WJFW TV12, Rhinelander Wisconsin, Visits Linetec

WAUSAU – Linetec’s president calls the last couple of years in Wausau “crazy.” The company has been successful enough to add about 200 new workers in the past two years.

linetec-adds-jobs-web-10-13-16Linetec does high-quality painting and anodizing on architectural materials. Those are types of finishing work.

Linetec is now looking to add 40 or 50 more workers.

“It’s obviously a very robust construction market right now, which is creating a lot of opportunities for companies like us,” said Linetec President Rick Marshall. “It’s been a very crazy couple of years for the people in this company. We’re very fortunate and blessed, I guess, to have that level of growth.”

Many manufacturers in northcentral Wisconsin have struggled to find qualified local candidates for their open jobs.

Linetec has been successful in finding people to fill their openings.

“It’s not easy work. It can be a lot of overtime. But people come here and they stay here because they enjoy the people they work with,” Marshall said. “We’ve been fortunate. We’ve been able to hire for positions we need, with pretty darn good success. Part of that comes from the positive company culture we have here.”

Linetec is also transitioning to a more flexible shift format. It will include 12-hour shifts in which employees only work only three or four days a week.

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Linetec continues to meet customers’ growth by expanding capacity, adding jobs

continues to support its customers’ growth and the architectural metal products market’s increased demand for high-quality finishing. The company is expanding shift coverage and enhancing production flow to gain significant capacity at its paint facility in Wausau, Wisconsin. Before Jan. 1, 2017, the company plans to add at least 40 new jobs to its paint facility, including two supervisors and all levels of production associates.

“Linetec has added nearly 100 jobs in the last year and we are excited to have more positions to fill,” says Jane Kessel, Linetec’s vice president of human resources. “The jobs created have been good paying jobs. Our starting rates are $15 per hour plus premiums and bonuses.”

careers-photos-kevin-dave9-18-13The paint facility’s capacity expansion continues to leverage advancements in technology and capitalize on Linetec’s best practices In addition to adding more positions for increased shift coverage, Linetec’s continual improvement efforts also have yielded more efficient and increased productivity.

Following the 180,000-square-foot physical expansions completed last year, Linetec’s campus now spans more than 750,000 square feet. From its Wisconsin location, Linetec’s customers across North America benefit from short and reliable lead times; a choice of anodize, liquid paint and powder coating finishes; and supplemental services, such as thermal improvement, stretch forming and inventory management of their architectural metal products.

For more information about Linetec’s facility, finishing services and employment opportunities, please visit www.linetec.com.

Ace Hotel New Orleans restores historic Art Deco exterior and updates performance with Winco Windows finished by Linetec

th042016_edr_ace_p0042m-webOpened in March 2016, Ace Hotel New Orleans has transformed the 1928 Art Deco, nine-story Barnett’s Furniture building into a 234-room boutique hotel with dining, retail, event and meeting spaces plus a rooftop pool. The 184,000-square-foot, mixed-use hotel and retail center is situated in the middle of New Orleans’ Warehouse District at the corner of Carondelet and Lafayette Streets.

Part of the city’s South Market District development, the property combines two historic buildings with a new, four-story structure. Eskew+Dumez+Ripple led the project’s unified design. Roman and Williams carried through the Art Deco and Dadaist-inspired aesthetic to the interiors. Guided by the construction manager joint venture of Broadmoor LLC and Palmisano Contractors, DeGeorge Glass Company installed Winco Windows throughout the property.

Developed by The Domain Companies, the project’s financing included federal and state historic tax credits. To restore the historic portion’s exterior, a total window replacement was required.

barnetts-times-picayune-historic-photo2webOriginally designed by Weiss, Dreyfous and Seiferth Architects, the property was first known as the Maison Blanche Building. Unfortunately, its 1920s wood-framed hung windows were replaced in the 1980s with fixed windows that did not reflect the building’s historic character. Eskew+Dumez+Ripple located several sources to help determine the former windows’ proportions and styling.

Replicating the original windows’ appearance with modern, hurricane code performance, Winco Windows manufactured the replacement units using aluminum framing with a thermal break and historically appropriate grid profiles. Linetec finished the windows’ Barnett's Historic Street Picaluminum framing and grid in a traditional black color.

To ensure the Ace Hotel New Orleans maintains its intended historic look for many years to come, Linetec applied a 70 percent polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) resin-based coating to Winco Series 4410S and 3250 windows. “These architectural coatings exhibit outstanding resistance to humidity, color change, chalk, gloss loss and chemicals. They will ensure a long-lasting, durable finish. No other coating system can withstand the rigors of nature and time like these,” said Linetec’s senior marketing specialist, Tammy Schroeder, LEED® Green Associate.

The 70 percent PVDF coatings meet the industry’s stringent requirements set by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association – AAMA 2605. Further demonstrating its industry leadership, Linetec is a recognized, environmentally responsible finisher. It captures the liquid paints’ volatile organic compounds (VOCs) content using a 100 percent air capture system and safely destroys the VOCs with a regenerative thermal oxidizer, so there is no adverse environmental impact. Linetec then re-uses its heat energy byproduct to improve process energy efficiency. This process of re-use is completed before the material exits the paint line.

Beyond the behind-the-scenes environmental advantages that Linetec provides customers and their projects, Winco’s windows protect against extreme temperatures to help keep guests comfortable in the hot Louisiana climate. Thermal performance also contributes to energy efficiency and helps reduce associated heating and cooling costs.

In addition to thermal performance, the windows needed to meet the area’s hurricane codes. To help the existing structure handle the fastener loads of these heavy-duty units, additional metal framing was required to reinforce the jambs without affecting the overall window sightline.

“The advanced research, partnership, design and testing allowed for a final installation that was able to restore the building to its original glory and design, while meeting the current stringent, high-performance window and hurricane codes,” said Winco’s technical sales and business development manager, Kurtis Suellentrop, EIT.

th042016_edr_ace_p0464-webAce Hotel’s welcome message expresses a similar sentiment, “Work can be a beautiful thing when done beautifully, and it’s a lot more fun done together than apart.”

Arriving in person at the New Orleans location, guests and their pets are greeted in a lobby that feels more like a living room filled with curios, mementos and a well-stocked bar. They are offered a choice of restaurants with menus by James Beard Award-winning chefs, near-nightly entertainment, and a gallery of original artwork by local artists and friends of the hotel.

Ace Hotel New Orleans joins the growing Ace Hotel network of modern eye-catching designs with a vintage feel. Its locations in New York, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and Seattle, as well as in Portland, Oregon, and Palm Springs, California, are all conversions of existing historic buildings. The company also has locations in London and Panama City.

Ace Hotel describes itself as:“…a collection of individuals — multiple and inclusive, held together by an affinity for the soulful. We are not here to reinvent the hotel, but to readdress its conventions to keep them fresh, energized, human. We accept the hotel as a potential for real, fluid community. We believe that hospitality is compassion, that it is not servility but genuine concern for others’ well-being and the ability to live with empathy.” These inspiring words strike a chord resonating with the people and places they represent. They convey an organization with deep consideration for each element – and every window – that creates its guests’ experiences.

Ace Hotel New Orleans; 600 Carondelet, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130; https://www.acehotel.com/neworleans

Linetec offers “Wood Grain Finishes – Gold Series” brochure

linetec-brochure-cover-webA new brochure showcasing Linetec’s recently introduced, decorative, wood grain finishes for architectural aluminum products. “Wood Grain Finishes – Gold Series” presents 14 finishes selected for Linetec’s standard Gold Series palette plus product descriptions and inspirational applications.

The high-quality appearance lends the finishes to interior surfaces, such as for window frames, door panels, column covers, shutters, furnishings and hardware. The coatings’ durable performance also makes them suitable for exterior applications, such as garage doors, fencing and soffits.

Achieving the look of wood without the maintenance, Linetec’s Gold Series palette includes:

  • American Douglas
  • American Maple
  • Cherry
  • Cherry with Flame
  • Colony Maple
  • Dark Walnut
  • European Cherry
  • Golden Oak
  • Knotty Pine
  • National Walnut
  • Oak
  • Oregon Douglas
  • Table Cherry
  • Teak

Earlier this year, Linetec teamed with Decoral System USA to expand its finish offering for architectural aluminum products. In our industry, we are seeing the use of real wood in applications like curtainwall mullions and interior window surfaces. The Decoral process gives us the ability to offer a similar look at less cost.

We see an opportunity for customers to offer the softness and warmth of wood in environments where a hard, cleanable surface is still desired, such as in health care and education facilities, or other high-traffic areas.

These finishes meet the stringent standards of AAMA 2604-13 for color uniformity, specular gloss, dry film hardness and adhesion, as well as resistance to impact, chemicals, detergents, scratches, corrosion, salt spray and fading due to ultraviolet light. The coatings also are fire retardant, and resistant to water and humidity. Unlike natural wood, the finished aluminum does not swell, rot, warp or attract insects.

IMG_4672Supporting environmentally sound practices, these wood grain finishes utilize a powder coat process that does not emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Wood grain finishes can be specified with aluminum utilizing recycled content, and may be recycled after its product lifespan.

Linetec will display the Gold Series wood grain finishes at GlassBuild America 2016 in booth #643. In addition to accurately portraying authentic wood grain, the Decoral process can provide customers with marble and stone finishes, floral and camouflage patterns, animal prints or custom logo graphics.

Enrico Piva, CEO of Decoral System USA, agreed and added, “We are proud to have an industry leader like Linetec add Decoral technologies to their new lineup of products and are excited to be a part of their success.”

For more information or to request a brochure by mail, please call 888-717-1472, email sales@linetec.com or visit http://www.linetec.com.

Wood Grain Finishes used on Linetec Pavilion



New Linetec Pavilion

With the design build assistance of Revi Design in Wausau,  Linetec’s new employee outdoor space offers the latest in innovative, distinctive and sustainable landscape practices.

This new pavilion space gives Linetec associates a relaxing outdoor space to enjoy during breaks and lunches, meetings, as well as before and after their work day shift.

Incorporating our newest specialty coating, wood grain finishes, into the project, we replaced the real wood purlins and stringers of the pavilion with our new wood grain finish. IMG_0087-2These wood grain structural members in the building architecture are 100% maintenance free and will give this new outdoor space durability and longevity for years to come.


TERRA COTTA COATINGS for Architectural Aluminum

Terra Cotta wallTerra Cotta Paint Coatings Transcend Style
Linetec’s paint finish mimics the look and feel of natural terra cotta. The finish utilizes a 70% PVDF resin-based coating to achieve the highest levels of performance in an exterior environment and a texture additive to help replicate the natural feel of terra cotta.


Design Flexibility
Terra cotta offers a unique and attractive element to any building envelope. Aluminum wall panels painted with the terra cotta finish are lighter, can come in a large variety of shapes and sizes, and be delivered in a short lead time. Linetec’s terra cotta paint finishes are available in seventeen color and design choices.

Designing Architectural Elegance
While this paint finish cannot replicate all of the properties of terra cotta, we can offer a paint finish on wall panels that looks and feels like the real thing. As well as a cost that may better fit projects where terra cotta is desired, but cannot be afforded.

Terra Cotta Coatings Offer Long-Term Sustainability Backed By An Industry Leader
As a 70% polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) resin-based coating, terra cotta painted finish meets the requirements of the most stringent, high-performance specification standard, AAMA 2605. These architectural finishes are tested to exhibit outstanding resistance to humidity, color change, chalk, gloss loss and chemicals.

Where It’s Used
Terra cotta transcends style; it can be used as an intense accent or can be patterned into remarkable delicacy in any wall panel or rainscreen system.

What Are the Color Options
Terra cotta coatings are available in seventeen colors that mimic the natural look and feel of terra cotta. If a special color is needed for your project, contact Linetec for the possibility of custom terra cotta color match.

Terra-Cotta-Color-Rings4-smallHow to Specify
PVDF-based, AAMA 2605, fluoropolymer finish containing minimum 70% PVDF resin, three-coat terra cotta texture paint system [insert paint code].



Email sales@linetec.com

Contact your regional sales manager

Phone us at 888-717-1472

2016 GlassBuild America


Now in its 14th year, GlassBuild America is the gathering place for the entire glass, window and door industries in North
America. Join us October 19-21, 2016, in Las Vegas, NV.

FREE EXPO PASS    Haven’t registered yet? Use GlassBuild America’s on-line registration, along with Linetec’s Company Password: 16LIN for a free pass to the expo.

VISIT LINETEC – Booth # 643     Stop by and see our new exhibit and the newest product offerings in high-performance finishing of aluminium building components, including wood grain finishes.



Wood Grain Finishes    Available in a wide variety of wood species, as well as marble and stone designs.