LTI’s dairy support operations will continue to function near Darigold in Lynden even though the Milky Way offices and freight hub are moved south. (Brent Lindquist/Lynden Tribune)

Dairy support will remain in Lynden

LYNDEN — While the “winking cow” milk trucks will still be seen around Whatcom County, the freight operations and office staff of LTI subsidiary Milky Way are moving south.

Jason Jansen, president of LTI Inc., told the Tribune that the new location of operations will be at 3814 Old Hwy. 99 S on the south side of Mount Vernon. It will provide more space for trucks and maintenance, as well as a more central hub for freight hauling in northwest Washington.

“And since it’s close to I-5, trucks have easy access to get on and off the freeway,” Jansen said. “The location also allows us to more easily expand our driver recruiting pool throughout Whatcom, Skagit and Snohomish counties.”

  he 5.3-acre Mount Vernon site is associated with Brown Line LLC as a part of the Lynden family of companies, according to online sources.

Al Hartgraves, LTI’s business development manager, said dairy support will still be done out of Lynden via the property near Darigold. The tanker-building operation of Lynden Tank will continue to take place at the LTI site on Depot Road.

“Everything is still up in the air, but that’s the plan,” Hartgraves said.

LTI Inc., Milky Way and Lynden Tank are all divisions of parent company Lynden Inc.

“Most people in the area won’t notice much change — our Milky Way trucks will continue supporting the local dairy industry just as they have since the 1940s,” Jansen said.

By the 1970s LTI had become the largest motor carrier of bulk fluid milk in Washington. Milky Way began building its own tankers in the 1970s, a task now handled by Lynden Tank. Lynden Tank designs, manufactures and repairs the stainless steel tank trailers and components used by Milky Way and LTI.