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Milky Way celebrates 75 years of bulk hauling

Feb. 28, 2023
The division of LTI, inc., began hauling milk in Washington in 1948 and now serves producers throughout the Pacific Northwest

Bulk milk hauler Milky Way is celebrating its 75th anniversary.

A division of LTI, Inc., Milky Way has expanded over the years from Washington State to serving producers in Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. Milky Way entered the milk-hauling business in 1948 and, by the 1970s, was the largest motor carrier of bulk milk within the state of Washington. It still is a premier hauler for the dairy industry throughout the Pacific Northwest.

“We are proud to mark this significant milestone, and we look forward to continuing to serve our customers in the Pacific Northwest region for many years to come,” said Eric Badger, president of LTI, Inc. and Milky Way. “Over the past 75 years, we have seen many changes, but some things have not changed. Our drivers are still the best in the business, safely and reliably picking up milk and delivering it to processing centers each day, and we have dedicated support teams in each location making sure our local dairies and other farms are supported.

“We are also grateful for the loyalty of long-standing customers, vendors and partners that have contributed to our long-term success. We take pride in representing the traditional values of integrity, efficiency, and personal service throughout our organization.”

Milky Way drivers are on the job every day of the week with service centers and support staff strategically placed throughout the Pacific Northwest. Drivers pick up milk from dairy producers using stainless steel tankers with truck-mounted pumps developed by Milky Way and sister company Lynden Tank Company. The pumps operate without external power, allowing drivers to stay on schedule, loading and offloading liquids even during power outages at customer sites. Lynden Tank continues the fine craftsmanship of new tankers for the safe and efficient pickup and delivery of dairy products, and Milky Way is proud to pioneer the newest innovative transportation solutions to better serve customers.

LTI, Inc. is dedicated to protecting the environment and reducing its carbon footprint and is a six-time winner of the EPA SmartWay “Excellence” Award. The SmartWay Transport Partnership is a collaboration between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and transportation companies to voluntarily improve fuel efficiency and reduce air pollution from freight transport. The Excellence Awards recognize the top one percent of SmartWay partners for superior environmental performance and leadership. LTI, Inc. earned a top score in the Tanker Fleet Category based on its exceptional fuel economy, payload, idle time, and use of modern reduced emissions equipment.

Milky Way is part of the Lynden family of companies. Lynden provides transportation and logistics solutions in the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, Canada, Hawaii and around the world. Extensive multi-modal capabilities allow customers to optimize time and money by shipping via air, land or sea, or in any combination.

“Since 1906, Lynden has been helping customers get the job done,” the company said. 

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