Gov. Walker visits Linetec and praises its successful growth

Gov-shaking hands-250pxWisconsin Governor Scott Walker visited Linetec on April 18 to meet with the company’s leadership and to see its expanded facility in Wausau, Wisconsin. As one of the largest architectural finishing companies in the U.S., Linetec added a third anodize line and associated improvements in Dec. 2015. Linetec’s facility expansion increased its existing capacity and capabilities by more than 50 percent.

“Linetec is an example of a company growing and expanding in our state with the help of a partnership between the state of Wisconsin and the city of Wausau,” said Walker.

GovWalker-RickMarshall-smallLinetec’s president Rick Marshall hosted Walker on a tour of the company’s campus, which now spans more than 750,000 square feet and provides room to further enhance production flow throughout the facilities. Joining Walker and Marshall on the tour were Wausau Mayor Jim Tipple, Wausau mayor-elect Robert Mielke, plus representatives from the Wausau City Council, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), and Linetec’s associates.

Gov-employee-smallLinetec’s growth also brings employment opportunities to the city of Wausau. “We have added nearly 200 jobs in the last five years. Almost half of those additions have been in the last 12 months and related to this expansion. We make good hires and keep them,” stated Marshall. “The jobs created have been good paying jobs. Our starting rates are $15 per hour plus premiums and bonuses. While the labor market is tight, Linetec has success in finding qualified employees in the area. We are seeking to fill 40 recently added positions and more will be added through the year.”

Marshall continued, “Our most recent 180,000-square-foot expansion represents an estimated $15 million investment. The tax credits available through the WEDC and the Tax Incremental Financing grants available in Wisconsin contributed to our decision and ability to grow here in Wausau.”

“In total, over the past five years, we have put $4.7 billion worth of tax relief into the hands of the hard-working people and employers of this state,” said Walker.

Gov and Andy-smallMarshall also expressed his appreciation for all involved in the expansion. “We are thankful for our hard-working and talented employees; for financial stability and strength of our parent company, Apogee Enterprises; for the support of our community and suppliers; and for our strong, long-lasting customer relationships that are at the core of Linetec’s success.”

This addition supports Linetec’s anodize customers across North America with short and reliable lead times, according to Marshall. “Our finishing capabilities have helped attract other new companies to the area, both suppliers and customers, such as Polywood Fabrication and Southern Stretch Forming,” he added.

“Linetec has twice the anodizing capacity as any other anodizer in the U.S. under one roof. There’s no other place in the country that has three anodizing lines of this size and capability. Our anodize consistency is truly the best in the world,” praised Marshall. New finishing capabilities are another associated benefit. A new, proprietary anodize color and a new powder coat option are expected to be introduced in the next month.

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

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Logan airport garage’s dynamic façade features 48,000 metal panels finished by Linetec

Flapper2-webBoston Logan International Airport’s new, 10-story West Garage Extension features an attractive, kinetic exterior to distinctively screen the facility. Designed by Arrowstreet Inc. and manufactured by EXTECH, the dynamic façade system consists of more than 48,000 aluminum flapper panels that move in response to wind currents. Each flapper panel was finished by Linetec in Class I clear anodize.

The 6-inch square curved flapper panels are set within 353 extruded aluminum framing support assemblies that span eight stories high by 290 feet wide. Subjected to 130 mile per hour winds to test system resiliency, the system’s anodize finish also contributes to its durability. Class I coating is a high-performance anodic finish used primarily for exterior building products and other products that must withstand continuous outdoor exposure.

Logan3-webAnodizing successfully combines science with nature to create one of the world’s best metal finishes. Because it is an integral part of the substrate, the anodic coating provides excellent wear and abrasion resistance with minimal maintenance.

Choosing clear anodize to create the unique façade for Logan Airport’s West Garage Extension not only contributes to its lasting performance, but also accentuates the intended sense of movement as the light reflects off the aluminum flapper panels that seem to dance in the wind.

“Various shapes, material thickness and finishes were tested, resulting in the curved anodized aluminum pieces that reflect light and ripple with the breeze,” noted David Bois, principal at Arrowstreet. “Our partnership with EXTECH allowed us to develop and fabricate a system for the facade that would have been difficult – if not impossible – without their collaboration.”

Logan2-web3Before finalizing the facade design, EXTECH provided Arrowstreet with several mock-ups for the Massachusetts Port Authority’s (Massport’s) review and approval. The self-supporting Massport owns and operates Boston Logan International Airport, and receives no state tax money to support its operations or facilities. In the last decade, Massport and its airline partners have invested more than $4.4 billion to build a new runway, roadways, terminals, taxiways and garages.

Massport relied on Arrowstreet to lead a multidisciplinary team that evaluated and integrated the new garage within the existing Central Parking, walkways and adjacent terminals. Situated over the existing Hilton Hotel parking lot, it is the airport’s tallest parking structure and offers 1,700 more parking spaces. The resulting garage optimizes the experience for passengers and its dynamic facade enhances the view for the travelling public and visitors of the nearby 9/11 Memorial and Hilton Hotel.

Turner Construction Company served as the general contractor. Construction on the 68,880-square-foot building started in June 2015. Massachusetts-based glazing contractor, Ipswich Bay Glass Company, began installing the dynamic façade in November, and worked through the winter to complete the exterior in Jan. 2016.

flapper-web“The local glazing contractor installed the custom, prefabricated kinetic panels in record time. We believe this is a working relationship between architect and fabricator provides opportunities for innovation within our client’s budgetary and schedule constraints,” added Bois.

He concluded, “The move from the mass-produced to a more custom approach in design and construction provides for new possibilities which parallel clients’ rising expectations. Without the collaborative process, this unique installation could not have occurred within the budget or the project schedule. Simple, common components come together to form an uncommon result.”

Logan International Airport, Walkway and West Garage, 200 Terminal B, East Boston, MA 02128