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2019 Lynden Company Picnic attracts big crowd

Posted on Fri, Sep 06, 2019

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"It was nice to see a lot of new faces and old ones return to the picnic," says Sandy Hartman, LTI, Inc. Operations Specialist in Lynden, WA. "We start the planning process in January and, with a lot of help from a lot of people, it turns out fantastic."

Approximately 1,200 Lynden employees, family and friends were in attendance at the 2019 Picnic on Aug. 3, an increase from last year. "The weather was perfect," Sandy says. "Retiree Jeff Kok and his crew did an amazing job cooking the fish. Doug Gustafson celebrated his 40th picnic cooking the beef for us." Although Sandy retired in August, she vows to be back every year to celebrate with her Lynden colleagues which she describes as a "great bunch of people." Thanks to Lynden Retiree Ed Johnson for taking pictures for us again this year!

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Old friends reunite in Valdez

Posted on Tue, Jul 16, 2019

Marie Blood and family at Lynden Valdez eventA Lynden customer appreciation event in Valdez brought old friends together. Lynden Chairman Jim Jansen (far right) is pictured with Marie Blood, wife of Slim Blood, Lynden's first Alaska employee. Slim opened Lynden's first Fairbanks terminal in 1958 and established Lynden's early reputation for customer service. The new location was a WWII Quonset hut and meant drivers didn't have to unload their own trucks or stay overnight. Marie, her son Russ, grandchildren and great-grandchildren all attended the event in Valdez. "Between us, we could name every Alcan driver in the pictures in the #27 museum," Jim says. "Marie hosted dinners for the drivers when they arrived in Fairbanks, making them feel at home. She now resides in Valdez."

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Lynden supports students studying transportation

Posted on Tue, Apr 09, 2019

Jake Maenpa imageAlaska Marine Lines Vice President Jake Maenpa serves on the advisory board for Highline College's Global Trade and Supply Chain Management Program. He replaced Lynden Transport retiree Mike Oliver who served on the board for many years. Lynden recently contributed $5,000 to help fund the program's study abroad program to help students follow the supply chain internationally, domestically and locally. Students will study global transportation and trade in China and other locations. Lynden is one of six corporate donors funding the program.

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Lynden employee Pete Kaiser wins the 2019 Iditarod

Posted on Wed, Mar 13, 2019

Pete KaiserLynden is proud to congratulate Pete Kaiser for finishing first in the 2019 Iditarod race. Pete is an employee of Knik Construction, part of the Lynden family of companies, and counts Lynden among his team sponsors. In a close race heading out of the White Mountain checkpoint, Pete skillfully guided his team the final 77 miles to the finish line in Nome. He finished with a time of 9 days, 12 hours and 39 minutes. This is the tenth time Pete has competed in the Iditarod.

“We are all very excited for Pete and enjoyed tracking his race this past week. Pete’s grit and determination show the world what it means to be a proud Alaskan,” says Jim Jansen, Lynden Chairman.

"Pete is not only a great employee for our company, but his passion and dedication to his work shows in his mushing as well. We are excited for his accomplishments and look forward to more races in the future," says Dan Hall, President of Knik Construction. 

In addition to the Iditarod, Pete regularly competes in the Kuskokwim 300 dogsled race. He holds the record for most consecutive victories in the Kuskokwim 300, winning four times between 2015 and 2018. He placed second earlier this year in the 2019 race.

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Introducing Lynden's New Mobile App!

Posted on Wed, Jan 23, 2019

Lynden Mobile AppLynden is offering customers the latest in convenience and technology with an all-new version of the free mobile app. Our new mobile app was developed based on feedback from customers and provides accurate, up-to-date shipment information directly from your smartphone! Available for both iPhone and Android phones, the app allows customers to log in to their Lynden EZ Commerce accounts to easily view all of their shipments and sort, filter and search to find exactly what they need. Convenient options such as saving frequent searches or marking important shipments for quick reference are also available.

"We know our customers are busy and most depend on their smartphones on a regular basis," says Ryan Dixon, Lynden’s Director of Marketing and Media. "Many of our customers have enjoyed using our mobile app over the past few years, but one thing that has been frequently requested is the ability to log in to EZ Commerce through the app so shipments can be tracked without having to remember or enter tracking numbers. This is now a core feature of the new mobile app, and we think our customers will find the experience a major improvement."

Other features of the app include the ability to receive status updates via email for specific shipments and viewing and emailing documents such as bills of lading, delivery receipts and invoices. The option to track individual shipments without EZ Commerce is also still available, and the claims submission process is streamlined through the app.

Download the app today! Visit www.lynden.com/mobile, or search "Lynden" on the App Store or Google Play.

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Lynden Picnic 2018

Posted on Thu, Oct 25, 2018

Lynden Picnic CollageLooking back to when sunny skies drew approximately 1,000 employees and friends to the annual Lynden Picnic this past summer. Barbecued salmon was on the menu, as usual, plus 1,000 ears of sweet corn that arrived the day before from Kallstrom Farms in Ephrata, WA. According to Sandy Hartman of LTI, Inc., drivers and office staff shucked corn for most of Friday afternoon to prepare for the big day on Saturday. "The water slides and toys were a big hit this year," Sandy says. "At 4 p.m., when the games had to come down it was hard to tell the wee ones it was over." Lillybug face painting and henna tattoos were also popular along with wagon rides, the money pit, music and more. We had a great time at this family event!

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Lynden Logistics ships Russian aircraft parts from Spain to U.S. and beyond

Posted on Thu, Oct 18, 2018

S7 Aircraft parts- Snowstorm in Madrid, Spain (Blog version)S7 Airlines is the second largest airline in Russia and a long-time Lynden Logistics customer. Over the years, the carrier has called upon Lynden for a variety of projects. A project toward the start of this year involved disassembling an Embraer E-190 aircraft in Madrid, stripping it to the wings and fuselage and shipping the spare parts to S7 subsidiary Nelson Parts in Bend, OR.

According to Sergey Buchumov, Russia Sales and Marketing Director, Lynden was handling about one shipment a week ranging from an Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) to a fuel thruster weighing 2,000 pounds. "This project required many of our services," Sergey says, "such as brokerage and hazardous freight transport for aviation batteries." The first shipment of 8,000 small parts required 8,000 line items with all the necessary documentation for each. This inaugural shipment also included a freak snowstorm in Madrid that shut down roads leading into and out of the area. 

"Snow in Spain was not the type of hurdle we were anticipating with this project," quips Daniel Gotham, Business Development Director, Global Projects. "They don't salt roads in Spain."

Lynden provided customs and import services to the U.S. and door-to-door delivery to the Bend airport and the airport hangar where the parts were consolidated and stored. When the aircraft parts were eventually sold to domestic and international buyers, Lynden handled that as well, which included ocean and air transport. "We are often moving the same parts twice; from Russia to the U.S. and then again from Oregon to a new destination," Sergey explains.

In addition to S7, Lynden serves nine other Russian aerospace customers from its offices in Moscow and St. Petersburg. For those producing aircraft, Lynden moves production parts and for those already in operation, repair parts for Aircraft on the Ground (AOG) situations and other needs. Parts are often sourced from Boeing and other U.S.-based suppliers allowing Lynden to call upon its network of Service Centers for expedited service.

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Lynden's Green Initiative celebrates 10 years

Posted on Thu, Sep 20, 2018

electronic-forklift-driver"Lynden's Green Initiative grew out of a depression era distaste for waste and a common sense desire to do what's right," says Coordinator Anna Deal. "Now, 10 years later, I am truly amazed at what we have accomplished together." The 10-year mark coincides with Lynden being named one of the top 75 Green Supply Chain partners for 2018 by Inbound Logistics magazine. It is Lynden's eighth award.

"Lynden's operating companies have continued to invest in modern high efficiency equipment to increase payload and reduce idle time, work with drivers to improve driving habits, and to look for innovative ways to improve freight operations. These efforts have paid off with the steady and measurable improvement in our freight efficiency and reduced emissions," Anna explains. "We are doing more with less at all levels."

Anna shared the additional Green Initiative accomplishments throughout the companies:

  • Our new facilities are designed to be energy efficient and we continue to upgrade lighting and heating systems across companies. We have invested in over 60 separate energy efficiency projects which have saved nearly 1,900 metric tons of CO2, 3,535 MWh of electricity, and 4,430 MMbtu of natural gas annually.
  • We have replaced our highest use propane forklifts with electric lifts leading to a 32% reduction in Lynden's small lift emissions.
  • We have initiated recycling programs at each of the Lynden locations and, along with our Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling (ALPAR) partners, backhaul recyclables free of charge from Alaskan communities to Seattle for recycling.
  • Computer power saving software that automatically puts computers to "sleep" when not in use has reduced those energy costs by 20 percent.
  • Lynden's Green and Fit Challenge rewards employees for alternative transportation in their work commute and fitness activities. 

"Although we have accomplished a great deal, we know there is more we can do," Anna says. "We recently encouraged all employees to provide feedback and ideas so we can keep the momentum going that we started 10 years ago. The Green Initiative was, and is, a company-wide effort. Our accomplishments are the results of the hard work, talent and passion of Lynden's highly dedicated employees."

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2018 Lynden Scholarships awarded

Posted on Fri, Sep 07, 2018

Twelve deserving students will receive financial assistance through the Lynden Memorial Scholarship Program for 2018. The independent scholarship service, Scholarship America of St. Peter,  MN, selects recipients based on criteria established by the organization. Congratulations to the following winners who will each receive $2,500 for the 2018-19 school year:

Chloe Billingslea will be a junior at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, where she is studying Public Health.

Jake Butler will be a sophomore at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Marietta, GA, where he will study Aeronautics.

Jordan Craft will be a freshman at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA and plans to study Political Science.

Brooke DeBeeld will be a freshman at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA where she plans to study Accounting.

Briahna Gerlach will be a sophomore at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, TX where she is studying Social Work.

Parnika Godkhindi will be a sophomore at McMaster University in Hamilton, ON, where she is studying Arts and Sciences.

Melody Hoza will be a freshman at Bemidji State University in Bemidji, MN, where she plans to study Sports Management and Criminal Justice.

Clarine Long will be a first year student at the medical school at Ohio State University in Columbus, OH.

Allison Rollins will be a first year student at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle.

Natalie Smith will enter her junior year at the University of Portland in Oregon where she continues her studies in Nursing.

Andrew Spencer will be a senior at the University of Alaska in Anchorage where he plans to study Logistics.

Largim Zhuta will be a junior at Stanford University in Stanford, CA and study Engineering.

"Lynden offers these scholarships to children and grandchildren of our employees. This year's scholarship winners are very accomplished students and community leaders." says Gail Knapp, Director of the scholarship fund and coordinator for Lynden.  "On behalf of all our employees, we congratulate these students and wish them the best of luck with their future studies."

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Jim Jansen receives Walter J. Hickel Award for public policy leadership

Posted on Wed, Aug 01, 2018

In May, Lynden Chairman Jim Jansen was honJim Jansen receives Walter Hickel Award 5-11-18ored with the Walter J. Hickel Award from Commonwealth North, Alaska's non-partisan public policy forum, for distinguished public policy leadership. The award was established in 1999 to recognize the contributions and achievements of individuals who have played a significant role in advancing Alaska's public policy interests. Former recipients include: Walter Hickel, Ted Stevens, John Katz, Willie Hensley and Lisa Murkowski. Jim received the award at a gala event on May 11 at the Anchorage Hilton Hotel Ballroom. Jim is a Navy Seabee with a tour of duty in Vietnam in the 1960s. He has served as an advisory director of Wells Fargo Bank of Alaska, director of National Bank of Alaska, director of the Boy Scouts of America, director of the Resource Development Council and as director of the Nature Conservancy of Alaska. He is also co-chair of the Make Alaska Competitive Coalition, a distinguished alumnus of Central Washington University and he has been an Alaska business leader for more than 40 years.

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