we were also able to support the City of Anacortes during this crisis. Not to mention the creative brainstorming with Alaska Marine Lines to use the ISO tanks to fill bulk loads out of Univar in California."

Tara also noted her relationship with Lynden is deeply rooted to her days growing up in Valdez, AK where she observed her grandfather, Mac McElrath, navigate logistical and supply chain issues on a daily basis while working for the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company. Mac worked closely with Harmon Hall, the father of Knik President Dan Hall. "That was the best training a kid from Alaska could have in creative problem solving, the power of relationships and taking care of your community," she says.

Tags: LTI Inc., Lynden Logistics, Community, AML

Everyday Hero Profile: Bob Barndt

Posted on Fri, Jul 23, 2021

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. Learn more about the people behind your shipment.

Introducing Bob Barndt, District Operations Manager at Lynden Logistics in Anchorage, Alaska.

Bob Barndt Everyday HeroName: Bob Barndt

Company: Lynden Logistics

Title: District Operations Manager

On the Job Since: 1987

Superpower: Taking care of internal and external customers

Hometown: Eagle River, AK

Favorite Movie: Tombstone

Bucket List Destination: Talladega Motor Speedway in Alabama to watch a race

For Fun: Spending time off the grid at his cabin, snow machining in winter and traveling in RV in summer

How and when did you start working for Lynden? Have you worked for or done projects with other Lynden companies?
I hired on with Lynden in 1987 at Prudhoe Bay as a foreman. Lynden was a contractor for ARCO at that time, and I was there for eight years. Over the last 34 years I have been fortunate to be able to work across all of the transportation disciplines with several Lynden companies. I spent 22 years with Lynden Air Cargo helping them get the customer base established in “Bush” Alaska, first with the Lockheed Electras and then with the Hercs. I was called upon numerous times to help out on project work, mainly in support of Lynden Logistics Services. One of the more interesting jobs I was fortunate to be part of was working in Russia for about a year on a huge oil spill cleanup project. My last four years have been working with the Lynden/UPS Projects team helping maintain our long-standing contract to move their bush packages all over the state of Alaska.

What is a typical day like for you?
These days I am working closely with our Lynden/UPS Projects team on the day-to-day challenges of moving 4,000 to 5,000 packages to over 600 zip codes and cities in Alaska. As we like to say…”Putting out Fires!” I have a great team to support me, too.

What has been most challenging in your career?
Not many that I can write about except in my early career with Lynden Air Cargo (humorous now). I was sent to St. Mary’s to help load fish on the Lockheed Electras and I had to sleep on a cot in a 20-foot CONNEX for three days. Little did I know that was the norm for working in Bush Alaska!

What are you most proud of in your career?
The many customers that I have helped over the years, both large and small. It makes me proud that I have done a good enough job that even as I transitioned from the different Lynden companies, they call me to seek out a transportation solution. See, we have the best Lynden employees in the transportation business, so it makes my job easy.

Bob Barndt at starting line with Quinn Itens Lead dogs
Bob volunteering at the Iditarod dog sled race in 2010.

Can you tell us about your family and growing up years?
I am originally from Friedens, PA, where my folks were raised. Their parents were coal miners. My father joined the Army and met my mom. I was raised the oldest of seven kids. We traveled to many bases before I joined the Navy. I spent four years as a Torpedomen’s Mate. Then I moved back to Alaska and started my new career in the Oil Patch. This is where I was hired on with Lynden.

What was your first job?
I had paper routes, mowed lawns and was a grocery bagger at the base commissary. I also had a job as a short-order cook at a local rod and gun club in Hanau, Germany. I look back at that job as being my first real paycheck job, and I would love to do it again!

What would surprise most people about you?
I actually wanted to be a professional bowler when I graduated from high school. Also, for you bowlers, my high is 299! When I met my bride and told her this, she said ‘DORK!’

How do you spend your time outside of work?
I spend my time with my bride Ann and family at our cabin snow machining in the winter and traveling in our motorhome in the summer. Being an “Off Grid” cabin owner and serving as part-time carpenter, plumber, electrician and all-around handyman is fun and actually therapy for me.

What do you like best about your job?
Absolutely 100 percent the people! There is no doubt in my mind Lynden has the best employees in this business!

Tags: Lynden Employees, Lynden Logistics, Everyday Heroes