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Linetec’s success leads to continued growth

WAUSAU – Last month, Wausau-based Linetec announced it wanted to hire 40 or 50 new employees. By the end 2017, it will have grown by a couple hundred employees in just a few years.

Linetec is an architectural metal finishing company, but what exactly does that mean, and why has it been so successful?

When you step onto Linetec’s production floor with company president Rick Marshall, you’ll notice the sounds, machines, and people.

The people at Linetec aren’t making or molding aluminum. They’re working with all types of pieces of it.
“Basically any type of product that’s aluminum that you may find on the exterior of buildings would be a potential customer of ours,” said Linetec President Rick Marshall.

Companies don’t want to put raw aluminum windows, skylights, and louvers on the outside of buildings. Instead, they want that aluminum either painted or anodized.

“Two reasons, weathering, so you don’t get corrosion, and the other is to provide color,” said Marshall.
Half of Linetec works with paint.

“It’s a combination of robots, robot-applied paints. It’s supplemented in a lot of cases with hand spray, manual spray,” said Marshall.

Employees have a lot of paint options.

“You get to see a lot of neat things, like colors. We have so many different cool-looking colors,” said Logan Wenninger.

If customers choose to have their aluminum anodized, they have just a few color options. Anodizing uses a chemical and electrical process on the metal.

“The outside of the aluminum is changed to aluminum oxide. That aluminum oxide is kind of like a hard crust formed on the outside of the aluminum,” said Marshall.

Painted and anodized aluminum components go far and wide.

“Any place east of the Rockies is where it’s going immediately, to a fabricator who’s making the windows, or making the end product. From there, it could go any place in the United States or in North America,” said Marshall.

While the products could go anywhere, Linetec’s only plant is here in northcentral Wisconsin, but that one plant keeps growing, thanks in part to company core values which go beyond just words.

“Teamwork is a big thing, just understanding and just having respect for the individual,” said Lisa Ullman, a nine year Linetec employee.

“How well you do your job matters, but the attitude you carry to work every day matters more than that,” said Marshall.

While painting aluminum, anodizing it, and shipping it across the country, that attitude seems to come across in Linetec’s hundreds of employees.

“It’s a rare treat to find a company with this kind of culture,” said Marshall.

In the 33 years since Linetec in Wausau opened, its plant has expanded from 40-thousand square feet to 900-thousand square feet.

Interested in a career with Linetec? Apply online 

Linetec names Michael Bridenhagen as inside sales manager

mikeb-webMichael Bridenhagen will lead and develop Linetec’s inside sales and customer service team. As the inside sales manager, Bridenhagen will drive efficiency in department operations and will support on-time customer delivery and satisfaction. Linetec provides finishing and related services for customers’ architectural metal components, such as aluminum framing for window, curtainwall and entrance systems, as well as automotive, marine and manufactured consumer goods.

Bridenhagen has served in sales and management roles for more than 20 years at several Wisconsin-based companies. Most recently, he was the sales manager for Eastbay, Inc./Footlocker.com’s largest, most influential school and clubs sports accounts. Previously, he worked at Noel Group, LLC, as vice president of operations where he was responsible for three call centers and a team of 90 people. Noel Group is the former parent company of Travel Guard, a leading travel insurance plan provider, where Bridenhagen worked as regional vice president of sales for the western U.S. and Canada.

In addition to his professional experience, Bridenhagen earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater. Continuing to expand his knowledge, he also successfully completed Kellogg Graduate School of Management programs through Northwestern University in Illinois.

Outside of the workday, Bridenhagen’s volunteer work has included being a board member on the Boys & Girls Club, and the Green Circle Trail as promotion and education committee chair for the 27-mile scenic hiking and biking trail. He also has served as a mentor/champion for Jobs for Life program participants, and  an Early Grade Reading Initiative Committee Member with the United Way of Marathon County. In addition, he is a board member on the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point Men’s Basketball Court Club’s Coach’s Committee, as well as an area youth/high school boys’ basketball and football coach.

For more information about Linetec’s associates, finishing services and more, please call 888-717-1472, email sales@linetec.com or visit http://www.linetec.com.

Architectural Anodize Data Sheet

Process  .  Warranty  .  AAMA Specifications  .  Guide Spec

Download Complete Data Sheet

architectural-anodize-data-sheet-1Architectural Anodizing combines science with nature to create one of the world’s best metal finishes. The coating produced is extremely durable, and the second hardest substance on earth.

The typical anodizing employed in the architectural industry is called two-step electrolytic.” The actual anodizing and coloring of the aluminum occur in separate steps…    read more

Class I and Class II Anodize

Class I and Class II anodic coatings are designations created by the Aluminum Association for the purpose of codifying the specification of anodized aluminum.

Class I coating has a mil thickness of 0.7 (18 microns) or greater
Class II coating has a minimum mil thickness of 0.4 (10 microns)

Class I coating is a high performance anodic finish used primarily for exterior building products and other products that must withstand continuous outdoor exposure. read more

Strengths of Anodizeimg_0137

  • Durability, abrasion resistance
  • Metal appearance
  • Excellent weatherability (Class I)
  • Color stability
  • Non-hazardous, produces no harmful or dangerous by-products

Anodize Warranty

Linetec’s documented testing allow us to offer warranties of 5 years, on Class I Anodize finishing, with confidence that your product will perform as intended.

In some cases, with prior approval and a minimal up-charge, Linetec can offer an extended anodize warranty up to 10 years.  read more

AAMA Specifications

In order to ensure the anodize performance expected for an architectural / commercial application, AAMA 611-14 specification should be referenced along with the anodize color.

Beyond the stringent standards and regulations, Linetec offers a downloadable guide spec with specifiable differences that contribute to a project’s long life, durability and sustainability.  read more

Cleaning and Maintaining your Aluminum Finish Guide

damaged_anodize-mcdonalds-door-brickwashThis paper discusses the recommended care of painted and anodized finishes on architectural metal and examines three levels of concern: care and cleaning, minor repairs, and more complex refinishing.   read more