How do companies keep goods moving over land, air, and sea in vast Alaska?

By: Maggie Wilson Posted: 10/24/2019

Discussion featured Steve Hartmann with Lynden Transport, Inc. and Torque Zubek with Alaska Airlines

Photo from Alaska Airlines

At October’s Alaska Business Forum, representatives from two local companies shared their insights on freight and mobility in Alaska. Steve Hartmann, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Lynden Transport, Inc., and Torque Zubek, Managing Director of Cargo for Alaska Airlines, discussed how they manage complex shipping challenges due to Alaska’s size, unique landscapes, and challenging weather. 

The state of Alaska is massive. It is the largest state in the union, measures 1,400 miles long north to south, and is just about as wide as the Lower 48. Some of its transportation challenges are similar to those of Washington state, including natural events like flooding, mudslides, and wildfires.

Hartmann shared his knowledge of transportation logistics in Alaska from the perspective of one of the largest transportation companies serving the state. Lynden Transport – part of the Lynden family of companies that serves Alaska though multiple modes including air, highway, and sea – has regularly provided service between Washington and Alaska since 1954. 

Born and raised in Alaska, Zubek said serving remote communities in the state and ensuring rural Alaskan communities get the goods they need is close to his heart.

“The cargo business is one of the things that I’m really passionate about,” said Zubek. Alaska Airlines, invested in Alaska since its founding in 1932, is likewise committed to cargo. The airline has people that live and work in most communities in Alaska. Their staff is personally invested in maintaining reliable delivery of goods, Zubek said.

Alaska Air Cargo moves more than 170 million pounds of cargo annually – including seafood, mail, and freight. Alaska Air also transports critically important goods between Seattle and Alaska, and across the country, including cancer medicine to residents who need it, groceries, blood for hospitals, and organs for transplants.

Want to learn more about important partnerships between the Seattle metro region and Alaska? Come to our next Alaska Business Forum.

The Seattle Metro Chamber’s Alaska Business Forum helps build relationships amongst members of the business community and provides information on issues of concern to the Alaskan and Puget Sound regions. These monthly events focus on a variety of industries including maritime, seafood, and technology.