Linetec expands anodize facility, increases capacity, grows staff

Ano-expansion6-webAt Linetec, we are building a 30,000-square-foot addition to the anodize facility in Wausau, Wis. To support the addition and growth of business, we also are increasing the anodize staff by more than 10 percent.

By January 2014, a 33 percent increase in capacity for anodize finishing of architectural aluminum will be on-line and available. 

“We’re as busy as we’ve ever been,” said Linetec’s president, Rick Marshall. “This is the sixth building expansion in the past 10 years. We continue to grow and serve our customers with the quality and reliability that they’ve come to expect from Linetec.”

He continued, “Supporting our growth in capacity, we’re growing our staff, too. Not only are we filling the additional jobs due to our anodize expansion, but we’re also bringing on more people to meet the all-around increased demand for our finishing services.”

Construction of Linetec’s anodize facility addition began in August and will be completed by the end of October. “We plan to be up and running before November. Along with extra capacity, the extra space gives us the opportunity to increase efficiency by streamlining our process, improving the workflow and enhancing productivity,” noted Andy Joswiak, Linetec’s vice president of operations.

Jon Close, Linetec’s vice president of sales, added, “We also are increasing our warehousing capacity to provide more room for our Linetec Managed Inventory program. This further benefits our customers by keeping their material on hand and providing just-in-time finishing; whatever they need, whenever they need it.”

In addition to expanding its capacity, Linetec also expanded its geographic reach. Earlier this year, we added more service and distribution routes, including our first regular route to Toronto, Canada.  

Technoform thermal barrier system installed at Houghton Academy


Buffalo Public School #69 – Houghton Academy

Linetec, Wausau Window and Wall Systems and Technoform Bautec North America, Inc., contribute to the updated appearance and enhanced performance of historic Houghton Academy in Buffalo, N.Y. Along with refreshed façade, the elementary school’s modern windows feature Technoform Bautec’s polyamide thermal barrier for energy efficiency, structural performance and long-term durability.

Buffalo Pulic School #69

Buffalo Public School #69

Glazing contractor T.G.R. Enterprises replaced 125 of the building’s outdated windows with Wausau Window and Wall Systems’ high-performance units. These windows were finished by Linetec and customized to match the elementary school’s architectural aesthetic using a Sandstone color paint on the exterior and a Dark Bronze anodize on the interior.

Constructed in 1924, Buffalo Public School #69 Houghton Academy was designed by the Associated Buffalo Architects Inc. The U-shaped floor plan surrounds a courtyard in the rear and a Classic Revival style entrance in the front. The brick and stone structure is punctuated with large window bays. As time passed, the windows were replaced without preserving the architectural integrity. This resulted in inconsistent window types, trim and colors.

HoughtonAcademy-inerior-technoform-bautec“Choosing different color schemes and finish types for the interior and exterior of a high-performance aluminum window system can be achieved within budget and on accelerated timelines,” says Chad Ricker with Technoform Bautec’s market team. “Because two different finishing types were used on Houghton Academy windows — paint and anodize, any other thermal barrier method would not have been an option for this project.”

To ensure a successful result, the glazing team relied on Wausau’s 310i Series single-hung and 4250i-XLT INvent™ Series project-out windows. Both are manufactured using Technoform Bautec’s polyamide thermal barriers, known generically as “thermal strip.”

For two-color frame finishing using paint at the interior and exterior, Linetec estimates that Technoform Bautec’s thermal strip system painted assemblies are 400% less expensive than other thermal barrier methods that require time-consuming masking. read more