Visit Linetec at the 19th Annual ALA Midwest Architecture Conference

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Mark your calendar! TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2017 AT DRURY LANE CONFERENCE CENTER, OAKBROOK TERRACE, IL

Expanded Show Hours—10:15AM – 4PM

Linetec will be exhibiting at ALA’s comprehensive one-day conference education program, a leading source for architects and other building professionals to obtain the latest business and technical education on topics that directly impact their work.

The conference includes five education sessions, each of which offers five seminars on a variety of subjects ranging from codes and contracts to energy efficiency, performance and sustainable materials.

Be sure to stop by Booth # 308, and see your latest finishing offerings

Hurricane Harvey’s impact on Sunburst Shutters Houston

Article courtesy of Sunburst Shutters Houston employee. Sunburst Shutters sells and installs Polywood shutters, which are finished by Linetec, and manufactured in Wausau, Wisconsin.

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We wanted to let everyone know that our Sunburst Shutters Houston Team is safe after Hurricane Harvey. Only one employee had damage to his home. City-wide clean-up has begun and members of Sunburst Shutters Houston are participating in the clean-up efforts.

Sunburst Houston Manager, Cory Cryer, visited a customer today who had our shutters in Kingwood, Texas. Their house took on 4 ½ feet of water and required an 8 foot tear out. While nearly everything else in their home was destroyed, their Polywood shutters were completely intact and usable. Cory’s team took them down, cleaned them image3up, and will store them until the customer is ready for them to be reinstalled. Their Polywood shutters were about the only thing they are keeping from their home.

The neighbor of this customer had a competitor’s shutter in their home, and those did not survive the flooding.  Their shutter salesman came back out and said “Yep, the shutters are toast.” That neighbor was shocked when she inspected the Polywood shutters. She said when they are finished with their remodel, they are going to order Polywood shutters for their home!

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Slate, Portland’s new, LEED Gold, mixed-use, transit-oriented development features Linetec’s paint, anodize and thermal improvement services

OR_Slate_9267JoshuaJayElliott-courtesyWorksProgressArchitectureLLPwebThe 10-story, LEED® Gold certified, mixed-use, transit-oriented development known as Slate is helping revitalize the Burnside Bridgehead area in Portland, Oregon. Formerly a vacant lot called Block 75, the new building features window, entrance, unitized curtainwall and panel systems finished by Linetec. Contributing to the building’s high energy-efficiency and sustainability goals, Linetec also provided the thermal improvement services for the glazing systems’ aluminum framing.

Opened last year, the project spans 147,000 square feet and offers 75 market-rate apartment units on the upper six floors; 35,000 square feet of creative co-working office workspace on floors 2-4; and 7,800 square feet of retail space at street level.  read more

 

AAMA updates paint specifications to -17

AAMA-proud memberThe American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) regularly reviews and updates its specification documents, including for painted coatings. The association’s Aluminum Material Council’s Finishes Committee has adjusted AAMA 2603, 2604 and 2605. The most current versions are denoted as 2603-17A, 2604-17A and 2605-17A.

What’s changed?

In the updated AAMA specifications, the procedure rating the adhesion of coatings to different substrates (via tape test) has been removed. Those standards are still required to meet AAMA’s guidelines, but now Section 8.4 Peel Adhesion refers the reader to ASTM D3359 to find the details on tape testing. These AAMA specifications also reference ASTM D3359-17 for the new requirements for tapes used in adhesion testing.

Section 8.4.1 now clarifies that all tests shall be performed in the sequence they appear in the document. Connected to this, the order of testing has been changed in the specifications. References to subsections of 8.4 also have been updated in Section 5.5.

What’s remains the same?

As a member of AAMA, Linetec stays up to date on these stringent industry standards and documents. We are committed to ensuring our customers’ finishing specifications are met on every project.

For a quick refresher, here’s what to remember about AAMA 2603, 2604 and 2605:

AAMA 2603 – typical for interior specifications

Required to show only “slight” fade and chalking after one year, AAMA 2603 has no specifications for gloss retention and erosion resistance. Baked enamel (acrylic/polyester) paints should meet AAMA 2603. These painted finishes are less expensive than fluoropolymer resin-based coatings, but have poor resistance to color fading and chalking. Baked enamel coatings are harder than fluoropolymer and can be used for interior application where color retention is not required.

AAMA 2604 – an “intermediate” specification

AAMA 2604 specifications are more demanding. If a finish qualifies, then five years after its application the color must have faded no more than 5 Delta E, the chalking no greater than 8, the finish still retain 30% of its gloss and no more than 10% of it has eroded. This finish will provide good color and gloss retention. It also will provide good hardness and abrasion resistance. Painted finishes meeting this specification typically are a 50% fluoropolymer resin-based coatings and are commonly applied on aluminum storefront framing, entrances or other high-traffic areas.

AAMA 2605 – the specification for high-performance exteriors

Ten years after it has been applied, an AAMA 2605 paint will have faded no more than 5 Delta E, the chalking will be no higher than 8, 50% of its gloss will still be retained and only 10% of the film will have eroded. These finishes exhibit outstanding resistance to humidity, color change, chalk, gloss loss and chemicals. Painted finishes meeting this specification typically are a 70% fluoropolymer resin-based coatings and are commonly applied on aluminum framing and systems for monumental architectural projects.

For personalized assistance in selecting and specifying the right coating for your aluminum building products, please contact Linetec’s regional sales managers , email sales@linetec.com or call 888-717-1472.

To download the latest version of these, or any, AAMA documents, visit the AAMA Publication Store

Linetec’s Tom Danen honored with Patriot Award – presented by Department of Defense for extraordinary support of employees who serve in the Wisconsin National Guard and Reserve

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From left to right: Spc. Andrew Jimenez, Tom Danen – Linetec and Dave Monk – ESGR representative

Wausau, Wisconsin (Sept. 2017) – The Wisconsin Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense, honored Linetec’s production supervisor for paint applications Tom Danen with a Patriot Award.

Spc. Andrew Jimenez nominated Danen for “extraordinary support” of employees who participate in military service. Jimenez serves in the U.S. Army Reserve, assigned to the 687th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion in Brokaw, Wisconsin. Before joining the Guard full-time, he worked with Danen at Linetec in Wausau, Wisconsin.

On Sept. 6, Dave Monk, ESGR representative, presented the Patriot Award to Danen at Linetec’s facility. After graciously accepting the award, Danen commented, “It was a pleasure working with Andrew. His hard work and dedication to his job at Linetec were greatly appreciated. I greatly admire and thank Andrew for his service in the U.S. Army Reserve.”

Danen noted that he grew up in a military family, and both of his parents were in the Reserve. He remembered, “The companies they worked for were flexible with their work schedules, so it just came second nature to me that Linetec would be this way.”

“Tom Danen has provided outstanding support and cooperation, and has exhibited a patriotic spirit, which is reflected in the significance of being a recipient of the Patriot Award,” said Williams. “The Patriot Award is only presented to employers who not only hire Guard and Reserve members, but demonstrate superior support to the military employee and his or her family. The National Guard and Reserve forces are the cornerstone of our national defense.”

The U.S. National Guard and Reserve currently includes 1.3 million members. The ESGR accepts Patriot Award nominations from all members of the National Guard and Reserve. Learn more at www.esgr.mil.

Linetec People to Know: Andy Joswiak

JoswiakQ:  Tell me about your job

A:  For the past 18 years, I have been the V.P. of Operations. The duties and details of the job were very extensive, so with Linetec’s recent growth, the decision was made to split that role into two positions.

The two new positions are:

V.P. – Operations with responsibility for daily manufacturing, scheduling and safety

V.P. – Engineering and Technical Services, (my new position), with responsibility for Engineering, Environmental, Continuous Improvement, Maintenance, New Product Introductions, and New Plant & Equipment

Q: What did you do prior to Linetec?

A: I focused on my education and held part-time jobs. I sent out one resume while in my senior year of college – and I am still here.

Q: What is your favorite part of your job?

A:  Working with all the great people at Linetec and helping to build a team and culture that has made Linetec the best in our industry.

I also enjoy working on concepts and projects that make us safer, better, faster and more reliable.

Q: What poses the biggest challenges for you?

A:  Easy – keeping up with the significant growth we have seen over the past four years.

It has been phenomenal, but ensuring we have capacity to service that growth has at times been challenging.

Q: What is the biggest change you’ve seen over the years of doing your job?

A:   Change – it never stops. We are constantly improving our process capability, capacities and offerings. It has been great to be part of the change improvement for the past three decades.

If I had to pick one, it would be connecting nearly all the buildings of Linetec with the Line 3 “Great Hall” connection.

Q:  What is something you are looking forward to?

A:  Getting into more detail of my new position to make Linetec even better and more capable.

Q: What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

Andy-snowmobiling-webA:  I really enjoy the outdoors, both winter and summer. It is tough to find things to do outside in Wisconsin in the winter. Snowmobiling is one thing I really enjoy no matter how cold it gets outside.

You don’t understand cold until you are doing 100 MPH on a snowmobile with an outside temperature of -17F. (I am not sure what the wind chill was, but it was a little cool.)

I have also snow-machined in Alaska several times. If you ever have that opportunity, do it. It is nothing like trailriding in Wisconsin. And I still managed to keep in contact with customers via cell phone in the mountains!

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Linetec celebrates Dave Piotrowski’s retirement

Daves cakeDave started in the finance department at Linetec, 34 years ago, when the company was only three months old! Retiring as Linetec’s Cost Accounting Manger, Dave was also instrumental in three ERP implementations over his years with Linetec

President Rick Marshall noted, “We were very fortunate to have Dave’s financial and analytical skill set at Linetec for 34 years. Dave made a very meaningful impact on Linetec’s business, helping us see and capture numerous opportunities for improvement. He will be missed at both a professional and personal level.”

Vice President of Finance, Chris Menard adds, “Dave put others first and was always willing to jump in where needed and help his coworkers move the company forward. From the time I new Dave, he was a steady influence in the department and his legacy here will continue long into the future.”