SEATTLE TIMES FEATURE ISLAND RETREAT FITTED WITH LINETEC FINISHED LOEWEN WINDOWS

bainbridgeBainbridge Island, WA – Pictured above is the rebuilt residence of Jeanie Ketcham. Four generations of her family called it home, but it was razed by a fire in 2012. In the reconstruction, Ketcham’s architect and builder chose Loewen windows with a Linetec finish to help recapture the feeling of living in the original house with its sweeping vista of Puget Sound.

For the full article about this home and the touching story behind it, head over to https://www.seattletimes.com/pacific-nw-magazine/rebuilding-with-a-sense-of-history/

Construction Specifier column addresses “Avoiding Color Variation with Anodize Finishes”

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Linetec Champagne anodize range sample

Learning from failures are some of the most difficult and most valuable lessons. Many times, failures can be avoided if we turned to those with more experience for advice. The Failures column in the January issue of Construction Specifier takes this approach issue and shares advice on “Avoiding Color Variation with Anodize Finishes.”

Authored by Linetec’s Tammy Schroeder explains the variables affecting color in the anodize process, and the challenges of achieving an exact color from run to run and load to load.

To minimize color variation, she offers five tips:

  1. Maintain metal consistency – The easiest way to ensure this is to work with one metal source/extruder per project and request all metal come from one lot of material.
  2. Do not mix aluminum alloys, as even mixed tempers will not produce uniform results – For best results, use 6063 alloys for extrusions and 5005 for flat sheet stock and fabricated parts. When structural alloy is required, 6061 and 5052 can be used, but will not give similarly acceptable results.
  3. Perform as much bending and forming as possible prior to finishing – Anodic films are very hard, and as a result most post-production bending causes the film to “craze,” which produces a series of small cracks in the finish, giving it a spider-web like appearance.
  4. Be aware of anodizing’s effect on welds – The heat developed from the welding process changes the metallurgy on nearby metal or heat-affected zones, causing localized discoloration (i.e. halo effect), so one should use the proper 5356 alloy welding wire and lowest heat possible.
  5. Select an anodizer that uses automation – This helps to reduce inconsistencies in the process.
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Linetec dark bronze anodize range samples

Click here to read the whole Failures column, and please contact us for personalized service in avoiding color variation and selecting the correct finish for your next project.

Linetec People to Know: Dale Burford

Burford-webQ:  Tell me about your job

A:  I’m a Senior Technical Engineer. My job entails working on processes to make improvements, troubleshooting problems that occur during production, and acting as a backup to our Environmental Compliance Engineer, Dave Linden.

I also talk and visit with customers and help them with issues they might be having in their processes or in the field.

Q: What did you do prior to Linetec?

A: Prior to Linetec I worked as an engineering supervisor at a water treatment chemical manufacturer in East St. Louis, Illinois. I managed a plant of 25 people and we manufactured water treatment chemicals in bulk and filled railcars and bulk trucks.  We serviced many Midwestern municipalities and large factories so that they could treat their waste water as well as drinking water for large cities.

Burford2-webQ: What is your favorite part of your job?

A:  I have always loved working with people. I enjoy working on teams to tackle problems. I’ve found the work ethic in Northern Wisconsin to be second to none.  Some of the people here inspire me with the commitment they have to their work-a great sense of pride in most everybody.

I love the sense of humor I’ve found in the people from Northern Wisconsin….something in the water up here?

Q: What poses the biggest challenges for you?

A:  Winter

Understanding the thick Northern Wisconsin accents….just kidding

As I sit here trying to think of an answer……only winter comes to mind!!!!!

I need to pick up a winter sport instead of binge watching Game of Thrones again.

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

A:  The growth for sure. I’ll have been here for 15 years in January and I’m still in awe of the size of the facility now…it’s awesome. Another thing is that I used to know most people, now I see new faces, and people, all the time. That’s a good thing…I was getting tired of all the old faces 🙂   For example, Denny Helgeson, in Paint Applications, celebrated 39 years  with Linetec a few weeks ago. I was telling some people in QA and one fellow said, “Wow, I wasn’t even born when he started here!”  I told Denny and we bold had a good laugh….

Burford3-webQ:  What is something you are looking forward to?

A:  Summer. Cooking out. Swimming. Site seeing. One of the reasons my wife and I love it up here is it’s so beautiful. Wausau is a beautiful city.

Q: What is something people don’t know about you?  

A:  I’ve played guitar most of my life. I was in a band for many years in Milwaukee. You might say I’m a Rock Star.

Dale is also our resident Sumo Wrestler referee.

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